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Romberg: The Student Prince

Magazine article Gramophone

Romberg: The Student Prince

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Romberg  The Student Prince  Dominik Wortig ten                 Karl-Franz Anja Petersen sop                      Kathie Frank Blees bass-bar                 Dr Engel Arantza Ezenarro sop                 Gretchen Vincent Schirrmacher ten     Graf Hugo-Detlef Wieland Satter bass-bar                 Lucas Joan Ribalta ten                Von Asterberg Theresa Nelles sop          Princess Margaret Christian Sturm ten           Captain Tarnitz 

WDR Radio Chorus, Cologne; WDR Funkhaus

Orchestra, Cologne/John Mauceri

CPO (F) (2) CP0555 058-2 (94' * DDD * [S])

In its heyday, Sigmund Romberg's The Student Prince ruled Broadway. Its original run lasted 608 performances and during the 1920s and '30s it even outran Jerome Kern's Show Boat and everything by the Gershwins. Yet I suspect most people familiar with the work today came to know it through the 1954 film version with 'the singing voice of Mario Lanza'. Lanza was fired from the production but MGM retained rights to the soundtrack, which had already been recorded. If you only know The Student Prince via the silver screen, this new CPO recording may surprise, not least because of what it doesn't contain. 'I'll walk with God', 'Beloved' and 'Summertime in Heidelberg' were all composed by Nicholas Brodszky as additional numbers for the film, so have no place here.

Dorothy Donnelly's book, based on Wilhelm Meyer-Forster's play Old Heidelberg, concerns Prince Karl-Franz, who heads to Heidelberg University to complete his studies. …

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