V2450. JOSEF TRAXEL: Songs by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Bruckner & Strauss. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-283, Live Performances 1958-64, Berlin, Stuttgart & Zürich. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Josef Traxel was a German operatic tenor, particularly associated with Mozart roles and the German repertory. He studied at the Darmstadt Conservatory, but was conscripted into the army before beginning his career. However, he was able to make his début in Mainz, as Don Ottavio, in 1942, while on sick-leave from the army. After internment in Britain as a prisoner of war, he returned to Germany and resumed his career in Nuremberg in 1946, where he remained until 1952, and then joined the Stuttgart Opera. The same year he appeared at the Salzburg Festival, where he sang the role of Mercury at the premiere of Richard Strauss' DIE LIEBE DER DANAE. In 1954, he first appeared at the Bayreuth Festival as Froh in RHEINGOLD, returning as Walther in TANNHÄUSER, as Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, the young sailor in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, a Knight in PARSIFAL, and in 1957, as Stolzing in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG. He was also a frequent guest at the Munich State Opera and the Vienna State Opera, also appearing in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
He possessed a finely poised tenor with an unusually high tessitura; his wide repertoire ranged from Belmonte to Siegmund, and he was also active in concert, often appearing in Bach's oratorios. From 1963 on he was a teacher at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule.”
- Loyal Bluto
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- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011