Fritz Wunderlich

Fritz Wunderlich: A Poet Among Tenors

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Considering that Fritz Wunderlich's recording career lasted only six years, and that he had not yet fully explored the tenor repertoire before a tragic accident took his life in 1966, it is an exceptional legacy that EMI samples for this six-CD box set in its Icon series, Fritz Wunderlich: A Poet Among Tenors. This singer was constantly active in the recording studio, and his ability to learn music quickly increased his already high productivity in a repertoire that ranged from Renaissance to modern works. As this compilation shows, Wunderlich was versatile in Baroque cantatas, Classical operas, Romantic lieder, and post-Romantic operettas, and his fluid voice was adaptable to a variety of styles, technical demands, and expressions. This package is divided into six programs, which are differentiated as German songs and arias; German opera and operetta; operetta favorites; lyric opera roles; French, Czech, and Russian opera; and lieder. Wunderlich had a light, flexible voice that was ideal for these categories, but it was regarded as ill-suited to Wagner; even though he had sung minor roles in Die fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, and Tristan und Isolde, he wasn't a true heldentenor. Instead, his voice was made to order for Mozart's roles, and his recordings of Schubert and Schumann song cycles are still regarded as a high watermarks in the genre. This set will not satisfy listeners who already have Wunderlich's classic albums, but it is an excellent introduction to the tenor's work and sure to win over a new generation of fans. EMI's reproduction is clean and usually crisp.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:58 Amazon
2 3:14 Amazon
3 2:12 Amazon
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, cantata BWV208
4 1:08 Amazon
5 5:03 Amazon
6 2:34 Amazon
7 2:19 Amazon
Serse
8 3:06 Amazon
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
9 5:14 Amazon
Die Zauberflöte
10 4:09 Amazon
Zar und Zimmermann
11 4:50 Amazon
Der Wildschütz
12 2:58 Amazon
13 6:41 Amazon
14 4:47 Amazon
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
15 5:46
16 5:05 Amazon
17 6:11 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Der Zarewitsch
1 4:55
2 3:55
3 6:19
Das Land des Lächelns
4 5:46
5 1:50
6 4:06
7 1:56
8 3:53
Giuditta
9 3:23
Der fidele Bauer
10 3:15
Die Rose von Stambul
11 3:57
12 2:50
13 2:24
14 4:01
15 3:54
16 2:31
Gräfin Mariza
17 4:49
18 4:44
Die Zirkusprinzessin
19 3:26
Die große Sünderin
20 4:13

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Don Giovanni
1 7:02 Amazon
2 4:00 Amazon
3 4:25 Amazon
Così fan tutte
4 4:27 Amazon
L'elisir d'amore
5 2:34 Amazon
6 4:26 Amazon
Rigoletto
7 1:53 Amazon
8 2:12 Amazon
La Traviata
9 3:57
La bohème
10 4:51
11 3:54
12 5:08 Amazon
13 4:36
Madama Butterfly
14 6:45 Amazon
15 13:18 Amazon
16 2:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Dame blanche
1 5:48 Amazon
Mignon
2 4:40
3 6:21 Amazon
Manon
4 2:51 Amazon
The Bartered Bride
5 6:46 Amazon
6 8:02
7 3:30
8 4:40
Eugene Onegin
9 7:05
10 3:26
The Queen of Spades
11 12:41
12 8:08
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