OP2179. DER KUHREIGEN (Kienzl), Broadcast Performance, 1951, w.Loibner Cond. RAVAG Ensemble; Walter Berry, Otto Wiener, Anny Felbermayer, Leo Heppe, etc.; Christus am Ölberge (Beethoven), Live Performance, 27 March, 1952, w.Leo Lehner Cond. Vienna S.O., w.Fritz Sperlbauer, Rosl Schwaiger & Walter Berry. (E.U.) 2-Myto 00275. - 0801439902756
“This performance of this more obscure work was recorded in Vienna in 1951. The bonus is Beethoven’s CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, performed by Chorvereinigung ‘Jung-Wien’ and the Wiener Symphoniker, conducted by Leo Lehner in 1952.”
“DER KUHREIGEN is an opera (called a 'musikalisches Schauspiel' or 'musical play') in three acts by the Austrian composer Wilhelm Kienzl. The libretto, by Richard Batka, is after Rudolf Hans Bartsch's novel DIE KLEINE BLANCHEFLEUR. It was first performed in Vienna on 23 November 1911. Set in revolutionary France, this is the love story of the Swiss Sergeant Primus Thaller, condemned for singing the banned Swiss 'Kuhreigen' folksong, and Blanchefleur, wife of the Marquis Massimelle, who saves him and then herself becomes a victim of the revolution.”
“Otto Wiener was an Austrian baritone, notable for his performances in the operas of Richard Wagner. He was born in Vienna, joined the Vienna Boys' Choir at the age of six, and started his adult career as a concert singer before making his stage début in 1953 at Graz in the title-role of SIMON BOCCANEGRA. He subsequently sang with the opera companies at Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Berlin and performed at the Vienna State Opera from 1957 onwards and at the Bavarian State Opera from 1960. He appeared at the Salzburg Festival in 1955 and sang there in the stage première of Frank Martin's LE MYSTÈRE DE LA NATIVITÉ.
Wiener first appeared at the Bayreuth Festival in 1957, and sang there until 1963 as Hans Sachs in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Gunther in GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Wotan in DAS RHEINGOLD and in the title-role of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER. In 1962 he performed the role of Sachs at both the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera. In 1964, he appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the role of La Roche in CAPRICCIO.
Wiener was one of the highest and brightest of the successful heldenbaritones of the 1950's and 60's. He was cast in roles usually reserved for deeper, darker voices because his technique was so relaxed, well-projected, and free. Wiener retired in 1976 and died in Vienna.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron