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Charles Koechlin - Chamber Music
By Agnes Giebel, Fritz Wunderlich, Hans-Gunther Nocker, Horst Gunter, Kieth Engen, Maria Stader, Sieglinde Kahmann, Sinfonieorchester des Suddeutschen Rundfunks, Sudfunk-Chor Stuttgart, Sudfunk-Sinfonie Orchester, and Wurttembergisches Staatsorchester Stuttgart. By Charles Koechlin (1867-1950). Classical. CD. Naxos #SWR19047CD. Published by Naxos (NX.SWR19047CD).
Item Number: NX.SWR19047CD
Dies Bildnis is bezaubernd schon, Tamino's famous aria from Mozart's Zauberflote, has become the signature piece of Fritz Wunderlich's 13-year career. It was his first stage role as a student on July 21 1954, and it was the last piece he sang on September 5, 1966 during a guest performance at the Stuttgart State Opera in Edinburg. Wunderlich continuously worked on this aria to perfect it. The recording on this album is from April 17, 1959. Most interesting are the excerpts from Schubert operas, including previously unreleased arias from Fierrabras, and excerpts from the generally unknown opera Die Wunderinsel. Music journalist Kurt Honolka combined pieces by Schubert, mostly from Alfonso und Estrella, with parts of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The resulting pastiche was first performed in January 1958 at the Stuttgart Opera and recorded later that year.