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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Marko Rothmüller


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89705   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRichard WagnerGiuseppe VerdiUmberto Giordano,   ... 
Performer:  Marko RothmüllerFranca SacchiSuzanne Gyr
Conductor:  James RobertsonAlberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraOrchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fine transfers complement an intelligent selection.

Though none of these 1943-50 sides is new to the CD discography they make for good programming in Preiser’s intelligently ordered selection. Rothmüller was apt to be taken for granted in his day and he still seems to be rather under-estimated even now. Maybe the lack of obvious charisma or of histrionic declamation saw to that. But his was the kind of voice that served music with great honesty and simplicity. It was a light baritone, even of production and even throughout the scale. It was well supported and rose effortlessly, though there was nothing florid about his singing. It was eminently musical, thoroughly sane, with fine diction, and if that sounds just a
Read more touch dull, well, let me add that it wasn’t at all.

His Mozart, with the now forgotten James Robertson conducting the Philharmonia in 1950, is elegant and fluent, rhythmically buoyant. True there was never too much sheer electricity in his Magic Flute but maybe the actual weight of the voice counts against him here. What’s not really in doubt is the sheer elegance of his legato. His Wagner is shaped with care, with considerable attention being paid to the paragraphal curve of the line and to an acute verbal awareness. This regard for textual matters is typical of him – unforced, unmannered, expressive within limits. And as he shows in the second of the two extracts from Tannhäuser this is conveyed with a winning simplicity and a rapt directness that doesn’t exclude an interiorised theatrical impersonation. It’s the art that hides art – a subtlety that he frequently exudes.

His Pari siamo shows something of the vocal heft he could summon when required but the second Rigoletto extract whilst sensitively done is arguably rather undernourished. His singing of Schubert doesn’t subject the texts the kind of scrutiny that Fischer-Dieskau did nor does it begin to match the histrionic impersonations of, say, Ludwig Suthaus – whom I mention because Preiser has a live Moscow Schubert recital by him on their books. Rothmüller prefers a more equable middle-way, elegant, refined, synchronising the three voices in Erlkönig where others can tend to exaggerate them. His Schubert then is predicated on strong musical values, care for the text and expression, subtle shifting vocal weight and shading. But he can reach deep down as well – try the stark Der Doppelgänger. To end we have a couple of lovely Mussorgsky songs in one of which, ‘Germanned’ to Wiegenlied, he gently croons a child to sleep.

The fine transfers complement an intelligent selection of sides. This disc and his Winterreise, which is on Symposium 1098/99, give a penetrating insight into the art of this fine and important baritone.

Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Donne mie, la fate a tanti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Baritone), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
2.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor), Marko Rothmüller (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
6.
Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
7.
Andrea Chénier: Nemico della patria by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Robertson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8.
Tosca: Tre sbirri, una carrozza...Te Deum by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
Tosca: Già! mi dicon venal by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Franca Sacchi (Soprano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10.
An die Leier, D 737/Op. 56 no 2 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
11.
Der Erlkönig, D 328 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor), Suzanne Gyr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
12.
Rastlose Liebe, D 138/Op 51 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor), Suzanne Gyr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815/1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
13.
Sei mir gegrüsst, D 741/Op. 20 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
14.
Du bist die Ruh, D 776/Op. 59 no 3 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor), Suzanne Gyr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
15.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 11, Die Stadt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
16.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 13, Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17.
Schwanengesang, D 957: no 5, Aufenthalt by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
18.
Lullaby by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Suzanne Gyr (Piano), Marko Rothmüller (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
19.
Songs and dances of death: no 2, Serenade by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Marko Rothmüller (Tenor), Suzanne Gyr (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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