The Very Best of Fritz Wunderlich

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Although Fritz Wunderlich ranged more widely in his short career than this collection would have you believe, focusing as it does exclusively on music for the stage, no album could better hope to capture the essence of this fantastic singer. The youthful virility and beauty of his singing are on full display, cascading through one memorable tune after another. A note to opera fans: the Italian and French excerpts are all sung with one exception -- Handel's "Ombra mai fu" in German translation, even though they are listed under their original-language titles. But that shouldn't deter anyone. If anything, hearing these classic arias retexted gives some perspective on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Although Fritz Wunderlich ranged more widely in his short career than this collection would have you believe, focusing as it does exclusively on music for the stage, no album could better hope to capture the essence of this fantastic singer. The youthful virility and beauty of his singing are on full display, cascading through one memorable tune after another. A note to opera fans: the Italian and French excerpts are all sung with one exception -- Handel's "Ombra mai fu" in German translation, even though they are listed under their original-language titles. But that shouldn't deter anyone. If anything, hearing these classic arias retexted gives some perspective on the lyricism Wunderlich brought to his art, and makes an argument for translation of opera in general; you'll never miss the original when it's this well sung. The operetta selections are equally enjoyable, perhaps even more so for being less familiar to many listeners. Some gems include the gondolier song "Komm in die Gondel" from Johann Strauss II's "Eine Nacht in Venedig," recorded offstage as if from a distance, and Adolf Neuendorff's "Der Rattenfänger," the simple tunefulness of which serves as a perfect showcase for this most melodious of tenors. The orchestral playing, by a variety of ensembles, is excellent throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724357591522
  • Catalog Number: 75915
  • Sales rank: 112,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act I. Nur ihrem Frieden - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:03)
  2. 2 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act II. Folget der Heissgeliebten - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:27)
  3. 3 Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Act I. Konstanze, dich wiederzusehen - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:17)
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act I. Der Odem der Liebe - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:29)
  5. 5 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act I. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:11)
  6. 6 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Act I. Ombra mai fu - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & George Frideric Handel (3:07)
  7. 7 Martha, opera: Act I. Ach, so fromm - Friedrich von Flotow & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:53)
  8. 8 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act I. Mit Gewitter und Sturm - Richard Wagner & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (4:28)
  9. 9 Der Barbier von Bagdad, opera: Act I. So leb' ich noch...Vor deinem Fenster - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & Peter Cornelius (6:58)
  10. 10 Zar und Zimmermann, opera: Act II. Lebe wohl, mein flandrisch' Mädchen - Albert Lortzing & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:50)
  11. 11 Der Evangelimann, opera, Op. 45: Act II. Selig sind, die Verfolgung leiden - Wilhelm Kienzl & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (6:37)
  12. 12 Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, opera: Act II. Horch die Lerche singt im Hain - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & Otto Nicolai (5:06)
  13. 13 Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, opera: Act II. Fenton! Mein Mädchen - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & Otto Nicolai (6:16)
  14. 14 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Act I. Armer Narr...Es muss gelingen - Bamberg Symphony Orchestra & Bedrich Smetana (3:31)
  15. 15 Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride), opera, JB 1:100: Act III. So find' ich dich...Mein lieber Schatz, n - Bamberg Symphony Orchestra & Bedrich Smetana (4:43)
  16. 16 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act II. Wohin bist du entschwunden (Lensky's Aria) - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Act II. Leb' wohl, Mignon - Ambroise Thomas & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:43)
  2. 2 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act II. Ich schloss die Augen - Jules Massenet & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 La Dame Blanche, opera: Act II - Bavarian State Opera Orchestra & François-Adrien Boieldieu (5:50)
  4. 4 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act I. Welche Huld und welche Reize - Gaetano Donizetti & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (2:38)
  5. 5 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act II. Wohl drang aus ihrem Herzen - Gaetano Donizetti & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (4:29)
  6. 6 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Act I. Komm in die Gondel - Johann Strauss II & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:57)
  7. 7 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Act III. Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau'n - Johann Strauss II & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (3:50)
  8. 8 Der Bettelstudent, operetta: Act II. Durch diesen Kuss sei unser Bund geweiht - Carl Millöcker & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:04)
  9. 9 Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Act I. Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert - Franz Lehár & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (3:25)
  10. 10 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Act I. Von Apfelblüten einen Kranz - Franz Lehár & Carl Michalski (4:09)
  11. 11 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Act II. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz - Franz Lehár & Carl Michalski (3:42)
  12. 12 Der Zarewitsch, operetta in 3 acts: Act I. Allein! Wieder allein! (Wolgalied) - Franz Lehár & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (4:37)
  13. 13 Die Zirkusprinzessin, operetta: Act I. Zwei Märchenaugen - Emmerich Kálmán & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (3:27)
  14. 14 Gräfin Mariza, (Countess Maritza), operetta: Act I. Wenn es Abend wird...Grüß mir mein Wien - Emmerich Kálmán & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (4:54)
  15. 15 Gräfin Mariza, (Countess Maritza), operetta: Act I. Auch ich was ein feiner Csárdáskavalier...K - Emmerich Kálmán & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (4:48)
  16. 16 Der Fidele Bauer, operetta: Act II. Kleinen Kindern...O frag mich nicht - Leo Fall & Graunke Symphony Orchestra (3:17)
  17. 17 Die Rose Von Stambul, operetta: Act I. Man sagt uns nach...O Rose von Stambul - Leo Fall & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (4:01)
  18. 18 Die Rose Von Stambul, operetta: Act III. Zwei Augen - Leo Fall & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (3:57)
  19. 19 Der Rattenfänger von Hameln, operetta: Wandern, ach wandern - Adolf Neuendorff & FFB Orchestra (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fritz Wunderlich Primary Artist
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