Fritz Wunderlich

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Fritz Wunderlich: Schlager aus den 50ern (Hits from the 50ies)

Fritz Wunderlich: Schlager aus den 50ern (Hits from the 50ies)


A unique collection of popular German songs, performed by Fritz Wunderlich in the 1950s and 1960s.

The accompanying booklet provides interesting details and rare photos provided by Fritz Wunderlich’s daughter, Barbara Wunderlich.

Includes the sound engineers' account of the complete remastering process of the original Wunderlich tapes.

The outstanding remastering of those tapes makes Fritz Wunderlich’s voice sound fresh and radiant.

This is the latest instalment in the 10-volume SWR Wunderlich series, covering all aspects of his repertoire, from popular songs to operettas, older music to 20th century works.

“Wunderlich’s beautiful voice and winning personality is worth hearing in whatever repertoire he chose, and this twofer is no exception.” MusicWeb International, May 2017

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Fritz Wunderlich – Immortal Beloved

Fritz Wunderlich – Immortal Beloved


Beethoven:

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Heinrich Schmidt (piano)

Haydn:

Ein Wandrer kommt von ferne, Hob.XXXIb:3

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Fließ leise mein Bächlein, Hob.XXXIa/253 A

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Ich stehe auf der Heide, Hob.XXXIb:27

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Es weiden meine Schafe, Hob.XXIa

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Im Schummern, da kam ich einst zu dir, Hob.XXXIb:36

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Mein süßes Liebchen, Hob.XXXIa:194

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Rose weiss Rose rot, Hob.XXXb:10

Heinrich Schmidt (piano), Walter Weller (violin), Ludwig Beinl (cello)

Strauss, R:

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jan Koetsier

Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jan Koetsier

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jan Koetsier

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jan Koetsier

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jan Koetsier


‘It was altogether shocking how absolutely wonderful his voice sounded … so unique, so individual, so clear and authentic – a voice that could be compared to no other.’ Rolando Villazón

‘What he did – there was no one who came close to him. I don’t think he will ever be surpassed.’ Nicolai Gedda

‘The sheer quality of his incredible voice is unique and will always be unique. Fortunately, there is the medium of the gramophone record.’ Peter Schreier

During the eleven years of his career, Wunderlich became a versatile lyric tenor who combined opulence of tone with intellectual weight. After some deliberation he turned to the heavier types of heroic roles before being invited to sing Walther von Stolzing in Wieland Wagner’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth. Although his repertoire included Rossini, Donizetti, Strauss, Pfitzner, Stravinsky, Egk, Orff and many oratorio parts, he is chiefly remembered, in the recordings bequeathed to posterity, as a singer of Lieder and an exponent of Mozartian roles (Belmonte, Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando). He breathed fascinating life into these roles with his cultivated tone, refinement, stylistic awareness, intensity and intelligence.

These recordings – partly ‘live’ (Beethoven, Haydn), partly studio (Strauss) – enshrine many of Wunderlich’s quality as a Lieder singer par excellence. Although previously released on Philips CD, for this Eloquence release, the recordings were re-mastered from the original tapes.

“Few performances of An die ferne Geliebte are guilelessly beautiful. Haydn's Scottish and Welsh Folksongs are animated and engaging, with a selection of Strauss Lieder as dessert.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 *****

“This [recording] will inform those who come fresh to his singing of his sappy tenor and eager, unaffected, articulate way of using it. These attributes are most apparent in the Beethoven cycle for which he had the almost ideal tone. This is the longing, ardent admirer of the distant beloved to the life. Wunderlich phrases this ever-attractive cycle with a secure legato, a keen feeling for the text and a natural buoyancy that produce the right sense of art concealing art … The charming Haydn settings of Scottish and Welsh folk-songs are just as admirable, especially “Mein süßes Liebchen” where the serenader, out in the frost and snow of winter, begs to be let into his lover's chamber: Wunderlich sings it with just the right brio” Gramophone Magazine, January 1989

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Schubert, Strauss & Wolf: Lieder

