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Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Pfitzner, Strauss / Anton Dermota

Dermota,Anton
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 683102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus MozartHans PfitznerDmitri Shostakovich,   ... 
Performer:  Anton DermotaElisabeth SchwarzkopfErich KunzLisa Della Casa,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm FurtwänglerKarl BöhmHans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Is there anyone like him left today? And if so, where? The Slovenian tenor Anton Dermota was not just a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera for over half a century. He was also a master of the stage and concert hall, celebrated all over the world from Milan to Buenos Aires. And even in his prime in Vienna he did not hesitate to put to one side his famous roles (such as Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute) in order to take on smaller, less thankful roles too. This new release of his performances at the Vienna State Opera makes evident this versatility. His Tamino is given here both at the beginning and the end of our selection, the one in the immediate post-war years under Karl Böhm, the other an excerpt from the run of performances Read more under Thomas Sanderling with which Demota made his farewell to the stage in 1981, at the age of 71! Nor may Dermota’s interpretation of Ferrando in Così fan tutte and of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni be omitted from this double CD. It is delightful to hear the contrast between roles also sung by a buffo tenor, such as David in the Meistersinger or Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Dermota’s exploits as a tenore lirico spinto, such as Florestan in the latter opera. The tricky, brief roles in Richard Strauss’s operas, such as the Singer in Rosenkavalier and Matteo in Arabella, were ones he mastered superbly. They too are to be found here, as is his Flamand in the legendary Capriccio ensemble with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Countess. Anton Dermota appeared with various, equally splendid partners in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – as Lenski he duelled before the radio microphone with George London and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, while as late as the 1970s he turned Monsieur Triquet’s burlesque into a subtle character study. He achieved the same feat as the betrayed, horribly murdered husband to Inge Borkh’s Katerina in the revised version of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtensk. And the title hero of Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina offered him ample opportunity to draw on a lifetime of experience. To how many other tenors has such ever been granted? Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fidelio, Op. 72: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: August 5, 1950 
2. Fidelio, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
3. Don Giovanni, K 527: Sola, sola in bujo loco by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Erich Kunz (Baritone), Lisa Della Casa (Soprano), Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Sena Jurinac (Soprano), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
4. Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
5. Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
6. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
7. Così fan tutte, K 588: Fra gli amplessi by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
8. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Die Weisheitslehre…führt mich der Ton zu ihr by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
9. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Mich schreckt kein Tod by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano)
10. Così fan tutte, K 588: La mia Dorabella capace non e' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
11. Palestrina, opera in 3 acts: Allein In Dunkler Tiefe - Nah War Ich Dir On Nöten Des Lebens by Hans Pfitzner
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1911-1915 
12. Katerina Ismailowa: Katerina! Sinowi! by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
13. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
14. Capriccio, Op. 85: Kein Andres, das mir so im Herzen loht by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1940-1941; Germany 
15. Arabella: Arabella? Unmöglich! by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
16. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Gleich, Meister! Hier! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Paul Schöffler (Baritone), Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
17. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: We fight, we fight to satisfy our honor by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
18. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Mesdames, I've taken the liberty by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
19. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)
Written: 1879 
20. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Voilà - the queen of the day by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Anton Dermota (Tenor)

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