This studio recording gives the production an advantage: the voices are never buried…so one hears every line with utmost clarity. Baritone Günter Reich is convincing and charismatic as the tailor, Schimele Soroker. He captures both the anxiety of Schimele’s poverty and his unsophisticated bumptiousness when trying to move in upper-class social circles. The great Wagnerian mezzo Marta Mödl gives a fine supporting performance as Schimele’s wife. The supporting cast is impeccable, and Heinrich Hollreiser leads the orchestra with dynamic intensity.