Schubert, Strauss & Wolf: Lieder


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV208 'Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!': excerpts

Finck, Heinrich:

O schönes Weib

Isaac:

Mein Freud allein

Krieger, A:

Amanda, darf man dich wohl küssen

Neumeyer:

Studentenlieder

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Horch! Horch! die Lerch!', D889

Ihr Bild, D957 No. 9

Strauss, R:

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, Op. 19 No. 4

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Wolf, H:

Fussreise (No. 10 from Mörike-Lieder)

Nimmersatte Liebe (No. 9 from Mörike-Lieder)

Der Musikant (No. 2 from Eichendorff-Lieder)


A lyric tenor of radiance, elegance, warmth and strength, Fritz Wunderlich remains unsurpassed in the Austro-German repertoire. Since his death in 1966, aged just 35, he has come to represent an ideal. This collection shows his eloquence in songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss and several much more rarely-heard composers, and in Bach’s secular Hunting Cantata, which unites him with the delightful soprano Annelies Kupper.

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Fritz Wunderlich: The 50 Greatest Tracks

Fritz Wunderlich: The 50 Greatest Tracks


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Ten Top Tenors

Ten Top Tenors


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Bellini:

Ecco, signor, la sposa (from Adelson e Salvini)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Bernstein:

Maria (from West Side Story)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Brodszky:

Be My Love

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Capua:

O sole mio

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Cardillo:

Core 'ngrato

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Cilea:

La dolcissima effigie (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Curtis, E:

Torna a Surriento

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Denza:

Funiculì-Funiculà

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Donizetti:

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! (from La Fille du Régiment)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Com'é gentil…Tornami a dir (from Don Pasquale)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Handel:

Ciel e terra armi di sdegno (from Tamerlano)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Hardelot:

Because

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Kalman:

Wenn es Abendd … Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Lehár:

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Morricone, E:

Cinema Paradiso: love theme

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Mozart:

Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Puccini:

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rossini:

Soirées musicales: La Danza

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Sorozábal:

La Taberna del Puerto – ‘No puede ser’

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Verdi:

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Wagner:

Mein lieber Schwan (from Lohengrin)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


This 2CD album brings together ten of the most famous tenors, performing nearly 50 of the greatest arias of all time. It also features a 16-page booklet with everything you need to know about each tenor – nationality, short biography, best recording, trivia and more – in an appealing and witty design.

Disc One contains 24 operatic arias, opening with the all-time tenor of tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, singing Nessun Dorma. Juan Diego Flórez delivers the astonishing Ah mes amis (with its 9 top Cs) in supreme style, Villazón sings Verdi and Handel, while Jonas Kaufmann can be heard in Puccini, Bizet (Carmen) and even Wagner.

Disc Two contains film themes, Neopolitan songs, Sicilian songs, sacred music and others. Highlights include Andrea Bocelli’s Ave Maria (from his best-selling Sacred Arias album); Joseph Calleja singing the “love theme” from Cinema Paradiso, Plácido Domingo with No Puedo Ser and José Carreras singing Granada.

THE BOOKLET was designed in the style of collectable sport cards book, featuring

- Photos

- Short biographies

- Curious facts

- Quotes

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) & Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

New Philharmonia & Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

Not only did Otto Klemperer know Mahler personally, he had reason to be grateful to the composer, who helped him in the early stages of his career. Klemperer first conducted Das Lied von der Erde in 1924 and this recording dates from some 40 years later. Few tenors have rivalled Fritz Wunderlich’s glowing heroic lyricism, while Christa Ludwig, both opulent of tone and acutely sensitive, makes the final ‘Abschied’ an unforgettable experience.

