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Fritz Wunderlich in Klemperer's Das Lied von der Erde
Posted by Ralph Moore on May 21, 2019, 10:31 pm
In his review of the new recording of "Das Lied von der Erde" from Adam Fischer, Paul Corfield Godfrey remarks that Wunderlich's tenor must have been unnaturally boosted in his singing on Klemperer's version. Of course, all studio recordings present an experience different from what we hear in a live performance or indeed a recording of one, but I am not so sure that Wunderlich needed quite so much help as Paul suggests; his technique was such that he could successfully sing quite demanding parts such as the tenor's music in Verdi's Requiem and at the time of his premature his death he was already moving towards heavier roles, having already sung several of the smaller Wagner roles and been invited to sing Froh and Walther von Stolzing at Bayreuth. (To my mind, he would have been far better suited to those than, for example, Klaus Florian Vogt.) The resonance of his sound was such that his lyric tenor could penetrate thick orchestra textures; he also sang Richard Strauss on stage, as per his Henry is "Die schweigsame Frau", so maybe the voice was not so small after all.
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