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Fritz Wunderlich - Immortal Beloved

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Fritz Wunderlich - Immortal Beloved
Fritz Wunderlich - Immortal Beloved


'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 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. These recordings partly 'live' (Beethoven, Haydn), partly studio (Strauss) enshrine many of 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. Alan Blyth about the original Philips CD in Gramophone: "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. '


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  2. BEETHOVEN - An Die Ferne Geliebte, Op. 98
  3. HAYDN Schottische Und Walisische Volkslieder- Fließ Leise, Mein Bächlein, Hob.XXXIa/253A
  4. Ein Wanderer Kommt, Hob.XXXIb:3
  5. Ich Stehe Auf Der Heide, Hob.XXXIb:27
  6. Es Weiden Meine Schafe, Hob.XXXIa:153
  7. Im Schummern, Hob.XXXIb:26
  8. Mein Süßes Liebchen, Hob.XXXIa:194
  9. Rose Rot, Rose Weiß, Hob.XXXIb:10
  10. RICHARD STRAUSS - Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3
  11. Ich Trage Meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1
  12. Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2
  13. Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
  14. Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1
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