Joseph Beer: Polnische Hochzeit
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Audio CD, November 18, 2016
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Joseph Beer was the operetta's rising star during the early 1930's and his Polish Wedding promised to bring him a major breakthrough. However, Nazi rule abruptly and tragically ended his career. Paul Abraham's librettist Fritz Lohner-Beda had taken Beer under his wing and did everything in his power to promote his success. Abrahama nd Beer had a lot in common - Jewish roots, a nervous disposition and above all, a bold stylistic mix combining folklore and jazz. All the characteristics of the operetta genre are united in concentrated form in Beer's music - buffo duets of folk character in the manner of Kalman, operatic finales a la Lehar and ""Abrahamic"" dance hits with rhythmic pep. An Austrian magazine wrote in 1934, ""Surprises in the field of the operetta have become rare. The successes of recent years have been associated with a few names that one can count on the fingers of one hand. And now a young man of twenty-four by the name of Joseph Beer suddenly comes along and presents a work with an extraordinary musical appeal, sumptuous and personal invention, firm execution and an instrumentation that is a delight ot hear."" Franz Lehar was forty years older than Beer and only a few months before Giuditta, his last work, had celebrated it's premiere at the Vienna State Opera - the crowning culmination of an operetta epoch that quite noticeably was nearing it's end. The time was ripe for a new generation, and Joseph Beer seemed to be just the right composer to lead it into the future.
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Composed in 3 weeks by a carefree young prodigy, the work was published by a division of Universal Edition. It premiered on April 3, 1937 at the Zurich Opera House (then Stadttheater) and swept across Europe in a meteoric success which lasted 11 months, before being banned by the Nazis in March 1938...
This incredible work features an impressive palette of various styles ranging from gorgeous, “Sturm & Drang,” à la Brahms melodies to effervescently rhythmical pieces, including forays into jazz and even Klezmer styles -- set to lush, brilliant orchestration -- and already bearing the composer's distinctive, innovative style.
In Beer’s professor Joseph Marx’ own words, the work goes right away beyond established operetta celebrities in terms of talent/quality, and transcends the “operetta” genre per se, creating a new genre of its own!
Enjoy this extraordinary, history-making live recording, “a triumph” as audience members called it!! And please stay tuned for more surprises from this unjustly banned/forgotten 20th century Master! Thanks for listening!!
Photos (from left to right):
1-Joseph Beer as a young upcoming star composer;
2-Joseph Beer in hiding during WWII;
3-Joseph Beer towards the end of his life;
4-Joseph Beer's mentor, the major librettist Fritz Löhner-Beda;
5-Poster of the Zurich Opera House premiere.