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Albert Lortzing's operas did not always enjoy a positive audience reception during his lifetime. But Der Wildschütz, which premièred in 1842, was an immediate hit, and has remained a popular repertoire piece in German theatres to this day. The Hermes Opernlexikon comments on the 1964 Electrola recording: "The mood of the piece, as well as the musical inspiration of the ensemble in particular, are perfectly captured. It s worth buying this recording just to hear Fritz Wunderlich as Kronthal!"

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  • Conductor: Fritz Wunderlich
  • Composer: Albert Lortzing
  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00A44KEQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2014
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It is not too hard to understand why, despite its enduring popularity in Germany owing to its plethora of good tunes and high spirits, Lortzing’s “komische Oper” - or, more properly, “Spieloper” – has failed to travel beyond the borders of German-speaking countries. The preponderance of dialogue presents an obstacle unless, as with many productions of “Die Zauberflöte”, it is cut, but whereas Mozart’s “Singspiel” can survive that treatment, the speech in “Der Wildschütz” is necessary to clarify the twists of a labyrinthine plot stuffed with improbable cross-dressing disguises and impenetrable hidden kinships.

I confess that I am inclined to ignore the niceties of the plotline and sit back to enjoy the melodies and an authentic singing style emerging from the performers’ immersion in the traditions of German operetta –although, insofar as these distinctions matter, there is a case to be made that “Der Wildschütz” is not an operetta but a proper comic opera the equal of “Don Pasquale”.

The first performance of Lortzing’s masterpiece was in Leipzig on New Year’s Eve, 1842. It is in the German Romantic mould more closely related to its predecessors, Weber’s “Der Freischütz” and Marschner’s “Der Vampyr”, premiered in 1821 and 1828 respectively, but it is of course much more light-hearted and also borrows, especially in its vocal ensembles, elements from “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, Mozart being the composer Lortzing most admired. The kinship of titles with Weber’s opera is co-incidental, “Wildschütz” meaning “poacher” as in “one who illegally shoots wild game”, and “Freischütz” meaning…well, no-one has ever satisfactorily or neatly translated it but “The Marksman”, “The Freeshooter” - yuk – and “The Trial Shot” are some attempts.
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