Hermann Prey;  Wolfgang Sawallisch - Pfitzner & Srauss   (Orfeo C 524 991)
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Hermann Prey;  Wolfgang Sawallisch - Pfitzner & Srauss   (Orfeo C 524 991)
V0507. HERMANN PREY, w.Wolfgang Sawallisch (Pf.): Songs by Pfitzner & Strauss. (Germany) Orfeo C 524 991, Live Performance, 8 Aug., 1970, Salzburg Festival. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4011790524122


"Hermann Prey, intelligence and sensitivity, the full warmth of his voice, his ability to create character and mood almost instantaneously are qualities we miss. All the more reason, then, to welcome the release of this recital of songs by Hans Pfitzner and Richard Strauss taped live at the 1970 Salzburg Festival. Prey is accompanied by Wolfgang Sawallisch, and it would not be overstating the case to compare the partnership with Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore - they think as one and phrase as one. The chosen songs, particularly those by Pfitzner, are dark - subjects are the longings of the soul, the fear of death - and Pfitzner dips into sheer dissonance, as in the 'Nachtwanderer', are very effective. The Strauss songs do not pick up the mood much, but the idiom is more familiar. The four encores include Strauss' beloved 'Zueignung', a welcome ray of light at the end of the program."

- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

“In 1971, Sawallisch was named general music director of the Bavarian State Opera, a position he held, with various changes in title and responsibility, until 1992. While in Munich, Sawallisch programmed complete cycles of all the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss and received consistent praise for the excellence of his work, especially in the German repertoire. He was a favorite conductor of many of Europe's greatest stars; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who recorded CAPRICCIO with Sawallisch in 1957, called singing with him, ‘a wonderful sensation. It's as if you're in private'. Sawallish was also a brilliant collaborative pianist whose partners in recital included Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Thomas Hampson and Margaret Price."

- OPERA NEWS, 24 Feb., 2013