Fritz Wunderlich


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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


Ach, so fromm (from Martha)


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


Gefesselt steht der breite See (from Die Jahreszeiten)


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)


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)


Ingemisco (from Requiem)


Mit Gewitter und Sturm (from Der Fliegende Hollander)


Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös’ from Der Vogelhändler

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K384

Live recording Buenos Aires 8/9/1961

Bonus: Ludwig SENFL Lust hab ich ghabt zur Musics, Entlautet is der Walde, Ein alt Bös Weib, Unsäglich Schmerz, Ich armes Käuzlein kleine, Wie wohl ich trag

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Adalbert Nauber (violin), Emil Seiler, Edith Klein (viola), Erich Wilke (cello)

Freiburg 27/10/1954

Fritz Wunderlich (Belmonte), Anneliese Rothenberger (Konstanze), Renate Holm (Blonde), Eudenio Valori (Pedrillo), Kurt Böhme (Osmin) & Victor Parlaghy (Selim)

Orchestra & Chorus del Teatro Colon, Heinz Wallberg

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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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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

2011 is also a Mahler anniversary year – we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death on 18 May. In conjunction with this anniversary we present a treasure from the archives: the Wunderlich / Fischer-Dieskau Das Lied von der Erde.

Mahler’s great symphony of six songs on texts from an anthology of Chinese poetry was composed in summer 1908 – a period of anxiety and grief for the composer. The work celebrates the pleasures of wine and beauty and the joys of friendship, culminating in the overwhelming Abschied, a movement lasting half an hour, in which the poet takes farewell from his friend and from life.

Our CD is a live recording of a sold-out concert from the Vienna Festival, given at the Musikverein there on 14 June 1964, with tenor and baritone soloists. Josef Krips conducts the Wiener Symphoniker.

It is being released for the first time, using a unique source in the Krips family archive, a copy of the original ORF (Austrian Radio) tape, which is no longer to be found. Faithfully restored by the expert engineers at the Emil Berliner Studios in Berlin, it is a marvel of singing from the two great soloists, who were both closely associated with this great work.

Booklet notes by Thomas Voigt fill out the story with recollections from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Harrietta Krips, the conductor’s widow; illustrations include extracts from the original concert programme booklet and newspaper cuttings of the time. Full sung texts and translations included (German, English, French).

“in this previously unreleased recording we are held spellbound...[by] the Fischer-Dieskau of the mid 1960s, subtly shading his dynamics and tone, I can’t say the alto voice is much missed...with Wunderlich’s tenor there’s always a special bounce — a sparkle, too, which is admirably suited to the lighter songs here...Krips and the Wiener Symphoniker swiftly uncover Mahler’s Central European lilt.” The Times, 6th May 2011 ****

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Stravinsky: Persephone

Stravinsky: Persephone

sung in German

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Doris Schade (narrator)

Chor des Süddeutschen Rundfunks, Chor des Hessischen Rundfunks, Schwanheimer Kinderchor & Sinfonie-Orchesters des Hessischen Rundfunks, Dean Dixon

Tenor legend Fritz Wunderlich and the great German actress Doris Schade in Stravinsky’s rarely performed lyrical melodrama – a unique document from 1960.

Fritz Wunderlich sings Stravinsky – a rare combination! Not only is the combination of singer and work an unusual one, but the work itself also is, and has always been, a rarely performed part of Stravinsky’s oeuvre. The part of Eumolpius, Greek for “he who sings beautifully”, in Igor Stravinsky’s Perséphone could have become Fritz Wunderlich’s calling card if he had sung it more than the once, in 1960, for the Hessische Rundfunk in Frankfurt am Main. Dean Dixon, who was the first Afro-American to become chief conductor of a German Radio Symphony Orchestra in the following year, had programmed this virtually unknown jewel by Stravinsky. The great German actress Doris Schade took on the speaking part of Perséphone. This lyrical melodrama, based on a text by André Gide, was written during Stravinsky’s neo-classical period, its subject matter being the ancient classical myth of death and re-birth. The rewarding tenor role of the priest live recording 1960

Eumolpius presents Fritz Wunderlich at the pinnacle of his art. This live recording of this rarely performed work is a unique document and closes a gap in the discographic legacy of the singer who died so prematurely.

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Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin

Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin


Die schöne Müllerin, D795

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

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

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor), Rolf Reinhardt (piano), Kurt Heinz Stolze (piano)

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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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Schumann, Schubert & Beethoven - Lieder

Schumann, Schubert & Beethoven - Lieder


Adelaide, Op. 46

Resignation, WoO 149

Der Kuss, Op. 128


Der Einsame, D800

Nachtstück, D672 (Mayrhofer)

An die Laute D905

Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren D360 (Mayrhofer)

An Sylvia, D891

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)


Dichterliebe, Op. 48

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor) & Herbert Giesen (piano)

Wunderlich was one of the most unusual and captivating tenors of the last fifty years. In his tragically short career, he displayed an extraordinary musical versatility. This recording was made with his longtime friend and accompanist Hubert Giesen and includes Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Schubert 6 Songs.

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Handel Gold

Handel Gold


Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet)

English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Rose

Lascia la spina (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno)

Cecilia Bartoli

Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski

Frondi tenere e belle ... Ombra mai fù (from Serse)

Plácido Domingo

Giuseppe Verdi SO Milano, Marcelo Viotti

Tornami a vagheggiar (from Alcina)

Joan Sutherland

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Anne Sofie von Otter

Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski

Care selve (from Atalanta)

Luciano Pavarotti

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Richard Bonynge

V' adoro, pupille (from Giulio Cesare)

Renée Fleming

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket

Ciel e terra armi di sdegno (from Tamerlano)

Rolando Villazón

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Ma che vuoi più da me (from Floridante)

Joyce DiDonato

Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis

Ah dolce nome! (from Muzio Scevola)

Russell Oberlin

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dunn

Jephtha: Waft her, angels, through the skies

Nigel Robson

English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

Messiah: He was despised

Kathleen Ferrier

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV258 'Zadok the Priest'

Choir of Westminster Abbey, The English Concert, Simon Preston

Semele: Where'er you walk

Bryn Terfel

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Charles Mackerras

Hercules: Where shall I fly?

Janet Baker

English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard

Joshua: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre

Magdalena Kozena

Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon

Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!

Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Judas Maccabaeus: Father of Heaven

Grace Bumbry

The Utah Symphony, Maurice Abravanel

Solomon: Almighty pow'r

Andreas Scholl

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Semele: Myself I shall adore

Danielle de Niese

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Messiah: The People that walked in darkness

John Tomlinson

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

Piangerò la sorte mia (from Giulio Cesare)

Teresa Berganza

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Alexander Gibson

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Fritz Wunderlich

Cappella Coloniensis, Ferdinand Leitner

Semele: Hence, Iris, hence away

Marilyn Horne

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Richard Bonynge

Theodora: Angels, ever bright and fair

Susan Gritton

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth

Sylvia McNair

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner

Messiah: Behold, I tell you a mystery... The trumpet shall sound

Thomas Quasthoff

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sebastian Weigle

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

The English Concert Choir, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock

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Rosette Winner

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