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Emmerich Kalmán’s Die Faschingsfee (The Carnival Fairy, 1915) is a comparative dud. Nice music confidently performed; Camille Schnoor’s soprano isn’t alluring but has presence. For completists only, it’s like a snack you enjoy but forget. Much tastier is the same composer’s earlier Ein Herbstmanöver (1908) – variously known as Tatárjárás, The Gay Hussars and Autumn Maneuvers (sic) – which offers real Hungarian dash. It’s helped by Michael Hoffstetter’s conducting. He really gets his teeth into the score, which from the overture balances nostalgia and melancholy against Hussar vim and vigour. It has great tunes, an enjoyable story, and the cast is top notch, with Christiane Boesiger and Grga Peroš nailing the lead roles of Riza and Lörenthy. Peroš has a particularly stylish soprano, with a beguilingly floated line.

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