Schumann: Dichterliebe, etc.

Schumann: Dichterliebe, etc.

by Fritz WunderlichFritz Wunderlich


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To medieval musicians, "sweetness" was the ultimate musical attribute. But they never heard Fritz Wunderlich. His was a tenor voice with sweetness to make one swoon and vowels (yes, vowels) for the ages. Wunderlich died too young in a tragic accident in 1966, but thankfully he left us a handful of recordings, among which is this classic performance of Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe (A Poet's Love). Dichterliebe, a song cycle set to poems of Heinrich Heine, was Schumann's chief accomplishment of 1840, his year of songs. It was not the happiest of times for him: Among the tribulations was a protracted legal battle (ultimately unsuccessful) to prevent his marriage to the talented pianist Clara Wieck. But it was a great year for the art of the song, and this cycle, Schumann's gift to his beloved Clara, is arguably the greatest collection of love songs ever composed. From the opening track, the delightful "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai" (In the Wonderful Lovely Month of May), Wunderlich's clear, radiant voice and smooth legato are a pleasure to experience, here in remastered, digital clarity. Hubert Giesen provides an able counterpart at the piano to Wunderlich's cantabile (listen especially to the delicate, extended closing piano solo at Dichterliebe's end). Favorites from Beethoven and Schubert ("Adelaide" and "An die Musik" among others) round out the recording, but Schumann's songs of love are at its heart.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/1997
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028944974720
catalogNumber: 449747


  1. Dichterliebe, song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 48
  2. Zärtliche Liebe, song for voice & piano, WoO 123
  3. Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46
  4. Resignation ("Lisch aus, mein Licht"), song for voice & piano, WoO 149
  5. Der Kuss (The Kiss), arietta for voice & piano, Op. 128
  6. Gesang ("Was ist Sylvia,..."), song for voice & piano, ("An Sylvia"), D. 891 (Op. 106/4)
  7. Lied eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren ("Dioskuren, Zwillingssterne"), song for voice & piano, D. 360 (Op. 65/1)
  8. Liebhaber in allen Gestalten ("Ich wollt', ich wär' ein Fisch"), song for voice & piano, D. 558
  9. Der Einsame ("Wenn meine Grillen schwirren"), song for voice & piano, D. 800 (Op. 41)
  10. Im Abendrot ("O, wie schön ist deine Welt"), song for voice & piano, D. 799
  11. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: No 4, Ständchen
  12. An die Laute ("Leiser, leiser, kleine Laute"), song for voice & piano, D. 905 (Op. 81/2)
  13. Der Musensohn ("Durch Feld und Wald zu schweifen"), song for voice & piano, D. 764 (Op. 92/1)
  14. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)

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