Abraham: Ball at the Savoy / Barrese, Chicago Folks Operetta
Hungarian composer Paul Abrahám enjoyed huge success across Europe with his ‘jazz operettas’, not least in Weimar Berlin where his works scored for an orchestra augmented by a jazz band caused a sensation. Ballim Savoy (‘Ball at the Savoy’) has a plot reminiscent of Die Fledermaus and its variety of influences, some European and some reflective of contemporary American popular song, won the kind of acclaim only equaled by Franz Lehár. The premiere, which took place in December 1932, was for some the last major cultural event of Weimar Germany.
Catalog Number: 8660503-04
Number of Discs: 2
Composer: Paul Abraham
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Folks Operetta
Performer: Alison Kelly, Bridget Skaggs, Cynthia Fortune Gruel, Erich Buchholz, Ernie Cottrell, Felicia Filip Burkovskiy, Gerald Frantzen, Gillian Hollis, Gretchen Adams, John Wesley Hughes, Katelyn Lee, Kingsley Day, Kurt Bender, Matt Dyson, Ron Watkins, Rose Guccione, Roxann Ferguson, Ryan Trent Oldham, Shawn Morgenlander