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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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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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 

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