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Bill White
Fanfare, July 2012

The irascible playwright and man of letters George Bernard Shaw seems to have had a gift for producing stories that were ripe for adaption as light musical comedy.

This recording…features clear, pure-voiced, light soprano Caroline Stein in the lead role of Nadina. She sings very well both alone and in ensemble and is much the best singer on the recording. Baritone Johannes Martin Kränzie sings Bumerli in a pleasant voice…He blends in well in the ensembles, of which there are many in this light work. The second romantic couple of tenor John Dickie and mezzo Martina Borst sing well in this style of music, as do Mom and Dad, contralto Gertraud Wagner and bass-baritone Helmut Berger.

If…you want these operettas in their original language, this is the one to buy. It will provide you an hour and a half of very enjoyable, frothy light music. Recommended. © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review

Richard Traubner
American Record Guide, May 2012

The first act is truly perfection, with its succession of triumphant melodies. Count on Oscar Straus to make the other songs just as memorable, sometimes in a conversational style championed by his contemporary, Leo Fall. This recording, rightly, reprises the better songs in the third act…The score is further peppered with tasty morsels like ‘Pardon, Pardon, Pardon’…

The lyrics by Rudolf Bernauer and Leopold Jacobson are quite funny… The singing is quite good in this radio transcription. Johannes Martin Kranzle is the fine Bumerli, and the Nadina of Caroline Stein is also good. John Dickie…is quite puffed-up and humorous as Alexius…The other ladies in the ‘Tiralala’ finale, Martina Borst, and Gertrud Wagner, execute it perfectly. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online, February 2012

an excellent one: the operetta is brimming with luscious tunes, well-made ensembles and effective duets, and all come across very well indeed in a spirited romp whose music flows with delight…well-deserved boost for home listeners and will hopefully keep some wonderful music alive. © 2012 Read complete review

Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, January 2012

The big hit of the show is the well-known and popular waltz song, ‘Komm, komm, Held meiner Träum’ (‘Come, come hero of my dreams’). Here it is sung most beguilingly by sweet-voiced Caroline Stein as Nadina. The Act I ensemble song with comic material for the soldiers searching for Bumerli and an interpolated stirring patriotic song lustily sung by Nadina is a highlight—so, too, is the following charming waltz-song trio for Nadina, Mascha and Aurelia They sing ‘Tiralala’ as all besotted, they dream of their Chocolate soldier. This number has some lovely orchestral felicities in the strings and woodwinds. Conductor, Köhler consistently delivers telling sentimental and witty accompaniments to all the numbers.

A charming recording of a delightful operetta. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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