Konig mit dem Regenschirm  (Benatzky) (Winnie Markus, Erik Ode, Ethel Reschke)  (2-Walhall 0264)
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Konig mit dem Regenschirm  (Benatzky) (Winnie Markus, Erik Ode, Ethel Reschke)  (2-Walhall 0264)
OP1929. DER KÖNIG MIT DEM REGENSCHIRM (Benatzky), Broadcast Performance, 15 July, 1948, Berlin, w.Strasser Cond. RIAS Ensemble; Winnie Markus, Erik Ode, Ethel Reschke, Joe Furtner, Tatjana Sais, Hans Deppe, etc. (E.U.) 2-Walhall 0264. Final Sealed Copy! - 4035122652642


“In his interesting sleeve notes, Kevin Clarke concludes with: ‘Still, as a reminder of post-war operetta history in Germany this RIAS-version – issued on CD for the first time ever – is priceless. It also refrains from the later, unfortunate operetta ideal of casting shows with opera singers who over-sing and under-act the music’. Well, if you like under-sung, indeed more spoken than sung ‘character voices’ as Mr. Clarke puts it so deftly, then this is indeed priceless. Do not fear that you will hear a voice that would be able to sing the impressive roles of Ruiz, baron Douphol, mamma Lucia or Anina….Nevertheless if your idea of high comedy is a French former minister who speaks German mixed with simple Italian (or so the audience is expected to think of it), then you are in for a treat. Very funny indeed. The fact that this show (the correct word) at its première was directed by later movie director Otto Preminger may be an encouragement for Hollywood historians, but this reviewer would still have liked a real operetta instead of a rather dated German cabaret with a silly story line.”

Jan Neckers, operanostalgia.com