Fritz Wunderlich


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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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Divas and Tenors

Divas and Tenors

Bach, J S:

Sheep May Safely Graze, from Cantata BWV208

Magdalena Kozena (mezzo)


Casta Diva (from Norma)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo)


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

Ramon Vargas (tenor), Ludovic Tezier (baritone)

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

Placido Domingo (tenor)


O sole mio

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)


Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (from La Wally)

Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)


Lakmé: Dôme épais (Flower Duet)

Joan Sutherland (soprano), Jane Berbie (mezzo)


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

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)


Mesícku na nebi hlubokém 'Song to the Moon' (from Rusalka)

Renee Fleming (soprano)


Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Renee Fleming (soprano)


J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)


Samson: Let the bright seraphim

Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)

Lascia ch'io pianga (from Rinaldo)

Patricia Petibon (soprano)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Cecilia Bartoli (mezzo)

Care selve (from Atalanta)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Semele: Where'er you walk

John Aler (tenor)

Verdi prati (from Alcina)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Lloyd Webber, A:

All I ask of you (from The Phantom of the Opera)

Renee Fleming (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)


You Raise Me Up

Joseph Calleja (tenor)


Porgi amor (from Le nozze di Figaro)

Arleen Auger (soprano)

Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (from Die Zauberflöte)

Sumi Jo (soprano)

Un'aura amorosa del nostro tesoro (from Così fan tutte)

Francisco Araiza (tenor)

Il mio tesoro intanto (from Don Giovanni)

Francisco Araiza (tenor)

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)


Barcarolle (from Les Contes d'Hoffmann )

Anna Netrebko (soprano), Elina Garanca (mezzo)


Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)


O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)


Una voce poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)

Agnes Baltsa (mezzo)


Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (from Samson et Dalila)

Elina Garanca (mezzo)

Schönberg, C-M:

Bring Him Home (from Les Misérables)

Alfie Boe (tenor)


La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Placido Domingo (tenor)

The title says it all – one CD dedicated to the greatest Divas and one to the Tenors. Over two hours of the most beautiful and unforgettable songs and arias — sung by a line-up of the greatest and most legendary voices of all time. Artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Fritz Wunderlich, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anna Netrebko, Cecilia Bartoli and Renée Fleming — musical giants who will be remembered forever.

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Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss

Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss

Operetta’s Greatest Hits


Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände (from Victor und ihr Husar)

Herta Talmar (soprano)


Im Salzkammergut (from Im weissen Rössl)


Gehen wir ins Chambre séparée (from Der Opernball)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)


Heia, in den Bergen from Die Csárdásfürstin

Tanzen möcht' ich (from Die Csárdásfürstin)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Carambolina (from Das Veilchen von Montmartre)

Ingeborg Schöpf (soprano)

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

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Zwei Märchenaugen (from Die Zirkusprinzessin)

Anton Paulik

Künneke, Eduard:

Ich bin nur ein armer Wandergesell (from Der Vetter aus Dingsda)

Christian Thielemann


Viljalied (from Die lustige Witwe)

Christian Thielemann

Warum hat jeder Frühling, ach, nur einen Mai (from Der Zarewitsch)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Einer wird kommen (from Der Zarewitsch)

O Vaterland (from Die Lustige Witwe)

Boje Skovhus (baritone)

Liebe du Himmel auf Erden (from Paganini)

Christian Thielemann

Meine Lippen sie Kussen so heiss (from Giuditta)

Emmanuel Villaume

Lippen schweigen (from Die Lustige Witwe)

Plácido Domingo (tenor)

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

Karl-Heinz Loges

Wer hat die Liebe uns ins Herz gesenkt (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Birgit Pitsch-Sarata (soprano)


Schlösser, die im Monde liegen (from Frau Luna)


Ich knüpfte manche zarte Bande (from Der Bettelstudent)

Stolz, R:

Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt (from Zwei Herzen im Dreivierteltakt)

Christian Thielemann

Im Prater bluh'n wieder die Baume, Op. 247

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Straus, O:

Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben

Christian Thielemann

Ein Walzertraum: Piccolo-Duett

Herta Talmar (soprano)

Strauss, J, II:

Mein Herr Marquis (from Die Fledermaus)

Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein (from Die Fledermaus)

Herbert von Karajan

Wiener Blut (from Wiener Blut)

Anton Paulik

Als flotter Geist (from Der Zigeunerbaron)

Trinke Liebchen, trinke schnell (from Die Fledermaus)

René Kollo (tenor)

Venedigs Frauen herzuführen (from Eine Nacht in Venedig)

Kurt Eichhorn

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

Jon Piso (tenor)

Draußen im Sievering blüht schon der flieder (from Die Tänzerin Fanny Elssler)

Franz Bauer-Theussl

Die Fledermaus: 'Komm mit zum Souper'

Bernd Weikl (baritone)

Wer uns getraut? (from Der Zigeunerbaron)

Anton Paulik


Hab' ich nur deine Liebe (from Boccaccio)

Anton Paulik


Du bist die Welt für mich

Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor)


Der Obersteiger: Sei nicht bös’ from Der Vogelhändler

Ich bin die Christel von der Post (from Der Vogelhändler)

Franz Bauer-Theussl

Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol (from Der Vogelhändler)

Franz Bauer-Theussl

Operetta has been one of the favourite forms of musical entertainment since the 19th-century and has recently witnessed a revival thanks to many new, successful stage productions around world.

