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STRAUSS II, J.: Jabuka (Das Apfelfest)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2008


Artists:

Johannes Wildner


Christian Pollack



Alexander Eschig

baritone

Helmut Josef Ettl

baritone

Michael Schober

baritone

Max Sahliger

bass

Elisabeth Wolfbauer

mezzo-soprano

Veronika Groiss

soprano

Franz Fodinger

tenor

Thomas Tischler

tenor

Wolfgang Veith

tenor

Producer:

Rudolf Hentsel



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 135:56
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GUSTAV DAVIS / JOHANN STRAUSS II / MAX KALBECK

 

Jabuka (Das Apfelfest)

 
1 Act I: Prelude - Introduction: Jabuka wird gefeiert heut'! (Staklo, Chorus) 4:42
 Max Sahliger bass
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
2 Act I: Trio with Chorus: Ihr Burschen und Diener (Mirko, Vasil, Staklo, Chorus) 2:26
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Max Sahliger bass
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
3 Act I: Entree-Couplet: Im ganzen Land bin ich bekannt (Joschko) 2:15
 Franz Fodinger tenor
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
4 Act I: Sextet: Zivio! Zivio! Lasst die Glaser erklingen! (Mirko, Joschko, Franjo, Anitta, Vasil, Bambora) 3:37
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Franz Fodinger tenor
 Alexander Eschig baritone
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
5 Act I: Ensemble: Zu Hilfe, zu Hilfe, Ihr Leute, herbei! (Jelka, Petrija, Mischa, Staklo) 2:13
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Michael Schober baritone
 Max Sahliger bass
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
6 Act I: Ensemble: Was seh' ich? (Jelka, Petrija, Mirko, Mischa, Joschko, Staklo) 5:02
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
7 Act I: Duet: Vergebens, dass ich spahe, verlassen liegt der Ort (Jelka, Mirko) 4:30
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
8 Act I: Finale: Heraus da! Heraus! Naher, Weib und Mann! (Jelka, Petrija, Mirko, Joschko, Mischa, Staklo, Chorus) 14:11
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
9 Act II: Introduction - Draussen gibt es weit und breit Jubel Tanz (Sava, Mirko, Chorus) 2:21
 Max Sahliger bass
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
10 Act II: Duet: Es war einmal, es war einmal im Marchen nur (Annita, Vasil) 5:29
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
11 Act II: Quintet: So, ich bitte, nur herein! (Joschko, Jelka, Sava, Petrija, Mirko) 3:14
 Franz Fodinger tenor
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Max Sahliger bass
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
12 Act II: Couplet: Wie die Chroniken vermelden (Joschko, Annita, Mirko, Vasil, Bambora) 3:42
 Franz Fodinger tenor
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
13 Act II: Finale: Naher, naher, nur herbei! (Jelka, Annita, Petrija, Mirko, Vasil, Joschko, Bambora, Mischa, Chorus) 17:50
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor


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 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
  COMPACT DISC TWO  
1 Act III: Entr'acte 3:17
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
2 Act III: Ensemble and Ariette: So frech uns zu storen unser Plaisir! (Bambora, Mischa, Chorus) 3:13
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Michael Schober baritone
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
3 Act III: Couplet: Mit den schlechten Zeiten ist es jetzt vorbei (Joschko) 3:33
 Franz Fodinger tenor
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
4 Act III: Mocking-Chorus: Sag' doch (Jelka, Ladies Chorus) 2:06
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Michael Schober baritone
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
5 Act III: Quartet: Siehe die Sonne vergluh'n in Pracht (Jelka, Mirko, Annita, Vasil) 4:56
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Wolfgang Veith tenor
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
6 Act III: Finale: Ob auch das Gluck uns warten lasst (Jelka, Annita, Mirko, Sava, Joschko) 1:09
 Veronika Groiss soprano
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Thomas Tischler tenor
 Max Sahliger bass
 Elisabeth Wolfbauer mezzo-soprano
 Helmut Josef Ettl baritone
 Christian Pollack
     
 

JOHANN STRAUSS II

7 

Ich bin dir gut!, Walzer, Op. 455

10:15
 
 Johannes Wildner
     
 

GUSTAV FISCHER / JOHANN STRAUSS II

8 

Zivio!, Marsch, Op. 456 (orch. G. Fischer)

3:29
 
 Johannes Wildner
     
 

C. POLLACK / JOHANN STRAUSS II / LOUIS ROTH

9 

Das Comitat geht in die Hoh'!, Polka schnell, Op. 457 (arr. L. Roth, orch. C. Pollack)

2:32
 
 Christian Pollack
     
10 

Tanze mit dem Besenstiel!, Polka francaise, Op. 458 (arr. L. Roth, orch. C. Pollack)

