Fritz Wunderlich: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn: Vocal Works (CD)

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Fritz Wunderlich: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn: Vocal Works (CD)

Dies Bildnis is bezaubernd schon, Tamino’s famous aria from Mozart’s Zauberflote, has become the signature piece of Fritz Wunderlich’s 13-year career. It was his first stage role as a student on July 21 1954, and it was the last piece he sang on September 5, 1966 during a guest performance at the Stuttgart State Opera in Edinburg. Wunderlich continuously worked on this aria to perfect it. The recording on this album is from April 17, 1959. Most interesting are the excerpts from Schubert operas, including previously unreleased arias from Fierrabras, and excerpts from the generally unknown opera Die Wunderinsel. Music journalist Kurt Honolka combined pieces by Schubert, mostly from Alfonso und Estrella, with parts of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The resulting pastiche was first performed in January 1958 at the Stuttgart Opera and recorded later that year.

Composer(s): Anonymous; Beethoven, Ludwig van; Haydn, Franz Joseph; Honolka, Kurt; Kupelwieser, Joseph; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Petrosellini, Giuseppe; Schachtner, Johann Andreas; Schikaneder, Emanuel; Schubert, Franz; Shakespeare, William; Sonnleithner, Joseph

Artist(s): Sailer, Friederike; Kahmann, Sieglinde; Dünnwald, Josef; South German Radio Choir; Giebel, Agnes; Nöcker, Hans Günter; Brauer, Herbert; South German Radio Symphony Orchestra; Schuricht, Carl; Stader, Maria; Günter, Horst; Müller-Kray, Hans; Württemberg State Orchestra Stuttgart; Rischner, Alfons; South German Radio Choir, male section; McDaniel, Barry; Bern State Orchestra; Engen, Kieth; Wunderlich, Fritz

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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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