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on 2 December 2017
What an artist we lost with the incomparable Fritz Wunderlich
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on 23 February 2014
All of it was extremely well sung and lieder suits Wunderlich very well indeed. Some of the Beethoven and Schubert songs I wouldn't have chosen but on balance its a very fine dvd.
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on 11 April 2012
Unforgettable voice which expresses the warmth of the man and also gets everything out of the words and melodies balancing the feeling with discipline.
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on 8 March 2017
In the Fall, in the breakage, in the loss of a chance, in the advent of Schreier as an ersatz replacement, the demise of Wunderlich continues to infuriate and mystify. It didn’t have to be and yet it was. Luckily in late October 1965, he blew Dicterliebe out of the water. Not even the presence of an average pianist could staunch the lava. Wunderlich sings like a god, without sweat or labour. Herein, Schnabel’s Maxim ("Great music is better than it can be performed") is refuted. It’d be so easy to trumpet “Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome” and “Ich grolle nicht” as exemplars of perfection but I draw your attention, rather, to “Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen”. Aureate of tone and exquisitely shaded, one wants for nothing.

When Dichterliebe is delivered miraculously like this, one has to ask the question: was Schumann – who wanted to sing himself to death like a nightingale - a greater composer of lieder than Schubert? Preferences intrude at the point; even so, I agree with this proposition. Opus 48, I suggest, has a higher water-level mark than Die Schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang. That leaves Winterreise as the other claimant to the throne. One thing that Schumann has in his favour is the “euphoria of being” that comes from having walked in Paradise – an experience that was denied to Schubert. The latter couldn’t have penned the immortal Widmung – and Ständchen from D 957 is a proxy at best. More widely, I’ve yet to encounter a more perfect melody than “Berg und Burgen schaun herunter” from Opus 24/ 7. This is not genius. It’s revelation. Heine also trumps Müller.

Rejoice in the Word and its Prophet!
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on 30 January 2008
This recording gives a glimpse of paradise. The coupling of Schumann, Beethoven and Schubert presents a superb balance of song styles to keep the listener enthralled throughout - and now to Fritz Wunderlich. I envy anyone who has not yet discovered this perfect lyrical tenor voice, they have yet to hear for the first time what the word musicality really means. Wunderlich's phrasing, his radiant lightness and brilliant diction is beyond comparison in my view. The great tragedy is that his career blazed like a comet for only ten years until in 1966 he was killed in an accident at the age of 35. What a loss to the musical world.

Should you still be unsure because you havent come across the name of Fritz Wunderlich I suggest you google his name for reviews, you will find every review full of superlatives. Buy this recording.
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on 22 August 2012
Wonderful singing with exquisite German. A model performance for anyone wishing to study or enjoy these songs. Accompaniment a little subdued in style at times - the only possible criticism. A superb voice at the height of its powers.
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on 21 August 2011
I have heard many singers and pianists doing Dichterliebe. The early Fischer-Dieskau and Moore recording from Salzburg is one of the very best. The Bostridge and Drake is showing what a superb pianist can do with this music.
But - the Wunderlich and Giesen recording has everything! The voice and the piano re-creates all the feelings in this music. Although the focus is on the drama and the anxiety in the story. There are not much of beautiful miniature paintings.
The tempi are overall on the faster side with a sense of forward.
Wunderlich had a very special voice, something that is 100% obvious in Adelaide.

This is one of the best lieder recordings ever.
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on 24 February 2015
The voice has it. You may have other recordings of these pieces and they may well be five star, but then you need this as well, this is a unique experience. I have bought this CD at least four times as a present for friends.
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on 24 September 2015
Everything has been said about this artist. Simply divine.
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