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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.

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Fritz Wunderlich (1930-1966)

Fritz Wunderlich (1930-1966)

Fall, L:

Man sagt uns nach…O Rose von Stambul (from Die Rose von Stambul)

Man sagt uns nach…O Rose von Stambul (from Die Rose von Stambul)

Künneke, Eduard:

Ich träume mit offenen Augen (from Die lockende Flamme)

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk (from Die Grosse Sünderin)


Schön ist die Welt (from Schön ist die Welt)


Lebe wohl, mein flandrisch Mädchen (from Zar und Zimmermann)

Lied: Vater, Mutter, Schestern, Bruder (from Undine)

Man wird ja einmal nur geboren (from Der Waffenschmied)


Melodia con passione


Wie schon ist alles (from Die Dubarry)

Mein Weg führt immer mich zu Dir zurück (from Die Dubarry)

Nicolai, C O:

Horch, die Lerche singt im Hain! 'Romance' (from Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)


Heute Nacht oder nie (from Das Lied einer Nacht)

Stolz, R:

Ob blond, ob braun, Ich liebe die Frau'n

Strauss, J, II:

Treu sein, das liegt mir nicht (from Eine Nacht in Venedig)

Sei mir gegrusst, du holdes Venezia! (from Eine Nacht in Venedig)

A new CD from BR-KLASSIK commemorating the 50th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Early, as yet unreleased radio recordings made between 1959 and 1965.

Although fifty years have now passed since Fritz Wunderlich’s tragic death on September 17, 1966, the singer and his incomparable tenor voice have remained unforgotten. One reason was the meteoric success of his artistic career. Following his performance in a student production of Mozart's Magic Flute in Freiburg, the young singer was instantly engaged by the Stuttgart State Opera; he then went on to Frankfurt and Munich, performed at the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, and had already received an offer from the New York Metropolitan Opera. What people remember most about him was his vital, lively personality, his almost limitless ability to cope under pressure, and of course his mellifluous voice, with its great depth, radiance, and delightful timbre. His accurate and always intelligible pronunciation of the words he sang has remained quite unparalleled. He performed operetta scenes with ease and charming levity; he bestowed the grace of genuine feeling onto lieder that had fallen into sentimental discredit; and he belted out party pieces with all the effortless verve of an Italian….

This new CD from BR-KLASSIK commemorating the 50th anniversary of the singer’s death presents early, as yet unreleased radio recordings made between 1959 and 1965. The recordings of some Munich Sunday concerts and studio recordings by the Bayerischer Rundfunk show him and his tenor voice at the height of their success. Together with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, he can be experienced singing with such renowned conductors as Kurt Eichhorn, Siegfried Köhler, Willy Mattes, Hans Moltkau and Meinhard von Zallinger.

Here he focused primarily on the German repertoire, from comic opera to operetta all the way to popular hits which, to this day, more or less owe their very survival to his interpretations of them in concerts and recordings.

Fritz Wunderlich - the tenor voice of the 20th century par excellence – can be relived here in these unreleased recordings from BR-KLASSIK.

“The single cd issued by the Bayerischer Rundfunk label is likely to be snapped up by the tenor’s fans, comprising as it does first releases of broadcast material recorded in Munich between 1959 and 1966 and focusing on the operetta repertoire at which Wunderlich excelled.” Opera, January 2017

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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


Mein Freud allein

Krieger, A:

Amanda, darf man dich wohl küssen




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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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)


Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)

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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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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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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