Fritz Wunderlich’s Singing
Eine kleine Frühlingsweise; Lyrics by Hans Lengsfelder.
It’s very beautiful, isn’t it?
I first heard of Wunderlich’s singing in these two CDs: one is included in The Art of Fritz Wunderlich (Schuman’s Dichterliebe and Lieder from Beethoven & Schubert) as Disc 5, and the other is Schuber’s Die schone Mullerin. At that time, I was still a college student and spent most of my food money on buying classical-music CDs. I had quite a big collection but I wasn’t really into songs or opera. These two CDs were the ones of few I had and enjoyed a lot.
Toscanini called Mario Lanza “the greatest voice of the twentieth century”. To me, it’s Wunderlich. Too bad that he died so young. 😦
As for The Art of Fritz Wunderlich, unless you already have many of his DG recordings, you shouldn’t miss it. Highly recommended.