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Just as good is Léhar’s late Schön ist die Welt (The World is Beautiful, 1930), a reworking of the earlier Endlich Allein. Here the composer attempts to break the shackles of expectation, essaying some extended through-written passages of up to 15 minutes. Act II is therefore sometimes known as his ‘Wagnerian’ act. That’s pushing it a bit, but considering our hero and heroine are stranded atop a snowy mountain, things do get quite steamy and the music is gorgeous. Elena Moşuc and Zoran Todorovich provide some of the best singing in any of these sets (it is a studio recording from 2004), and Ulf Schirmer allows his orchestra to have its moments of glory. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, neither Ein Herbstmanöver nor Schön ist die Welt comes with its libretto – the latter has an annoying synopsis that ends on a cliff-hanger. Who writes this rubbish?

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