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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 8, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Lieder (German) - Released September 14, 2018 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 12, 2018 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
When we think of tenor Fritz Wunderlich (1930-1966) as an interpreter of “Early Music”, it is the parts he sang in Bach’s passions and oratorios that immediately come to mind. In this respect, Germany’s great tenor had already gone down in the annals of record history during his short lifetime – he died falling from a stairway due to carelessly tied shoes... His international fame in later years was due to his outstanding performances as a Mozart tenor but also to his artistic versatility which included the Romantic opera, the German Lied, the operetta as well as contemporary and even Schlager music, i.e. easy-listening semi-crossover semi-pop semi-music mostly beloved in the Germanic realm. However, Wunderlich’s first recordings of early music and of music composed in the centuries before Bach are less well-known. Their excellent sound quality, from the original mono master tapes deftly transposed into stereo impression, were remastered in the best possible way. Apart from the Bach contemporary Christoph Graupner, the repertoire presented on this double album covers a time span that ranges from two centuries to some decades before Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth, i.e. from Heinrich Isaac and Adam von Fulda – who both lived at the very end of the Middle Ages – to Buxtehude. Far from sounding operatic, Wunderlich’s then young voice (recordings were done between 1954 and 57) perfectly matches the purest style that still nowadays would not pale compared to what is done in Baroque and ancien music circles. © SM/Qobuz
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Secular Vocal Music - Released December 23, 2016 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Opera - Released November 4, 2016 | BR-Klassik

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Secular Vocal Music - Released October 13, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1977 | Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.

Distinctions Diapason d'or
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Opera - Released June 9, 2017 | SWR Classic

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released October 2, 1990 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 2, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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Classical - Released September 2, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Opera - Released May 11, 2018 | SWR Classic

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Südwestrundfunk radio (SWR) is still putting out previously-unreleased material from the famous German tenor Fritz Wunderlich, who sang a vast repertoire running from baroque to Mozart, via romantic opera, operetta and popular song. At least two facets of this new volume are positively enchanting. The first is the pure pleasure of listening to brand-new releases, and the second is the discovery of a little-known repertoire from Mozart's contemporaries. Although their proximity with Alessandro Scarlatti and Handel is a little anachronistic, these are after all presented as bonus material. Recorded between 1957 and 1962 during the great Mozartian tenor's short career, these recordings, made with two different orchestras led by three different conductors, alternate between tender and heroic arias from the operas of Ignaz Holzbauer, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Giovanni Paisiello, Vincenzo Righini and Luigi Cherubini, finishing with Handel's famous "Largo", the aria Ombra mai fù, taken from his opera Serse. This new album brings us Wunderlich's very special timbre, a mix of clarity and nasality, with a natural ease which fits this repertoire like a glove. What's more, it offers us the joy of rediscovering, in several duets, the beautiful coloratura voice of Belgian soprano Elisabeth Verlooy who had an honourable career in opera and light operetta. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Pop - Released January 1, 2003 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released June 9, 2006 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1966 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released September 9, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 23, 2010 | Ars Produktion