OP0224. DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR, recorded 2 May, 1943, w.Rother Cond. Berlin Radio Ensemble; Wilhelm Strienz, Georg Hann, Walther Ludwig, Irma Beilke, Marie Luise Schilp, Lore Hoffmann, etc.; WILHELM STRIENZ: Songs by Nicolai & Schumann; Arias from Zauberflöte, Barbier von Bagdad & La Boheme. (Austria) 2-Preiser 90208. Very Long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281902083
“Wilhelm Strienz was born in Stuttgart 2 September, 1900, and became a singer with the fledgling Westdeutscher Rundfunk radio station in Clogne, prior to the outbreak of World War I. Strienz was a cadet in the German navy in the final year of World War I. After a family friend introduced him to the Director of the Stuttgart Music Conservatory who was fascinated by Strienz's deep voice. The Director encouraged him to have singing lessons and enter music as a profession. In early 1923, Strienz made his first professional appearances and then received work as a recording artist. His operatic début was as the Hermit in DER FREISCHÜTZ at the Deutschen Opernhaus, Berlin, with Scheidl & Reuss-Belce. He went on to Wiesbaden and Stuttgart where he appeared in ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN and as Mefisto in FAUST. He appeared at London’s Royal Opera House in 1937-38, and consequently sang Sarastro in Beecham’s legendary recording of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE.
Interestingly, Wilhelm Strienz's music career was sidelined at the beginning of the Third Reich in 1933 as he was banned for two years from performing in Germany for declining Nazi Party membership. By 1935, Strienz was again a popular radio star in the now German Reich. In that which would eventually become the world-famous Sunday night German Armed Forces radio request show, the Wunschkonzert für die Wehrmacht, Wilhelm Strienz’s tremendous talent would find an international audience."
“Walther Ludwig was a German operatic lyric tenor, particularly associated with Mozart roles and Schubert lieder. He first studied medicine in Freiburg before turning to voice studies in Königsberg, where he made his début in 1928. He then sang in Schwerin, where he created the title role in Paul Graeners's FRIEDMANN BACH in 1931. He joined the Städtische Oper Berlin in 1932, where he established himself in Mozart roles such as Belmonte, Don Ottavio, Tamino, Idomeneo, Ferrando, etc. After the war, he began appearing at the Hamburg State Opera, and made his début at the Vienna State Opera in 1947, and at the Salzburg Festival in 1948. He also made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House in London, the Liceo in Barcelona.
A stylish and musical lyric tenor, other notable roles included light Italian roles such as Nemorino, Ernesto, Duke of Mantua, Alfredo, French lyric role such as Wilhelm Meister. He left complete recordings of DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER VON WINDSOR, ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN, DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN, DIE SCHÖPFUNG, and a very Germanic sounding Verdi ‘Requiem’. He was the very moving Evangelist in a live 1950 Vienna performance of Bach's ST MATTHEW PASSION under Karajan, in which Kathleen Ferrier sang. He taught in Berlin from 1952 until 1969.”
- Ned Ludd