Lebendige Vergangenheit - Michael Bohnen

Release Date: 3/28/2000
Catalog Number: 89190
Number of Discs: 1

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Michael Bohnen, often referred to as the "German Chaliapin" was one of the greatest singers ever to grace the stage. He was a bass-baritone in the true sense of the term, in that he was fully able to transcend the limitations implied by both vocal categories. He started his career singing serious bass roles like Sarastro, Rocco, Daland, Lundgraf, King Heinrich and Gurnemanz. Yet only a few years later he took on roles that Richard Wagner himself had classified as high bass roles like Wotan and Hans Sachs and even tackled Italian baritone roles like Amonasro, Tonio and Scarpia. This, however, was no change of vocal category, merely a vocal extension. Despite his baritone repertoire he remained the Mephisto, Kaspar, Gurnemanz, Basilio and Kezal par excellence.
Works on This Recording
1. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Who is consumed with love by Bedrich Smetana
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863/1870 ; Czech Republic
2. Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
3. La juive: Si la rigeur by Jacques Halévy
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835 ; Paris, France
4. Faust: Le veau d'or est toujours debout by Charles Gounod
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
5. Prinz Eugen, Op. 92 by Carl Loewe
Performer: George Szell (Piano), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Germany
6. Ballads (3), Op. 1: no 3, Erlkönig by Carl Loewe
Performer: George Szell (Piano), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1824 ; Germany
7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Jerum! Jerum! by Richard Wagner
Performer: Leo Schützendorf (Baritone), Emmy Bettendorf (Soprano), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone), Carl Martin Oehmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
8. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Oh, ihr boshafter Geselle by Richard Wagner
Performer: Leo Schützendorf (Baritone), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
9. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Selig wie die Sonne (Quintet) by Richard Wagner
Performer: Ursula Lüders (Soprano), Emmy Bettendorf (Soprano), Carl Martin Oehmann (Tenor), Gombert (Tenor), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862-1867 ; Germany
10. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Se vuol ballare, Signor contino by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Das goldene Kreuz: Bom bom bom, trarara by Ignaz Brüll
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Das goldene Kreuz: Wie anders war es by Ignaz Brüll
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1875 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Faust: Vous qui faites l'endormie "Serenade" by Charles Gounod
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
15. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Come inside, people! by Bedrich Smetana
Performer: Joseph Schmidt (Tenor), Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863/1870 ; Czech Republic
16. I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
17. Der Freischütz, J 277: Hier im ird'schen Jammertal by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817-1821 ; Dresden, Germany
18. Der Freischütz, J 277: Schweig, damit dich niemand warnt by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Michael [voice] Bohnen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor: Selmar Meyrowitz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817-1821 ; Dresden, Germany
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