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Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, 3 Lieder / Fritz Wunderlich
Franz [Vienna] Schubert, Hubert Giesen, Fritz Wunderlich
Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, 3 Lieder / Fritz Wunderlich
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Despite his premature death at age 35, Fritz Wunderlich was one of the great lyric tenors of the century, equally at home with Mozart's Magic Flute and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Why, then, does Schubert's great son...  more »

      
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All Artists: Franz [Vienna] Schubert, Hubert Giesen, Fritz Wunderlich
Title: Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, 3 Lieder / Fritz Wunderlich
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 9/17/1996
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028944745221

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Despite his premature death at age 35, Fritz Wunderlich was one of the great lyric tenors of the century, equally at home with Mozart's Magic Flute and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Why, then, does Schubert's great song cycle about disappointed love so often elude him? Though he brings his usual vocal splendor and gratifying lyricism to the music in ways that few tenors can dream of, both Wunderlich and his accompanist have a strangely club-footed sense of rhythm. What should often be an intimate expression is extroverted and even labored. --David Patrick Stearns

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A mature Wunderlich sings Schoene Muellerin again with depth
Daniel Schuetz | Ohio | 05/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Versus the 1959 recording on the Myto label, there is no comparison. The playing is wonderfully sensitive and Wunderlich sings with a more mature tone and understanding. Giesen plays sensitively and Wunderlich sings much more sensitively than in the 1959 recording. The voice is darker, but he adds color, where on the 1959 recording, he just sings, though beautifully. The 1959 recording is lighter, more lyric and acutally, in this reviewer's opinion, prettier. However, there is a maturity here that is missing from the Myto recording (1959). Worth having. Get both!"
Glorious (yes, perhaps in spite of itself)
Daniel Schuetz | 12/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We have become so utterly spoiled in this day and age by recordings that have been processed to a point of perfection that is utterly inhuman: those who complain about "club-footed rhythm" and other technical problems with this recording are completely missing the point. Here is musicianship and lack of pretense that is, shall we say, rare in tenors? Wunderlich's magically beautiful voice is worth a couple of glitches. If you are unfamiliar with this great voice, the only reason to avoid these recordings is that they will spoil you for the supposedly great tenor voices we are treated to these days."
A recording for the ages
Joe Canoe | 10/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wunderlich's melodious and touching recording of Müllerin is among the great lied recordings available. Whether haughtily boasting or tenderly declaring his love, Wunderlich is glorious. I could nitpick about some of Giesen's pianistic choices, but the maturity and beauty of this recording reders any minor complaints unnecessary. If you get to the end of "Des Baches Wiegenlied" and your eyes are dry, check you pulse."