Curated with knowledge and insight, this compilation provides a perfect introduction to the genre. It combines all the hits with some lesser known pieces, featuring many popular opera singers, past and present, who have convincingly adapted to the demands of the lighter form.

Anna Netrebko sings the title track and can be heard in two more arias while Renée Fleming contributes the famous Vilja-Lied from The Merry Widow and sings a duet with German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt. Plácido Domingo is also featured with one of his signature tracks, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz and Fritz Wunderlich reminds us of Spring in Vienna with Im Prater bluh’n wieder die Bäume.

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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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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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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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Golden Operetta of Vienna

Golden Operetta of Vienna

[1] Dein ist mein ganzes Herz! (You Are My Heart’s Delight) 3.39

(Das Land des Lächelns: Léhar:Herzer & Löhner) Rec.1953

Nicolai Gedda with the Philharmonia Orchestra / Otto Ackermann

[2] Vilja-Lied (Die Lustige Witwe:Léhar:Léon & Stein) 5.17

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf / Chorus / Philharmonia Orchestra

conducted by Otto Ackermann Rec.1953

[3] Heia, Mädel aufgeschaut (Die Lustige Witwe) 3:02

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Erich Kunz / Philharmonia Orchestra

conducted by Otto Ackermann Rec.1953

[4] Wie eine Rosenknospe (Die Lustige Witwe) Rec.1953 6.17

Emmy Loose and Nicolai Gedda / Philharmonia / Otto Ackermann

[5] Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss (Giuditta:Léhar:) 4.50

Hilde Gueden / Vienna State Opera Orchestra / Robert Stolz. 1958

[6] Hab nur dich allein (Der Zarewitsch:Léhar) 4.50

Fritz Wunderlich & Friederike Sailer / Stuttgart Philharmonic

conducted by Fritz Mareczek Rec.1957

[7] Volgalied: Allein! Wieder allein! (Die Zarewistch) 5.35

Rudolf Schock with Orchestra / Wilhelm Schüchter Rec.1957

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

Fritz Wunderlich / Stuttgart Philharmonic / Fritz Mareczek 1957

[9] Ich bin die Christel von der Post (Der Vogelhändler:Zeller) 1.59

Wilma Lipp / Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Rudolf Moralt Rec.1957

[10] Wie mein ahn’l zwanzig jahr (Nightingale Song) Vogelhändler)

Julius Patzak / Vienna Symphony / Rudolf Moralt Rec.1957 2.08

[11] Nur das eine bitt’ich (Der Bettelstudent Millöcker) 3.59

Fritz Wunderlich & Freiderike Sailer / Stuttgart Philharmonic

conducted by Fritz Marezcek Rec.1957

[12] Ich schenck mein herr (Die Dubarry: Millöcker:Mackeben) 3.19

Anneliese Rothenberger / Bavaraian Radio Orchestra

conducted by Werner Schmidt-Boelcke Rec.1957

[13] Ich hab kein Geld (Der Bettelstudent) 1.43

Jussi Björling with Orchestra / Nils Grevillius Rec.1937

[14] My Heart And I (Old Chelsea:Tauber:Tysh & Ellis) 3.17

Richard Tauber with Orchestra / Henry Geehl Rec.1943

[15] Spiel’ ich die Unschuld (Die Fledermaus:J.Strauss II) 4.54

Rita Streich / Philharmonia Orchestra / Herbert von Karajan Rec.1955

[16] Klänge der Heimat (Czardas) (Die Fledermaus) 4.05

Sena Jurinac / Hamburg Radio Orchestra / Wilhelm Schüchter. 1950

[17] Komm Tzigany (Gräfin Maritza:Kálmán:Brammer & Grünwald) 3.03

Rudolf Schock / Chorus and Orchestra / Wilhelm Schuuchter.1954

[18] Kommt mir nach Varasdin (Gräfin Maritza) Rec.1954 1.32

Sari Barabas & Rupert Glawitsch with Orchestra / Wilhelm Schüchter

Alto - ALC1049



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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

50 tracks of sheer joy and nostalgia and includes works by Bach, Praetorius, Reinecke, Knab & Buxtehude

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DG Original Masters - 4775759

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