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Fritz Wunderlich - Sacred Songs - Historical Recordings


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93025   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich SchützJohann RosenmüllerGeorg Philipp TelemannDietrich Buxtehude,   ... 
Performer:  Max SchulzeHermann WerdemannBernhard MichaelisFritz Wunderlich,   ... 
Conductor:  August Langenbeck
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These six selections of Baroque church music were broadcast over the former South German Network in 1956-58, when Fritz Wunderlich was a junior member of the Stuttgart Opera. He is assisted by a group of fine vocalists and instrumentalists under the leadership of the local church musician August Langenfeld. The recordings, in clean and transparent sound, form an unexpected addition to the late tenor's legacy.

The longest pieces are the Rosenmüller and the Telemann entries. In the former, the only one with a Latin text, the tenor gives early evidence of his exemplary long-breathed legato in ornamented music over a simple continuo accompaniment. By contrast, the Telemann cantata is near-operatic in construction, consisting
Read more of two sets of recitatives and arias. The arias are relatively brief and nonostentatious, and the recitatives are rendered with eloquence and rare tonal purity. Throughout, there is a lovely obbligato by oboist Fritz Fischer.

In the Schütz and Krieger pieces, Wunderlich is paired with a second tenor, Bernhard Michaelis, in a pleasing partnership. There are two violins in the accompaniment, a procedure also followed in the extended Buxtehude aria for tenor and bass soloists. In the Graupner cantata, soprano Margot Guilleaume and alto Hanne Münch share the principal burden, with unison support by Wunderlich and bass Hermann Werdermann.

Informative notes are supplied, but only partial texts. This is hardly a customary Wunderlich release, but will certainly appeal to the tenor's great following.

-- George Jellinek, FANFARE [6/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 10: Es steh Gott auf, SWV 356 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Max Schulze (Double Bass), Hermann Werdemann (Harpsichord), Bernhard Michaelis (Tenor),
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Bertha Krimm (Violin), Hermann Klaiss (Cello),
Rolf Oscher (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1647; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
2. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 10: Was betrübst du dich, SWV 353 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Bernhard Michaelis (Tenor), Bertha Krimm (Violin),
Hermann Werdemann (Harpsichord), Max Schulze (Double Bass), Hermann Klaiss (Cello),
Rolf Oscher (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1647; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
3. Lamentationes Jeremiae: 2. Lektion zum Mittwoch der Karwoche by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Fred Buck (Cello), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Lisedore Praetorius (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Fred Hamel 
4. Lamentationes Jeremiae: 3. Lektion zum Gründonnerstag by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Lisedore Praetorius (Harpsichord), Fred Buck (Cello), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Fred Hamel 
5. Lamentationes Jeremiae: 3. Lektion zum Karfreitag by Johann Rosenmüller
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Lisedore Praetorius (Harpsichord), Fred Buck (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Fred Hamel 
6. Warum verstellst du die Gebärde?, TV 1 no 1501 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Fritz Fischer (Oboe), Hermann Werdemann (Harpsichord),
Wolfgang Meyer (Cello)
Conductor:  August Langenbeck
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1726; Hamburg, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
7. O wie selig sind, BuxWV 90 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Bertha Krimm (Violin), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Hermann Werdemann (Bass),
Rolf Oscher (Violin), Max Schulze (Double Bass), Lisedore Praetorius (Harpsichord),
Hermann Klaiss (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 
8. Wo willst Du hin, weil's Abend ist by Johann Philipp Krieger
Performer:  Bernhard Michaelis (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Hermann Klaiss (Cello),
Hermann Werdemann (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1698; Weissenfels, Germany 
Language: German 
9. Wie bald hast du gelitten by Christoph Graupner
Performer:  Rolf Oscher (Violin), Bertha Krimm (Violin), Max Schulze (Double Bass),
Marianne Klemm-Ott (Viola), Hermann Klaiss (Cello), Hermann Werdemann (Harpsichord),
Lisedore Praetorius (Harpsichord), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Hanne Munch (Alto),
Margot Guilleaume (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Darmstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956-58 
Language: German 

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