RALPH BENATZKY (1884-1957): Axel an der Himmelstür.
Catalogue Number: 11Q092
Reference: WLCD 0272
Description: From the website of the Operetta Research Center this past September: "It's an operetta that also contains only one real Viennese Waltz song which celebrates, in turn, the glories of U.S.-films set in Austria, Mickey Mouse in Lederhosen and American tourists who fall for dirndl fashion while visiting Salzburg. The rest of the score contains a languorous blues, a slow waltz, a tango, foxtrots, and some totally mad cap yodel-numbers. The piece I am talking about is Ralph Benatzky's 1936 megahit Axel an der Himmelstür which he wrote with cabaret stars Paul Morgan, Adolf Schütz (book) and Hans Weigel (lyrics), and which was premiered at the Theater an der Wien with a superlative cast headed by Max Hansen as the Hollywood reporter, Axel Swift, and newcomer Zarah Leander in the role of the film diva Gloria Mills. 2 CDs. No libretto. Zarah Leander, Toni Niessner, Helli Servi, Guido Wieland (actors and singers), Vienna Small Radio Orchestra; Heinz Sandauer (Dec. 17, 1958).