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

> Die Walkure - Act I: Der Manner Sippe sass hier im Saal
> Die Walkure - Act I: Du bist der Lenz
> Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) - Act III: Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort
> Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) - Act III: Mein Erbe nun nehm' ich zu eigen
> Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods) - Act III: Grane, mein Ross
> Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223 - Elektra, Op. 58, TrV 223: Was willst du? Seht doch, dort!
> Bluthochzeit (Blood Wedding) - Bluthochzeit (Blood Wedding), Act II: Nachbarinnen! Mit einem Messer ... - Schlusszene der Mutter
> Melusine - Melusine, Act III: Heut, hier und jetzt wird es entschieden
> Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), Op. 68 - Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), Op. 68, Act II: Schweigt doch endlich! Alles Luge Ich bin mude
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 1. Bitten
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 2. Die Liebe des Nachsten
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 3. Vom Tode
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 5. Gottes Macht und Vorsehung
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 4. Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur
> 6 Songs, Op. 48 - No. 6. Busslied

Album Summary

>Wagner, Richard : Rienzi
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Wagner, Richard : Wesendonck Lieder
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Strauss, Richard : Elektra
>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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Works Details

>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: Hertha Topper (Voice); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Grace Hoffmann (Voice)
  • 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: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Grace Hoffmann (Voice)
  • 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: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Gustav Neidlinger (Bass Baritone); Wolfgang Windgassen; Grace Hoffmann (Voice)
  • 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 :: Was willst du? Seht doch dort!
  • Performers: Ingrid Steger (Mezzo Soprano); Elisabeth Rose (Soprano); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Rosemarie Ronisch (Voice)
  • 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: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Josef Greindl (Bass)
  • 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: Michael Raucheisen (Piano); Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802