Waldemar Kmentt: Portrait | Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or C770091

Waldemar Kmentt: Portrait

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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or

Cat No: C770091

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th June 2009

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Jetzt Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Iphigenie en Tauride
» Nur einen Wunsch, nur ein Verlangen

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Il se fait tard (act 3)
» Quel trouble inconnu me penetre... Salut! demeure chaste et pure

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Cosi fan tutte, K588
» Fra gli amlessi
» La mia Dorabella
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Qual mi conturba I sensi - Fuor del mar

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Ils se sont eloignes enfin!
» Va pour Kleinzach...Il etait une fois a la cour

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Si, ritrovarla io giuro

Smetana, Bedrich

Siehst du, Laca from Jenufa

Strauss, Richard

Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
» Mein Herr Haushofmeister!
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Di rigori armato il seno

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rake's Progress
» Vary the song, O London, change

Artists

Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Hilde Guden
Walter Berry
Karl Donch
Irmgard Seefried
Wilma Lipp
Hermann Uhde
Anja Silja
Kurt Equiluz
Sena Jurinac
Peter Weber
Chorus & Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper

Conductors

Jaroslav Krombholc
Karl Bohm
Horst Stein
Alberto Erede
Georges Pretre
Josef Krips
Leonard Bernstein
Oscar Danon

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Fidelio, op.72
» Jetzt Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein

Gluck, Christoph Willibald

Iphigenie en Tauride
» Nur einen Wunsch, nur ein Verlangen

Gounod, Charles

Faust
» Il se fait tard (act 3)
» Quel trouble inconnu me penetre... Salut! demeure chaste et pure

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Cosi fan tutte, K588
» Fra gli amlessi
» La mia Dorabella
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Qual mi conturba I sensi - Fuor del mar

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Ils se sont eloignes enfin!
» Va pour Kleinzach...Il etait une fois a la cour

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
» Si, ritrovarla io giuro

Smetana, Bedrich

Siehst du, Laca from Jenufa

Strauss, Richard

Ariadne auf Naxos, op.60
» Mein Herr Haushofmeister!
Der Rosenkavalier, op.59
» Di rigori armato il seno

Stravinsky, Igor

The Rake's Progress
» Vary the song, O London, change

Artists

Waldemar Kmentt (tenor)
Hilde Guden
Walter Berry
Karl Donch
Irmgard Seefried
Wilma Lipp
Hermann Uhde
Anja Silja
Kurt Equiluz
Sena Jurinac
Peter Weber
Chorus & Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper

Conductors

Jaroslav Krombholc
Karl Bohm
Horst Stein
Alberto Erede
Georges Pretre
Josef Krips
Leonard Bernstein
Oscar Danon

About

In 1955, Waldemar Kmentt sang Jaquino in Beethoven's 'Fidelio' for the reopening of the Vienna State Opera, and from then until the turn of the century performed internationally in roles such as Mirko Zeta in The Merry Widow. During all this time, the tenor gave countless dazzling performances on the world's greatest opera stages.

This portrait, in honour of his 80th birthday, is an impressive reflection of his versatility, with excerpts from roles he performed at the Vienna State Opera, where he was based and where he received the title of 'Kammersänger' and was eventually made an honorary member. The flexibility and brilliant timbre of his voice brought him many roles at the State Opera, both in the legendary Mozart Ensemble under Karl Böhm and as an 'Italian' tenor (though, as usual at that time, mostly in German).

A brilliant rendering of the Italian tenor’s aria from Der Rosenkavalier in 1968 under Leonard Bernstein concludes this cross-section of the prodigious career of a tenor who, ever modest, never relied on mere showmanship.

Live Recordings - Vienna State Opera 1955, 1996.

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