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Arts Archives - Opera Arias / Fritz Wunderlich


Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 43009   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAlbert LortzingWilhelm KienzlFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Fritz WunderlichHans Günther NöckerKurt Böhme
Conductor:  Carl SchurichtAlfons RischnerHans Müller-Kray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraSouth German Radio ChoirSouth German Radio Men's Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The excerpts (with one duet, from Der Barbier von Bagdad) on this CD were recorded from 1956-59 by the South German Radio before the late, lamented Fritz Wunderlich was 30 years old. They display impeccable diction, dead-center pitch, a youthful, golden, agile voice capable of incredibly light singing (in the two excerpts from Der Waffenschmied, the first of which features nimble coloratura), and a keen musical intelligence. Tamino's "Bildnis" aria is taken a bit quickly and lacks nuance (Wunderlich sang it better later in his career--on the complete recording, for one), but a delicious little aria from Mozart's Zaide is ideal. The big duet near the end of the first act of Cornelius' Der Barbier von Bagdad (without the chorus) is Read more with bass Kurt Böhme: our tenor hero is simultaneously having his face shaved and his fortune told, and the scene is a delight of comic patter, complete with nonsense syllables perfectly articulated by both singers.


A lovely, folksy tune from Lortzing's Undine is warmly sentimental and is sung with a legato to die for; a scene with chorus from Kienzl's Der Kuhreigen is simply gorgeous (if sentimental in the extreme) and makes you want to hear the whole opera. A snippet with men's chorus from Schubert's Fierabras is well sung and energetic but does not go anywhere musically, and Wunderlich's addition to the Prisoner's Chorus from the first act of Fidelio is minimal, although he sings with remarkable smoothness.

The accompaniments are excellent throughout. The fact that no texts, synopses, or translations are included is a shame. Despite the fact that this CD is meant for Wunderlich fans, some of the works are very rare and the listener could use some assistance. The sound is overly bright with the voice very forward. These two minuses, however, should not stop those who love the tenor voice--especially Wunderlich's--from buying this.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Rase Schicksal, wüte immer by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Language: German 
3.
Undine: Vater, Mutter, Schwestern, Brüder by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Language: German 
4.
Der Waffenschmied: Man wird ja einmal nur geboren by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
Language: German 
5.
Der Waffenschmied: War einst ein junger Springinsfeld by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Radio Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Germany 
Language: German 
6.
Der Kuhreigen, Op. 85: Zu Strassburg auf der Schanz by Wilhelm Kienzl
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Radio Men's Chorus
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lug, Dursel, lug..." 
7.
Fierrabras, D 796: Beschlossen ist's, ich löse seine Ketten by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berne State Orchestra,  South German Radio Men's Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
8.
Fidelio, Op. 72: O, welche Lust! by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Hans Günther Nöcker (Bass Baritone), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alfons Rischner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  South German Radio Men's Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 
9.
Der Barbier von Bagdad: Mein Sohn, sei Allahs Frieden by Peter Cornelius
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Kurt Böhme (Bass)
Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Weimar, Germany 
Language: German 

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