OP0667. DER BERGSEE (Bittner), Broadcast Performance, 1953, w.Felix Prohaska Cond. Wiener Rundfunkorchester; Hilde Konetzni, Günther Treptow, Julius Patzak, Eberhard Wächter, etc. (Italy) 2-Myto 044.H095. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 8014399500951
“Julius Bittner became one of the best known and most performed Austrian opera composers in the first half of the 20th Century. Many of his operas deal with Austrian-Alpine themes. He usually wrote his own libretti. After the Second World War, however, as a typical representative of late Romantic opera in the tradition of Richard Wagner, he was gradually forgotten. Critics gave him the somewhat derogatory nickname ‘the Anzengruber of the opera’; in importance he is comparable to his better known contemporary Wilhelm Kienzl. As a lawyer and leading member of Vienna's judiciary and close friend of Gustav Mahler, he assessed Mahler’s estate for probate after his death. He later won the Mahler Prize in 1915. He composed many operas, two symphonies and many songs and was helped and promoted by Mahler and Bruno Walter. He was also a close friend of Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Schmidt. He was for a while editor of the Austrian music journal Der Merker and wrote music criticism for it and other newspapers. He was so influential that he was able to arrange Arnold Schönberg's release from active military service in the First World War.
He received numerous awards and honors and became a member of the German Academy of Arts in Berlin in 1925. In 1964, the archive containing almost all of his works (autograph sketches, text books, scores and piano reductions) was taken over by the Vienna City Library.”
“Hilde Konetzni made her début in Gablonz, as Sieglinde, in 1929, and sang in Prague from 1932 to 1938. In 1936, she made her début at the Vienna State Opera and the Paris Opéra, as Donna Elvira. She appeared at the Royal Opera House in London 1938-39, returning in 1947, and at La Scala, in 1950, as Sieglinde with Furtwängler. A stylish singer, she possessed a voice of great beauty, other notable rôles included; Agathe, Isolde, Brünnhilde, Elisabeth, the Marschallin, Leonora, Chrysothemis, etc. She was very popular in Vienna, and continued singing small rôles until the 1970s. She had a sister, Anny Konetzni, who was also a soprano noted for Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss rôles.”
“Most collectors will prefer [Patzak’s] Mozart discs as the best representation of his voice….Patzak has left behind some beautiful performances, not to mention the many delightful operetta discs, and Heurigen songs. Also, in the field of oratorio and Lieder, he was ahead of his rivals, and probably the leading tenor of his epoch.”
- Dennis Brew, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 1971
“Günther Treptow began his vocal studies at the Berlin Musikhochschule, and later in Milan with Giovanni Scarmeo. Treptow was a member of the SA and Nazi Party (membership #38 579) until the discovery in 1934 of his mother's Jewish heritage. He was banned from performing until being granted special permission to do so from Josef Goebbels on 6 June, 1935. He made his stage début in Berlin, as the Italian singer in DER ROSENKAVALIER in 1936. He sang at the Vienna Volksoper in 1938, as Florestan in FIDELIO. He appeared at the Zopot Festival in 1939, in the title role of TANNHÄUSER. He made his début at the Munich State Opera in 1940, the Vienna State Opera in 1947, and the Bayreuth Festival in 1951.
He quickly established himself as one of the leading heldentenors of his generation, in roles such as Siegmund in DIE WALKÜRE, Siegfried in SIEGFRIED and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, and Tristan. Besides Wagner, he also sang such roles as Max in DER FREISCHÜTZ, Steva in JENUFA, Canio in PAGLIACCI, and the title role in OTELLO.
On the international scene, he made guest appearances at La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, also appearing in Leningrad and Moscow. He sang at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1961 until his retirement in 1972.”
"In 1953 Eberhard Wächter made his operatic début as Silvio at the Vienna Volksoper. From 1954 he was a member of the Vienna State Opera, and in 1963 he was named as Austrian Kammersänger. He made his début in at London’s Covent Garden as Count Almaviva and his first appearance at the Salzburg Festival as Arbace in IDOMENEO in 1956. In 1958 he made his début at the Bayreuth Festival as Amfortas. He sang for the first time at the Paris Opéra as Wolfram in 1959. In 1960 he sang Count Almaviva at his débuts at Milan’s La Scala and Chicago’s Lyric Opera. In 1961 he made his Metropolitan Opera début as Wolfram. In subsequent years, he continued to appear regularly in Vienna, where he created the rôle of Joseph in Einem’s JESU HOCHZEIT in 1980. In 1987 Eberhard Wächter became director of the Vienna Volksoper. From 1991 he was also co-director of the Vienna State Opera."
- Zillah Dorset Akron