Gottlob Frick

Biography

Born: July 28, 1906; Olbronn   Died: August 18, 1994; Muhlacker  
In the years between the prime of Ludwig Weber and the emergence of Kurt Moll, Gottlob Frick reigned as the leading bass in the Austro-German repertory, wielding a powerful, compact black bass of unchallenged cutting power. A quick and steady vibrato set his voice apart from other bass instruments, which were softer in timbre, offering lumbering oscillations in place of spin. Sir Thomas Beecham, having long delayed recording his enchanting Read more interpretation of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, found in Frick a deep bass capable of executing Osmin's runs cleanly and managing handily the requisite trills. Frick's recorded interpretations made his name a familiar one throughout the world, even though he confined most of his work to Europe. During the decade from the early '50s onward, Frick was a peripatetic visitor to the recording studio, preserving some roles on multiple sets.

After studies at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Frick joined the Stuttgart Staatstheater as a member of the chorus from 1927 to 1931. In 1934, he was engaged by Coburg, making his debut as Daland in Wagner's Fliegende Holländer. Following contracts with Freiburg and Königsberg, Frick became a member of the Dresden Staatsoper in 1938, remaining with that company until 1952 and steadily advancing through the Wagnerian bass roles and other specialties, such as Falstaff in Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor and Prince Gremin. In 1942, he created the role of Caliban in Heinrich Sutermeister's ill-fated Die Zauberinsel and, two years later, the Carpenter in Die Hochzeit des Jobs by Joseph Haas. In Dresden, Frick remained outside the centers of international activity found elsewhere in post-WWII Europe; it was not until he joined the Berlin Stadtische Oper in 1950 that his work began to attract widespread attention. In 1953, when he was engaged at both Munich and Vienna, he was already 46, but in prime voice. Covent Garden heard him for the first time in 1951, when his Hunding, Fafner, and Hagen were hailed as "somber and magnificent-voiced." London's determination to grow a home-theater crop of singers limited further appearances in the short term, but Frick was to return between 1957 and 1967 and again in 1971, even after his official retirement, to sing a memorable Gurnemanz.

Scheduling and contract difficulties kept Frick from the Metropolitan Opera until 1961. In his solitary season there, he appeared first as Fafner in Das Rheingold, then sang Hunding, the Siegfried Fafner, and Hagen. Meanwhile, he had made his Salzburg debut in 1955 (as Sarastro and in the premiere of Werner Egk's Irische Legende) and had appeared at Bayreuth as Pogner in 1957, returning there for Ring performances from 1960 to 1964. Officially, Frick retired from the stage in 1970, but he continued to undertake occasional guest appearances in Vienna and Munich (aside from his 1971 London Gurnemanz). To celebrate his 70th birthday, Stuttgart mounted Die Lustigen Weiber for him in 1976. Frick's recorded legacy is substantial enough to assure his continuing reputation. In addition to Osmin and Rocco, his Commendatore in Giulini's Don Giovanni, his Hunding, and Hagen in the Solti Ring were all captured in good form and sound. His Sarastro for Klemperer and Kečal for Kempe find him in rougher voice, although his Gurnemanz for Solti, recorded when he was 66, is a remarkable performance. Read less
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    Wagner: Tannhauser / Lustig, Rysanek, Nilsson, Bohm
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9065 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Leonie Rysanek,  Rudolf Lustig,  Gottlob Frick,  Marcel Cordes  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 100615 Release Date: 11/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Boris Christoff,  Ira Malaniuk,  Vito Susca  ... 
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    Great Wagner Voices
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900310 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Ingrid Bjoner,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Martina Arroyo,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
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    Wagner: Der fliegende Hollander / Fischer-Dieskau, Wunderlich, Konwitschny
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94664 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Marianne Schech,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Rudolf Schock  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Konwitschny
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Goetz: Der Widerspenstigen Zahmung
    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704428 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hermann Goetz
    Performer:  Marcel Cordes,  Benno Kusche,  Elisabeth Lindermeier,  Waldemar Kmentt  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
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    Label: Gala   Catalog: 7704518 Release Date: 05/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  E. Pack,  Willi Wolff,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Erika Köth  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
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    Electrola Querschnitte - Original Opera Highlights 1952-61 / Rudolf Schock
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 283112 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Adolphe Adam,  Georges Bizet,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Rudolf Schock,  Lisa Otto,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Ernst Marzendorfer,  Berislav Klobucar,  Alberto Erede
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    Mozart: Operas / Otto Klemperer [11-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 43782 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Yvonne Minton,  Sir Geraint Evans,  Luigi Alva  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Haydn: Die Schopfung / Grummer, Traxel, Frick, Forster, Berlin Symphony
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 235442 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Josef Traxel
    Conductor:  Karl Forster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin St. Hedwig Cathedral Choir
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    Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor / Frick, Mathis, Wunderlich, Heger
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 235362 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Otto Nicolai
    Performer:  Edith Mathis,  Gottlob Frick,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Ruth Margaret Pütz
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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    Singers Of The Century - 40 Greats Of  The 20th Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2078 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Ettore Bastianini,  Giuseppe Taddei,  Richard Tucker,  Mario Del Monaco  ... 
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    Flieg, Gedanke: Verdi auf Deutsch [10-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 166512 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gottlob Frick,  Rudolf Schock,  Erika Köth,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Werner Schmidt-Boelcke,  Horst Stein,  Giuseppe Patané  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: Complete Operas [43-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001786402 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Don Garrard,  Elisabeth Gale,  Della Jones,  April Cantelo  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes,  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Northern Symphony,  BBC Northern Singers,  Leipzig Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Wagner - The Great Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 973359 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Siv Wennberg,  René Kollo,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Otto Klemperer,  Bernard Haitink,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen / Solti, Vienna Philharmonic [Deluxe 19-Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001745502 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Birgit Nilsson,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Solti Conducts The Wagner Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Werner Krenn,  Isola Jones,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon: Carl Schuricht - The Complete Emi Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 23379 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Wilma Lipp,  Marga Höffgen,  Murray Dickie,  Gottlob Frick
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Elisabeth Brasseur Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6638 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Joseph Ward,  Jon Vickers,  Gottlob Frick,  Hans Hotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0402 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Franz Schutz,  Teresa Stich-Randall,  Gottlob Frick
    Conductor:  Volkmar Andreae
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    Karajan In Italy, Vol. 2 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Orchestra Di Roma Della Rai
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan,  Gottlob Frick,  Teresa Stich-Randall
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Rome,  Italian Radio Chorus Rome
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    Lortzing: Zar Und Zimmermann / Heger, Prey, Gedda, Frick, Burmeister
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0880292 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing
    Performer:  Siegfried Vogel,  Fred Teschler,  Peter Schreier,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Fidelio - Highlights / Klemperer, Ludwig, Vickers, Frick
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94895 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Christa Ludwig,  Walter Berry,  Jon Vickers,  Gottlob Frick  ... 
    Conductor:  Otto Klemperer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Kempe, Lorengar, Fricke, Wunderlich
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82354 Release Date: 06/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Karl-Ernst Mercker,  Pilar Lorengar,  Gottlob Frick,  Gertrud Freedmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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