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Dokumente Einer Sangerkarriere - Josef Metternich Vol 3

Donizetti / Verdi / Bizet / Metternich
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 93467   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard StraussGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Josef MetternichElisabeth SchwarzkopfErika KöthMelitta Muszely,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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JOSEF METTERNICH: Opera Arias and Duets Josef Metternich (bar) PREISER 93467 (78:34)


Opera Arias and Duets by: Donizetti, Verdi, Bizet, Meyerbeer, Puccini, and R. Strauss


Joseph Metternich (1915–2005) is far less remembered than he deserves. His 30-year career (1941–71) was centered in Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich, though he did appear internationally at La Scala, Covent Garden, and the Met (22 performances from 1953 to 1956), and created the role of Kepler in the 1957 premiere of Read more Hindemith’s Die Harmonie der Welt . He made a handful of complete opera recordings in the early 1950s— Holländer, Lohengrin, Salome, Hänsel und Gretel— but most of his recordings (from the same period) were opera “highlights” albums of Italian repertoire recorded by Electrola, sung in German and effectively limited to that market. While a number of live performances with him are now also available, many again are German-language productions of Italian repertoire, likely to be sought out only by a narrow band of vocal-music collectors. This relative obscurity is a shame, for Metternich was a baritone of fine caliber, with a powerful, evenly produced voice, rapid vibrato, and bright, secure top, who in addition to his considerable prowess as a Wagner singer was the natural successor to Heinrich Schlusnus as a great German Verdian baritone.


With one exception, the 11 excerpts on this CD (recorded 1954–58) draw upon Metternich’s Electrola legacy. Whereas the previous two CDs issued by Preiser contained mostly solo arias, here the emphasis is on duets. In five excerpts he is partnered with the noted German tenor Rudolf Schock; in two others, with the lesser-known soprano Melitta Muszely. A Lucia di Lammermoor scene pairs him with coloratura soprano Erika Köth, while the one Columbia recording of German repertoire—Richard Strauss’s Arabella— has luxury casting with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Two of the Electrolas—the famous Pearl Fishers duet and an aria from Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine— draw instead upon French repertoire. The chief prizes here are the Arabella excerpt, the Meyerbeer aria, and the act IV duet from Verdi’s Forza , all displaying his considerable dramatic mettle to the greatest advantage. Otherwise, Metternich generally holds up his end, vocally and stylistically, but his partner is less satisfying. The Bizet duet simply is too unidiomatic in German; so too is Scarpia’s act II aria from Tosca . Schock sings well but sounds a bit over-parted as Don Alvaro, Don Carlos, and Otello. Muszely is a merely adequate Violetta ( La traviata ) and Leonore ( Il trovatore ), a German counterpart to her Italian contemporary Antonietta Stella. Köth offers an old-fashioned, girlish-sounding Lucia such as Erna Berger would have sung a generation before.


As always, Preiser’s transfers are excellent, full-bodied and with quiet surfaces. The original matrices are fully documented, but the booklet photos are unidentified. (Who is that fetching soprano?) Dual-language notes in German and English provide an appreciation of his career. In sum, this issue is recommended for fans of Metternich, who should be more numerous. Those seeking to focus upon him alone should consider acquiring one of the preceding discs in this series.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1.
Arabella, Op. 79: Sie woll'n mich heiraten...So wie Sie sind by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Josef Metternich (Baritone), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
2.
Lucia di lammermoor: Komm näher, Lucia by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Erika Köth (Voice), Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Il trovatore: Mira, di acerbe lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Melitta Muszely (Voice), Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
La traviata: Pura siccome un' angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Melitta Muszely (Voice), Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 15 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice), Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
La forza del destino: Invano, Alvaro...Le menaccie by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Josef Metternich (Baritone), Rudolf Schock (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Otello: Bei des Himmels ehernem Dache by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
9.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10.
L'Africaine: Adamastor, roi des vagues by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; France 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
11.
Tosca: Sei's! man redet mir nach by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Josef Metternich (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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