The art of FRITZ WUNDERLICH

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FRITZ WUNDERLICH
The Art of Fritz Wunderlich

Werke von / Works by
Johann Sebastian Bach
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Opern Arien · Arien und Duette
Lieder
Int. Release 05 Jul. 2005
7 CDs / Download
CD ADD 0289 477 5305 6 GOM 7
partly MONO
Original Masters


Track List

CD 1: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Kommt, eilet und laufet (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249

Original

Fritz Wunderlich, August Messthaler, Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester, Stuttgarter Bach-Chor, Marcel Couraud

Fritz Wunderlich, Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester, Marcel Couraud

St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Part One

Fritz Wunderlich, Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Part Two

Fritz Wunderlich, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger

Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243

Fritz Wunderlich, Margarethe Bence, Marcel Couraud, Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester

Cantate No.31 "Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret", BWV 31

Fritz Wunderlich, Marcel Couraud, Stuttgarter Bach-Orchester

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Part One - For the first Day of Christmas

Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Chor

Part Two - For the second Day of Christmas

Part Four - For New Year's Day

Part Five - For the 1st Sunday in the New Year

Fritz Wunderlich, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Fritz Wunderlich, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

Part Six - For the Feast of Epiphany

Fritz Wunderlich, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter

Fritz Wunderlich, Karl Richter, Münchener Bach-Orchester

Total Playing Time 1:06:16

CD 2: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384

Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Act 1

Act 2

Fritz Wunderlich, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Erika Köth, Fritz Wunderlich, Friedrich Lenz, Lotte Schädle, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Act 3

Fritz Wunderlich, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Fritz Wunderlich, Erika Köth, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, Eugen Jochum

Die Zauberflöte, K.620

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Rosl Schwaiger, Antonia Fahberg, Raili Kostia, Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Hilten, Martin Vantin, Manfred Röhrl, Hans Hotter, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, RIAS Kammerchor, Günther Arndt

Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Act 2

Evelyn Lear, James King, Fritz Wunderlich, Martti Talvela, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Evelyn Lear, Fritz Wunderlich, RIAS Kammerchor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Total Playing Time 1:13:13

CD 3: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Il barbiere di Siviglia

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn

Vincenzo Bellini (1801 - 1835)
La Sonnambula

Act 1

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Rigoletto

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Erika Köth, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn

La traviata

Act 1

Günter Missenhardt, Hilde Gueden, Claudia Hellmann, Fritz Wunderlich, Friedrich Lenz, Hans Bruno Ernst, Karl Christian Kohn, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bruno Bartoletti, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Wolfgang Schubert

Act 3

Hilde Gueden, Fritz Wunderlich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bruno Bartoletti

Don Carlo

Act 2

Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Horst Stein

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
La Bohème

Act 4

Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Kurt Eichhorn

Tosca

Act 3

Fritz Wunderlich, Orchestra of the Südwestfunk, Emmerich Smola

Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)
Die schweigsame Frau, Op.80

Act 1

Hilde Gueden, Fritz Wunderlich, Karl Doench, Josef Knapp, Alois Pernerstorfer, Pierrette Alarie, Hetty Plümacher, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper

Act 2

Fritz Wunderlich, Hilde Gueden, Hans Hotter, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Daphne, bucolic tragedy in one Act

Hilde Gueden, Fritz Wunderlich, Wiener Staatsopernorchester, Karl Böhm

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Eugene Onegin, Op.24

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Brigitte Fassbaender, Orchester Der Staatsoper Munchen, Otto Gerdes

Act 2

Fritz Wunderlich, Orchester Der Staatsoper Munchen, Otto Gerdes

Total Playing Time 1:04:11

CD 4: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Serse, HWV 40

Act 1

Act 2

Rafael Kubelik, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Fritz Wunderlich

Act 3

Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787)
Iphigénie en Tauride

Act 2

Fritz Wunderlich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik

Act 3

Fritz Wunderlich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik, Hermann Prey