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Twenty Gems of Viennese Operetta

Twenty Gems of Viennese Operetta


1. Mein Herr Marquis (Die Fledermaus:J.Strauss IL:Haffner & Génée) 3.20

Hilde Gueden / Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Robert Stolz,1960

2. Komm in die Gondel (Eine Nacht in Venedig:J.Strauss II:Zell & Génée) 4.01

Sandor Konya / Orchestra conducted by Fried Walter Rec.1962

3. Im chambre séparée (Der Opernball:Heuberger:Léon & Waldberg) 6.03

Anneliese Rothenberger and Helga Hildebrand

with the FFB Orchestra / Werner Schmidt-Boelke Rec.1960

4. Wer uns getraut (Der Ziegeunerbaron:J.StraussII:Schnitzer) 3.43

Karl Terkal, Hilde Gueden /Vienna Philharmonic/ Heinrich Hollreiser, 1961

5. Her die Hand, es muss ja sein (Der Zigeunerbaron:J.Strauss II:Schnitzer) 2.33

Hermann Prey /Philharmonia Orchestra / Otto Ackermann Rec.1955

6. Ja das schreiben und das lessen (Der Zigeunerbaron) 2.37

Kurt Boehme / Orchestra conducted Robert Stolz Rec.1956

7. Sei nicht bös (Der Vogelhändler:Zeller:West & Held) 4.16

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf /Philharmonia Orchestra/Otto Ackermann, 1960

8. Soll ich reden?Darf ich schweigen? (Der Bettelstudent:Millöcker)(1956) 3.31

Karl Terkal, Wilma Lipp/Bavarian Radio Orchestra/Werner Schmidt-Boelcke

9. Grüss mir mein Wien (Gräfin Maritza:Kálmán:Brammer) 2.39

Fritz Wunderlich / Cologne Radio Orchestra/ Fritz Marszalek Rec.1962

10. Sag ja, mein Lied, sag’ja (Gräfin Maritza:Kálmán:Brammer) 4.13

Hilde Gueden /Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera / Robert Stolz, 1960

11. Zwei Märchenaugen (Der Zirkusprinzessin:Kálmán:Brammer) 3.40

Rudolf Schock with orchestra Rec.1958

12. Heut könnt einer sein Glück bei mir machen (Madame Pompadour: Fall) 2.28

Hilde Gueden /Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Robert Stolz Rec.1960

13. Hab ein blaues Himmelbett (Frasquita:Lehar:Willner & Reichert) 3.22

Peter Anders with Orch cond Franz Marszalek Rec.1953

14. Im heimlichen Dämmer der silbernen Ampel (Eva:Léhar) 4.16

Anneliese Rothernberger /FFB Orchestra/Werner Schmidt-Boelke Rec.1960

15. Du bist meine sonne (Giuditta:Lehár:Knepler&Löhner) 3.23

Waldemar Kmentt /Vienna State Opera Orchestra /Rudolf Moralt, 1958

16. Hör ich Zymbalklänge (Zigeunerliebe:Léhar:Willner & Bodanzky) 4.07

Hilde Gueden /Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Robert Stolz Rec.1960

17. Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz (Das Land des Lächelns:Léhar: Herzer 4.03

& Löhner) Nicolai Gedda /Philharmonia /Otto Ackermann Rec.1955

18. Barcarolle:Leise erklingen die Glocken vom Campanile

(Balkanliebe:Kattnig) 3.36

Anneliese Rothenberger/ FFB Orchestra /Werner Schmidt-Boelke Rec.1960

19. Mein liebeslied muss ein walzer sein (Im Weissen Rössl: Stolz:Gilbert) 2.56

Hilde Gueden - Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Robert Stolz Rec.1960

20. Ich bin nur ein armer Wandergesell (Der Vetter aus Dingsda:Kunneke: 3.07

Haller & Oliven) Sandor Konya/ Orchestra conducted Franz Marszalek, 1961


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Fritz Wunderlich: Arias

Fritz Wunderlich: Arias


Flotow:

Ach, so fromm (from Martha)

Handel:

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Messiah: Comfort ye my people and Ev'ry valley shall be exalted

Messiah: He that dwelleth in heaven … Thou shalt break them

Haydn:

Gefesselt steht der breite See (from Die Jahreszeiten)

Mozart:

Dalla sua pace (from Don Giovanni)

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Konstanze, Konstanze...O wie ängstlich (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Puccini:

