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Release Date: 03/22/2011 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 18493   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karl MillockerJohann Strauss Jr.Albert LortzingConradin Kreutzer,   ... 
Performer:  Hermann PreyKarl Christian KohnHelga HildebrandHeinz Hoppe,   ... 
Conductor:  Franz AllersHorst SteinRobert HegerWilhelm Schüchter,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony OrchestraBavarian State Opera ChorusBerlin Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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The German baritone Hermann Prey was born in Berlin in 1929. In a career that spanned some 48 years, he became one of the most popular singers of his time and formed a great bond with his audiences through his unaffected and natural style of singing and his personal charm and acting ability. His repertoire was extremely wide and encompassed all the classic German Lieder, as well as a whole range of operatic roles from the lively Figaro of both Mozart and Rossini to more serious baritone parts in Verdi and Wagner, although it is in the lighter roles that he is most affectionately remembered. He enjoyed great success in the world’s major opera houses including Vienna, Bayreuth, Salzburg, Munich, Milan and New York, and also appeared
Read more frequently on German TV and in opera films. He died in 1998.


CD 1 begins with two groups of Lieder by Schubert to words by Schiller and Goethe, followed by a selection of 12 Deutsche Volkslieder by Brahms, while CD 2 contains a complete performance of Schubert's great song cycle Winterreise. CD 3 is devoted to Schumann, including Dichterliebe and songs with words by Kerner, and CD 4 opens with Schumann’s Liederkreis before going on to a collection of songs by Weber.


CD 5 presents six songs by Beethoven, starting with the popular ‘Adelaide’, and these are followed by a group of songs by Liszt, concluding with his setting of Three Sonnets by Petrarch. CD 6 begins with a group of songs by various composers all to words by Goethe that were recorded in 1974 but issued for the first time in 1998 as a tribute to Prey at the time of his death. These are followed by a very attractive selection of German Folk and Wayfarer songs that show Prey in lighter mood.


In CD7 we have a group of ten descriptive ballads by Loewe including his setting of Goethe's ‘Erlkönig’ and the traditional Scottish poem ‘Tom der Reimer’ (Tom the Rhymer). This CD ends with a magnificent performance of Bach's Cantata Ich habe genug with the Orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus conducted by Kurt Thomas that illustrates Prey's talent for German liturgical music and oratorio.


With CD 8 we move to opera in a wide range of repertoire from Baroque and Classical works by Keiser, Gluck and Mozart to the Romantic music of Wagner and Humperdinck. All the arias from French and Italian operas are sung in German, as was the practice in German opera houses at the time these recordings were made.


CD 9 brings us to some more modern operatic items by Leoncavallo Richard Strauss and Korngold and then two powerful arias by Tchaikovsky, after which the mood lifts with extracts from the operettas Gasparone by Millöcker and Boccaccio by Suppé. Finally we have four romantic songs from American musicals that Prey sings in fine idiomatic style. On this CD we also hear Prey's frequent partner in both opera and operetta, the much loved soprano Anneliese Rothenberger, in several duets.


The final CD begins with arias from a number of German so-called ‘Spielopern’ by Kreutzer, Nessler and Lortzing before concluding in high spirits with items from operettas by those two masters of the genre, Johann Strauss II and Carl Millöcker.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Bettelstudent: Und da soll man...Ach, ich hab'sie ja by Karl Millocker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Der Bettelstudent: Mit Geld und guten Worten by Karl Millocker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Her die Hand by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Als flotter Geist by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Fürstin Ninetta: Einst träumte mir by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
6.
Casanova: Stadt der Liebe, Stadt der Freuden by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
7.
Casanova: In Hispaniens heissem Sonnenland by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
8.
Zar und Zimmermann: Verraten!...Die Macht des Szepters by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
9.
Der Wildschütz: Heiterkeit und Fröhlichkeit by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
10.
Undine: Nun ist's vollbracht...O kehr zurück by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
11.
Das Nachtlager in Granada: Ein Schütz bin ich by Conradin Kreutzer
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Das Nachtlager in Granada: Fürwahr, es ist ein Abenteuer by Conradin Kreutzer
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Der Trompeter von Säkkingen: Möchte in die Ferne schweifen by Viktor Nessler
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Karl Christian Kohn (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
14.
Der Trompeter von Säkkingen: Behüt dich Gott! by Viktor Nessler
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Helga Hildebrand (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
15.
My Fair Lady: On the street where you live by Frederick Loewe
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
16.
Kiss Me, Kate: So in Love by Cole Porter
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
17.
Annie Get Your Gun: They say it's wonderful by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
18.
Carousel: If I loved you by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
19.
Boccaccio: Ein Stern zu sein by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Heinz Hoppe (Tenor), Hans Gunter Grimm (Bass)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Boccaccio: Hab' ich nur deine Liebe by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Boccaccio: Rosen für dich by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Boccaccio: Florenz hat schöne Frauen by Franz von Suppé
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Gasparone: Denk' ich an dich, schwarze Ninetta by Karl Millocker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Gartnerplatz Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Gasparone: Hüten Sie sich...Liebe erhellt die ganze Welt by Karl Millocker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
25.
Gasparone: Die Carabinieri ziehen ein by Karl Millocker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone), Anneliese Rothenberger (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
26.
Gasparone: O das ich doch ein Räuber wäre by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Gartnerplatz Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
27.
Gasparone: Dunkelrote Rosen by Karl Millöcker
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carl Michalski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graunke Symphony Orchestra,  Gartnerplatz Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Vienna, Austria 
28.
Queen of Spades, Op. 68: I love you beyond all measure [Yeletsky's Aria] by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Meinhard Von Zallinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
29.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Can this really be Tatiana? by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Hermann Prey (Baritone)
Conductor:  Meinhard Von Zallinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 

