OP0515. DER WIDERSPENSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG (Goetz), Broadcast Performance, 1955, München, w.Keilberth Cond. Bayerischen Rundfunks Ensemble; Gottlob Frick, Annelies Kupper, Waldemar Kmentt, Benno Kusche, Marcel Cordes, etc.; CHRISTEL GOLTZ, w.Heger Cond. Bayerisches Staatsorchester: DER WIDERSPENSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG – Aria - Broadcast Performance, 1952. (Portugal) 2-Gala 100.735. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 8712177044283
“DER WIDERSPÄNSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG (The Taming of the Shrew) is a German-language comic opera in four acts by the German composer Hermann Goetz. It was written between 1868 and 1872 and first performed at the National Theatre Mannheim on 11 October 1874. The libretto, by Joseph Victor Widmann and the composer, is based on Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. The style of the opera shows Goetz turning away from the musical ideas of Richard Wagner towards the classicism of Mozart. DER WIDERSPÄNSTIGEN ZÄHMUNG was a huge success, not only in Germany but in the United States and in Great Britain, where it received high praise from George Bernard Shaw.”
“If the name Gottlob Frick appears on the recording, I buy it. The great German bass had a huge, black as midnight voice – a grand rolling cantante of rich sound.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May / June, 2011
“Gottlob Frick (1906-1994) was called by Wilhelm Furtwängler the ‘blackest bass’ of his generation. Frick had no competitors capable of surpassing or even matching his powerful voice in either force or range.
It is standard practice to describe the voice of Gottlob Frick as a ‘black bass’, and it was. Add to this rich sable sound, cavernous, huge, rock-solid, with nary a waver or quaver, strong musical imagination and textual sensitivity, and that makes Frick one of the greatest voices of the 20th Century.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2008