Fritz Wunderlich

Tenor

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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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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer


Gottlob Frick (Daland), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (The Dutchman), Marianne Schech (Senta), Rudolf Schock (Erik), Sieglinde Wagner (Mary), Fritz Wunderlich (Daland’s Steersman)

Staatskapelle Berlin & Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, Franz Konwitschny

One of the greatest and most revolutionary composers of the nineteenth century, Richard Wagner transformed the realm of musical drama. Years before his towering successes of the Ring Cycle, Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, he wrote the now lesser‐performed The Flying Dutchman, an opera that marks the beginning of Wagner’s mature works.

The opera – premiered in Dresden in 1843 – is based on Heinrich Heine’s telling of the legend in which the captain of a ghostly vessel, The Flying Dutchman, is doomed to roam the seas for all eternity until he wins the love of a woman. The fate of the Dutchman is said to have struck Wagner as a mirror image of his own disastrous fate in Paris; having expected the city to hail him as a genius, he was left bitterly disappointed. From the outset, the overture depicts the vast expanse of the rolling sea and hints at the despair that is to come, while weaving together other leitmotifs that will reoccur later in the work.

Other highlights include Senta’s heartfelt ballad from Act II, the Dutchman’s soliloquy ‘Die Frist ist um’ and the raucous shanty that is the Sailors’ Chorus. The role of the Dutchman is sung by legendary lyric baritone Dietrich Fischer‐ Dieskau, described by The Guardian as ‘the most influential singer of the 20th century’. Playing his love interest, Senta, is Marianne Schech, while Gottlob Frick takes the role of her father. The soloists are supported by the Chor der deutschen Staatsoper Berlin and the Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Franz Konwitschny.

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Nicolai, C O: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Nicolai, C O: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor


Gottlob Frick, Ernst Gutstein, Kieth Engen, Fritz Wunderlich, Ruth-Margret Pütz & Edith Mathis

Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper Munchen, Robert Heger

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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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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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Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Smetana: The Bartered Bride

Sung in German


Fritz Wunderlich (Hans), Gottlob Frick (Kezal) & Pilar Lorengar (Marie), Marcel Cordes (Kruschina), Nada Puttar (Kathinka), Ivan Sardi (Micha), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Sieglinde Wagner (Agnes), Ernst Krukowski (Springer), Gertrud Freedman (Esmeralda), Walter Stoll (Muff)

Rudolf Kempe

Smetana’s masterpiece with Fritz Wunderlich: Among the German-language recordings, experts agree that this is the best: Fritz Wunderlich at the height of his powers, Pilar Lorengar in what is “perhaps her best recording” (Jürgen Kesting) and Gottlob Frick, who lends the comic character of the marriage broker a hint of authority and dignity. Last but not least, Rudolf Kempe conducts with controlled panache.

Recorded in 1962

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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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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


Schubert:

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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