Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Audite

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Audite

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Audite has released a German broadcast performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony from 1962 with soprano Shige Yano, contralto Marga Hoffgen, tenor Fritz Wunderlich and bass Theo Adam, with the Sinfonie-Orchesters des Hessischen Rundfunks and the combined choirs of Hessischen Rundfunks and Suddeutschen Rundfunks, led by the American conductor Dean Dixon (95.620; www.audite.de). Naxos America's July 2012 New Release Guide notes that "Fritz Wunderlich regularly sang the tenor part in Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, but he never recorded it on LP before his premature death." CD booklet annotator Peter T. Koster states that "Amongst the many recordings on disc which document Wunderlich's career ... this part has previously been missing." These statements are simply untrue. In July 1955 conductor Isaie Disenhaus recorded the Ninth under studio conditions with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists Franzi Wachmann, Margarethe Bence, Otto von Rohr and the twenty-four year old tenor Fritz Wunderlich. This recording was issued on a single LP in the United States by Period Records (SPL 305), and in Europe on the Intercord, ARC and Saga labels. Though the voice is very light, it is clearly identifiable as Wunderlich. One additional Ninth has also been released with Wunderlich: A 1960 Vienna performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Otto Klemperer, with Wilma Lipp, Ursula Bose and Franz Crass (Music and Arts CD-1252). Two additional performances remain unreleased: a 1962 Austrian Radio performance with the Vienna Symphony, and a 1965 Salzburg Festival performance with the Vienna Philharmonic, both conducted by Karl Bohm (see the online Wunderlich discography at www. …

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