Music of the 20th Century / Wunderlich

Release Date: 6/14/2019
Label: SWR Music
Catalog Number: SWR19075CD
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is the 8th installment in the SWR CLASSIC series dedicated to Fritz Wunderlich. It contains never before released recordings as well as rarely performed repertoire worth discovering, brilliantly sung by one of the most talented tenors of all times. The esteemed German tenor, Fritz Wunderlich was no doubt enveloped in music at an early age. Urged to pursue classical voice training by theater people who heard him singing as they passed the bakery where he worked, the young Wunderlich was granted a scholarship to the Freiburg Music Academy in Breisgau by the town fathers. He studied there from 1950 to 1955, also studying the classical horn, which explains his almost supernatural breath control. After playing Tamino in a 1955 student production of W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Fritz Wunderlich was engaged by the Wurttemberg State Opera in Stuttgart. His first professional role was as Ulrich Eislinger in Die Meistersinger. When he was called to play Tamino for an ailing Josef Traxel, Stuttgart had a new star and Fritz Wunderlich's short but amazing career had begun. During the remaining decade of his life Fritz Wunderlich gained the highest respect as a W.A. Mozart singer, lending lyrical brilliance to J.S. Bach, Schubert and Gustav Mahler and melodic tenderness to Bel Canto and light opera roles. Following such greats as Tauber and Schmidt, Wunderlich also devoted a good part of his time to the beautiful songs of such composers as Strauss, Lehár, Kálmán and Fall.
Works on This Recording
1. Studentenlieder (8) for Tenor and Strings by Fritz Neumeyer
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Karl Ristenpart
Orchestra/Ensemble: Saarland Radio Chamber Orchestra
1. Palmström-Sonate, for voice, clarinet, violin, snare drum, bass & piano, Op. 69: Excerpt(s) by Günter Raphael
Performer: Roman Schimmer (Violin), Rolf Reinhardt (Piano), Karl Schad (Drums), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Walter Triebskorn (Clarinet)
Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
2. Antigone: Act 3. Geist der Liebe, dennoch Sieger by Carl Orff
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: Modern
Written: 1941-1949 ;
2. Jacqueline Putputput, Act I: Einerlei ob arm oder reich by Dietrich Von Bausznern
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
3. Wozzeck, Op. 7: Excerpt(s) by Alban Berg
Performer: Gustav Grefe (Baritone), Toni Blankenheim (Baritone), Heinz Cramer (Bass), Hubert Buchta (Tenor), August Seider (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1922 ; Austria
3. Die Belagerung von Tottenburg (The siege of Tottenburg): Excerpt(s) by Everett Helm
Performer: Rudolf Gonszar (Bass), Günther Ambrosius (Vocals), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Horst Gunter (Baritone), Ingeborg Lasser (Alto), Hetty Plümacher (Mezzo-Soprano)
Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
4. Von deutscher Seele, Op. 28: Excerpt(s) by Hans Pfitzner
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Annelies Kupper (Soprano), Margarethe Bence (Alto)
Conductor: Heinz Mende
6. Oedipus Rex: Act I: Non reperias by Igor Stravinsky
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
7. Antigone: Act 2. Aber jetzt kommt aus dem Tor Ismene by Carl Orff
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
8. Öedipus der Tyrann: Excerpt(s) by Carl Orff
Performer: Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
9. Der Revisor: Excerpt(s) by Werner Egk
Performer: Alfred Pfeifle (Tenor), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Hubert Buchta (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Gustav Grefe (Baritone), Frithjof Sentpaul (Baritone), Fritz Linke (Bass), Fritz Ollendorff (Bass-baritone)
Conductor: Werner Egk
10. Antigone: Act 2. Aber jetzt kommt aus dem Tor Ismene by Carl Orff
Performer: Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
11. Wozzeck, Op. 7: Excerpt(s) by Alban Berg
Performer: Toni Blankenheim (Baritone), Heinz Cramer (Bass), Hubert Buchta (Tenor), August Seider (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Gustav Grefe (Baritone)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1922 ; Austria
12. Der Revisor: Excerpt(s) by Werner Egk
Performer: Alfred Pfeifle (Tenor), Gerhard Stolze (Tenor), Hubert Buchta (Tenor), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor), Gustav Grefe (Baritone), Frithjof Sentpaul (Baritone), Fritz Linke (Bass), Fritz Ollendorff (Bass-baritone)
Conductor: Werner Egk
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