OP0532. DAPHNE, Live Performance, Oct., 1949, w.Grüber Cond. Norddeutschen Rundfunks Ensemble; Maud Cunitz, Peter Anders, Lorenz Fehenberger, Res Fischer, Josef Greindl, Gustav Neidlinger, etc.; PETER ANDERS: Strauss Lieder. (Portugal) 2-Gala 100.723. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8712177043712
“Soprano Maud Cunitz recorded in the 1950s for Decca, Telefunken, and HMV, plus numerous German radio broadcasts. She is heard here at her considerable best, a slender, penetrating tone, quite reed-like. Three excerpts from a complete 1953 HMV LOHENGRIN are heard to advantage with rest of the estimable cast: Rudolf Schock, Margarete Klose, Josef Metternich, and Gottlob Frick at the Hamburg Radio. She is joined by Frick and Karl Terkel in two excerpts from DIE HUGUENOTTEN. ‘Senta’s Ballad’ gets a stout traversal full of sturm und drang. Two excerpts from DER FREISCHÜTZ are lovingly vocalized, bursting with excitement.”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2012
“The German soprano Maud Cunitz was a legendary leading singer, who was completely dedicated to the ensemble of her opera house. She was self-critical and self-confident enough to never attempt a role to which she was unsuited.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron
"Peter Anders was a German operatic tenor who sang a wide range of parts in the German, Italian, and French repertories. He began by singing lyric roles and later undertook dramatic roles with equal success.
Anders was born in Essen and studied at the Berlin Music Academy with Ernst Grenzebach, and later privately with Lula Mysz-Gmeiner, whose daughter Susanne he married. In 1931, he appeared in Berlin in LA BELLE HELENE, and made his operatic debut the following year in Heidelberg, as Jacquino in FIDELIO. Anders sang in Darmstadt (1933-35), Cologne (1935-36), Hannover (1937-38), and then at the Munich State Opera (1938-40), where he took part in the creation of Richard Strauss' FRIEDENSTAG. He returned next to Berlin and sang at the Berlin State Opera from 1940 until 1948. His repertory at that time included lyric roles such as Belmonte, Tamino, Lyonel, Hans, Hoffmann, Leukippos, Alfredo and Rodolfo. Beginning in 1949, Anders undertook such heavier roles as Florestan, Max, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Walther, Siegmund, Radames, Otello, with equal success.
Anders made a few guest appearances at the Royal Opera House in London, the La Monnaie in Brussels and the San Carlo in Naples, as well as appearing at the Glyndebourne Festival. Anders sang not only an impressive range of operatic roles but also appeared in several operetta parts. He performed regularly on German radio and in concert and was also active in oratorio and lieder recitals.
He became a favorite of Adolf Hitler's regime and was not required to serve in the armed forces during the Second World War - instead he entertained German troops and participated in propaganda events. These activities tainted his reputation in the post-war world. While at the height of his career, Anders died in a car accident in Hamburg at the age of 46."
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile
"…Lorenz Fehenberger, a Bavarian farmer’s son and one of the most extraordinary tenor talents I have ever worked with. He had the musical instinct of a Domingo and an Italianate voice similar to Beniamino Gigli’s.”
- Georg Solti, MEMOIRS, p.76