Fritz Wunderlich - Opernarien (Münchener Sonntagskonzerte)
"Münchener Sonntagskonzerte" concert series. Rec. at Munich, 1961-1966.
- Fritz Wunderlich, Stina Britta Melander, Raimund Grumbach, BR Orchestra, cond. Horst Stein, rec. at Deutsches Museum, Munich, 1963-12-01; * rec. at Haus des Sports, Munich, 1963-01-09
- Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore: Nun drang aus ihrem Herzen (Una furtiva lagrima)
- Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke K. 384 *
- Don Giovanni: Il mio tesoro K. 527
- Puccini - La Bohème: Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen (Che gelida manina)
- Rossini - Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Strahlt auf mich der Glanz des Goldes (All'idea di quel metallo) (with R.Grumbach)
- Tchaikovsky - Yevgeny Onyegin: Wohin seid ihr entschwunden (Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis)
- Verdi - La Traviata: O laß uns fliehen (Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo) (with S. Britta Melander)
- Fritz Wunderlich, Erika Köth, Pilar Lorengar, BR Orchestra, cond. Kurt Eichhorn
- Mozart - Don Giovanni: Nur ihrem Frieden (Dalla sua pace) K. 527 (rec. 1961-12-03)
- Die Zauberflöte: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubern schön K. 620(rec. 1961-12-03)
- Puccini - Madama Butterfly: Mädchen, in deinen Augen liegt ein Zauber (Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malìa) (with P. Lorengar, rec. 1965-04-11)
- Rossini - La Cenerentola: Warum schlägt so rasch mein Herz (Mi seduce, m'innamora quella sua semplicità) (with E. Köth, rec. 1962-09-05)
- Verdi - La Traviata: Lunga da lei - De'miei bollenti spiriti (rec. 1965-04-11)
- Fritz Wunderlich, BR Orchestra, cond. Siegfried Köhler
- Leoncavallo - Mattinata (rec. 1966-02-13)
- Stephan Mösch in "Opernwelt", 07/1997: "The German tenor with the Italian schmelz (~ melifluousness) in his voice presents hisself in his best form without exception. He instinctively distinguishes schmelz from schmaltz. ... He does not become sentimental even when singing Leoncavallo's schmaltz song Mattinata. Wunderlich obviously did not need neither costume nor make-up to immerse hisself in the heart of hearts of the characters he played. ... He would have become immortal only with this rendering of the Lenski aria. ... Wunderlich never reels off the coloraturas of Rossini's Conte Almaviva mechanically, he gives them overtones of insanity."
- Dan Davis in "Pulse! Magazine", No. 166, 1997-12: "Fritz Wunderlich is in top form in favourite arias culled from live 1960s Munich concerts." [4 stars out of 5]
- Kenneth Meltzer at the Classical CD Reviews website, 1998-10: "[...] Orfeo has issued this splendid CD that presents Fritz Wunderlich in a series of live performances, in studio-quality (albeit mono) sound, of
Sunday concerts with the Munich Radio Orchestra. The recordings span the years 1961-1966 and present this magnificent artist at the top of his form.
The opening selection, a technically superb and emotionally fervent rendition of Mozart's treacherous aria "Ich baue ganz" from the last act of The Abduction from the Seraglio, demonstrates why Wunderlich was one of the greatest Mozart tenors of this century. From there, the disc proceeds from strength to strength, with Wunderlich's gleaming tone and obvious joy of singing evident at every turn. Many of the selections replicate music Wunderlich recorded in the studio, but the presence of an audience here seems to inspire an even greater sense of involvement on his part. Wunderlich's melting renditions of arias from The Magic Flute, The Elixir of Love, Eugene Onegin and La Boheme haunt the memory long after the music has concluded. Most of the selections -- regardless of their original language -- are sung in German, as was Wunderlich's custom. However, Wunderlich was such an elegant and accomplished singer that his renditions of Italian and Russian opera in German sound entirely convincing and even idiomatic.
In addition to various arias, Wunderlich is joined by other artists for duets from The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, La traviata and Madama Butterfly. Particularly noteworthy is an impassioned Butterfly Act I duet with Pilar Lorengar. The recital concludes with a joyous rendition (in Italian) of Leoncavallo's Mattinata.. That performance, recorded the year of Wunderlich's death, reminds us of a loss that was truly irreplaceable. While it is sad to ponder what could have been in the career of Wunderlich, it is also wonderful to celebrate what was. For that, this new Orfeo disc offers bounteous rewards and deserves the highest recommendation."
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|Orfeo d'Or C445961B
|Gala GL 100.525 ("Mädchen, in Deinen Augen", "Lunga da lei - De'miei bollenti spiriti" and "Mattinata" on FW -
München 1965/66", 2 CD)
Fritz Wunderlich Discography