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Great Singers: Hermann Prey sings Mozart, Rossini, Lortzing, Verdi et al.

> Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620 - Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II: Arie: Ein Madchen oder Weibchen wunscht Papageno sich!
> Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 - Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Tutto e disposto … Aprite un po' quegli occhi
> Cosi fan tutte, K. 588 - Cosi fan tutte, K. 588, Act I: Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo
> Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) * - Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Act I: Cavatina: Largo al factotum della citta
> Der Wildschutz - Der Wildschutz, Act III: Recitative and Aria: Wie freundlich strahlt die helle Morgensonne
> La traviata* - La traviata, Act II: Di Provenza il mar
> Un ballo in maschera* - Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima
> Faust - Faust, Act I: Cavatina: Avant de quitter ces lieux
> Pagliacci - Pagliacci, Act I: Prologue: Si puo? Si puo?
> Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part I: Grosser Herr, o starker Konig
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 1. Auf dem Hugel sitz' ich, spahend
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 2. Wo die Berge so blau
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 3. Leichte Segler in den Hohen
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 4. Diese Wolken in den Hohen
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 5. Es kehret der Maien
> An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98 - No. 6. Nimm sie hin denn diese Lieder
> Annie Get your Gun - Annie Get your Gun: They Say It's Wonderful

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, K 584
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Lortzing, Albert : Der Wildschutz
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Hermann Prey's performance of Papageno was historic, and turned him into the most popular opera singer in Germany. This CD includes a collection of previously unpublished recordings made during the legendary Sunday Concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from 1966 to 1992. In a representative series of roles ranging from Bach to musicals, the great baritone shows us all his facets: from the sensitivity of the comic actor to the intense, inmost sincerity of the Lieder performer. At a time when the opera was still an integral part of Germany's media landscape, Hermann Prey made it impressively clear that a broad repertoire and depth of interpretation are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Prey's opera performances were characterized sometimes by unique yet convincing interpretations as well as by his smooth, solid technique and beautiful voice. One of his best roles in opera was Wagner's Beckmesser, which he sang better than anyone else I've heard on stage or recordings. Unfortunately, there's no excerpt from that role here. Prey was also a superb Papageno, and he does sing 'Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen', intimately, like a simple song, minimizing the comedy but emphasizing the humanity of the character. Other notable interpretations are Figaro's 'Largo al Factotum' from The Barber of Seville, sung fast and with enthusiasm, Germont's 'Di Provenza', from La Traviata, also taken with emotional restraint and at a faster than "normal" pace, and Valentin's Act 1 aria ('Avant de Quitter ces Lieux') from Faust sung without excessive sentimentality but also simply and effectively.



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Arie. Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Rezitativ und Arie. Tutto è disposto - Aprite un po' gli occhi
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo, K 584
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1789

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia :: Arie. Largo al factotum della città
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Lortzing, Albert : Der Wildschütz :: Rezitativ un Arie. Wie freundlich strahlt die helle Morgensonne
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Notes: Composition written: 1842.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Arie. Di provenza il mar
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Heinz Fricke
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Szene und Arie. Alzati! - Eri tu che macchiavi quell' anima
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Avant de quitter ces lieux
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Argeo Quadri
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci :: Prolog. Si può, si può?
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Heinz Wallberg
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 :: Groáer Herr und starker König
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Kurt Eichhorn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1734

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
  • Performers: Wolfgang Sawallisch (Piano); Hermann Prey
  • Running Time: 14 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1816

>Berlin, Irving : Annie Get Your Gun :: They say that falling in love is wonderful
  • Performer: Hermann Prey
  • Conductor: Roberto Abbado
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1946