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Viene la sera (from Madama Butterfly)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Strauss, J, II:

Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau'n (from Die Fledermaus)

Thomas, Ambroise:

Adieu, Mignon! Courage! (Mignon)

Verdi:

Ingemisco (from Requiem)

Wagner:

Mit Gewitter und Sturm (from Der Fliegende Hollander)

Zeller:

Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös’ from Der Vogelhändler


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Bach: Magnificat, Cantata BWV 31 & Easter Oratorio

Bach: Magnificat, Cantata BWV 31 & Easter Oratorio


Bach, J S:

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Cantata BWV31 'Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret'

Easter Oratorio BWV249


Friederike Sailer (soprano), Margarete Bence (alto), Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & August Messthaler (bass)

Stuttgarter Bach-Chor & Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester, Marcel Couraud

In 1956 Fritz Wunderlich together with colleagues Friederike Sailer, Margarete Bence and August Messthaler set down complete versions of three Bach choral works – the Magnificat, the Cantata BWV 31 and the Easter Oratorio. They were recorded for Philips in France. Both, the oratorio and the cantata Der Himmel lacht, Die Erde jubilieret (‘The heavens laugh, the Earth rejoices’) were written for use at Easter, and together with the Magnificat are some of Bach’s most joyous outpourings of sacred choral music. Then, as now, it is Wunderlich’s presence on these recordings that has and probably will inspire purchasers to acquire these recordings, with the 25-year-old Wunderlich then in the full flower of his youth, shortly after his professional debut at age 25. At the time he was under contract to the Württemberg Staatstheater in Stuttgart, and on the brink on international fame.

These recordings date from 1956, before it had become common to perform Bach’s music using period instruments (or copies thereof) and in a ‘historically-informed’ style. Nevertheless, Marcel Couraud’s readings have much to recommend them. This French conductor, born in 1912, had a superb education. Charles Munch instructed

him in conducting and Nadia Boulanger – the woman who taught so many of the twentieth century’s composers – instructed him in composition. He was also trained as an organist. Although most of his career was spent in France, where he died in 1986, in 1954 he came to Stuttgart to conduct what at that time was known as a ‘Bach Choir’ and ‘Bach Orchestra.’

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Fritz Wunderlich sings Operetta & Opera Arias & Duets

Fritz Wunderlich sings Operetta & Opera Arias & Duets


[1] Dies bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte:Mozart:Schikaneder) 4.21

[2] Wie stark is nicht dein Zaubertön (Die Zauberflöte) 3.05

[3] Ja, nun lass das Schicksal wüten (Zaide:Mozart:Schachtner) 3.38

[4] Gefesselt steht der breite See (Die Jahreszeiten: Haydn: van Sweiten) 6.34

Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart / Hans Müller-Kray 1959 (Live)

[5] Ach so fromm (Martha:Flotow:Riese) 2.41

Berlin Symphony Orchestra / Artur Rother Rec.1957

[6] Vater, Mutter Schwestern, Brüder (Undine:Lortzing:Motte-Fouque) 3.43

[7] Man wird ja einmal nur geboren

(Der Waffenschmied:Lortzing:Von Ziegler) 4.51

[8] War einst ein junger Spriinginsfeld (Der Waffenschmied) 3.50

[9] Nur fur Natur (Der lustige Krieg:J,Strauss II: Zell&Genée) 3.14

[10] Als flotter Geist (Der Zigeunerbaron: J.Strauss II:Schnitzer) 2.40

Chorus and Orchestra / Werner Schmidt-Boelcke Rec.1956

[11] Sei nicht bös (Der Obersteiger:Zeller:West&Held) 3.22

[12] Nur das eine bitt’ich (Der Bettelstudent:Millöcker:Zell&Genée) 3.59

[13] Hab’ nur dich allein (Der Zarewitsch:Lehar:Jenbach & Reichart) 4.50

[14] Du warst von Angeginn (Zauberin Lola:Künneke:Kneppler) 4.18

[15] Ein Walzer zu zweien (Monika:Dostal) 4.14


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