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Saturday, July 10, 2010

George created a number of Vocal Scene episodes that offer side-by-side renditions of the same work, and such shows were big audience favorites.  A characteristic twinkle in his eye, George offers listeners one sweeping understatement about the performances in this program:  “They will all be good. Otherwise you wouldn’t be hearing them.”

1. Schubert/Goethe: “Gretchen am Spinnrade” Op. 2, D. 118
Elly Ameling, soprano; Dalton Baldwin, piano
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano; Edwin Fischer, piano

2. Schubert/Collin: “Nacht und Träume” D. 827
Elisabeth Schumann, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano
Ian Bostridge, tenor; Julius Drake, piano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

3. Schubert/Goethe: “Erlkönig” Op. 1, D. 328
Christa Ludwig, soprano; Geoffrey Parsons, piano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano

4. Schumann/Rückert: Myrthen: “Widmung” Op. 25, No. 1
Gerard Souzay, baritone; Dalton Baldwin, piano
Bryn Terfel, baritone, Malcolm Martineau, piano

5. Schumann/Heine: Dichterliebe “Ich grolle nicht” Op. 48, No. 7
Fritz Wunderlich, tenor; Hubert Giesen, piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone; Imogen Cooper, piano
Richard Tauber, baritone;

6. Wolf/Mörike: “Nimmersatte Liebe”
Hans Hotter, bass; Gerald Moore, piano
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano; Geoffrey Parsons, piano

Comments [7]

Lynda from Barossa Valley

It's always saddened me that Fritz Wunderlich never recorded Nacht und Traume (sorry about my English keyboard).

While I love Ian Bostridge's version, it would have been interesting to compare it to Fritz who, in my opinion, is the far superior interpreter of lieder.

Oct. 18 2016 02:57 AM
Joe Carbia from Miami, Fl

I did not know that Mr. Jellinek passed away. I've enjoyed his Vocal Scene programs many, many times, although they have not been broadcast in South Florida for many, many years. Please continue to air them. They're wonderful!

Aug. 08 2010 01:57 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

When most avid connoisseur collectors think of the definitive rendition of Schubert's "Nacht und Traume" they know that to be that of Leo Slezak, the heldentenor who, nonetheless had a splendid pianissimo. The recordings of yesterdays published in the precedent starting Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia contained valuable information on the composers and artists recorded and listed them all with the record labels and dates of recording. Though most of those recordings in their original state would be hard to listen to for today's "spoiled" collectors, with their scratchy surfaces, their hisses and cracks and pops, most of those performers were heads and tails above the current talent.

Jul. 10 2010 03:37 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

When most avid connoisseur collectors think of the definitive rendition of Schubert's "Nacht und Traume" to be that of Leo Slezak, the heldentenor who, nonetheless had a splendid pianissimo. Alexander Kipnis, the legendary bass, with whom I prepared, with Frieda Hempel, equally great, my ten language solo debut in Carnegie Hall, is famous for his Erlkonig. George Jellinek introduced other interpretations more recent, but commendable. As Thomas Martin, the eminent opera translator into English from German and Italian opera librettos, why translations, to be current, should be updated every generation. That is why also, Schwarzkopf in "Gretchen am Spinrade" and Bryn Terfel in "Widmung" might have for our times greater validity. However, when it comes to a tenor such as Tauber where words and the music share equal status, his version of "Ich grolle nicht", although older IS more authentic in feeling. Hans Hotter has the edge on "Nimmersatte Liebe" in dealing with the various tribulations of love. But, my male point of view, might favor his more deeply generated expression to Elizabeth Schwarzkopf gentler version.

Jul. 10 2010 12:59 PM
Sharon gray

To hear George s voice this morning
brought tears to my eyes I believe he was a real "one of kind "
Everthing I know about opera I learned from his show but more than just his amazing knowledge
He seemed to be wonderful thoughtful and kind
Person, who truly turned adversity to advantage

Jul. 10 2010 12:40 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

I am sure that the misnaming the fach for Richard Tauber as a baritone, when he was decidedly a TENOR and of calling Hans Hotter a bass, when he was unquestionably one of our finest Wagnerian HELDEN BASS-BARITONES was a "printing error."

Jul. 09 2010 12:22 PM
Michael Meltzer

Since WQXR understands how important and how interesting comparitive performances are, it is all the more difficult to understand the station decision to cut David Dubal.
I can tell you with some authority from sheet music sales that people who sing comprise about one-third of the music buying public and people who play the piano another one-third. I can't tell you how much overlapping there is.
It is reasonable to conclude that the vocal radio audience is about the same size as the piano radio audience. I won't say that you don't air any piano music, that would be far from the truth. I would say that your choices could use more guidance, and the Dubal presence would be an essential resource, as it was in the past.

Jul. 09 2010 02:22 AM

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