Franz Lehár

Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke")

    Description by Anne Feeney

    Though best known for the "Tauber tune," (the romantic hit "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz"), this work (also known as The Land of Smiles) is filled with a wide variety of music, from Mi's soubrettish melodies to hints of Orientalism to pensively amourous tunes, as well as the standard Viennese waltzes. The bittersweet plot, with its sad but not tragic ending, allowed Lehár to add more musically and dramatically serious elements (as with Giuditta). While in its first appearance "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz" is a passionate expression of romantic devotion, the melody later serves almost as a leitmotif when the action turns tragic; it is somewhat reminiscent of "Du bist der Lenz," reprised at Siegmund's death in Die Walküre as a love song that briefly returns to evoke the sadness of lost love. The work originally premiered in 1923 in Vienna as Die gelbe Jacket (The Yellow Jacket). It ran for about 100 performances, but 1929 reworking, with a new cast and new music, captured audiences both at the Berlin premiere and worldwide. The two leads, Richard Tauber and Vera Schwarz, had plenty of star appeal, and the new numbers, including "Im Salon zur blau'n Pagode," "Bei inem Tee a deux," and of course, "Dein ist mein ganzes Herz," added even more to the operetta's charm and light exoticism. The work has firmly remained in the operetta repertoire ever since, though in the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, some of the cultural concepts can be uncomfortable to audiences.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Overture
    2. No. 1, Flirten, bisschen flirten
    3. No. 2, Gern, gern, wär' ich verliebt
    4. No. 3, Es ist nicht das erste Mal
    5. No. 4, Freunderl, mach' dir nix d'raus, 's war ja nicht so bos gemeint
    6. No. 5, Immer nur lächeln und limmer vergnügt
    7. No. 6, Ach, trinken Sie vielleicht mit mir ein Tässchen Tee?
    8. No. 7, Bei einem Tee a deux
    9. No. 8, Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz
    10. No. 9, Prelude
    11. No. 10, Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt
    12. No. 11, Im Salon zur blau'n Pagode
    13. No. 12, Als Gott die Welt erschuf, war'n alle Menschen gleich
    14. No. 13, Meine Liebe, deine Liebe, die sind beide gleich
    15. No. 14, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You are my heart's delight)
    16. No. 15, Ich möcht' wieder einmal die Heimat seh'n
    17. No. 16, (Chinesischer Hochzeitszug)
    18. No. 17, Kann es möglich sein
    19. No. 18, Liebe besiegt, Liebe durchfliegt Zeiten und Raum
    20. No. 19, Zig, zig, zig, zig, ih!
    21. No. 20, Wenn die Chrysanthemen blüh'n am Paiho
    22. No. 21, Du bist so lieb, du bist so schön

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Oehms Classics OC 016
    2015 Warner Classics 550579
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099946458
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945638
    2009 ZYX Music 10082
    2009 Document / Documents 223990
    2009 Documents / Meisterwerke/Membran 223309
    2007 CPO 777303
    2005 Naxos 811101617
    2004 Oehms 221
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 85997
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 85822
    2004 Oehms 338
    2002 EMI Music Distribution 574097
    2001 Angel Records 67529
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 66376
    2000 Gala Records 329
    1998 Koch Schwann 313732
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80419
    1993 Capitol / EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution 69523
    1993 Preiser Records 93144
    Membran 232995
    Telarc Distribution 83341
    Forlane 16715
    EMI Music Distribution 47604
    History 203151
    Video Land Klassik VLMD077