WUNDERLICH The 50 Greatest Tracks 4796418

The collection is a true labor of love. The pieces were chosen by the singer's widow . . . The set begins appropriately with four Mozart arias, starting with "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" from "The Magic Flute" . . . What becomes clear from the first notes is the beauty of his voice and the gracefulness of his singing. "Il mio tesoro" from "Don Giovanni" highlights his extraordinary breath control . . . These and the other two arias, another from "The Magic Flute" and one from "Abduction from the Seraglio", confirm the initial impression. These renditions are unmatched not only in Wunderlich's time but up to the current day . . . Despite the language change in some instances, the singing is convincing, especially for the Tchaikovsky. The rest of the first CD shows off Wunderlich's mastery of Richard Strauss's operas and songs . . . The second CD begins with another area in which Wunderlich excelled, sacred music . . . Wunderlich's elegant style again comes to the fore in arias from Handel and Gluck.