OP2583. LA BOHEME (in German), Live Performance, 1960, w.Erede Cond.Berlin Staatsoper Ensemble; Pilar Lorengar, Sándor Kónya, Rita Streich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, etc.
(E.U.) 2-Myto 00313. - 080143903135
“Lorengar had…a radiant voice, bewitchingly feminine stage presence, musicianship, and intelligence….The singing is beautiful, the artistry inviting….A first-rate…artist is at work.”
- Michael Mark, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 2009
“Mr. Kónya had a powerful, dramatic voice and was most highly regarded as a Wagnerian tenor. But his broad repertory also included several of the major Verdi and Puccini rôles, as well as Edgardo in Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Turiddu in Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Although his Wagner was criticized by some for embodying an Italianate sob, Mr. Kónya's admirers prized exactly that tendency toward stylistic cross-pollination. Just as he brought the emotional lyricism of Italian opera to Germanic rôles, he sang Italian rôles with the big, heroic sound more typically heard in German works.
Mr. Kónya was born in Sarkad, Hungary, on 23 Sept. 23, and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as in Milan and at the Music Academy of Detmold, in northwestern Germany. In 1951 he made his professional début as Turiddu at the Bielefeld Opera. He remained on the company's roster for three years, during which he expanded his repertory, both in grand opera and in lighter rôles.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 June, 2002
“Streich is just...how can I put it?...she’s just wunderbar! Ja, ja! Wunderbar!....you’ll need no further argument than your own ears when you hear her toss off the formidable difficulties of this so-called light repertory with such confidence.”
- Kurt Boyer, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2011
"Of the many tributes [Fischer-Dieskau] received over the decades, perhaps none was more heartfelt than that of the British music critic John Amis: ‘Providence gives to some singers a beautiful voice, to some musical artistry, to some (let us face it) neither, but to Fischer-Dieskau Providence has given both. The result is a miracle, and that is just about all there is to be said about it….Having used a few superlatives and described the program, there is nothing else to do but write ‘finis,’ go home, and thank one’s stars for having had the good luck to be present’.”
- Daniel Lewis, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 18 May, 2012