GUSTAVE KERKER (1847-1923): Die oberen Zehntausend (selection), Burning to Sing or Singing to Burn, Orchestral excerpts from The Belle of New York (arr. Charles Godfrey II [1939-1919]).

Catalogue Number: 02O086

Label: CPO

Reference: 777 509-2

Format: CD

Price: $31.98

Description: Born in Germany but having moved to Louisville at the age of ten, Kerker became one of the founding composers of what would become the Broadway musical around the turn of the century. Although it was not a huge success in New York in 1897, The Belle ran for 647 performances in London beginning the following year. Here we have only 13 minutes of orchestral arrangements since the original score is still under lock and key in Wisconsin (really?). "The Upper Ten Thousand" is a "dance operetta" premiered in Berlin in 1909 and Burning to Sing a 23-minute spoof of grand opera from 1904 which likely would be hilarious if we had texts. Still, most of everything comes across and makes this set a must-have for devotees of musical comedy. 2 CDs. No librettos. Gerd Wiemer, Alfred Berg, Christian Grygas (baritones), Elke Kottmair (soprano), Gritt Gnauck, Nadja Stefanoff (mezzos), Ralf Simon (tenor), North German Radio Philharmonic Hannover; Howard Griffiths.

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