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White Horse Inn (English, German and American Casts) CD
Composer: Benatzky

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This musical set in Austria was a hit in London and NY, but neither cast was recorded commercially. However, 20 minutes survive from a 1935 radio broadcast of the Broadway cast; that's here with a heap of UK and German bonus tracks. Kitty Carlisle and co-stars sing White Horse Inn and I Cannot Live Without Your Love ; you'll also hear the original Leopold, Max Hansen, and more!

It might come as a surprise to hear this famous show in it's original 'swinging' glory. But I must confess that for me it is the only way I can enjoy these over-familiar tunes. Instead of the usual soupy operetta arrangements, aka as total tosh, one gets these ultra stylish renditions by UK-dance band leader Jack Hylton and colleagues from the early 1930s, when WHITE HORSE INN played to packed houses in London. The charm of these renditions is incredible. And they are bouncy beyond belief. As is William Gaxton from the original Broadway cast. I don't really care for his partner Kitty Carlisle, because she is too operatic for my taste and too coy for the role of a lusty innkeeper, but to hear her in that rousing slap dance yodel number is something else. (And those slaps give a new meaning to slap dancing, rest assured!) Interesting to also hear the 'bonus' material, i.e. the stars of the original German production 1930. I never would have guessed that jazz-operetta 'Made in Berlin' could sound so very very 'Broadway' (think CABARET and numbers like "Two Ladies") and still maintain a totally personal flavor not heard on any Broadway recording. Max Hansen as the head waiter is simply divine, very different to William Gaxton, but an interesting alternative. And those chicken in the background of Hansen's rendition of the title song are a "must hear". In short: if you're gonna give this show a try, opt for this fresh sounding cd. Also, the booklet is quite wonderful, full of photos from the original UK and US productions that make one long to have been there. Or see it again today, done like that. Maybe someone can persuade the guys at 'Encores' to give the Spialek orchestrations a new go? (Would love to hear the full score in all of it's 1936 Broadway glory.) Till then, this Sepia issue is the best alternative. And highly addictive, I must confess. Makes me sing along and drive the neighbors crazy.

1. White Horse Inn (Fox Trot Medley). The White Horse Inn; You Too; Goodby
2. White Horse Inn (Waltz Medley). My Song of Love; Love Turns Your Work I
3. Introduction / Yodel Specialty [Radio Magic Key broadcast]
4. White Horse Inn (Im Weissen Rössl) [Radio Magic Key broadcast]
5. I Cannot Live Without Your Love (Es muss 'was Wunderbares sein) [Radio
6. High Up On The Hills (In Salzkammergut) [Radio Magic Key broadcast]
7. Scene Between Katarina and The Emporer [Radio Magic Key broadcast]
8. We Prize Most The Things We Miss ('Es ist einmal im Leben so) [Radio Ma
9. It Would Be Wonderful [BBC Radio Broadcast]
10. It Would Be Wonderful
11. Your Eyes
12. Vocal Gems from White Horse Inn. The White Horse Inn; My Song of Love;
13. Good-Bye
14. My Song Of Love
15. Im Weissen Rössl, Am Wolfgangsee
16. Was Kann Der Sigismund Dafür
17. Im Salzkammergut
18. Es Muss Was Wunderbares Sein
19. Und Als Der Herrgott Mai Gemacht
20. Zuschau'n Kann Ich Nicht
21. Es Ist Doch Nicht Das Letzte Mal, Dass Wir Uns Seh'n [German version of
22. White Horse Inn Medley, Part 1
23. White Horse Inn Medley, Part 2

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