Fritz Wunderlich sings Festive Arias | SWR Music SWR19026CD

Fritz Wunderlich sings Festive Arias

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Label: SWR Music

Cat No: SWR19026CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)
Margarethe Bence (alto)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

Conductors

August Langenbeck
Heinz Mende

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), BWV248 (excerpts)

Buxtehude, Dieterich

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BuxWV101

Handel, George Frideric

Messiah, HWV56 (excerpts in German)

Schutz, Heinrich

Cantiones Sacrae, op.4
» Pro hoc magno mysterio pietatis, SWV77
» Supereminet omnem scientiam, o bone Jesu, SWV76

Telemann, Georg Philipp

Warum verstellst du die Gebarden?, TWV1:1502

Artists

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)
Margarethe Bence (alto)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

Conductors

August Langenbeck
Heinz Mende

About

Fritz Wunderlich’s early recording of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, from a performance in the Stuttgart Markuskirche on 18 December 1955, presents the singer of the century at the beginning of his career. One rarely hears Bach sung with such a sensual voice, and rarely is one so enraptured by a voice like that of Fritz Wunderlich.

This is also the case with the recording of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Heinz Mende, from a concert in the Stuttgart Liederhalle on 20 March 1959. By this time, Wunderlich already had a string of successes behind him and was well on his way to achieving worldwide fame.

The other performances in this collection took place between those two recordings: they are studio recordings, all of them rarities from Wunderlich’s repertoire, which exist only in this early series of Stuttgart radio productions.

This recording is the first instalment of a 10-CD Wunderlich series, each with a different focus:

- Arias by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert
- 19th-century arias
- Early Music
- Hits of the 1950s
- Operetta Arias
- Arias by Mozart’s contemporaries
- Sacred Arias
- 20th-century Arias
- Lieder (Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss)

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