V2505. BETTY FISCHER ‘Lercherl von Hernals’: Operetta Arias & Duets (w.Max Willenz, Ernst Tautenhayn, Fritz Steiner & Carl Friedrich Sadofsky) by Lehár, Ascher, Bittner, Benatzky, Steininger, Meyer-Helmund, Kutschera, Stolz, Ziehrer, Kálmán, Gruber, Lorens, Oscar Straus & Leo Fall; 1949 Interview with Betty Fischer. (Germany) Truesound Transfers 5001, recorded 1912-31, plus one Leo Fall title from 1953! Transfers by Christian Zwarg.
“Betty Fischer débuted at the Theater an der Wien in DIE LUSTIGE WITWE. In 1912 she was Princess Marie in HOHEIT TANZT WALZER, an operetta that ran for 500 performances. With striking beauty and captivating noblesse of attitude, and with Viennese charm, she conquered the Viennese audiences. The highlights of her career were her appearances in Leo Falls’ DIE ROSE VON STAMBUL, and (with Hubert Marischka) in Lehár's DIE BLAUE MAZUR. As Countess Mariza she created a diva-type which was imitated a lot but was never reached. In Bruno Granichstaedt's DER ORLOW she was on stage until 1933, more than 400 times. With the song ‘Die Lercherl von Hernals’ in Leo Aschers HOHEIT TANZT WALZER she conquered the audience. After the Raimundtheater and Ronacher she finally came to the Theater an der Wien where she celebrated decade-long triumphs. Fischer contributed significantly to bringing the ‘Silver Age’ to the operetta succession, undertaking leisurely travels to numerous European cities. She became a star, and during 20 years she often appeared with Hubert Marischka and toured all over Europe. In 1933 she emigrated because of the Nazi threat and it wasn't until 1947 before she returned to Vienna. During her career she was known as ‘Lercherl von Hernals’.”
"This delightful issue of the beguiling Betty Fischer is from Christian Zwarg's new series featuring CDs in handsome Digipak albums (no more brittle plastic cases nor dull black-and-white covers!). As delighted as we all have been with previous Truesound offerings, this new format is sure to offer even greater satisfaction!"
- J. R. Peters
“...an absolute revelation! Here, the voices come through with tonal sheen, passion and with more personality than any other transfers have been able to bring out. Dynamics and agility are in better relief, as is a sensitivity I had always found lacking. These transfers are absolutely miraculous, and I hope for more Truesound transfers.”
- Davyd Booth, GREAT SINGERS REMEMBERED, WHYY - NPR