Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Gerhard Hüsch, Karl Schmitt-Walter, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
Tiana Lemnitz sings Mozart, Weber, Tschaikowsky and More
John Austin | Kangaroo Ground, Australia | 08/17/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Devotees of great singing, and of German sopranos in particular, should not overlook Tiana Lemnitz (1897-1994), one of the finest singers of her time. Those wanting to sample and hear what all the fuss was about are best advised to listen to recordings she made earlier in her career than those found on this CD, which date from 1942-1953. The creamy tone, the firm breath control, and the unique vocal timbre are still evident, but the voice tends to spread uncomfortably at times. Her earlier versions of most of the tracks found here are the ones to go for. Those who want to have everything she recorded will not necessarily be disappointed with this CD, however. I enjoyed the Letter Scene from "Eugene Onegin" and several of the duets, although she and Franz Volker are surely too loud for the bridal couple in "Lohengrin". The sound quality of these recordings, many made in war-torn Germany in the 1940s, is astonishingly good."