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)
L'Orfeo

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Clemens Kaiser-Breme, Orchester der "Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker 1955", August Wenzinger

Act 5

Fritz Wunderlich, Helmut Krebs, Orchester der "Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker 1955", August Wenzinger

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17

Act 1

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchner Philharmoniker, Fritz Wunderlich

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchner Philharmoniker, Fritz Wunderlich, Christa Ludwig

Act 2

Ferdinand Leitner, Münchner Philharmoniker, Fritz Wunderlich

Aimé Maillart (1817 - 1871)
Les Dragons de Villars

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hans Moltkau

Conradin Kreutzer (1780 - 1849)
Das Nachtlager in Granada

Act 2

Erika Köth, Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Kurt Eichhorn, Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Gustav Albert Lortzing (1801 - 1851)
Der Waffenschmied

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hans Moltkau

Zar und Zimmermann

Act 2

Ingeborg Hallstein, Fritz Wunderlich, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hans Gierster, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Wolfgang Schubert

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Les pêcheurs de perles

Sung in German

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Horst Stein

Total Playing Time 1:10:14

CD 5: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Dichterliebe, Op.48

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Schwanengesang, D.957

Fritz Wunderlich, Hubert Giesen

Total Playing Time 1:04:44

CD 6: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Agustin Lara (1900 - 1970)
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857 - 1919)
Luigi Denza (1846 - 1922)
Fritz Wunderlich, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Eduardo di Capua (1866 - 1917), Alfredo Mazzucchi (1879 - 1972)
Ernesto de Curtis (1875 - 1937)
Hans May (1886 - 1958), Ernst Neubach, Heinz Schreiter
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Richard Tauber (1891 - 1948), Ernst Marischka (1893 - 1963)
Fritz Wunderlich, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Ralph Erwin
Tomasso Giordani
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
10.
0:00
3:05

Fritz Wunderlich, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Symphonieorchester Graunke, Hans Carste

Jean Martini, Jean P. Florian
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
12.
0:00
3:27

Fritz Wunderlich, Hans Carste, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra

Enrico Toselli (1883 - 1926)
Nikolaus Brodszky (1905 - 1958)
Fritz Wunderlich, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Luigi Gordigiani (1806 - 1860)
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Traditional
16.
0:00
3:13

Fritz Wunderlich, Hans Carste, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy

Mischa Spoliansky (1898 - 1985)
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Total Playing Time 59:34

CD 7: Fritz Wunderlich: Musical Pearls

Rudolf Sieczynski (1879 - 1952)
Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Stolz, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper

Hans Toifl
Fritz Wunderlich, Die Spilar Schrammeln

Alexander Steinbrecher, Edmund Eysler (1874 - 1949)
Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Stolz, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper

Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975)
Fritz Wunderlich, Die Spilar Schrammeln

Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Fritz Wunderlich, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Robert Stolz

Ralph Benatzky (1884 - 1957)
Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Stolz, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper

Fritz Wunderlich, Die Spilar Schrammeln

Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975)
Fritz Wunderlich, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Robert Stolz

Hans Georg Hübsch
Fritz Wunderlich, Die Spilar Schrammeln

Theo Prosel, Ludwig Schmidseder
Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Stolz, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper

Emmerich Zillner
Fritz Wunderlich, Die Spilar Schrammeln

Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975), Wilhelm Sterk
Fritz Wunderlich, Robert Stolz, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper

Emmerich Kálmán (1882 - 1953)
Gräfin Mariza - Operetta in 3 Acts

Fritz Wunderlich, Orchester Der Wiener Volksoper, Robert Stolz

Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975), Ernst Marischka (1893 - 1963)
Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975)
Robert Stolz (1880 - 1975), Ernst Marischka (1893 - 1963)
Antonín Dvorák (1841 - 1904)
Osman Perez Freire (1878 - 1930)
18.
0:00
4:17

Philipp Friedrich Silcher (1789 - 1860)
Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Carl Böhm (1844 - 1920)
Fritz Wunderlich, Singgemeinschaft Rudolf Lamy, Kurt Graunke Symphony Orchestra, Hans Carste

