V0846. JOSEF METTERNICH: Arias & Duets (w.Wilhelm Lang, Margarete Klose, etc.) from Nozze, Barbiere, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Ballo, Faust, Carmen, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, I Pagliacci, Rigoletto & Lohengrin. (Austria) Preiser 93442, recorded 1953-54. - 717281934428
“From 1940 until his retirement in 1971, [Metternich] was one of the leading German baritones, singing in most of the major opera houses around the world….His was a massive voice of dark power, not rich and smooth, but with an intensity and grittiness that added much to his characterizations.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2008
"Metternich’s rich, dark voice, extraordinary breath control, and fine musicianship was coupled with an incisiveness of text projection and a sensitivity of characterization in an outpouring of luxurious sound….In an era when German baritones were expected to sing only German opera, Joseph Metternich made an international career…specializing in the dramatic baritone roles of Italian opera."
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006