JOSEPH BEER (1908-1987): Polnische Hochzeit.

Catalogue Number: 12S055

Label: CPO

Reference: 555 059-2

Format: CD

Price: $31.98

Description: Translated into eight languages and peformed of 40 European sages, “Polish Wedding” (1937) was Beer’s second of only five operettas. A Jew, he had to flee Austria for Paris after the Anschluss and, unable to get out of France, survived in Nice under an assumed name. His entire family was murdered by the Nazis in various camps and he grew withdrawn after the war, producing only three more works and dying in Nice. One sentence in the notes aptly describes this work and the unfortunate composer’s career: “The Polish Wedding, in its kaleidoscopic range of colours, its wild jumble of styles (from pulsating jazz to sentimental waltzes), sounds like the summation of an entire era – amazingly for a composer who had just turned 28. And yet, it marks at once the climax and the end of Beer’s career.” 2 CDs. No libretto. Martina Rüping, Susanne Bernhard (sopranos), Florence Losseau (mezzo), Nikolai Schukoff (tenor), Michael Kupfer-Radecky (baritone), Chorus of the Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz, Munich Radio Orchestra; Ulf Schirmer.

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