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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Albert Lortzing (1801-1851) is too little known outside of Germany where his operas have remained ever popular. Lortzing's works reside firmly in the German singspiel tradition started by Mozart and continued by Weber, Beethoven (in
Leonore), and Nicolai.
Der Wildschütz is regarded as Lortzing's masterpiece.
Der Wildschütz, composed in 1842, is a delightful pastoral comedy that hinges on mistaken identities between the peasantry and the nobility. The opera boasts a famous overture, an equally famous aria, “Auf des Lebens raschen Wogen,“ outstandingly sung by Anneliese Rothenberger, and wonderful ensembles and choruses often reminiscent of Mozart. Robert Heger leads a distinguished cast in
this rich-sounding 1964 recording. Along with Rothenberger, Hermann Prey is excellent and Fritz Wunderlich is, well, Fritz Wunderlich. I suspect that collectors who are not even partial to Lortzing will want this recording because of the tenor's contribution, but
Der Wildschütz is an opera that belongs in every collection.
I would enthusiastically recommend
Der Wildschütz and Fritz Wunderlich, especially, as an ideal introduction to Albert Lortzing.
– James Camner, Fanfare [9-10/1990] Read less
Works on This Recording
Der Wildschütz by Albert Lortzing
Gisela Litz (Mezzo Soprano),
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor),
Hermann Prey (Baritone),
Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano),
Gertrude Vordemfelde (Mezzo Soprano),
Fritz Ollendorf (Bass),
Walter Ehrengut (Bass),
Lotte Schädle (Soprano),
Heinz Schmidtpeter (Baritone)
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,
Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Written: 1842; Germany
Venue: Bürgerbräu, Munich, Germany
Length: 143 Minutes 36 Secs.
Notes: Bürgerbräu, Munich, Germany (05/26/1963 - 05/31/1963)
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Exquisite Performance! January 18, 2014
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"According to the CD booklet notes, Albert Lortzing's masterpiece Der Wildschutz has continued to be among the most popular and most frequently performed operas within Germany itself. Given the awesome presence of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss lurking in the background as the grey eminences of all German opera, this fact must really say something about the merits of Der Wildschutz, and the performance in this recording validates the above-mentioned factoid! What a delight this opera is- the story line is an absolute riot, uproariously funny and unmercifully sardonic, combining the wit and sprightly elegance of the Mozartian singspiel style with the non-stop comedic twists and turns of Johann Strauss' Fledermaus. The cast is excellent, including Hermann Prey, Fritz Wunderlich, Anneliese Rothenberger, and other acconmplished German opera stars of the mid-20th century. With fine orchestral and choral support from Munich's Bavarian State Opera, conductor Robert Heger directs a performance that is sure to delight any fan of comic opera (which this certainly is!) I loved this recording, and I give it a top notch recommendation. Don't hesitate- Der Wildschutz is a real gem!"