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Treasures of Operetta

Treasures of Operetta Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Restless innovator, sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator, MATTHEW HERBERT is one of electronic music's most versatile and prolific figureheads. Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Björk, REM, John Cale, Roisin ... Read more in Amazon's Herbert Store

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  • Performer: Treasures of Operetta
  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00000JWJ5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Der Schatzmeister: The Scale Song
2. Casanova: 'O Queen Of My Delight'
3. Die Csardasfurstin: 'Let Me Dance And Let Me Sing'
4. The Chocolate Soldier: 'My Hero'
5. Old Chelsea: 'My Heart And I'
6. Veronique: 'Trot Here And There'
7. Naughty Marietta: 'Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!'
8. The Merry Widow: 'Love Unspoken'
9. Der Obersteiger: 'Don't Be Cross'
10. The Arcadians: 'Charming Weather'
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Merry Widow: 'Vilia'
2. White Horse Inn: 'My Song Of Love'
3. Paganini: 'Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss'
4. Monsieur Beaucaire: 'Lightly, Lightly'
5. Casanova: The Nun's Chorus And Laura's Song
6. Die drei Wunsche: 'Thin, Thin Is My Dear Gwendolin'
7. Monsieur Beaucaire: 'Philomel'
8. A Waltz Dream: 'Waltz Of My Dreams'
9. Der singende Traum: 'You Are The World To Me'
10. The Land Of Smiles: 'Dance While You May'
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing May 31, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Matthew Herbert is a classical piano trained musician, but he has made a better name for himself in the field of electronic music. His recent efforts have been composed almost entirely from unusual sources: coffins, people vomiting, kitchen sinks, punching bags and various machinery. After all, the liner notes mention 635 separate items used for this album's creation, while the packaging cleverly gives us pictures of all of them (49 items per page).

If all this unbridled and eccentric sampling would throw you off, it won't once the record begins: it is unfettered and bouncy electronic music, albeit balanced with jagged political lyrics. However, these are sung by the lovely voice of Dani Siciliano (mainly), and make for a terrific listen. If you are only used to the smooth jazzy quietness of "Around the House" from Herbert(as I am), this will be a pleasant change, and a perfect summer record. One of the year's strongest albums.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GOLD! GLORIOUS SINGING, GLORIOUS MUSIC! June 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first fell in love with this collection when I checked it out at the library as "Treasures of the Operetta". Two more CDs followed--"Treasures of the Operetta II and III." I was not prepared for the impact these exquisitely crafted recordings would have on me.
I have long had a love of operetta but found that there were not a large number of recordings to be found in that genre. So much the happier was I for discovering this diverse collection of operetta standards. True serendipity!
Marilyn Hill Smith and Peter Morrison deliver thrilling renditions of the operetta masters. We hear selections from Johann Strauss, Lehar, Kalman, Herbert, Oscar Straus, Millocker, Messager, Stolz and Tauber, to name a few. There are the often sung showpieces and lesser known songs which are blended well and add diversity. One glorious song sets the stage for the next.
With Miss Smith's crystal, velvety soprano and Mr. Morrison's rich, romantic baritone, the production leaves nothing left to be desired--except for more of the same musical charm.
The current offering is a serendipity in itself. It has the three original CDs delivered in one package as a two CD set. I have a modest collection of operetta recordings but I would be hard pressed to name one more satisfying than this generous 36 track package.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 June 22, 2006
By t-diggs
Format:Audio CD
for a field of music that is based on repetitive structures and 4/4 beats, this album is a bright ray of sunshine...

it is sunny, sexy, pop-perfect danceable music. it is essentially house, though i heard it referred to as "left-field house" and i think that is a perfect description. lots of movie style string swells, a nice dose of big band steez, jazzy and funky dollops of happiness and a great female singer enhance this cd from being house music to, well, left field that comes at you from your peripheral vision, that becomes part of the environment around is very organic, very danceable (i said that already) and very very fun....

i didnt give it a 5 cuz the first half contains most of the power, but i labeled it 5 because of the amount of boring tepid dance music that exists these days, and herbert seems to be ahead of the curve on creativity in such a stagnant dance music scene and deserves to be recognized for such. the whole thing is growing on me like moss. fuzzy, green moss

this is a great album to have drop right at the beginning of summer. so you can be sure to listen to it with the windows open, with the top down, on the grass, smokin grass, in da club (haha! just kiddin, but not really) and you will boogie, boogie, boogie, til you just cant boogie no more...

EDIT: I have to add, because it is not apparent in the review above...The second half of this album is really not house at all. It is very dowtempo, some of the songs contain very nice arrangments, but ultimately lack the dancy punch of the first four tracks, which are great for any late night...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. June 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I heard a few tracks from the Matthew Herbert Big Band... which I liked... but this CD is amazing. So amazing, I've never bothered to write a review for amazon before, but this album motivated me to do so for the first time.

Combining mainstream, dance-based electronic beats with experimental jazz-fusion and politically conceptual music, this CD is both toe-tapping and thought-provoking... a rich album full of great melodies which sound like no one else I've ever quite heard before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all June 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Some girl long ago told me that Herbert was the equivalent in music of sex. He makes sexy sounds. It's true. This is first real album in a while. It was worth the wait. It mixes jazz, techno, dance, and everything Herbert has done in the past. On this one he has collaborated a lot with Dani Siciliano. The results are very dramatic. This is a cool musical journey. Even Matthew Herbert sings on "Wrong." These songs are like movie soundtracks to a very good film. It is a very cool album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Disappointment March 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I had listened to a handful of early (or earlier) Herbert tracks and remixes through other artists and was really interested experiencing the rest of his music. I'll admit I was expecting more of the same (subtle house meets jazz with great micro sampling). Unfortunately, this record is a pretentious mess. The lyrics are grating and the music is ridiculous. If I had to label it that label would be "showtune hell". Bodily Functions is masterpiece compared to this. There can be no doubting the man's talent, but this is a definite "what was he thinking?" record. I discarded the disk. It is THAT irritating.
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Published on July 11, 2006 by N. de Villiers
1.0 out of 5 stars You've got to be kidding....
To the reviewer who makes reference to house music, PLEEEEEEEEAZE learn your genres and don't insult house music with trying to even slightly compare this to house!!! Read more
Published on June 27, 2006 by D. Carroll
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing and Naive take on House or Electronic Music
I had read the reviews of this album and picked it up on the strength of the positive comments, but I was shocked at how terrible this album was. Read more
Published on June 26, 2006 by Winfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and good
i would give it 5 to show that its really good but 5 stars should be reserved for 'the best.' so this is really good but obviously not the best, which for me is something by... Read more
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