OP1590. LADY HAMILTON (Künneke), Broadcast Performance, 1953, w.Franz Marszalek Cond. Köln Rundfunks Ensemble; Anny Schlemm, Franz Fehringer, Willy Hofmann, Ruth Weigelt, etc.; TRAUMLAND (Künneke), Broadcast Performance, 1950, w.Wilhelm Stephan Cond. NDR Ensemble, Hamburg; Käthe Maas, Richard Holm, Anneliese Rothenberger & Otto Albrecht. (Portugal) 2-Gala 100.774. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy!
Eduard Künneke was a German composer of operettas, operas and theatre music. He studied musicology and literature in Berlin, and was also an advanced student of Max Bruch. He worked as a repetiteur and chorus master at a Berlin operetta theatre, the Neues Operettentheater am Schiffbauerdamm, but relinquished his post as chorus master after his opera ROBINS ENDE (1909) was premiered in Mannheim and then received productions at 38 different German opera houses. From 1908 to 1910 he also worked as a music director for Odeon Records and conducted (without label credit) two of the earliest complete symphony recordings, the Beethoven Fifth and Sixth Symphonies with the Grosses Odeon Streich-Orchester. Künneke later worked under Max Reinhardt and wrote incidental music for Reinhardts staging of Part Two of Goethe's FAUST.
Künneke's graceful music is distinguished by its rhythm and striking harmonies. His best-known work is the 1921 operetta DER VETTER AUS DINGSDA; of his songs are still familiar today.
In 1926, when his operetta LADY HAMILTON was premiered in Breslau (now Wrocław), he formed what would become a long friendship with the conductor Franz Marszalek. Marszalek was a dedicated advocate of Künneke's music, and during his tenure at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne (194965) made numerous recordings of his works with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Anny Schlemm joined the Berlin State Opera, where she remained until 1961, during which period her rôles included Susanna, Marenka, Donna Elvira, Desdemona, Manon Lescaut, Octavian, Arabella, etc. She also sang at the opera houses of Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, and at the Bayreuth Festival, etc. She made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Paris Opéra, the Holland Festival, etc. Later, as her voice darkened, she became a famous exponent of rôles such as Clytemnestra, Herodias, Kabanicha in KÁTYA KABANOVÁ, and Kostelnicka in JENUFA, etc. A superb singing-actress and highly versatile artist, she was equally at home in comic and dramatic roles.
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2008
"Anneliese Rothenberger had a light, lyric soprano that was well produced, smooth and beautiful; she was an attractive singer as well as a fine actress. She was a regular member of the Dresden, Vienna, and Munich operas for many years; her guest appearances at the Met were all too few."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2007