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Gustav Neidlinger

Neidlinger / Mozart / Verdi / Wagner
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 93475   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiRichard WagnerRichard StraussWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gustav NeidlingerRudolf SchockJosef GreindlHans Hotter,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-IsserstedtRudolf KempeClemens KraussHans Knappertsbusch,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When I say that this is an uneven and unequal disc, I mean no disrespect to its object, the eminent Gustav Neidlinger, who indeed sings with such authority, command, and convincing assurance. Rather it relates to the selection of tracks, which brings with it both novelty and a small problem. It’s neither Mozart nor Neidlinger’s fault that Ho capito, Signor si! lasts only 100 seconds or that the sum total of the composer’s music here, in stopwatch timings, amounts to eight minutes. The sole example of his Verdi lasts three minutes, which means that there are large extracts from Wagner and from Strauss’s Rosenkavalier. I suppose the earlier tracks should be seen in terms of the bass-baritone’s stylistic versatility and his Read more ability to lighten or soften his tone and weight of voice. The Wagner chunks represent, in this context, the apotheosis of his art. But it is notable how well and sensitively he does lighten the voice for the two arias from La Finta Giardiniera. Though the recording is rather dead - it was recorded for Period in 1950 - the voice is thankfully well captured, and one can admire the sense of characterisation he distils in these two brief extracts. There is a greater sense of ‘spread’ in the recording, live in Hamburg in the Don Giovanni aria conducted by Leopold Ludwig. The Verdi comes from similarly live circumstances a year later in Hamburg, though here the conductor is the expert Schmidt -Isserstedt.
 
It was Max Lorenz who encouraged the already 39 year old year Neidlinger to chance his arm with the baritone repertory, as he’d been singing small bass roles up to that point. His fourteen years at the Hamburg Staatsoper were followed by 27 years in Stuttgart and, perhaps his greatest impression, twenty seasons at Bayreuth. His retirement in 1977 ended a 46 year career, and he died in 1991 at the age of 81. The quality of his voice, the powerful impression he made theatrically, can be best experienced in the Wagner extracts. The Die Walküre extract is from an Electrola LP, whilst the Meistersinger, with Rudolf Schock, was recorded by the same company in 1956. The other three long extracts are from Bayreuth from 1953 and 1957. With elite colleagues and conductors these extensive examples of his musicianship - the Siegfried with Hotter and Greindl for example lasts nearly eighteen minutes - offer plenty of richly musical reward but also lead one to wonder why he never became as well known as he clearly deserved. Fortunately the live performances supplement his uneven studio legacy. This particular disc’s perhaps necessarily uneven pleasures provide a measure of justice.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International  



Track listing & performance details
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
La Finta Giardiniera - forza di martelli. Sung in German as 'Der Hammer formt das Eisen' K196 (1775) [3:08]
Tonstudio orchester Stuttgart/Rolf Reinhardt, rec 1950
La Finta Giardiniera - on un vezzo all'Italiana. Sung in German as 'In der welschen Art und Weise' K196 (1775) [3:04]
Tonstudio orchester Stuttgart/Rolf Reinhardt, rec. 1950
Don Giovanni - Ho capito, signor sì! K527 (1787) [1:39]
Sinfonieorchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg/Leopold Ludwig, rec.1951
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901):
La Forza del Destino (1862) - Holà, Holà, Holà! Sung in German as 'Ho! Ho! Heissajuchheia!' [3:16]
Sinfonieorchester des Nordwestdeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg/Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, rec. 1952
Richard WAGNER (1813-1883)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868) - Was euch zum Leide Richt, und Schnur [2:30]
With Rudolf Schock
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Rudolf Kempe, rec. 1956
Das Rheingold (1869) - Da, Vetter, sitze du fest! [14:38]
with Erich Witte (Loge), Hans Hotter (Wotan)
Orchestra of the Bayreuth Feestspiele/Clemens Krauss, rec. 1953
Siegfried (1876) - In Wald und Nacht [17:38]
with Hans Hotter (Wanderer), Josef Greindl (Fafner)
Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festspiele/Clemens Krauss, rec. 1953
Götterdämmerung (1876) - Schläfst du, Hagen, mein Sohn? [8:19]
with Josef Greindl (Hagen)
Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festspiele/Hans Knappertsbusch, rec. 1957
Die Walküre (1850) - Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! [13:50]
Orchestra of the German State Opera, Berlin/Wilhelm Schüchter, rec. 1958
Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Der Rosenkavalier (1911) - Da lieg ich [10:37]
with Sieglinde Wagner (Oktavian)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Schüchter, rec. 1955
Gustav Neidlinger (bass-baritone) with accompanists as above
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Works on This Recording

1.
La forza del destino: Holà, holà, holà by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Venue:  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was euch zum Liede Richt' und Schnur vernehmt nun aus der Tabulatur! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger (), Rudolf Schock ()
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Das Rheingold: Da, Vetter, sitze du fest! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853-1854; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Bayreuther Festspiele 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Siegfried: In Wald und Nacht vor Neidhöhl' halt' ich Wacht by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Greindl (), Gustav Neidlinger (), Hans Hotter (Voice)
Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1953 
Venue:  Bayreuther Festspiele 
Length: 17 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Götterdämmerung: Schläfst du, Hagen, mein Sohn? by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Josef Greindl (), Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1957 
Venue:  Bayreuther Festspiele 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Gilbert Schuchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Length: 13 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Da lieg' ich...Herr Kavalier by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger (), Sieglinde Wagner (Voice)
Conductor:  Gilbert Schuchter
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Length: 10 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe: Der Hammer formt das Eisen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Rolf Reinhardt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe: In der welschen Art und Weise by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Rolf Reinhardt
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779-1780 
Date of Recording: 1950 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Ho capito, Signor, si by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gustav Neidlinger ()
Conductor:  Leopold Ludwig
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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