Sound Samples

Die Hoffnung D 637 op.87 Nr.2 "Es reden und träumen die Menschen" (1995 Digital Remaster)
An den Frühling D 283 op.172 Nr.5 "Willkommen, schöner Jüngling" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Der Alpenjäger D 588 op.37 Nr.2 "Willst du nicht das Lämmlein hüten?" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Sehnsucht D 52 op.39 "Ach, aus dieses Tales Gründen" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D 583 op.24 Nr.1 "Horch, wie Murmeln des empörten Meeres" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Der Pilgrim D 794 op.37 Nr.1 "Noch in meines Lebens Lenze" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Der Musensohn D 764 op.92 Nr.1 "Durch Feld und Wald zu schweifen" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Der Rattenfänger D 255 (Nachlass) "Ich bin der wohlbekannte Sänger" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Geheimes D 719 op.14 Nr.2 "Über meines Liebchens Äuglein", aus 'Westöstlicher Diwan' (1995 Digital Remaster)
Gesänge des Harfners op.12 · Drei Gesänge aus 'Wilhelm Meister' (1995 Digital Remaster): Nr.1 Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt D 478
Gesänge des Harfners op.12 · Drei Gesänge aus 'Wilhelm Meister' (1995 Digital Remaster): Nr.2 Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen aß D 479
Gesänge des Harfners op.12 · Drei Gesänge aus 'Wilhelm Meister' (1995 Digital Remaster): Nr.3 An die Türen will ich schleichen D 480
Ganymed D 544 op.19 Nr.3 "Wie im Morgenglanze" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Wandrers Nachtlied I D 224 op.4 Nr.3 "Der du von dem Himmel bist" (1995 Digital Remaster)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Wach' auf, mein' Herzensschöne (Buch 3, Nr.16)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Erlaube mir, fein's Mädchen (Buch 1, Nr.2)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Feinsliebchen, du sollst nicht barfuß geh'n (Buch 2, Nr.12)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): All mein' Gedanken (Buch 5, Nr.30)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Es steht ein Lind' (Buch 6, Nr.41)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (Buch 4, Nr.25)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr (Buch 1, Nr.5)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Es wohnet ein Fiedler (Buch 6, Nr.36)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Da unten im Tale (Buch 1, Nr.6)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Schöner Augen schöne Strahlen (Buch 6, Nr.39)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): Ach, englische Schäferin (Buch 2, Nr.8)
Deutsche Volkslieder (Excerpts) (1995 Digital Remaster): In stiller Nacht, zur ersten Wacht (Buch 6, Nr.42)
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Gute Nacht "Fremd bin ich eingezogen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Die Wetterfahne "Der Wind spielt mit der Wetterfahne"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Gefrorne Tränen "Gefrorne Tropfen fallen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Erstarrung "Ich such' im Schnee vergebens"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Der Lindenbaum "Am Brunnen vor dem Tore"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Wasserflut "Manche Trän' aus meinen Augen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Auf dem Flusse "Der du so lustig rauschest"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Rückblick "Es brennt mir unter beiden Sohlen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Irrlicht "In die tiefsten Felsengründe"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Rast "Nun merk ich erst, wie müd' ich bin"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Frühlingstraum "Ich träumte von bunten Blumen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Einsamkeit "Wie ein trübe Wolke"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Die Post "Von der Straße her"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Der greise Kopf "Der Greif hat einen weißen Schein"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Die Krähe "Eine Krähe war mit mir"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Letzte Hoffnung "Hie und da ist an den Bäumen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Im Dorfe "Es bellen die Hunde"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Der stürmische Morgen "Wie hat der Sturm zerrissen"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Täuschung "Ein Licht tanzt freundlich vor mir her"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Der Wegweiser "Was vermeid' ich denn die Wege"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Das Wirtshaus "Auf einen Totenacker"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Mut "Fliegt der Schnee mir in's Gesicht"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Die Nebensonnen "Drei Sonnen sah ich am Himmel stehn"
Winterreise D911 (1987 Digital Remaster): Der Leiermann "Drüber hinter'm Dorfe steht ein Leiermann"

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