Julius Patzak

Biography

Born: April 9, 1898; Vienna, Austria   Died: January 26, 1974; Rottach-Egern, Bavaria  
Although thoroughly trained as a musician, Viennese tenor Julius Patzak had little, if any, technical schooling in the vocal arts. Yet, he became a favorite among audiences in his native city and second only to Richard Tauber as a master stylist in the Central European repertory. His voice, though not large, was plangent and somewhat hard-edged, capable of encompassing both lyric and dramatic roles. His forays into Viennese operetta were Read more exemplary, full of character and knowing gestures, and sung with an immaculate sense of both elegance and forcefulness. His famous recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with contralto Kathleen Ferrier and Bruno Walter directing the Vienna Philharmonic has achieved legendary status.

Patzak was born into a family whose heads of household had been schoolteachers for three generations. After schooling in Vienna, he served his military obligation in Serbia. Upon his return to Vienna, he entered a career as a civil servant, working for the city's Youth Council. By this means, he was able to finance his pursuit of music at the University of Vienna, undertaken to realize his dream of becoming a conductor. His studies brought him in contact with composer Franz Schmidt, musicologist Guido Adler, and Adler's accomplished student, composer, and musicologist Egon Wellesz.

During an amateur concert presented by the Vienna Schubert Society, Patzak's singing attracted the attention of several individuals with contacts in the operatic world. The result was a contract with Bohemia's Reichenberg Theater and in April, 1926, he made his stage debut in the demanding role of Radames. The following season found him in Brno, after which he was engaged by Munich and spent the next 17 years at the Bayerische Staatsoper performing leading roles. Following the death of his first wife shortly after his move to Munich, Patzak married Maria Walter, granddaughter of the famous Bohemian Wagner tenor, Gustav Walter.

Once WWII ended, Patzak returned to Vienna where he joined the Staatsoper, remaining there until his retirement in 1960. He became an important artist at the Salzburg Festival, taking part in several world premieres, Gottfried von Einem's Danton's Tod and Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbé in particular.

Patzak confined himself to primarily to Germany and Austria, although he sang in London in 1938. He returned with the Vienna Staatsoper company in 1947 to perform Herod and Florestan and was engaged directly by the Royal Opera House management for 1948, repeating Florestan and adding his fervid Hoffmann to London's production of Offenbach's opera. Patzak's pre-war Tamino, alternating with Richard Tauber's, was regarded as "manly," if slightly "reedy." In the post-war era, Patzak's London Herod was found "wonderfully characterized" and his Florestan was hailed as a great realization.

Only one engagement brought Patzak to America. He performed at the Cincinnati May Festival in 1954 when Joseph Krips was its director.

With his voice grown larger, Patzak was, in his Vienna years, able to do greater justice to roles wanting both expressive authority and sheer vocal power. Patzak became perhaps the greatest of all interpreters of Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina. He was a superb Lohengrin, despite the absence of a truly sensuous sound. He was revered as the Evangelist in both of Bach's Passions and was the most celebrated of all singers who undertook the tenor part in Franz Schmidt's oratorio, Das Buch mit sieben Sielgen.

Patzak became a respected teacher at both Vienna's Music Academy and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Read less
Strauss Jr.: The Gypsy Baron / Krauss, Patzak, Loose, Et Al
Release Date: 08/06/2002   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1355   Number of Discs: 2
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Pfitzner: Palestrina / Heger, Patzak, Hotter, Frantz, Et Al
Release Date: 03/04/2003   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1377   Number of Discs: 3
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Einem: Dantons Tod / Schoffler, Patzak, Cebolari, Fricsay
Release Date: 10/02/2001   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1316   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: April 9, 1898; Vienna, Austria   Died: January 26, 1974; Rottach-Egern, Bavaria  
Although thoroughly trained as a musician, Viennese tenor Julius Patzak had little, if any, technical schooling in the vocal arts. Yet, he became a favorite among audiences in his native city and second only to Richard Tauber as a master stylist in the Central European repertory. His voice, though not large, was plangent and somewhat hard-edged, capable of encompassing both lyric and dramatic roles. His forays into Viennese operetta were Read more
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"Wo ist Salome?"
Es ist kalt hier
"Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir"
"Siehe, die Zeit ist gekommen"
"Wahrhaftig, Herr, es wäre besser, ihn in unsre Hände zu geben!"
"Siehe, der Tah ist nahe"
"Eine Menge Menschen wird sich gegen sie sammeln"
"Tanz für Mich, Salome"
Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils
Ah, herrlich!...Salome, ich beschwöre dich
Still, sprich nicht zu mir!
"Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst"
"Man soll ihr geben, was sie verlangt!"
"Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen"
"Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund"
"Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter"
"Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jochanaan"
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): II. Molto vivace - Presto - Molto vivace- Presto
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): III. Adagio molto e cantabile
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Andante moderato - Tempo I - Andante moderato - Adagio
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): IV. Presto - Allegro ma non troppo - Tempo I
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Presto - Recitativo - Allegro assai
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Allegro assai vivace. Alla marcia
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Andante maestoso - Adagio ma non troppo, ma divoto
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Allegro energico, sempre ben marcato
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Allegro ma non tanto - Poco adagio - Tempo I - Poco adagio
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125 'Choral' (1988 - Remaster): - Poco allegro, stringendo il tempo, sempre più allegro - Prestissimo - Maestoso - Prestissimo
"Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute Nacht!"
"Nach mir wird Einer kommen"
"Ich will nicht bleiben"
"Siehe, der Herr ist gekommen"
"Jauchze nicht, du Land Palästina"
"Du wirst das für mich tun"
Wo ist er...Er ist schrecklich...Wer ist dieses Weib
"Jochanaan! Ich bin verliebt in deinen Leib"
Dein Leib ist grauenvoll
Wird dir nicht bange...Laß mich deinen Mund küssen
"Wo ist Salome?"
Es ist kalt hier
"Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir"
"Siehe, die Zeit ist gekommen"
"Wahrhaftig, Herr, es wäre besser, ihn in unsre Hände zu geben!"
"Siehe, der Tah ist nahe"
"Eine Menge Menschen wird sich gegen sie sammeln"
"Tanz für Mich, Salome"
Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils
Ah, herrlich!...Salome, ich beschwöre dich
Still, sprich nicht zu mir!
"Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst"
"Man soll ihr geben, was sie verlangt!"
"Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen"
"Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund"
"Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter"
"Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jochanaan"
Gurrelieder, Part One: Orchestral Prelude
Gurrelieder, Part One: Nun dämfpt die Dämm'rung
Gurrelieder, Part One: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen
Gurrelieder, Part One: Ross! Mein Ross!
Gurrelieder, Part One: Sterne jubeln
Gurrelieder, Part One: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht
Gurrelieder, Part One: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten mal
Gurrelieder, Part One: Es ist Mitternachtszeit
Gurrelieder, Part One: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick
Gurrelieder, Part One: Du wunderliche Tove!
Gurrelieder, Part One: Orchestral interlude
Gurrelieder, Part One: Tauben von Gurre
Gurrelieder, Part Two: Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest
Suite for String Orchestra (2000 Digital Remaster): IV Gavotte
Suite for String Orchestra (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Gigue
1. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
2. Der Einsame im Herbst
3. Von der Jugend
4. Von der Schönheit
5. Der Trunkene im Frühling
6. Der Abschied


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