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Lebendige Vergangenheit - Johanna Blatter


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89565   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckRichard WagnerGiuseppe VerdiCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Johanna BlatterTraute RichterRudolf SchockLudwig Suthaus,   ... 
Conductor:  Arthur RotherLeo BlechKurt GaebelLeopold Ludwig,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony OrchestraBerlin State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the mid-1970s, a well-known record magazine published an article under the heading "Singing Careers as Victims of War," in a reference to budding careers that remained largely or completely unfulfilled because of the Second World War and its aftermath. The life of the dramatic mezzo-soprano Johanna Blatter offers a particularly glaring example of this. If political conditions had not robbed her of the best years of her career, she could have become world-famous, but her significance remained restricted to the German speaking world. Relatively few records and radio recordings have preserved her voice. She was more of a stage singer than a concert artist, and this was perhaps the reason she showed little interest in studio recordings. In Read more choosing her repertoire, she always tried to focus on roles that seemed to fit not only her voice but also her appearance and mentality. In this wise exercise of self-restraint she was similar to the great Kirsten Flagstad, who also refrained from singing the dramatic Strauss roles such as Elektra, although she was better suited to them than any other singer. Unquestionably Johanna Blatter was one of the most important singers of her time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Iphigénie en Aulide: Armez-vous d'un noble courage by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1774; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Tristan und Isolde: Einsam wachend...Habet Acht! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Rienzi: Gerechter Gott! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 18 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Lohengrin: Euch Lüften, die mein Klagen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Traute Richter (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
5. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Traute Richter (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leo Blech
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Il trovatore: Ai nostri monti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Rudolf Schock (Tenor)
Conductor:  Kurt Gaebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Aida: L'abborita rivale a me sfuggia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Ludwig Suthaus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Der Evangelimann, Op. 45: O schöne Jugendtage by Wilhelm Kienzl
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bad Aussee, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Don Carlos: Pietà! Pietà! perdon! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Irma Demuth ()
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Venue:  Live  City Opera, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
11. Don Carlos: Fountainebleu! Foresta immensa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elisabeth Hufnagel (Mezzo Soprano), Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Venue:  Live  City Opera, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. La donna ancora è fedele: Se Florindo è fedele by Alessandro Scarlatti
Performer:  Johanna Blatter (Mezzo Soprano), Gunhild Stappenbeck (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1698; Naples, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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