Gertrud Bindernagel           (FLG 19211932)
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Gertrud Bindernagel           (FLG 19211932)
V1743. GERTRUD BINDERNAGEL: The Complete Operatic Recordings, incl. Arias from Nozze, Faust, Aïda, Don Carlos, Oberon (incl. Unpublished variant ‘Take’), Hans Heiling & Tristan; w.Alexander Kirchner: Faust – Garden Scene (in German). (Germany) FLG 19211932, recorded 1921-32. Transfers by Christian Zwarg. Extremely Limited Edition.


“Certainly Gertrud Bindernagel's permanent fame is partly caused by her sudden unusual death: her husband Wilhelm Hintze shot the singer after a performance of SIEGFRIED at the Charlottenburger Opernhaus and she died of her injuries a few days later. Torturing disputes about money, alcohol and an imminent divorce had preceded the attack.

Much more interesting is the vocal legacy of the artist, which - owing to circumstances - is comparably modest. Her recordings show a dramatic soprano of great volume, which probably had not yet reached its peak.

After studying at the Berliner Hochschule für Musik and short engagements in Breslau and Regensburg, Bindernagel joined the Berliner Staatsoper from 1920 - 1927. Afterwards she was engaged at the Staatstheater Mannheim, followed by the Charlottenburger Opernhaus, where she appeared quite often. Even abroad, the singer was well known because of many guest appearances. This promising career ended abruptly by her sudden death at the age of 38.

Bindernagel not only made acoustic recordings for Anker, Vox and Parlophon, but also electric ones for Telefunken. Some of her early records are extremely rare, however here it has been accomplished to present Gertrud Bindernagel's complete operatic recordings. This CD contains a previously unpublished alternate ‘take’ of the ‘Ozean, du Ungeheuer’ from OBERON. Only the soprano solo of Gustav Mahler's second symphony under the baton of Oskar Fried is missing, but it is available on various CD labels.”

- Z. D. Akron