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Martha Mödl: The Portrait of a Legend / Wagner, Strauss, Fortner, Reimann

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  1. Martha Modl — Rienzi: Rienzi, Act III: Gerechter Gott $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Martha Modl — Tristan und Isolde: Act I: Begehrt, Herrin $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Martha Modl — Tristan und Isolde: Act I: War Morold dir so wert $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Martha Modl — Tristan und Isolde: Act II: Nicht Hornerschall tont so hold $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Martha Modl — Tristan und Isolde: Act II: So sturben wir, um ungetrennt $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Martha Modl — Tristan und Isolde, Act III: Mild und leise wie er lachelt $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Martha Modl — 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 1. Der Engel (The Angel) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Martha Modl — 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 2. Stehe still (Stand Still) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Martha Modl — 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 3. Im Treibhaus (In the Hothouse) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Martha Modl — 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 4. Schmerzen (Pain) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Martha Modl — 5 Gedichte fur eine Frauenstimme, "Wesendonck Lieder": No. 5. Traume (Dreams) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Martha Modl — Die Walkure: Act I: Der Manner Sippe sass hier im Saal $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Martha Modl — Die Walkure: Act I: Du bist der Lenz $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Martha Modl — Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Martha Modl — Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act III: Grane, mein Ross $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Martha Modl — Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223: Was willst du? Seht doch, dort!
  17. Martha Modl — Bluthochzeit (Blood Wedding), Act II: Nachbarinnen! Mit einem Messer ... - Schlusszene der Mutter $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Martha Modl — Melusine, Act III: Heut, hier und jetzt wird es entschieden $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Martha Modl — Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), Op. 68, Act II: Schweigt doch endlich! Alles Luge Ich bin mude $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 1. Bitten $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 2. Die Liebe des Nachsten $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 3. Vom Tode $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 4. Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 5. Gottes Macht und Vorsehung $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Martha Modl — 6 Songs, Op. 48: No. 6. Busslied $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58
>Fortner, Wolfgang : Bluthochzeit
>Reimann, Aribert : Melusine
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pique Dame
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

Never released before recordings from 1950 - 1982 Wilhelm Furtwängler aptly referred to her as a "magic box", because her voice changed with every character she portrayed on stage. It was that absolute identification with her roles and the inseparable unity of singing, personality and acting that made Martha Mödl a star. Wieland Wagner compared her with Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, his grandfather's favorite interpreter. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Martha Mödl's birth, and this release celebrates her six-decade career. Mödl was a triumph of Bayreuth, mastering the biggest and most difficult Wagner roles with her instinct, her intuition and the unique voice she was born with.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The incredibly lengthy career of Martha Mödl (1942-1999, age 87) has been well documented. In that time she sang it all: beginning as a mezzo (Hansel, Eboli, Carmen, Azucena), then soprano (Isolde, Brünnhilde, Kundry), then in the 1960s returning to mezzo and some great character roles (Klytemnestra, Die Amme, Waltraute). In the 1970s she adapted to secondary character roles (Widow Begbick, Grandmother Burya, the Old Countess in Queen of Spades), some of which were rechristened "Mödl-Rollen" in her honor. She was often called the "German Maria Callas" with her dramatic intensity, excitement, unique, colorful mezzo-tinted soprano voice. She was one of the singers very important to the re-establishment of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth in the 1950s. She appeared in several world premieres, creating roles in operas by Fortner, Cerha, and Von Einem. There is a little- known video of an interview with Mödl, Astrid Varnay, and Birgit Nilsson - great Wagnerians all. Varnay and Nilsson defer to Mödl!



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>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi :: Act 3. Szene des Adriano. Gerechter Gott
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Heinrich Hollreiser
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838-1840

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 1. Erzählung und Fluch der Isolde
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Hertha Topper (Voice)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 1. Begehrt, Herrin was Ihr wünscht
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 1. War Morold dir so wert
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 2. Nicht Hörnerschall tönt so hold
  • Performers: Grace Hoffmann (Voice); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 2. Dein Werk? O tör'ge Magd!
  • Performers: Grace Hoffmann (Voice); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 2. So stürben wir, um ungetrennt
  • Performers: Grace Hoffmann (Voice); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone); Wolfgang Windgassen
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Act 3. Isoldes Liebestod. Mild und leise
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1857-1858

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 1. Der Männer Sippe
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Act 1. Du bist der Lenz
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 3. Brunnhildes Schlussgesang. Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georges Sebastian
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 3. Brunnhildes Schlussgesang. Meine Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georges Sebastian
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 3. Brunnhildes Schlussgesang. Grane, mein Roß, sei mir gegrüßt
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Georges Sebastian
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Strauss, Richard : Elektra, Op. 58 :: Was willst du? Seht doch dort!
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Rosemarie Ronisch (Voice); Elisabeth Rose (Soprano); Ingrid Steger (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Otmar Suitner
  • Notes: Composition written: 1906-08.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Fortner, Wolfgang : Bluthochzeit :: Act 2. Schlussszene der Mutter. Nachbarinnen! Mit einem Messer
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Reimann, Aribert : Melusine :: Act 3. Szene der Pythia. Heut, hier und jetzt wird es entschieden
  • Performers: Josef Greindl (Bass); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Reinhard Peters
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1970
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pique Dame :: Act 2. Chor und Szene der Gräfin. Schweigt doch endlich! Alles Lüge. Ich bin m
  • Performer: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Niksa Bareza
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 48
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Michael Raucheisen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802