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Dokumente Einer Sangerkarriere: Gottlob Frick, Vol. 3

Beethoven / Wagner / Verdi / Frick
Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 93473   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerRichard WagnerGiuseppe VerdiPeter Cornelius,   ... 
Performer:  Karl TerkalFranz FuchsKurt EquiluzHugo Meyer Welfing,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert HegerWilhelm SchüchterRudolf KempeHans Schmidt-Isserstedt,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GOTTLOB FRICK III Gottlob Frick (bs); various singers and conductors PREISER 93473, mono (78:31)

BEETHOVEN Fidelio: Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!; Wie kalt ist es…Nur hurtig fort. MEYERBEER Les Huguenots: Wer kommt dort…Piff, paff!; Was vernahm ich? WAGNER Lohengrin: Read more class="ARIAL12i">Mein Herr und Gott; Hab’ Dank, ihr Lieben von Brabant. Die Meistersinger: Das schöne Fest, Johannistag; Lass seh’n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? VERDI La forza del destino: Niemand stört uns, so sprich denn. CORNELIUS Der Barbier von Bagdad: Mein Sohn, sei Allahs Frieden. WOLF Der Corregidor: Wer ist da? Die Obrigkeit. PFITZNER Palestrina: Wie einst im himmlischen Zion Johannes

Gottob Frick (1906–94) is of course no stranger to opera fans, despite the fact that his best-known recordings were made back in the 1960s and early 1970s. His portrayals of Osmin, the Commendatore, Daland, Hunding, Rocco, Kezal, and Gurnemanz remain among the finest available, with that unforgettable combination of a deep, black bass, quick vibrato, and brightly gleaming overtones. This, the third release thus far devoted to Frick in Preiser’s Dokumente einer Sängerkarriere series, focuses almost entirely on excerpts from radio broadcasts of the early-to-mid 1950s. Most were done for Austrian Radio. All were in German, regardless of each work’s original language.

There are many things to enjoy here: the caressingly rich legato line he brings to Padre Guardiano in La Forza del destino ; the energy, authority, and firmness of King Heinrich’s “Habt Dank, ihr Lieben von Brabant” in Lohengrin ; the fine characterization and bright upper register of his Pogner in Die Meistersinger . He’s a fanatical but always musical Marcel in Die Hugenotten , despite a tremulous Maud Cunitz, and pays close attention to the meaning of the words. There’s Thurberesque fun in the way he emphasizes the ridiculous names of Abu Hassan’s many unlucky brothers in his aria from Der Barbier von Baghdad , though I admit to a preference here for the less inhibited Oskar Czerwenka (and for Gedda over Schock in Nureddin’s few asides, though Schock was an excellent performer).

The only pre-1950s material is an excerpt from Wolf’s Der Corregidor , broadcast in 1944 in Dresden. While the sound on everything else in this collection would be good enough to pass muster among the commercial releases of the period, this cut has some modest breakup in louder passages. Frick indulges occasionally in some scooping that leaves him just shy of the proper pitch. It’s interesting to hear, nonetheless, as evidence of his art in the decade before he assumed international prominence.

Much of what is offered on this disc can also be purchased in “complete” (as in, recorded abridged) German-language sets on various labels, where they’ve steadily moved in and out of the catalog ever since the LP days of the 1960s. The 1955 Die Hugenotten , in a cast that also featured Berry, Cunitz, Terkal, and Bak, was last seen on Walhall 0169, while the 1952 Forza that also included Schock, Martinis, and Metternich is on Walhall 0002. Some listeners might prefer to have Frick alone, however, and truth to tell, the casts of these recordings were very variable. If you just want Frick, you really can’t go wrong with this album.

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Works on This Recording

Les Huguenots: Wer kommt dort denn herein? by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Karl Terkal (Voice), Franz Fuchs (Voice), Kurt Equiluz (Voice),
Hugo Meyer Welfing (Voice), Gottlob Frick (), Harald Buchsbaum (Voice),
Leo Heppe (Voice)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Österreichischer Rundfunk Vienna 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Les Huguenots: Was vernahm ich? by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Gottlob Frick (), Maud Cunitz (Voice)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1955 
Venue:  Österreichischer Rundfunk Vienna 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Lohengrin: Mein Herr und Gott, nun ruf' ich dich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Margarete Klose (Voice), Josef Metternich (Voice), Rudolf Schock (Voice),
Gottlob Frick (), Maud Cunitz (Voice)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1953 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Lohengrin: Habt dank ihr Lieben von Brabant by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1953 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Das schöne Fest by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Lass seh'n, ob Meister Sachs zu Haus? by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer (Voice), Marga Höffgen (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1956 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Die Macht des Schicksals: Niemans stört uns, so sprich denn by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gottlob Frick (), Carla Martinis (Voice)
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1952 
Venue:  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg, Ger 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Der Barbier von Bagdad: Mein Sohn, sei Allahs Frieden by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Rudolf Schock (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1952 
Venue:  Österreichischer Rundfunk Vienna 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Der Corregidor: Wer ist da? Die Obrigkeit! by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Josef Herrmann (Voice), Margarete [Soprano Vocals] Teschemacher (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1944 
Venue:  Reichssender Dresden 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Palestrina: Wie einst im himmlischen Zion Johannes by Hans Pfitzner
Performer:  Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Richard Kraus
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911-1915 
Date of Recording: 10/1952 
Venue:  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, Hamburg, Ger 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Fidelio, Op. 72: Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Otto Edelmann (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1953 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Fidelio, Op. 72: Wie kalt ist es...Nur hurtig fort by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Martha Mödl (Voice), Gottlob Frick ()
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804-1806 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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