Romberg: The Student Prince / Mauceri, WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln
This is a spirited performance. Mauceri is a doyen of musical theatre and the potpourri overture immediately reveals that the Cologne WDR Funkhaus Orchestra has just the style required for this chocolate-coated score. A mostly German cast is assembled; and while most of their diction is comprehensible, CPO misses a trick by not including the libretto in the booklet. I couldn’t help feeling I was missing out on some clever rhymes.
Dominik Wortig’s baritonal tenor—not unlike a youthful Thomas Hampson—makes for a noble Karl-Franz and he sings the famous Serenade ‘Overhead the moon is beaming’ with winning charm. Anja Petersen occasionally has to squeeze out the high notes as Kathie but does a sterling job. The recording includes hardly any dialogue, and Romberg keeps the tunes coming, a certain amount of recycling ensuring they become familiar as the work progresses. The supporting cast is solid.
Catalog Number: 555058-2
Composer: Sigmund Romberg
Conductor: John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Wdr Rundfunkorchester Koln
Performer: Anja Petersen, Arantza Ezenarro, Christian Sturm, Dominik Wortig, Frank Blees, Joan Ribalta, Theresa Nelles, Vincent Schirrmacher, Wieland Satter