Operetta Arias

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: SWR19038CD
Format: CD

Sailer, Friederike; Mareczek, Fritz; Cordes, Marcel; Stech, Willi; Hübener, Ilse; Südfunk-Unterhaltungsorchester; Mattes, Willy; Kleines Unterhaltungsorchester des Südwestfunks; Smola, Emmerich; Chor des Pfalztheaters Kaiserslautern; Henning, Annemarie; SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern; Assmann, Hertha; Wachmann, Franziska; Wunderlich, Fritz

This further installment of SWR's comprehensive series of Fritz Wunderlich's recordings contains a unique compilation of operetta arias. One of Fritz Wunderlich’s most fascinating qualities was his incredible range of musical skills. He was probably Germany’s greatest tenor who could perform virtually anything in the repertoire for high male voice – from Schlager music to oratorio arias; from Mozart to music of the 20th century; from the greatest tenor hits of all times to unknown gems. His musicality and his seriousness as an artist turned everything he sang into something extraordinary. The SWR, the broadcasting institution in South West Germany, has countless and unique historical music recordings in its archives, the first of which date from the late 1940s. Step by step, we carefully select recordings from this huge fund to be released. The sound engineer Gabriele Starke and the engineer Boris Kellenbenz take care of all technical matters in connection with the old tapes on their way from the archives to the studio and to the finished master copy for the release. In the SWR studios they carefully edit the original tapes and use a variety of technical means to create a master. The result is stunning quality.

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