Individual songs from some of the operettas have become standards, notably "Vilja" from The Merry Widow and "You Are My Heart's Delight" ("Dein ist mein ganzes Herz") from The Land of Smiles. Lehár was also associated with the operatic tenor Richard Tauber, who sang in many of his operettas, beginning with Frasquita (1922), in which Lehar once again found a suitable post-war style. Between 1925 and 1934 he wrote six operettas specifically for Tauber's voice. By 1935 he decided to form his own publishing house to maximize his personal control over performance rights to his works. He was elected an honorary citizen of Sopron (Hungarian town) in 1940. In 1947, Lehar conducted the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in a series of 78-rpm recordings for English Decca (released in the U.S. by London Records) of overtures and waltzes from his operettas. The recordings had remarkable sound for their time because they were made using Decca's "full frequency range recording" process, one of the first commercial high fidelity techniques.
These recordings were later issued on LP and CD. He died in 1948 in Bad Ischl, near Salzburg (Austria). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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|Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz|
|Gold and Silver, Op. 79|
|Act II: Wie eine Rosenknospe (Camille, Valencienne)|