September 17th marks 50 years since the death of one of the worlds greatest tenors, Fritz Wunderlich. Blessed with a crystal-clear voice, exquisite diction and a natural lyricism, Wunderlichs DG recordings form a special chapter in the labels history.
The label proudly presents his complete recordings in a single 32CD box set for the first time.
All complete studio recordings of Sacred Works, Opera and Operetta, Lieder, Popular Song.
Includes Decca, Philips and Polydor recordings, several appearing internationally for the first time.
SACRED / ORATORIO: As well as the classic recordings of Bachs Christmas Oratorio and Haydns Creation, includes rarities such as the early (1957) Bach Easter Oratorio and Magnificat recordings on Philips.
OPERA / OPERA HIGHLIGHTS: Alongside early Monteverdi and iconic Mozart (under Jochum and Bohm), highlights from Zar and Zimmermann (Lortzing), Eugene Onegin and La Traviata.
Also, for the first time the complete double album of arias on Heliodor, from Handel to Verdi, including a first release on CD of Ists wirklich? from the The Barber of Seville, and the first international release of the pot-pourri from Kalmans Csardasfurstin (The Gypsy Princess).
The Complete POLYDOR Recordings: Du bist die Welt fur mich, Ein Lied geht um die Welt, Wunderlich in Wien full of hits like Granada, Be My Love, Plaisir d amour, O sole mio, Santa Lucia, Funiculi-Funicula.
Plus a bonus CD (first international release on CD) of early recordings (1954 1957) of popular material, including two trumpet solos from Fritz Wunderlich.
Life granted my husband Fritz Wunderlich so little time. But even if his life was so short, it was always filled with music. When I look back on it now, I wonder how it was all possible all those first nights, concerts, song recitals, festivals, new productions, world premieres and studio recordings, and all within the space of so few years. He was always wanting to learn new roles, to grow and to try out new things. His enthusiasm was hard to curb - Eva Wunderlich