SDR Stuttgart recordings, rec. 1956 - 1959, from "FW (Stuttgart, 56-63)"
- Fritz Wunderlich, SDR Choir, RSO Stuttgart, cond. Alfons Rischner, SDR rec. at Villa Berg, Stuttgart, 1957-06-18
- Lortzing - Undine: Vater, Mutter, Schwestern, Brüder
- Der Waffenschmied: Man wird ja einmal nur geboren
- Der Waffenschmied: War einst ein junger Springinsfeld (with choir)
- Fritz Wunderlich, Kurt Böhme, RSO Stuttgart, cond. Hans Müller-Kray, SDR rec. at Villa Berg, Stuttgart, 1957-07-10
- Cornelius - Barbier von Bagdad: Mein Sohn sei Allahs Frieden hier auf Erden
- Fritz Wunderlich (1. Gefangener), Hans Günter Nöcker (2. Gefangener), SDR Male Choir, RSO Stuttgart, cond. Alfons Rischner, SDR rec. at Villa Berg, Stuttgart, 1957-11-27
- Beethoven - Fidelio: Chor der Gefangenen
- Fritz Wunderlich (Primus Thaller), Karl Roebbert (Favard), Bruno Samland (Dursel), Hans Lindner, Alfred Appenzeller (two Swiss men), SDR Male Choir, RSO Stuttgart, cond. Alfons Rischner, SDR rec. at Villa Berg, Stuttgart, 1959-03-31
- Kienzl - Der Kuhreigen: Lug, Dursel, lug... Zu Straßburg auf der Schanz (Finale, Act I)
- Fritz Wunderlich, RSO Stuttgart, cond. Carl Schuricht, SDR rec. at Villa Berg, Stuttgart, 1959-04-17
- Mozart - Die Zauberflöte: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön K. 620
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- Mozart - Zaide: Ja, nun laß das Schicksal wüten K. 344 (cond. A. Rischner)
- Schubert - Fierrabras: Beschlossen ist's, ich löse... D 796 (with male choir, cond. H. Müller-Kray)
- Alan Blyth in "Gramophone", 10/1989: "These extracts, culled from the radio archives, will be manna to the many admirers of Fritz Wunderlich. They derive from the earliest years of the tenor's career. Indeed, the shortest of them, as regards his contribution, finds Wunderlich taking the First Prisoner's tiny solo in the Prisoners' Chorus from Fidelio. He sings it with just the right plaintive note. The voice at that time was somewhat lighter than it was to become in the 1960s. It is the perfect sound for the disarmingly ingenuous melodies of Lortzing, of which there are two delightful examples here, and just about as appropriate for the homesick soldier in Kienzl's forgotten Kuhreigen, whose lovely solo is sung with inner feeling.
That Wunderlich was already a notable Mozartian is shown in the 1959 account of the 'Bildnis' aria, perhaps sung here with even more freshness and spontaneity than in his later accounts of the same piece. But the most valuable addition to the wunderlich discography here is the long extract from Cornelius's Der Barbier von Bagdad. His lyrical, lively singing is exactly right for Nureddin and he is partnered here by the richly humorous, characterful Barber of Kurt Böhme. One can easily picture them performing their roles on stage. The Fierabras extract, however, isn't very interesting.
The conducting and playing is of reasonable standard, the sound throughout as natural as any good radio broadcast of the time. There is an informative note by the south German critic Karl Schumann, who must have heard Wunderlich at the start of his - the tenor's - career, but there are no texts or translations; something of a drawback when the material isn't exactly familiar."
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