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Jacques Urlus Vol 1 - Recordings 1907-1924


Release Date: 11/22/2010 
Label:  Hafg   Catalog #: 10259  
Composer:  Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lovers of historic vocal recordings may know about the Hamburger Archiv für Gesangskunst (Hamburg Archive for the Art of Singing), or HAFG, which is responsible for a staggering number of CD reissues. Many of these excellently transferred discs have found their way into Arkivmusic.com's on-demand reprint program, and collectors will know what to buy without any prodding from reviewers.

However, I want to draw attention to one disc that's given me particular listening pleasure. It features the great Dutch Heldentenor Jacques Urlus (1867-1935) in some of the best Wagner singing I've ever heard.

The acoustic horn meshed well with Urlus' powerful yet gorgeously modulated instrument, with its absolutely even
Read more registers and contralto-like smoothness. What legato, word shading, and breath control this man had! Listen to his 1907 Prize Song from Meistersinger, his urgent yet effortless "Walse" climax in Ein Schwert from Die Walküre Act 1 (a 1917 Edison 78), and notice the ease with which Urlus handles the high tessitura in Siegfried's Act 3 narrative from Götterdämmerung. What's more, his vocalism seems virtually unimpaired by time: Urlus sounds as consistently wonderful in his 1924 Siegfried's death scene as in the 1907 Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan from Lohengrin Act 1.

As I mentioned before, series producer Joachim Lufgen's transfers are vivid and properly pitched, although the Edison sides sound marginally cleaner via Ward Marston's out-of-print complete Urlus Edison recordings edition. Full discographical information is provided, but no texts or annotations save for a short biography of Urlus in German only.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rienzi: Erstehe, hohe Roma, neu by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 9/1/1911 
2.
Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 5/23/1915 
3.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
4.
Die Walküre: Friedmund darf ich nicht heissen by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 8/17/1910 
5.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/2/1917 
6.
Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1916 
7.
Die Walküre: Siegmund heiss' ich by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: circa 1916 
8.
Die Walküre: Siegmund, sieh' auf mich "Todesverkündigung" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 8/18/1910 
9.
Siegfried: Nothung! Neidliches Schwert "Forging Song" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1916 
10.
Siegfried: Heil dir, Sonne! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1910 
11.
Götterdämmerung: Mime hiess ein mürrischer Zwerg "Siegfried's Narration" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 3/13/1912 
12.
Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/9/1924 
13.
Tristan und Isolde: O sink' hernieder, Nacht der Liebe by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1910 
14.
Der fliegende Holländer: Willst jenes Tag's by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 4/30/1917 
15.
Lohengrin: Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwann! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1907 
16.
Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/9/1924 
17.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 9/1/1911 
18.
Lohengrin: Mein lieber Schwan "Lohengrin's Farewell" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jacques Urlus (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 2/24/1915 

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