Dubbed by wags "the singing secondary schoolteacher" as a result of his often didactic lyrics, German rocker Heinz Rudolf Kunze enjoyed his greatest success in the mid-'80s via the smashes "Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz" and "Mit Leib und Seele." Kunze remained one of German rock's biggest stars throughout the remainder of the decade, scoring a series of hit singles including "Alles Was Sie," "Größer als Wir Beide," and "Heul mit den Wölfen."…
One of the most persistent questions that musicians ask themselves while practicing a piece is the inevitable query of how the composer himself might have performed his music. There are many written reports on how the old masters such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven may have played or improvised; and there are lines of teacher/pupil relationships which can trace their lineage back to the pianistic greats such as Liszt, but still we have to imagine the sound since we cannot actually hear it.
The Land of Smiles was, after The Merry Widow, the biggest of Lehar's successes, an unusually tragic and serious operetta that he rewrote from an earlier failure, The Yellow Jacket. Richard Tauber originated the role of Prince Sou-Chong, the Chinese diplomat, and everyone since has stood in his shadow. A very serious work for an operetta, it is filled with achingly beautiful melodies and complex characterizations, as well as a score of Puccini-like delicacy and richness.
For millions of people all over the world Luciano Pavarotti literally was Classical music. This outstanding collection of popular oprera arias and duets, sacred songs, and Neapolitan favourites is drawn from the finest recordings Luciano Pavarotti made during an unparalleled career, and presents the definitive profile of one of the most important voices of all time. From 'La Donna E Mobile', 'O Sole Mio' and 'Torna a Sorriento' to Christmas classics 'O Holy Night' and 'Panis Angelicus', including, of course, his celebrated 'Nessun Dorma'. Bonus duets with Andrea Bocelli ('Notte e piscatore'), Cecilia Bartoli ('Cherry Duet') and Frank Sinatra ('My Way') included.