4:49
 
 Christian Pollack
     
11 

Sonnenblume, Polka mazur, Op. 459 (arr. L. Roth, orch. C. Pollack)

5:47
 
 Christian Pollack
     
 

C. POLLACK / JOHANN STRAUSS II

12 

Jabuka-Quadrille, Op. 460 (orch. C. Pollack)

5:41
 
 Christian Pollack
     
 

JOHANN STRAUSS II

13 

Jabuka (Das Apfelfest), Potpourri (arr. anon., orch C. Pollack)

13:37
 
 Christian Pollack


An operetta with musical elements of true opera, Jabuka (Das Apfelfest), is Johann Strauss the Younger’s fourteenth stage work. An annual Apple Festival in the Serbian town of Ravica is an opportunity for local young people to choose a partner. The girl bites an apple, gives it to her chosen boy, and if he also takes a bite, the match is made. It is against this backdrop that the impoverished noblemen, Mirko and Vasil, find a way out of their difficulties by finding rich brides at the Apple Festival of the title. With its strikingly fresh and original melodies, great ensembles and some of the finest choruses Strauss ever wrote, Jabuka was a huge success at its première in Vienna in October 1894.
 
"The peculiar excellence of Johann Strauss lies in that he never accepted secondary status as a purveyor of "popular music," investing even musical trifles with delicacy, taste, and as much craft as any of his "serious" contemporaries. That fact alone renders the almost total neglect of most of his 16 completed operettas inexplicable. ...The present recording attempts to restore one of his later operettas, Jabuka ("The Apple Festival"). ...It is certainly valuable then that a recording of this work, a significant entry in the Strauss canon, exists ..."
Christopher Williams - Fanfare - August 2008

"Jabuka was the fourteenth of the operettas of the young Johann Strauss, written for Vienna’s Apple Festival. Its weakness lies in the libretto, but this excellent Naxos recording, made in Brno, brings out its distinctive qualities, which suggest a similarity with the operetta-writing of Lehár, Strauss’s successor. So the drinking sextet clearly anticipates the Merry Widow, as does the reliance above all on ensembles rather than arias. The chorus work on this set is not just incisive but often very delicate. Recommended"     ***
 
The Penguin Guide - January 2009

"...The best element of this set is the orchestral dances derived from the operetta. Jabuka is diverting, but it isn’t a patch on Strauss’s more famous operettas. Stick to Die Fledermaus and The Gipsy Baron if you want Strauss on the stage. This recording plugs a gap, however, and we should be grateful to Naxos for continuing to do such excellent work in expanding the repertory. Buy it for the dance arrangements: you’ll be whistling them long past New Year."
 
Simon Thompson - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2008
 

"This recording is supposed to be of the complete operetta. It doesn’t say anywhere in the notes but I suspect that there is some spoken dialogue between numbers, to carry the plot forward. If so, it is omitted. This doesn’t matter too much. What counts is the music and it is, by and large, out of Strauss’s top drawer. There is no overture but instead a festive prelude with chorus. Then follows a string of pearls of rousing and beautiful melodies. The entr’acte before act III is a delicious piece and later in the act there is a sensitive quartet.The European Johann Strauss Orchestra doesn’t really exist. It was assembled specially for this recording and its core comprises players from the Brno Symphony Orchestra, who are well attuned to Strauss’s music. They are reinforced by musicians from both Austria and Hungary. The Gaudeamus Choir is a permanent body with members from the universities and other schools in Brno. They have 45 members but I wonder if they too have hired extras. The singing and playing is constantly impressive and Christian Pollack, a real authority on Strauss, leads the proceedings with drive and refinement.The soloists are never less than fully inside their roles, even though there are no star performances, but this is, as I have already mentioned, primarily an ensemble opera. The bass Michael Schober as Mischa is the best of the bunch and Franz Födinger is a lively and expressive Joschko.As a “filler” (46:09) to CD 2 we get seven dance arrangements from the operetta. Of these the only arrangement made by the composer is that of the waltz Ich bin dir gut! It is also the best of them. Most of the other pieces were arranged for piano by other people and orchestrated by Christian Pollack.For lovers of Viennese orchestral music this is a real treat. All of these numbers have been released before and are culled from Marco Polo’s extensive Johann Strauss series. The booklet has informative notes by Strauss scholars. There is also a detailed track-related synopsis. The sound is excellent – in the operetta, that is. Some of the orchestral pieces of the filler are more variable but fully acceptable. Operetta lovers – I hope I’m not the only survivor – should jump at the opportunity to add an “unknown” Johann Strauss operetta to their collections."
 
Göran Forsling - MusicWeb-International.com - February 2008



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