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Wolf: Lieder & Orchesterwerke [Import, Box set]

Gerald Moore , Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart , Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
  • Conductor: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Audio CD (26 Nov 2007)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008ADJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf's greatest interpreter 22 Jan 2011
This box of seven CDs contains recordings by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore of all the songs of Hugo Wolf's maturity suitable for a man's voice. There are studio recordings of 152 songs with 29 of them recorded twice - a total of 181 tracks. One hundred and fourteen recordings appear here on CD for the first time. On the seventh CD, there are recordings of four of Wolf's orchestral works. These are decent performances by the Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart with Fischer-Dieskau in his role as a conductor, but they don't hold a fraction of the interest of the songs.

The songs were recorded from 1952 to 1960. No allowances need to be made for the quality of the recordings - the voice is thrillingly immediate - and as for the performances they are, as you would expect from the world's greatest lieder singer in his absolute prime, breathtaking. Perhaps some of the songs would have sounded better if they had been sung by a tenor, but while we're here on earth, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau will do. As for the songs themselves, they are among the very greatest of their kind - as ardent and spontaneous as those of Wolf's great predecessors Schubert and Schumann, but with an added dash of late Romantic astringency and nervousness.

This boxed set was compiled and released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Hugo Wolf. For lovers of his songs, it is the stuff of dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible 15 Sep 2011
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Pretty much the best songs ever composed and performed here by my favourite singer when his voice was at its resplendent best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not delivered yet 14 May 2010
I am writing here as I have not been able to trace this parcel yet.
I am living in Doha Qatar and I was informed by AMAZON that it was posted to me (to Doha ) by ROYAL MAIL on 12.04. Until today I have not been able to locate it. AMAZON wrote to me, when I first complained, to wait until 18th of May . I do not know whether this delay had something to do with the volcanic ash and the closing of the airports.

As far as rating my ordered CDs, there is not much to say except that I already have them and love them and it was ordered as a gift for a friend here.

Nicholas Louridas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure lied gold 27 Sep 2008
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On the first six CDs of this seven-CD box set are recordings by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore of all the songs of Hugo Wolf's maturity suitable for a man's voice.

On the seventh CD, there are recordings of four of Wolf's orchestral works. These are decent performances by the Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart with Fischer-Dieskau in his role as a conductor, but they don't hold a fraction of the interest of the songs.

The set was obviously intended for people already familiar with the songs because there are no texts or translations provided - a serious obstacle for anyone coming to Hugo Wolf for the first time.

But let's be grateful for the incomparable riches provided. Here are studio recordings of 152 songs with 29 of them recorded twice - a total of 181 tracks. One hundred and fourteen recordings appear here on CD for the first time.

The songs were recorded from 1952 to 1960. No allowances need to be made for the quality of the recordings - the voice is thrillingly immediate - and as for the performances they are, as you would expect from the world's greatest lieder singer in his absolute prime, breathtaking. As for the songs themselves, they are among the very greatest of their kind - as ardent and spontaneous as those of Wolf's great predecessors Schubert and Schumann, but with an added dash of late Romantic astringency and nervousness.

This boxed set was compiled and released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Hugo Wolf. For lovers of his songs, it is the stuff of dreams.
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