OP0932. DER FRIEDENSENGEL (Siegfried Wagner), Live Performance, 23 Nov., 1975, w.Leslie Head Cond. Pro Opera Ensemble; Martha Mödl, Hanne-Lore Kuhse, Valerie Hill, Raffaele Polani, Raimund Herincx, etc. (Slovenia) 3-Living Stage 1060. Long out-of-print, final copies! - 3830025710601
"[Kuhse’s] was a huge voice of impressive power, stamina, and carrying power, with a bright, even brilliant sound….Dramatic involvement was always present….A ten-minute excerpt from a 1975 London performance of Siegfried Wagner’s Friedensengel is a rapturous delight."
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006
"Hanne-Lore Kuhse, a dramatic soprano who has sung Isolde and other leading Wagner roles in German opera houses, copes well with the vocal and dramatic requirements [above]. When this recording was made in 1975, her voice was still attractive and firm."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2006
“The incredibly lengthy career of Martha Mödl has been well documented. In that time she sang it all: beginning as a mezzo (Hänsel, Eboli, Carmen, Azucena), then soprano (Isolde, Brünnhilde, Kundry), then in the 1960s returning to mezzo and some great character rôles (Klytemnestra, Die Amme, Waltraute). In the 1970s she adapted to secondary character rôles (Widow Begbick, Grandmother Burya, the Old Countess in QUEEN OF SPADES), some of which were rechristened ‘Mödl-Rollen’ in her honor. She was often called the ‘German Maria Callas’ with her dramatic intensity, excitement, unique, colorful mezzo-tinted soprano voice.
She was one of the singers very important to the re-establishment of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth in the 1950s. She appeared in several world premières, creating rôles in operas by Fortner, Cerha, and von Einem. There is a little-known video of an interview with Mödl, Astrid Varnay, and Birgit Nilsson—great Wagnerians all. Varnay and Nilsson defer to Mödl!”
- Charles H. Parsons, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2012