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Sumi Jo - A Tribute to Johann Strauss ~ Echoes from Vienna

Johann Strauss II , Symophonieorchester der Wiener Volksoper , Sumi Jo , Rudolph Bibl Audio CD
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  • Performer: Johann Strauss II, Symophonieorchester der Wiener Volksoper, Sumi Jo, Rudolph Bibl
  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00002DGXH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wiener Blut
2. Wo Die Zitronen Bluhm Op.364
3. Die Tanzerin Fanny Elbler: Drauben in Sievering
4. Overture To die Fledermaus
5. Die Fledermaus: Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande
6. Eine Nacht In Venedig: Frutti di Mare... Seht, oh seht
7. Pesther Csardas Op. 23
8. Fruhlingsstimmen Op. 410
9. Pizzicato-Polka
10. Wienerwald Lerchen
11. Annen-Polka Op. 117: Schwipslied 'Mir ist auf einmal so eigen zumute'
12. Im Krapfenwaldl (Polka Francaise) Op. 336
13. Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 114: Einmal nur im Leben

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Sumi Jo gives an absolutely fabulous performance on this CD. The CD overall is odd because singers now-a-days don't release solo recordings of just Johann Strauss' vocal music. They might include a few selected songs, but not a whole album like here. I guess this makes the CD all the more desireable. The "Weiner Blut" is particularly good. I can't say that I've heard any vocal renditions of this I was thrilled and surprised to hear Sumi sing it. She adds character to the piece "Mir ist auf einmal so eigen zumute", she provides a very effective interpretation.
The only catch to this CD is that there are a few instrumental pieces thrown in (four or five I believe). The instrumental pieces are good, but when you buy a CD entitled "Sumi Jo: A tribute to Johann Strauss" you expect to hear just Sumi Jo, so that disappointed me a bit, but Sumi is still great. If you totally hate instrumental'd better not buy this CD, but if you can stand them I would definitely recommend the CD, besides Johann Strauss' music is so uplifting, its really a pleasure to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Singing! January 4, 2002
Sumi Jo displays again her remarkable voice on this album dedicated to Johann Strauss. These arias and vocal arrangements are ideal for Jo's voice, giving her the opportunity to display her technical mastery in singing scales, stacatto and brilliant high notes. Of the vocal selections, there are two who are particularily stunning: "Spiel'ich die Unschuld vom Lande" from DIE FLEDERMAUS (with great vocal acting, pinpoint stacatto singing and two dazzling high Ds)and "Fruhlingsstimmen Op. 410" (with effortless vocal display and charm). The reason I give four stars is because of the excessive number of orchestral selections. Yes, the Wiener Volksoper Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Bibl is in excellent form, but the CD is mostly advertized as a vocal recital. Instead of having the FLEDERMAUS overture, it would have been great to have Sumi Jo singing instead the other soprano arias from the same work, Adele's "Mein Herr Marquis" and Roslinda's Czardas. Nonetheless, this is still a brilliant CD of Johann Strauss at its most sparkling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A recording to make the heart sing April 13, 2012
If you are susceptible to the insouciant and voluptuous charms of the Viennese waltz, this is the disc to have. Unlike previous reviewers, I do not mind the fact that the programme is a mix of vocal and orchestral numbers when both are performed this well: despite my pleasure in Sumi Jo's honeyed tones, I am equally taken by the manner in which the Volksoper orchestra plays the Overture from "Die Fledermaus" - sheer delight; all Schlag, no Schmaltz, just Schwung!

I wonder if there has been a more sheerly, intrinsically beautiful lyric soprano in modern times than Sumi Jo; in my recollection, only Kathleen Battle could rival her in this repertoire. It is simply a gorgeously even, rounded, golden-toned instrument without a hint of strain in the stratosphere. Her German is idiomatic, her vibrato a mere flicker, her trill flawless, her pianissimo breath-taking and her control and agility things of wonder.

A disc which deserves to be better known and is perhaps neglected as "easy-listening" when in fact it's nothing less than life-enhancing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sumi Jo!!! March 23, 2011
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I wish we could hear more of Sumi Jo. I first heard her by accident at Hollywood Bowl when she was scheduled to sing all Johann Strauss music...I went for his music, and got a double treat. She is marvelous! So I went looking for the CD, bought it, then it was stolen, then I bought it again. That was before MP3's, so I didn't have it is in there, and I can listen to her anytime. This CD is beautiful, her voice is marvelous. There are about three pieces that are purely instrumental, which I thought was odd, but it's all Strauss, Jr. music...I love this CD.
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