Lebendige Vergangenheit - Herbert Janssen

Release Date: 3/28/2006
Catalog Number: 89640
Number of Discs: 1

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Initially studying law in Berlin, Herbert Janssen took vocal instruction from Oscar Daniel and began his career in 1922 as the Count in Schrekerís Schatzgraber in Berlin. While he sang primarily Italian roles in the German capital, he scored a breakthrough at the Zoppot Festival as Wolfram. After that, he sang every summer at one or the other of the great Wagner festivals. His roles at Zoppot, Bayreuth and Covent Garden included Heerrufer, Gunther, Amfortas, Kothner and Telramund. After leaving Germany in 1937, he came to America, eventually succeeding Friedrich Schorr at the Met as the premier heroic baritone of the house. The ìheavyî heroic parts eventually took their toll and, by 1950, he was once again singing the showpiece roles of Telramund, Hollander and Amfortas. His final appearance at the Met was as Kothner in April 1952. In later years he would teach voice, up until his death in New York in 1965. In America today, he is still considered one of the leading singers of a Wagner ensemble that remains immortal which included such great names as Frida Leider, Lauritz Melchior and Friedrich Schorr.
Works on This Recording
1. Zar und Zimmermann: Sonst spielt ich mit Szepter by Albert Lortzing
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Germany
2. Der Waffenschmied: Du lässt mich kalt by Albert Lortzing
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846 ; Germany
3. Faust: Avant de quitter ces lieux by Charles Gounod
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
4. Faust: Écoute-moi bien by Charles Gounod
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
5. Tannhäuser: Blick' ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Karl Elmendorff
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
6. Tannhäuser: Wohl wusst' ich hier sie im Gebet zu finden by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1841/1852 ; Germany
7. Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
8. Madama Butterfly: Excerpt(s) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone), Margherita Perras (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
9. Tristan und Isolde: Die alte Weise by Richard Wagner
Performer: Lauritz Melchior (Tenor), Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Germany
10. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen
Conductor: Paul Breisach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
11. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Paul Breisach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
12. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Mein Kind, von Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
13. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Selig wie die Sonne (Quintet) by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone), Torsten Ralf (Tenor), Herta Glaz (Mezzo Soprano), Polyna Stoska (Voice), John Garris (Tenor)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
14. Parsifal: Ja, Wehe! Wehe! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor: Robert Kinsky
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Bayreuth, Germany
15. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Als du in kühnem Sange uns bestrittest by Richard Wagner
Performer: Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
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