The Blackest Bass: Gottlob Frick Portrait (4-CD)

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The Blackest Bass: Gottlob Frick Portrait (4-CD)

Composers: Various
Artists: Gottlob Frick, Fernando Corena, Cesare Siepi, Marcel Cordes, Kurt Böhme, Fritz Wunderlich, Hertha Töpper, Hildegard Hillebrecht, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker
Number of Discs: 4
Label: Profil
CD Release Date: May 17, 2019

It was the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler who first gave Gottlob Frick the nickname “Der schwärzeste Bass.” This accolade has been picked up time and again, gone through various manifestations, and become a sort of trademark for the German bass.

The attribute “black” is often applied to define the vocal range of a basso profundo’s ability to produce sonorous deep notes. However, the definition of “black bass” means far more than that: it applies primarily to the deep, dark timbre, the rich and sonorous sound and the lasting flexibility of the voice even in the deep registers, paired with strength, momentum, natural resonance and abundant expression in the entire vocal range. “If you have ever heard the timbre of Gottlob Frick’s voice, you will never forget it,” the German singing expert Jürgen Kesting accurately observed in his standard reference work Die großen Sänger.

Gottlob Frick, thanks to the many sound recordings documenting his sonorous, unusually beautiful and fluently melodic singing, enjoys a popularity to this day that is unparalleled in this vocal register.

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