Total Playing Time 1:06:20

Wunderlichs Kunst ist von einer Unmittelbarkeit, "modern" und überhaupt nicht gestrig; er fasziniert durch seine Natürlichkeit, mit der er auch komplizierteste Passagen -- mit phänomenaler Technik -- gestaltet, durch Feuer, jugendliche Strahlkraft und Seele.
As Real a Presence Today as in His Own Lifetime

New releases to mark Fritz Wunderlich's 75th birthday
Lovers of classical music hardly need reminding that the label "bestseller" is no guarantee of artistic quality. But when a live recording of a song recital from 1966 can maintain its place in the classical charts' Top Ten for a whole six months in spite of its less than perfect sound quality, we are certainly entitled to speak of a minor sensation.

Not even the tenor's most ardent admirers would have thought that Fritz Wunderlich's final lieder recital ("The Last Recital", DG CD 9806790) would be in the bestseller lists for more than twenty-eight weeks. At best it can have been only insiders and fans who knew that the legendary singer had achieved new heights of expression at the recital that he gave on 4September 1966, only thirteen days before his death from a tragic accident. So how can we explain the fact that almost forty years later Fritz Wunderlich is as real a presence now as he was in his own lifetime - not only on record shelves but in the awareness of a broad range of listeners?

Jens Malte Fischer has described the Wunderlich phenomenon on the radio in arguably more detail than any other commentator. For him, the singer's appeal boils down to the fact that his recordings "still speak to us today as directly as if they had been recorded yesterday. They have an immediacy, an aura and a sense of life and freshness that are unique. How else can we explain the fact that even young people who have no direct memory of the singer are attracted to him and to his voice as though he were still alive and singing today?"

Listeners can discover this for themselves by means of three new recordings that Deutsche Grammophon is issuing to mark what would have been the singer's 75th birthday on 26 September 2005:


Original Masters: The Art of Fritz Wunderlich (7 CDs)

This is the most comprehensive compilation of Fritz Wunderlich's recordings to have been issued so far. It covers the whole range of this phenomenally versatile singer's repertory, from Handel to Puccini, from Die Zauberflöte to Gräfin Mariza, from Bach's St Matthew Passion to Schumann's Dichterliebe and from An die Musik to Granada. At the same time, these seven CDs also document Fritz Wunderlich's artistic and vocal development during the eleven years of his professional career: from his first recording for Deutsche Grammophon (Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in 1955) and radio rarities of 1956 to his 1966 recording of Viennese songs under Robert Stolz and his final recording of operatic excerpts from Eugene Onegin and Zar und Zimmermann.


The Magic of Wunderlich (2 CDs + DVD)

A mixture of Wunderlich highlights and rarities, this release is an ideal way of getting to know the singer, but it will also be of interest to collectors: alongside his recording of Strauss songs under Jan Koetsier, they will also find previously unreleased treasures from the archives of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich - Wunderlich in Don Ottavio's scenes from a 1963 Don Giovanni and the Italian Singer's aria from Der Rosenkavalier recorded in 1966. The bonus DVD, too, contains much of interest to Wunderlich's fans in the form of highlights from television broadcasts of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia recorded in Munich in 1959 and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin recorded in Munich three years later.

A television rarity: Rossini's Barbiere from the Cuvilliéstheater (DVD)

The 1959 Munich Barbiere with Fritz Wunderlich, Hermann Prey, Erika Köth and Hans Hotter is a recording of incalculable value for music lovers and eyewitnesses alike, a pioneering feat from the infancy of live broadcasting and at the same time a plea for the standards of good old ensemble opera. But even lovers of classical music who have no personal memories of this production will enjoy it: in spite of its "historical" look, the distinguished ensemble under the direction of Joseph Keilberth offers a feast of comic acting and spontaneity that is a sheer delight.

Thomas Voigt

7/2005