Lebendige Vergangenheit - Hildegarde Ranczak

Release Date: 3/28/2006
Catalog Number: 89639
Number of Discs: 1

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Described by the great conductor Clemens Krauss as ìan interpreter of high-spirited, unreserved female characters; individual timbre, attractive and distinctive appearance,î Ranczak was born in Moravia but grew up in America, where her family sought their fortune. They returned to Europe in 1912, where she decided to pursue an operatic career by taking singing lessons at the Vienna Conservatory. Her career was launched in Dussledorf in 1918. In 1928 the Munich Opera engaged her for character roles. The highlights of her career included the Strauss roles: Aithra, Salome, Octavian, the Dyerís Wife, and Clarion. Despite guest appearances in many European capitals, the focus of her work was in Munich. Her career, as well as those of many others at the Munich Opera House, was sidelined by a series of scandals that prevented her from performing for two years. After this, essentially her career was finished, and she retired to Berg on Lake Starnberg. Just the same, this impulsive performer would be long remembered as one of the most natural singing actresses Munich had ever seen.
Works on This Recording
1. La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
2. Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
3. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
4. Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
5. Otello: Piangea cantando...Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
6. Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
7. Mignon: Je suis Titania la blonde by Ambroise Thomas
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Franz Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; France
8. Martha: Letzte Rose "The last rose of summer" by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Franz Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
9. Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
10. Il Tabarro: O Luigi! Luigi! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mathieu Ahlersmeyer (Baritone), Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano), Peter Anders (Tenor)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
11. Tosca: Mario! Mario! Mario!...Son qui. by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Hildegard Ranczak (Soprano), Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
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