Die Blaue Mazur
Operetta in two acts & one intermezzo by
Leo Stein & Bela Jenbach
Hans Christoph Begemann
Kammerchor der Singakademie Frankfurt,
Die Blaue Mazur (The Blue Mazurka) was a celebrated success for Franz Lehár (1870-1948) after its premiere. Musically it is one of his greatest masterpieces.
The successful factors were, firstly, the libretto’s humorous vein; secondly, the mixture of musical styles; and thirdly the dramaturgical role played by dance. The opera is light hearted even in dramatic passages and is peppered throughout by waltzes, dances, the mazurka and the three large scale finales.
“The performance is very capably done…it remains a piece of beautiful lyrical writing, brilliant orchestral colouring and impassioned melody. On CD there’s no reason at all why it should not add to the growing appreciation of Lehár as far more than a composer of brilliant popular melodies.” Gramophone
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