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German Opera Masterworks

Release Date: 10/16/2007 
Label:  Bravissimo Opera Library   Catalog #: 9804   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenCarl Maria von WeberRichard Wagner,   ... 
Performer:  Elisabeth SchwarzkopfAnton DermotaEmmy LoosePeter Klein,   ... 
Conductor:  Rudolf MoraltKarl BöhmWilhelm FurtwänglerWolfgang Sawallisch,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony OrchestraAustrian Radio ChorusVienna State Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 14 
Recorded in: Mixed 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Exciting live recordings taped 1945–1972 featuring the greatest operas from Mozart to Strauss.

R E V I E W S:

... Die Entführung aus dem Serail received three commercial recordings in quick succession in the mid 1950s, but in several respects they didn’t better what we have here, from 1944... To listen to Anton Dermota’s Belmonte is to listen to a fastidious and stylish art that transcends soapbox pronouncements of authenticity... Few of Dermota’s many successors have approached his detailed musicianship and characterization in this music.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf is at her freshest here, the voice bright, poised, and floating freely... Her “Martern aller Arten” is both supremely
Read more confident and (one snatched extra breath aside) agile as could be wished... Moralt conducts sensitively with a chamber music-like sparkle.

-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE
reviewing Die Entführung asu dem Serail, previously released as Opera d'Oro 1295

This is an exciting live performance of this opera, recorded in Salzburg in 1969 when all of the principals were in their primes. Karl Böhm leads a sometimes manic reading that nonetheless can be reflective when needed. Unfortunately, the mania occasionally leads to the singers' flying off key and sounding desperate, as in "O namenlose freude". As you might expect, the chorus and orchestra perform superbly, and despite the bad decision to play the Leonore overture No. 3 before the final scene, it's good to hear it done with such excitement.

Christa Ludwig was a great Leonore, and she lives up to her reputation. She sings sharp every so often but that hardly mars an excellent, committed performance. James King is in ringing voice as Florestan and his vocal security makes up for a lack of insight. Franz Crass is a rich, dark-sounding Rocco, Ingvar Wixell gets through Pizarro's music with real bite (if just a little strain and off-key hollering), and Hans Hotter's Don Fernando is authoritative if wobbly-sounding. Edith Mathis and Donald Grobe round off the cast nicely as the youngsters. This may not be a first-choice Fidelio, but it's a terrific bargain and a sparkling representation of Beethoven's great masterwork. The sound is acceptable-to-good.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Fidelio, previously released as Opera d'Oro 7025

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Works on This Recording

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Anton Dermota (Tenor), Emmy Loose (Soprano),
Peter Klein (Tenor), Herbert Alsen (Bass)
Conductor:  Rudolf Moralt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Austrian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/06/1945 
Venue:  Live - Vienna 
Fidelio, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano), Edith Mathis (Soprano), James King (Tenor),
Hans Hotter (Baritone), Klaus Hirte (Baritone), Curt Malm (Tenor),
Franz Crass (Bass), Ingvar Wixell (Baritone), Donald Grobe (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Venue:  Live  LIve - Salzburg 
Notes: Composition written: Vienna, Austria (1804).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1806).
Composition revised: Vienna, Austria (1814). 
Der Freischütz, J 277 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Claus Clausen (Voice), Oskar Czerwenka (Bass), Hans Hopf (Tenor),
Alfred Poell (Baritone), Rita Streich (Soprano), Elisabeth Grümmer (Soprano),
Kurt Böhme (Bass), Otto Edelmann (Bass), Karl Dönch (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/26/1954 
Venue:  LIve - Salzburg 
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Fritz Uhl (Tenor), Leonie Rysanek (Soprano), George London (Bass Baritone),
Josef Greindl (Bass), Res Fischer (Mezzo Soprano), Georg Paskuda (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Live - Bayreuth 
Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Elke Schary (Soprano), Karl-Ernst Mercker (Tenor), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
René Kollo (Tenor), Wolfgang Brendel (Baritone), Mignon Dunn (Mezzo Soprano),
Manfred Schenk (Bass), Jef Vermeesch (Baritone), Martin Finke (Tenor),
Mario Chiappi (Bass)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1972 
Venue:  Live - Perugia 
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Veriano Luchetti (Tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Karl Ridderbusch (Bass),
Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), Thomas Hemsley (Baritone),
Dora Carral (Soprano), Carmen Gonzales (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Naples,  Italian Radio Chorus Naples
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/16/1971 
Venue:  Live - Naples 

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