Eberhard Wächter

Baritone

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Strauss, R: Capriccio

Strauss, R: Capriccio


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Countess), Eberhard Wächter (Count), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Olivier), Nicolai Gedda (Flamand), Hans Hotter (La Roche), Christa Ludwig (Clairon), Rudolf Christ (Taupe), Anna Moffo (Italian Soprano), Dermot Troy (Ein italienischer Tenor), Karl Schmitt-Walter (Haushofmeister)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Few singers have fused words and music as eloquently as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and few sopranos have proved more radiant in Strauss. All this makes her the ideal protagonist in the composer’s final opera, his ingenious and engaging ‘conversation piece’ on artistic themes. Schwarzkopf is joined by a cast of superlative stature and style and by a conductor intimately identified with the works of Strauss, Wolfgang Sawallisch.

Warner Classics - The Home of Opera - 2564648319

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Irmgard Seefried Volume 10: Wolf, Egk

Irmgard Seefried Volume 10: Wolf, Egk


Egk:

Quattro Canzoni

First release on CD

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Werner Egk

Wolf, H:

Spanisches Liederbuch: selection

First release on CD

with Eberhard Wächter (baritone) & Erik Werba (piano)

Mörike-Lieder: excerpts

First international release on CD

with Oskar Werner (speaker) & Erik Werba (piano)


Like so many artists from north of the Alps, Wolf was lured by the Mediterranean south, an intoxicating world of light, sensual grace and intense, often violent emotions. His Spanisches Liederbuch of 1889–90, 34 settings of Iberian folk poems translated by Emanuel Geibel and Paul Heyse, is the finest fruit of a long-lasting fascination with Spain. In the sacred settings, Seefried brings her characteristic intensity as well as a guileless radiance. In the secular settings we get to experience the coquettish and mischievous side of the singer. From the same year (1959) we have a selection of Wolf’s Mörike settings.

As a rare pendant, Seefried performs Werner Egk’s Quattro canzoni, composed in 1932, after an Italian sojourn, and revised in 1955. In their florid virtuosity – uninhibitedly relished by Seefried – and popular dance rhythms, these four songs are a German’s tribute to Goethe’s ‘land when the lemon trees bloom’.

As for the entire series comprising eleven volumes, Richard Wigmore provides the insightful notes.

“Seefried excels in the pert mockery of ‘Sagt, seid Ihr es’ and the exultant ‘Mögen alle bösen Zungen’ […] Erik Werba is meticulous over every nuance – his accompaniments contribute most valuably to this disc” Gramophone Magazine (Spanisches Liederbuch)

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Irmgard Seefried Volume 7: Seefried & Friends sing Brahms

Irmgard Seefried Volume 7: Seefried & Friends sing Brahms


Brahms:

Deutsche Volkslieder

Irmgard Seefried (soprano) & Erik Werba (piano)

Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52

Irmgard Seefried (soprano), Raili Kostia (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Eberhard Waechter (baritone), Erik Werba & Günther Weissenborn (piano)

Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 65

Irmgard Seefried (soprano), Raili Kostia (contralto), Waldemar Kmentt (tenor), Eberhard Waechter (baritone), Erik Werba & Günther Weissenborn (piano)


After Irmgard Seefried’s death in 1988, her contemporary Elisabeth Schwarzkopf – never one to dish out compliments lightly – commented: ‘All of us envied her, because what we had to achieve laboriously worked for her so naturally and as a matter of course, because she knew how to sing from the heart’.

Freshness, spontaneity, natural warmth of feeling, allied to a voice of gleaming beauty and a delightful stage presence: these were the hallmarks of a much-loved soprano who for three decades charmed and moved audiences in the theatre and concert hall, her face as expressive as her voice. As John Steane memorably put it in Gramophone, ‘it was as though she wore her own spotlight’.

Born in the Swabian town of Köngetried in 1919, Seefried was ‘discovered’, aged twenty, by Herbert von Karajan in Aachen, where she made her operatic debut as the Priestess in Aida. In 1943 she sang Eva in Die Meistersinger for the Wiener Staatsoper, initiating an association that lasted until 1976. It was in Strauss and Mozart that Seefried was most admired.

Issued over eleven single-disc volumes, Deutsche Grammophon / Eloquence pays tribute to Irmgard Seefried, bringing back to circulation several recordings that have never previously been issued on CD. The music ranges through opera and oratorio, with an especially generous offering of art song from a range of composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Hindemith and Egk. The notes for the series have been written by that leading connoisseur of the voice, Richard Wigmore.

Seefried’s radiance and imaginative strength also made her a cherishable Lieder singer over an enterprisingly wide repertoire. Her spontaneous immediacy of response and emotional warmth are priceless assets in these cameos of love yearned for, love lost and love betrayed. Her trusted pianist Erik Werba too, reveals a natural feeling for Brahmsian rubato, sensing unerringly when to linger and when to urge on.

Seefried’s unselfconscious charm was in its element, too, in Brahms’s Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder waltzes, most famously in a 1952 Edinburgh Festival performance where her partners included Kathleen Ferrier and Julius Patzak. These studio recordings, with Waldemar Kmentt, Eberhard Waechter and the Finnish contralto Raili Kostia, date from a decade later, when her higher notes could grow a tad shrill. But she and her colleagues relish the lyric grace and vivacity of these delectable salon pieces, with Werba and Weissenborn ever-alert to their Viennese sway and lilt.

