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FRITZ WUNDERLICH - Leben und Legende / Life and Legend
Picture Format: 4:3
Colour / Black & White
A production of Loopfilm GmbH / Wunderlich Medien GbR in coproduction with Deutsche Grammophon, ORF, SF, Classica, Unitel in collaboration with ARTE / SWR / BR
* Forty years after his tragic death on September 17, 1966, Wunderlich’s family, friends and colleagues speak openly about the legendary tenor’s life and legacy – nearly an hour of previously unreleased footage along with extensive bonus material including notable performances (Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin) and 15 never-before-seen interviews from the past two years.
documentary spans the entirety of Wunderlich’s life, from his childhood in Kusel to his accidental death just weeks before his scheduled Met debut – shows the performer during his student years in Freiburg, his early engagements at the Stuttgart Opera, and his private stays on the farm of Wimmerhof during the Salzburg Festival.
* This is Wunderlich as you have never seen him before – a story told through “his eyes” with footage from his own camera and through the voices of those who knew him best.
* “Fritz Wunderlich is one of those singers whom I’ve never felt were historical. In his recordings he sounds so much of the present, so much of today that it’s as though he were still among us.” -- Rolando Villazón
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
The voice of the century February 12, 2013
By Paul C. (Lancaster, PA) See All My Reviews
"Fritz Wunderlich - Life and legend is a rare look at one of the finest voices of the past 60 years. I am always enthralled on hearing him sing whether it be standard opera fare or lieder. To see him too is a bonus. The DVSD is enchanting and highly recommended."
A DVD about the great tenor to have January 11, 2013
By Dr. Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews
"Fritz Wunderlich was one of the operatic sensations of his day. His tragic accidental death, what accidental death is not tragic, took from us us one of the supreme voices of the twentieth century if not of all time. To listen to his singing of a Mozart aria, he was of the finest interpreters, or of Lehar or of Boieldieu among others is to know you are in the very presence of artistic greatness. HIs singing of Komm', a holde Dame from Bieldeiu's Die Wiesse Dame is worth owning any recording on which may be found this singing. Just weeks short of his debut with the Metropolitan Opera Company he fell down a flight of stairs at his friend's house. But we must know that Fate does not release its secrets. We cannot know the next day or week let alone the next instant. We must seize each moment and savor it as best we can and so, apparently, did Wunderlich. To hear him sing is to know that. We should want to know more about his life and this DVD will do just that for us. But we must pause or hesitate not to want to know to much about any artist. There is still the mystery which must be preserved for in knowing all we can we may lose some of it. While familiarity may not breed contempt here there is a certain distance which must be maintained between performer and audience lest the knowledge about the performer and his or personality intrude into the very enjoyment of what is being performed! Those interviews during the intermissions of opera broadcasts not only impose on the tired singer but run the distinct risk of making the audience think NOT of the role but of the person who is sining it! In a sense, we would be better of if the singer were anonymous! And then there is the important question of a person's privacy. Are we sure that Fritz Wunderlich would have wanted the world audience to know very much about who he was and what he thought and what he felt? Are there confidences which must not be divulged? The enjoyment of a performance by whomever it may be is not necessarily furthered or enhanced by knowing every single personal detail about the performer. Just the contrary! Or so it may seem to people who simply want to enjoy the performance and the role under consideration."
Fritz Wunderlich December 27, 2012
By John C M. (Weimar, TX) See All My Reviews
"I throughly enjoyed this movie. It was a comprhehsive study of Winderlich's life and music. It was extremely well done. It gave of good look at the man's life and acocomplishments that allowed to really get to know him personally."