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ICON: HERMANN PREY - A LIFE IN SONG

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The German baritone Hermann Prey was born in Berlin in 1929. In a career that spanned some 48 years, he became one of the most popular singers of his time and formed a great bond with his audiences through his unaffected and natural style of singing and his personal charm and acting ability. His repertoire was extremely wide and encompassed all the classic German Lieder, as well as a whole range of operatic roles from the lively Figaro of both Mozart and Rossini to more serious baritone parts in Verdi and Wagner, although it is in the lighter roles that he is most affectionately remembered. He enjoyed great success in the world’s major opera houses including Vienna, Bayreuth, Salzburg, Munich, Milan and New York, and also appeared frequently on German TV and in opera films. He died in 1998.

CD 1 begins with two groups of Lieder by Schubert to words by Schiller and Goethe, followed by a selection of 12 Deutsche Volkslieder by Brahms, while CD 2 contains a complete performance of Schubert’s great song cycle Winterreise. CD 3 is devoted to Schumann, including Dichterliebe and songs with words by Kerner, and CD 4 opens with Schumann’s Liederkreis before going on to a collection of songs by Weber.

CD 5 presents six songs by Beethoven, starting with the popular ‘Adelaide’, and these are followed by a group of songs by Liszt, concluding with his setting of Three Sonnets by Petrarch. CD 6 begins with a group of songs by various composers all to words by Goethe that were recorded in 1974 but issued for the first time in 1998 as a tribute to Prey at the time of his death. These are followed by a very attractive selection of German Folk and Wayfarer songs that show Prey in lighter mood.

In CD7 we have a group of ten descriptive ballads by Loewe including his setting of Goethe’s ‘Erlkönig’ and the traditional Scottish poem ‘Tom der Reimer’ (Tom the

Rhymer). This CD ends with a magnificent performance of Bach’s Cantata Ich habe genug with the Orchestra of the Leipzig Gewandhaus conducted by Kurt Thomas that illustrates Prey ‘s talent for German liturgical music and oratorio.

With CD 8 we move to opera in a wide range of repertoire from Baroque and Classical works by Keiser, Gluck and Mozart to the Romantic music of Wagner and Humperdinck. All the arias from French and Italian operas are sung in German, as was the practice in German opera houses at the time these recordings were made.

CD 9 brings us to some more modern operatic items by Leoncavallo Richard Strauss and Korngold and then two powerful arias by Tchaikovsky, after which the mood lifts with extracts from the operettas Gasparone by Millöcker and Boccaccio by Suppé. Finally we have four romantic songs from American musicals that Prey sings in fine idiomatic style. On this CD we also hear Prey’s frequent partner in both opera and operetta, the much loved soprano Anneliese Rothenberger, in several duets.

The final CD begins with arias from a number of German so-called ‘Spielopern’ by Kreutzer, Nessler and Lortzing before concluding in high spirits with items from operettas by those two masters of the genre, Johann Strauss II and Carl Millöcker.

