Fritz Wunderlich: Immortal Beloved | Australian Eloquence ELQ4826526

Fritz Wunderlich: Immortal Beloved

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4826526

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th December 2016

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

An die ferne Geliebte, op.98

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Scottish and Welsh folksong arrangements, Hob.XXXI
» Ein Wandrer kommt von ferne, Hob.XXXIb:3
» Es weiden meine Schafe, Hob.XXXIa:153
» Fliess leise, mein Bachlein, Hob.XXXIa:253A
» Ich stehe auf der Heide, Hob.XXXIb:27
» Im Schummern, da kam ich ernst zu dir, Hob.XXXIb:36
» Mein susses Liebchen, Hob.XXXIa:194
» Rose weiss, Rose rot, Hob.XXXIb:10

Strauss, Richard

Lieder (4), op.27
» no.3 Heimliche Aufforderung
» no.4 Morgen
Lieder (5), op.32
» no.1 Ich trage meine minne
Lieder (6), op.17
» no.2 Standchen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter)
» no.1 Zueignung

Artists

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)
Heinrich Schmidt (piano)
Walter Weller (violin)
Ludwig Beinl (cello)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Jan Koetsier

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

An die ferne Geliebte, op.98

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Scottish and Welsh folksong arrangements, Hob.XXXI
» Ein Wandrer kommt von ferne, Hob.XXXIb:3
» Es weiden meine Schafe, Hob.XXXIa:153
» Fliess leise, mein Bachlein, Hob.XXXIa:253A
» Ich stehe auf der Heide, Hob.XXXIb:27
» Im Schummern, da kam ich ernst zu dir, Hob.XXXIb:36
» Mein susses Liebchen, Hob.XXXIa:194
» Rose weiss, Rose rot, Hob.XXXIb:10

Strauss, Richard

Lieder (4), op.27
» no.3 Heimliche Aufforderung
» no.4 Morgen
Lieder (5), op.32
» no.1 Ich trage meine minne
Lieder (6), op.17
» no.2 Standchen
Lieder (8), op.10 TrV141 (Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter)
» no.1 Zueignung

Artists

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)
Heinrich Schmidt (piano)
Walter Weller (violin)
Ludwig Beinl (cello)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Conductor

Jan Koetsier

About

These recordings – partly ‘live’ (Beethoven, Haydn), partly studio (Strauss) – enshrine many of Fritz Wunderlich’s quality as a Lieder singer par excellence. Although previously released on Philips CD, for this Eloquence release, the recordings were remastered from the original tapes.

During the eleven years of his career, Wunderlich became a versatile lyric tenor who combined opulence of tone with intellectual weight. After some deliberation he turned to the heavier types of heroic roles before being invited to sing Walther von Stolzing in Wieland Wagner’s production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth. Although his repertoire included Rossini, Donizetti, Strauss, Pfitzner, Stravinsky, Egk, Orff and many oratorio parts, he is chiefly remembered, in the recordings bequeathed to posterity, as a singer of Lieder and an exponent of Mozartian roles (Belmonte, Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando). He breathed fascinating life into these roles with his cultivated tone, refinement, stylistic awareness, intensity and intelligence.

Recorded: Vienna, May 1963 (Beethoven, Haydn); Munich, December 1962 (Strauss)

“The memory of Fritz Wunderlich’s glorious tenor lives on in the heads of all those lucky enough to have heard him in person, but it is 22 years now since he was killed, at the early age of 35, in a household accident, so for many he is no more than a voice on a record. This CD issue will inform those who come fresh to his singing of his sappy tenor and eager, unaffected, articulate way of using it. These attributes are most apparent in the Beethoven cycle for which he had the almost ideal tone.” - Alan Blyth, Gramophone

“It was altogether shocking how absolutely wonderful his voice sounded … so unique, so individual, so clear and authentic – a voice that could be compared to no other.” - Rolando Villazón

“What he did – there was no one who came close to him. I don’t think he will ever be surpassed.”
- Nicolai Gedda

“The sheer quality of his incredible voice is unique and will always be unique. Fortunately, there is the medium of the gramophone record.” - Peter Schreier

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