Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C786102I
Barcode:
4011790786223
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Der Wildschutz (excerpts)

In comparison to French opéras comiques, German comic operas with spoken dialogue have always struggled to maintain a foothold in the repertory, a state of affairs that begs a number of questions. After all, one of the best-known representatives of the genre, Albert Lortzing (1801–51), successfully combined the most disparate elements in his stage works: witty librettos with a dash of social criticism, great ensembles in the Mozartian manner and Romantic melodies and orchestral colours. All these features are found in Der Wildschütz, a comedy of mistaken identity that the Vienna State Opera staged in 1960 with a finely balanced and ebulliently witty ensemble headed by Irmgard Seefried, whose Baroness is a precursor of Lehár’s Merry Widow, seeking a new husband in a whole series of new disguises. In the role of the Baron, Waldemar Kmentt once again proves an ideal partner in every sense of the term, his youthful tenor both radiant and powerful. In Georg Völker’s Count he has a rival who at the end of the work generously admits that he has been courting his own sister – in Lortzing’s opera the incestuous entanglement eschews the tragic outcome found in Wagner’s Die Walküre, a work in which the baritone’s father, Franz Völker, had scored some of his greatest successes. In the 1960 Vienna production, the aristocrats’ social inferiors were played by no less distinguished singing actors: Renate Holm is an altogether ravishing Gretchen with her clearly focussed light soprano voice, while opposite her – confirming the proverb that opposites exert a magical attraction – is Karl Dönch in the part of her elderly fiancé, who is also the alleged poacher of the title. His ability to point up the text and bring original insights to the part in the finest buffo tradition confirms the reputation of Vienna’s opera ensemble during the post-war period, a reputation based on its impressively large number of distinctive personalities. The conductor in 1960 was Heinz Wallberg, who coaxes from his soloists, chorus and orchestra a performance that reveals their evident delight in the task in hand, while the spoken dialogue, as rehearsed by the director Adolf Rott, is a source of unbounded delight.


Der Wildschutz (excerpts)
1.     Overture
05:33
2.     Act I: Es lebe das Brautpaar! … So munter und frohlich (Chorus, Gretchen, Baculus, ein Gast)
06:28
3.     Act I: Vom Herm Grafen… So munter und frohlich wie heute - Unsre Ehe wird geraten (Gretchen, Baculus, Bauer, Chorus)
02:06
4.     Act I: Grete! Grete! (Baculus, Gretchen)
02:15
5.     Act I: Duet: Lass er doch horen! (Gretchen, Baculus)
07:48
6.     Act I: Aria: Auf des Lebens raschen Wogen (Baronin)
04:19
7.     Act I: Der Kutscher hat ausgespannt - Lass er mich in Ruhe (Nanette, Baronin, Gretchen, Baculus)
03:56
8.     Act I: Quartet: Was meint ihr, lieber Freund (Baronin, Gretchen, Baculus, Nanette)
04:55
9.     Act I: Sagt mir, schönes Kind (Baculus, Nanette, Gretchen)
03:27
10.     Act I: Was ist denn das fur ein Geblase? (Baculus, Gretchen, Baron, Graf, Chorus)
01:35
11.     Act I: Eine kurze Rast, Leute (Graf, Baron)
01:44
12.     Act I: Lasset uns nach Hause gehen (Chorus, Graf, Baron)
03:46
13.     Act I: Seht, da bin ich… Bin ein schlichtes Kind com Lande (Baronin, Chorus, Baron, Graf, Gretchen, Baculus)
03:40
14.     Act I: Es lasst am Himmel sich ein Ungewitter blicken (Chorus, Graf, Baron, Baronin, Gretchen, Baculus)
04:14
15.     Act II: Nicht geplaudert! (Pancratius, Chorus, Baculus, Grafin)
04:44
16.     Act II: Aber was hat denn das zu bedeuten (Baculus, Pancratius, Grafin, Baron)
09:19

Disc 2

1.     Act II: Wie freut es mich, einen Lehrer vor mir zu haben, der die alten Meisterwerke kennt und schatzt (Grafin, Baculus)
03:07
2.     Act II: Was seh' ich? Mir aus den Augen! (Graf, Baculus, Grafin, Baron, Baronin)
08:41
3.     Act II: Die Herrschaften gehen (Baculus, Pancratius, Baron, Baronin)
01:22
4.     Act II: Duet: Ihr Weib? Mein teures Weib! (Baronin, Baron)
04:08
5.     Act II: Dialogue: Das ist ein Wetterchen draussen (Baculus, Baron, Graf, Baronin)
02:45
6.     Act II: Ich habe Num'ro eins (Baron, Graf, Baronin, Baculus)
10:18
7.     Act II: He! Schulmeister (Baron, Baculus)
01:27
8.     Act II: Aria: Funftausend Taler! (Baculus)
05:21
9.     Act III: Recitative and Aria: Wie freundlich strahlt die helle Morgensonne (Graf)
05:15
10.     Act III: Siehe da, der Herr Graf… (Baron, Graf)
01:09
11.     Act III: Um die Laube zu schmucken (Chorus, Graf, Baron)
04:30
12.     Act III: Nicht ubel, meine Herren (Grafin, Graf, Baron, Gretchen, Baculus, Pancratius, Baronin)
09:18
13.     Act III: Was seh ich? (Grafin, Graf, Baronin, Baron)
05:04
14.     Act III: Unser Herr lebe hoch (Chorus, Graf, Gretchen, Baculus, Grafin, Baronin, Baron, Pancratiuz)
04:12
15.     Act III: So hat mich nicht getauscht die Stimme der Natur (Grafin, Graf, Baronin, Baron, Gretchen, Baculus, Pancratius, Chorus)
02:03

Total Playing Time: 02:18:29