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The Art Of Willi Domgraf-fassbaender


Release Date: 02/18/1997 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89228   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Christoph W. GluckGiuseppe VerdiWolfgang Amadeus MozartJacques Offenbach,   ... 
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-FassbaenderXenia BelmasFelicie Hüni-MihacsekGerhard Witting,   ... 
Conductor:  Manfred GurlittJohannes HeidenreichAlexander KitschinJulius Prüwer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera OrchestraBerlin City Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Germans were so much better than the Italians or Americans at making operatic records during this period. They provided a conductor, chorus and orchestra who, for the most part, sounded as though they had thought about it afresh rather than going through old routine; and they also provided space. Instead of those dry Victor studios where everything is boxed-in, there was a sense of freedom, so that it is sometimes necessary to look again at the date to check that this is a pre- and not post-war recording. With that comes an awareness of intelligence: even so sensitive an Italian baritone as Giuseppe de Luca strikes one as a singer unenquiringly involved when compared with the quick-minded art practised by this generation of Germans. Read more Domgraf-Fassbaender sees (or suggests) so much more clearly the irony of Figaro’s minuet-like tune in “Se vuol ballare” and then the waspish energy of its allegro. In the Italian repertoire itself the meaning is usually much more specific, so that (for instance) the aria “Alla vita” from Un ballo in maschera carries such conviction and urgency that the listener is drawn in to catch what the aria is about rather than sitting back to enjoy sound for its own sake.

One of the great pleasures here is to find once again how well the Italian tradition of beautiful song was upheld by Germans. Domgraf-Fassbaender is so much more scrupulous than most Italians in preserving the smooth line and observing the appoggiatura-like grace-notes of the “Di Provenza” in La traviata, or in singing genuinely con garbo (“with grace, style”) in the Pagliacci duet as the score directs. That, rather curiously, is recorded twice, and in the same year (1929), first with Xenia Belmas in Italian, then with Felicie Huni-Mihacsek in German (an interesting comparison in partners too, Belmas outward-going, with a certain glamour in the voice, Huni-Mihacsek so much more tender, and often exquisite). The Huni-Mihacsek duets (eight of them) are all delightful; and there is distinction, too, in the Rigoletto sequences with Hedwig von Debicka.

Most of the records here are rarities in this country (one doesn’t often see, for instance, the Aida duet with Belmas or Trovatore with Teschemacher on the dealers’ lists). Possibly best of all is one that does turn up occasionally, a Tannhauser coupling, with a performance of the “Abendstern” to rival Janssen or Husch or Schlusnus. Fine, too, are the solos from Undine and Der Zigeunerbaron, and throughout both discs the transfers are first-rate.'

-- Gramophone [6/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1. Iphigénie en Tauride: Dieux qui me poursuivez by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
2. Iphigénie en Tauride: Le calme rentre dans mon coeur by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 
3. Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: German 
4. Un ballo in maschera: Eri tu che m'acchiave quell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: German 
5. Aida: Ciel, mio padre!...Su dunque sorgete by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Xenia Belmas (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Kitschin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 
6. Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
7. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
8. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Schnelle Füsse by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano), Gerhard Witting (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
9. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
10. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Zaun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
11. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
12. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Tutto è disposto...Aprite un po' quegl' occhi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
13. Don Giovanni, K 527: Ah taci, ingiusto core by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Eugen Fuchs (Baritone), Elisabeth Friedrich (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Zaun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
14. Don Giovanni, K 527: Deh vieni alla finestra [Serenade] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Zaun
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1933 
Language: German 
15. Das Nachtlager in Granada: Ein Schütz bin ich by Conradin Kreutzer
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
16. Undine: Nun ist's vollbracht...O kehr zurück by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
17. Tannhäuser: Wohl wusst' ich hier sie im Gebet zu finden by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Käthe Heidersbach (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
18. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
19. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Mon enfant! ma fille! Antonia! by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano), Margarete Teschemacher (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Language: German 
20. Der Zigeunerbaron: Her die Hand by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
21. I Pagliacci: Decidi il mio destin by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
22. Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Johannes Heidenreich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: German 
23. Cavalleria Rusticana: Oh! Il Signore vi manda by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Xenia Belmas (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Kitschin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 
24. I Pagliacci: Silvio! a quest' ora...che imprudenza by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Xenia Belmas (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Alexander Kitschin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 
25. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Crudel, perchè finora by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
26. Mignon: Légères hirondelles by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
27. Carmen: Sur la place, chacun place by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Felicie Hüni-Mihacsek (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
28. Rigoletto: Figlia!...Mio Padre! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
29. Rigoletto: Tutte le feste al tempio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
30. Rigoletto: Tutte le feste...Piangi, fanciulla by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
31. Rigoletto: Oh mia Gilda, fanciulla by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
32. Don Pasquale: Pronta io son by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano), Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
33. Il trovatore: Qual voce!...come!...tu, donna? by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone), Margarete Teschemacher (Soprano)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Language: German 
34. La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
35. Rigoletto: Si, vendetta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Walter Grossmann (Bass), Walther Beck (Tenor), Erna Berger (Soprano),
Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin City Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1932 
Language: German 
36. Un ballo in maschera: Alla vita che t'arride by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Clemens Schmalstich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
37. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender (Baritone)
Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: German 

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