“Seefried tackles the rarely heard Deutsche Volkslieder alone, and is joined by distinguished colleagues including Waldemar Kmentt for the Liebeslieder sets.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

“Seefried sings [the Brahms Deutsche Volkslieder] quite beautifully” Gramophone Magazine

“there is lovely singing here, both in the solo numbers and in the quartets, while the piano playing is extremely expert” Gramophone Magazine

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Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K492


Giuseppe Taddei (Figaro), Anna Moffo (Susanna), Eberhard Wächter (Count Almaviva), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Countess Almaviva), Fiorenza Cossotto (Cherubino), Ivo Vinco (Bartolo), Dora Gatta (Marcellina), Renato Ercolani (Don Basilio/Don Curzio), Elisabetta Fusco (Barbarina), Piero Cappuccilli (Antonio), Gillian Spencer, Diana Gillingham (Two Girls) & Heinrich Schmidt (harpsichord continuo)

Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini

“coming back to it now after more than 50 years it has a lot to offer. First and foremost Giulini’s no-nonsense conducting, fresh as paint...He has at his disposal a dream-cast...[Taddei] is an ebullient - and vitriolic - Figaro....[Moffo] is a pert and lovely maid and in creamiest voice...The recording is fully up to EMI’s high standard of this period” MusicWeb International, 8th November 2013

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Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Strauss: Die Fledermaus

Complete Opera plus Gala Scene & Ballet Music


Arditi:

Il Bacio

Joan Sutherland (soprano)

Berlin, I:

Anything you can do I can do better (from Annie Get Your Gun)

Giulietta Simionato (mezzo), Ettore Bastianini (baritone)

Ferrari, Louis:

Domino

Fernando Corena (bass)

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Leontyne Price (soprano)

Lavilla Muñarriz:

Lullaby

Teresa Berganza (mezzo)

Lehár:

Viljalied (from Die lustige Witwe)

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

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

Jussi Björling (tenor)

Loewe, F:

I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

Birgit Nilsson (soprano)

Siecynski:

Wien, Wien nur du Allein (Vienna, City of My Dreams)

Ljuba Welitsch (soprano)

Strauss, J, II:

Die Fledermaus

Hilde Gueden (Rosalinde), Waldemar Kmentt (Eisenstein), Giuseppe Zampieri (Alfred), Erika Köth (Adele), Regina Resnik (Orlofsky), Eberhard Wachter (Frank), Walter Berry (Falke), Erich Kunz (Frosch)

Valente, N:

Passione

Mario del Monaco (tenor)


Alto - ALC2018

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Irmgard Seefried (Agathe), Rita Streich (Ännchen), Richard Holm (Max), Kurt Böhme (Kaspar), Eberhard Waechter (Ottokar), Paul Kuen (Kilian), Ernst Ginsberg (Zamiel), Walter Kreppel (Hermit), Albrecht Peter (Kuno)

Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum

“A classic 1959 recording, impeccably conducted by Eugen Jochum and with several excellently characterised performances by leading German artists of the day. The sound registers as very good for its period.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2005 *****

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


DG Originals - E4636612

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Amadeus at the Movies (Inspiration)

Amadeus at the Movies (Inspiration)


Edita Gruberová (soprano vocals), Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, John Aler (tenor vocals), Andrei Gavrilov (piano), Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Eberhard Waechter, Graziella Sciutti (soprano vocals), Eberhard Wächter (baritone vocals), Annie Fischer (piano), Vladimir Spivakov (director), Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Gianna Rolandi (soprano vocals), Dame Felicity Lott (soprano vocals), André Previn (piano), Radu Lupu (piano), Edda Moser (soprano vocals), Gary Hoffman (cello), Gérard Caussé (violin), Augustin Dumay (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Streichsextett, Mitglieder des Wiener Streichsextetts, Philharmonia, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir Adrian Boult, Franz Welser-Möst, André Previn, Eugen Jochum, Riccardo Muti

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Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Lehár: Der Graf von Luxemburg

Recorded 1972, sung in German


Eberhard Wächter (Graf von Luxemburg), Lilian Sukis (Angèle Didier), Erich Kunz (Fürst Basil), Jane Tilden (Stasa Kokozow), Peter Fröhlich (Armand Brissard) & Helga Papouschek (Juliette Vermont)

Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Graunke

“The Count of Luxembourg”, composed in 1909, is a worthy equal to Léhar’s other operettas in terms of imaginative content, visual ideas and instrumental colouring. After the sensational success of the “Merry Widow” (1905), the composer quickly wrote an operetta that displayed real Parisian flair. This film version offers a wealth of artistic entertainment, with a superb cast that includes Eberhard Wächter, Lilian Sukis, Erich Kunz, Jane Tilden, Peter Fröhlich and Helga Papouschek.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

Subtitles: DE (Original Language), EN, FR

Region Code: 0

Running Time: 95 mins

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Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Weber: Der Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz


Richard Holm (Max), Irmgard Seefried (Agathe), Kurt Böhme (Kaspar), Rita Streich (Ännchen), Eberhard Wächter (Ottokar), Albrecht Peter (Kuno), Paul Kuen (Kilian), Walter Kreppel (Hermit), Ernst Ginsberg (Zamiel)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Eugen Jochum

1959 Deutsche Grammophon recording

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