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Live On Stage / Fritz Wunderlich

Audio Samples

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>     Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
>     Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton
>     Soll ich dich, Teurer, nicht mehr sehn?
>     Mich Schreckt kein Tod
>     Tamino mein! O welch ein Glück! / Wir wandelten durch Feuergluten / Triumph!
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Come mai creder deggio... Dalla sua pace
>     Amici miei... Il mio tesoro intanto
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>     Sieh schon die Morgenröte
>     Strahlt auf mich der Blitz des Goldes
>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
>     Addio, mia vita, addio
>Strauss, Richard : Daphne
>     Leukippos, du?
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>     Di rigori armato il seno
>Strauss, Richard : Die schweigsame Frau
>     Du süáester Engel
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
>     Hier soll ich dich denn sehen
>     Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen!... O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85
>Strauss, Richard : Daphne
>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
>Strauss, Richard : Die schweigsame Frau
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Fritz Wunderlich, Germany's greatest tenor in the 20th century - and one of the greatest tenors of all time - would have celebrated his 80th birthday on September 26, 2010. DG is commemorating the occasion with an exceptional album of arias and scenes, almost all first-time releases, taken from live performances at the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, recorded between 1963 and 1966, the year of Wunderlich's death.

The music is by Mozart (The Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni), Rossini (The Barber of Seville - sung in German!) and Richard Strauss (Capriccio, Der Rosenkavalier, Daphne, Die Schweisame Frau).

The live quality of the recordings - meticulously re-mastered - gives an extra frisson to Wunderlich's calling-card, the portrait aria from Magic Flute, to the high jinks of The Barber, and to the Tenor's Aria from Rosenkavalier.

Also present on the recording: the great Anneliese Rothenberger, who died just recently and Lucia Popp in Strauss's Capriccio. Conductors include Herbert von Karajan, Karl Bohm, Josef Krips and Georges Pretre. Many of the performances are from the premieres of the productions in question.

"The pearl of great price...the Mozart tenor who could sound both elegant and manly...His 'Il mio tesoro' drops not a semiquaver and takes the long phrases with confident ease. At all times he makes his voice an instrument of feeling...he even makes us believe that Don Ottavio is at heart a man of action" Gramophone Magazine, January 2011

"Live performances demand more from a singer than those made in the studio, particularly how their voices strike an accommodation with the auditorium size. We can hear what Wunderlich really sounded like in various theatres and it becomes even more evident what a loss his premature death meant to the operatic world." MusicWeb International, January 2011

"The golden-toned Strauss items - the duet from the famous recording of Daphne with Gueden, the Italian opera singers number from Capriccio and the glorious tenor showpiece from a Kempe-conducted Rosenkavalier - are incomparable." Sunday Times, 12th December 2011 ***



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Soll ich dich, Teurer, nicht mehr sehn?
  • Performers: Karl Kohn (Voice); Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Mich Schreckt kein Tod
  • Performers: Claude Heater (Tenor); Albrecht Peter (Baritone); Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Tamino mein! O welch ein Glück! / Wir wandelten durch Feuergluten / Triumph!
  • Performers: Claude Heater (Tenor); Albrecht Peter (Baritone); Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Fritz Rieger
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Come mai creder deggio... Dalla sua pace
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Amici miei... Il mio tesoro intanto
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Sieh schon die Morgenröte
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Strahlt auf mich der Blitz des Goldes
  • Performers: Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Strauss, Richard : Capriccio, Op.85 :: Addio, mia vita, addio
  • Performers: Waldemar Kmentt (Tenor); Lisa Casa (Voice); Walter Berry (Bass Baritone); Robert Kerns (Baritone); Lucia Popp; Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Composition written: 1940-41.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1940-1941

>Strauss, Richard : Daphne :: Leukippos, du?
  • Performers: Hilde Gueden (Voice); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Notes: Vienna, Theater an der Wien (05/21/1964-05/26/1964)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 :: Di rigori armato il seno
  • Performers: Josef Knapp (Bass); Kurt Böhme (Voice); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Strauss, Richard : Die schweigsame Frau :: Du süáester Engel
  • Performers: Ingeborg Hallstein (Voice); Kurt Böhme (Voice); Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
  • Notes: Composition written: 1933-34.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1933-1934

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384 :: Hier soll ich dich denn sehen
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Josef Krips
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384 :: Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen!... O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig
  • Performer: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Conductor: Josef Krips
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1782