Bach, J S:
Cantata BWV82 'Ich habe genug'
Siegfried Arnold (cello), Heinz Morawietz (double bass), Willy Gerlach (oboe), Hannes Kästner (organ)
Gewandhaus-Orchester Leipzig, Kurt Thomas
Beethoven:
Adelaide, Op. 46
Marmotte, Op. 52 No. 7
Der Kuss, Op. 128
An die Hoffnung, Op. 94
Neue Liebe, Neues Leben, Op. 75, 2
Mephistos Flohlied, Op. 75, 3
Gerald Moore (piano)
Berlin, I:
They say it's wonderful
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Carl Michalski
Bizet:
Votre toast je peux vous le rendre 'Toreador Song' (from Carmen)
Sung in German as 'Euren Toast!...Auf inden Kampf'
Ursula Schirrmacher (Frasquita), Ursula Gust (Mercedes), Christa Ludwig (Carmen)
Berliner Symphoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Horst Stein
Brahms:
Wach auf meins Herzens Schone, WoO posth. 35 No. 2
Erlaube mir, fein's Mädchen (No. 2 from Deutsche Volkslieder WoO 33)
Feinsliebchen, du sollst mir nicht barfuß gehen (No. 12 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
All mein Gedanken, die ich hab (No. 30 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Es steht ein Lind (No. 41 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Mein Mädel hat einen Rosenmund (No. 25 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Die Sonne scheint nicht mehr (No. 5 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Der bucklichte Fiedler (No. 1 from Sechs Lieder und Romanzen, Op. 93a)
Da unten im Tale (No. 6 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Schöner Augen, schöne Strahlen (No. 39 from Deutsche Volkslieder)
Ach, englische Schäferin (No. 8 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
In stiller Nacht (No. 42 from Deutsche Volkslieder, WoO 33)
Martin Mälzer (piano)
Flotow:
Martha: Lasst mich euch fragen (Porterlied)
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Robert Heger
Gluck:
Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)
Sung in German as 'Ach, ich habe sie verloren'
Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein
Gounod:
Avant de quitter ces lieux (from Faust)
Sung in German as 'Da ich nun verlassen soll'
Berliner Symphoniker, Wilhelm Schüchter
Humperdinck:
Verdorben! Gestorben! (from Königskinder)
Berliner Symphoniker, Berliner Mozartchor, Horst Stein
Keiser:
Prangt die allerschönste Blume (from Der hochmüthige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus)
Götter, übt Barmherzigkeit (from Der hochmüthige, gestürzte und wieder erhabene Croesus)
Berliner Philharmoniker, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggerberg
Korngold:
Mein Sehnen (from Die tote Stadt)
Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein
Kreutzer, K:
Ein Schütz' bin ich (from Das Nachtlager von Granada)
Die Nacht ist schön...Fürwahr es ist ein Abenteuer (from Das Nachtlager von Granada)
Berliner Symphoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Wilhelm Schüchter
Leoncavallo:
Nedda! Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza (from I Pagliacci)
Anneliese Rothenberger (Nedda)
Berliner Symphoniker, Wilhelm Schüchter
Liszt:
Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S. 314
Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam, S309
Ihr Auge (Rellstab)
Die Vätergruft, S.281
Anfangs wollt ich fast verzagen, S311
Lasst mich ruhen
Morgens steh ich auf und frage, S290
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (Wandrers Nachtlied II), S.306
Der du von dem Himmel bist (Goethe), S279
Die drei Zigeuner, S.320
Blume und Duft
Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass, S.297
Die Fischerstochter
Sonetti di Petrarca (3) for voice & piano, S270
Alexis Weissenberg (piano)
Loewe, C:
Der Schatzgräber, Op. 59 No. 30
Karl Engel (piano)
Herr Oluf "Herr Oluf reitet spät und weit", Op. 2/2
Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)
Die wandelnde Glocke, Op. 20 No. 3
Hochzeitlied, Op. 20 No. 1
Der getreue Eckart, Op. 44 No. 2
Archibald Douglas, Op. 128
Tom der Reimer "Der Reimer Thomas lag am Bach", Op. 135a
Heinrich der Vogler, Op. 56 No. 1
Graf Eberstein
Prinz Eugen, der edle Ritter, Op. 92
Gunther Weissenborn (piano)
Loewe, F:
My Fair Lady: On the street where you live
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Carl Michalski
Lortzing:
Verraten! Von euch verraten!...Die Macht des Zepters (from Zar und Zimmermann)
Wie freundlich strahlt...Heiterkeit und Fröhlichkeit (from Der Wildschütz)
Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein
Nun ist's vollbracht!...Schwanensang, Schwanenklang (from Undine)
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS-Kammerchor, Robert Heger
Marschner, H A:
An jenem Tag (from Hans Heilig)
Berliner Symphoniker, Wilhelm Schüchter
Millöcker:
Gasparone (highlights)
Anneliese Rothenberger (Carlotta)
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Chor des Theaters am Gärtnerplatz, München, Carl Michalski
