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Singers To Remember - Helge Roswaenge - Dane With The High D


Release Date: 10/08/2002 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 9728   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiCharles GounodAdolphe AdamDaniel-François Auber,   ... 
Performer:  Helge RosvaengeMargherita PerrasHedwig Von DebickaIlonka Rosvaenge
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraBerlin State Opera OrchestraBerlin State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a bit of Tenor Trivia: Alan Blyth's succinctly informative booklet notes to this well-filled, well-selected cross-section of Helge Roswaenge's long recording career tell us the Danish tenor's name originally was Helge Hansen, soon was changed to Rosvaenge, and when he began his career in Germany the "v" morphed into a "w". What's not trivial though, is the enormous talent that shines through these 17 selections. With the exception of the Italian tenor's aria from Strauss' Rosenkavalier (one of the few on disc that conveys its satiric qualities) it's all in German. This may tax the patience of those (myself included) who have to jump hurdles to accept the rendering of the liquid "De' miei bollenti Read more spiriti" from La Traviata as "Ach, Ihres Auges Zauberblick", along with similar unfortunate translations into a consonant-heavy language (try "Freunde, verehmet die geschisckte" for "Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire", from Adam's Le Postillion de Longjumeau).


But you can surmount the language barrier once you hear the glories of a big voice with a gleaming, trumpet-like top, the technical ability to sing softly (as in Roswaenge's pianissimo high B-flat at the end of "Celeste Aida"), and an unfailing sensitivity to words. Roswaenge's Verdi, language aside, actually sounds Italianate, with well-placed rubatos, a spring to the rhythms, and the ability to let the voice swell and bloom as in his 1936 "Un di felice" from Traviata. The earliest items date from 1928, his early prime, as in his duet with Hedwig von Debicka in the Trovatore "Miserere", distinguished by his legato singing and warm mid-voice. The three French items here include some of the best singing on the disc, as in the above-mentioned Adam aria with its ringing high D and an overall joy that infects Roswaenge's performance. That same spirit makes his "Pour toujours, disait-elle" from Auber's Fra Diavolo irresistible.


Mozart's "Un aura amarosa" from Cosi fan tutte ideally wants a lighter, lyric voice than the young Roswaenge's in 1928, but his throaty half-voice rendition is meltingly warm, illustrating not only stylistic sensitivity but his ability to excel in a wide variety of vocal demands. That point is amply repeated in his 1940 version of Lensky's Aria from Eugene Onegin. Roswaenge's stylistic sensitivity was no bar to a very personal approach that included some touches that would be frowned on today, such as notes held longer than currently tolerated and rhythmic freedoms that may enrage those who demand strict adherence to the written page.


Roswaenge was perhaps best in German repertoire, which is well-represented here. His 1938 version of Florestan's "Gott, welch' dunkel hier"--the whole nine-minute scene--is exemplary. Not until Jon Vickers came on the scene had that initial "Gott" sounded so wrenched from the innards of a long-suffering victim of injustice, and Roswaenge builds the scene with a strong sense of dramatic architecture. His feverish invocation of "mein engel, Leonora" and shouts of "freiheit" are overwhelming. The pair of Freischütz arias cement the impression of total mastery. There's much more, but by now the message should be clear: if you don't know Roswaenge's art, this disc is an ideal introduction. If you do know his work, all you really want to know is whether the transfers are good. They are, fresher and more vivid than most I've heard.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor), Margherita Perras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/08/1937 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor), Margherita Perras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1940 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano), Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Le postillon de Lonjumeau: Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire by Adolphe Adam
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1836; France 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Fra Diavolo: Pour toujours, disaitelle by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/07/1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1938 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Written: 1879 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Di rigori armato il seno by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1938 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Königsballade: Ewig muss ich dein gedenken by Rudolf Wille
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/18/1938 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Der Barbier von Bagdad: Ach das Leid hab' ich getragen by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Der Barbier von Bagdad: O holdes Bild, in Engelsschöne by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor), Ilonka Rosvaenge (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1939 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Nein! Länger trag'...Durch die Wälder by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Oberon, J 306: Von Jugend auf schon in Kampfgefild by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825-1826; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1936 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: German 

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