The Merry Widow (includes Vilja Song)
Franz Lehár

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The Merry Widow proves that Lehár is no one-trick pony — it's back in the chart for the first time since 2011

Franz Lehár's jovial operetta was first performed in 1905. It tells the story of the rich widow Hanna Glawari, who is reunited with a man from her past, and the twists and turns as their spark of love is re-ignited. The action takes place in the highest echelons of society in Pontevedro (a fictionalised version of Montenegro).

Lehár's music recalls the style of other famous Austrian composers like Johann Strauss II in its lush orchestration, its wit and its memorable melodies. The best known sections of the work are the Merry Widow Waltz, You'll find me at Mxim's and the Vilja Song.