Und da soll man noch galant sein (from Der Bettelstudent)
Mit Geld und guten Worten (from Der Bettelstudent)
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Franz Allers
Mozart:
La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)
Sung in German as 'Reich mir die Hand, mein Leben'
Erika Köth (Zerlina)
Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)
Sung in German as 'Auf denn zum Feste'
Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)
Sung in German as 'Feinsliebchen, komm ans Fenster'
Berliner Symphoniker, Hans Zanotelli
Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja (from Die Zauberflöte)
Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (from Die Zauberflöte)
Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein
Hai gia vinta la causa! (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Sung in German as 'Der Prozeß schon gewonnen...Ich soll ein Glück entbehren'
Berliner Symphoniker, Berislav Klobucar
Donne mie la fate a tanti (from Così fan tutte)
Sung in German as 'Mädchen, so treibt ihr's mit allen'
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Wilhelm Schüchter
Nessler:
Möchte in die Ferne Schweifen (from Der Trompeter von Säkkingen)
Trompeter von Säkkingen: Behüt dich Gott
Berliner Symphoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Wilhelm Schüchter
Porter, C:
So in Love
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Carl Michalski
Reichardt, J F:
Heideröslein
Karl Engel (piano)
Blumengruß
Karl Engel (piano)
Rodgers, R:
If I Loved You (from Carousel)
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Carl Michalski
Rossini:
Largo al factotum (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Sung in German as 'Ich bin das Faktotum'
All'idea di quel metallo (from Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Sung in German as 'Strahlt auf mich der Blitz des Goldes'
Richard Holm (Almaviva)
Dunque io son? (from Il Barbiere di Siviglia)
Sung in German as 'Also ich, meinst du es wirklich?'
Erika Köth (Rosina)
Berliner Symphoniker, Wilhelm Schüchter
Schubert:
Hoffnung, D637
An den Fruhling, D283 (Schiller)
Der Alpenjäger, D588 (Schiller)
Sehnsucht, D52
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, second version, D583 (Schiller)
Der Pilgrim, D794 (Schiller)
Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)
Der Rattenfänger, D255
Geheimes, D719 (Goethe)
Harfenspieler I D325 (Goethe)
Ganymed, D544 (Goethe)
Wandrers Nachtlied I 'Der du von dem Himmel bist', D224
Gerald Moore (piano)
Winterreise D911
Karl Engel (piano)
Tischlied, D234
Karl Engel (piano)
Prometheus, D674 (Goethe)
Karl Engel (piano)
Der Goldschmiedsgesell, D560
Karl Engel (piano)
Schumann:
Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Karl Engel (piano)
Gedichte (12) von Justinus Kerner Op. 35
Karl Engel (piano)
Liederkreis, Op. 39
Karl Engel (piano)
Sonntags am Rhein, op. 36 No. 1
Karl Engel (piano)
Spohr:
Ah Mignon!, Op. 41 No. 3
Karl Engel (piano)
Strauss, J, II:
Her die Hand, es mußja sein (from Der Zigeunerbaron)
Als flotter Geist (from Der Zigeunerbaron)
Einst träumte mir (from Fürstin Ninetta)
Stadt der Liebe, Stadt der Freuden (from Casanova)
In Hispaniens heißem Sonnenland (from Casanova)
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke, Franz Allers
Strauss, R:
Sie woll'n mich heiraten, sagt mein Vater (from Arabella)
Anneliese Rothenberger (Arabella)
Symphonie-Orchester Graunk, Kurt Graunke
Ach, so versuchet doch ein kleines Lied (from Ariadne auf Naxos)
Sylvia Geszty (Zerbinetta)
Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe
Suppe:
Boccaccio: excerpts
Anneliese Rothenberger (Fiametta), Heinz Hoppe (Pietro), Hans Günther Grimm (Lambertuccio)
ymphonie-Orchester Graunke, Carl Michalski
Tchaikovsky:
Uzhel ta samaya Tatyana (from Eugene Onegin)
Sung in German as 'Ist dies denn wirklich die Tatjana?'
Ya vas lyublyu 'Yeletsky’s aria' (from Pique Dame)
Sung in German as 'Als deine Liebe du mir schenktest'
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Meinhard von Zallinger
Wagner:
Wie Todesahnung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)
O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)
Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein
Weber:
Die Zeit Op. 13:5
Meine Lieder, meine Sänge, J. 73 (Op. 15 No. 3)
Klage ('Ein steter Kampf'), J. 63 (Op. 15 No. 2)
Was zieht zu deinem Zauberkreise, J. 68 (Op. 15. No. 4)
Das Röschen ('Ich sah ein Röschen am Wege steh’n'), J. 67 (Op. 15 No. 5)
Er an Sie, J. 57 (Op. 15 No. 6)
Meine Farben, J. 62 (Op. 23 No. 1)
Liebe-Glühen, J. 140 (Op. 25 No. 1)
Es stürmt auf der Flur, J. 161 (Op. 30 No. 2)
Die Temperamente bei dem Verluste der Geliebten
Leonard Hokanson (piano)
Zeller:
Gleich und gleich
Karl Engel (piano)
and a selection of German Folk and Wayfarer Songs


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