Saturday, July 28, 2007

Fritz Wunderlich Recital: Mozart-Zauberfloete Tamino's Aria

My 18-month-old son loves to listen to a live 1966 recording of the great German tenor (who died tragically just before his 36th birthday that same year) singing Beethoven's 1796 song "Adelaide." I couldn't find a video recording of it, so please enjoy instead this live performance of Fritz singing Tamino's aria from "Die Zauberfloete." He presents the music and himself with disarming simplicity and humility; one gets the sense that he puts himself wholly in the service of Mozart and his intentions.

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