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Grundheber, Franz

Works: 360 works in 992 publications in 7 languages and 12,195 library holdings
Genres: Operas  Drama  Live sound recordings  Musical settings  Excerpts  Art music  Nonfiction films  Oratorios  Television adaptations  Televised operas 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Narrator, Other, Vocalist, Director, Actor, Musician, Librettist, Contributor
Classifications: M1500, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Franz Grundheber
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( )

36 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Karl Bohm's only studio version of the work was recorded in 1958. When Deutsche Grammophon originally planned to record the work, there were already two rival versions on the market: the Decca recording under Erich Kleiber and EMI's version under Herbert von Karajan. Karajan's recording was made in December 1956 and should have included Irmgard Seefried as Octavian and Rita Streich as Sophie, but in both cases cast changes became necessary: Seefried was replaced by the young Christa Ludwig, and pregnancy forced Rita Streich to withdraw. As a result, Deutsche Grammophon was able to use both these singers for its own recording exactly two years later. It boasts a wonderful cast, with the full-throated Marianne Schech as the Marschallin, Irmgard Seefried bringing a range of colour to the 'trouser' role of Octavian, Rita Streich light and exquisite as Sophie, and a rounded, lyrical portrait of Faninal from Fischer-Dieskau. The recording also reunited Bohm with his 'old' orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, an orchestra often referred to as the Zauberharfe or Magic Harp for the fluent and airborne quality of its sound
Wozzeck by Alban Berg( Recording )

53 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wozzeck: Oper in drei Akten nach dem Drama Woyzeck von Georg Büchner, op. 7
Arabella by Richard Strauss( Recording )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star soprano Renée Fleming gives a radiant performance in the title role of Strauss's opera, a bittersweet comedy set in 1860s Vienna, starring as the beautiful daughter of an impoverished noble family. Hans-Joachim Ketelsen is Mandryka, the wealthy landowner and unlikely suitor who wins Arabella's heart. Barbara Bonney sings Zdenka, Arabella's younger sister, and Raymond Very is Matteo, the officer who thinks he is in love with Arabella but unexpectedly finds his happiness elsewhere. Judith Forst and Eric Halfvarson round out the cast as Count and Countess Waldner, Arabella and Zdenka's parents. Christoph Eschenbach conducts
Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in German and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When they are left in the woods by their parents, two children find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch
Der Rosenkavalier : highlights by Richard Strauss( )

3 editions published in 2007 in German and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doktor Faust by Ferruccio Busoni( )

11 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wozzeck : opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

37 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story encompasses the gruesome detail, horror, passion, and torment that characterized works of the German Expresionist movement. Wozzeck is an impoverished soldier driven insane by his manipulative superiors and his mistress' infidelity. In a jealous rage, he stabs her, then drowns when he tries to wash the blood from his hands
Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vienna boy's Choir ; Vienna
Alban Berg collection by Alban Berg( )

4 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Werther by Jules Massenet( )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young poet and his tragic love affair with Charlotte, the eldest daughter of the town Magistrate
SCHOENBERG : Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg( )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in German and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schoenberg's masterpiece in the twelve-tone system he developed was his unfinished opera, a vastly complex work based on a single tone row that it remained a fragment may be essential to its spiritual message, for while Schoenberg never stated it explicitly, it would seem that he left this most ambitious project of his mature style incomplete on purpose
Symphonische Gesänge, op. 20 ; Drei Ballettstücke ; Der König Kandaules by Alexander Zemlinsky( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in German and Undetermined and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Fliegende Holländer = The flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner( Visual )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Flying Dutchman is cursed, both the spectral ship and her Captain condemned, roaming the sea until Judgment Day. Every seven years the Dutchman is cast upon the shore; if he can find a wife who will be true to him, he will be released. Senta, unmarried daughter of captain Daland, is engaged to Erik, but she dreams of being the one who will be the Dutchman's salvation, who by her fidelity saves him
Lyric symphony : op. 18 ; Incidental music to Shakespeare's Cymbeline by Alexander Zemlinsky( )

6 editions published in 2003 in German and Undetermined and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky( )

5 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A William Butler Yeats translation of Oedipus Rex performed by the Shakespearean Festival Players under the direction of Tyrone Guthrie.-
Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead
Böhmische Hirtenmesse by Jakub Jan Ryba( )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven IX : the 9 symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

2 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia Varady by Julia Varady( )

2 editions published in 2007 in Italian and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lieder einer Reise = Songs of travel = Chants du voyage by Franz Grundheber( )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Wozzeck : opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes
Alternative Names
Franz Grundheber

Franz Grundheber cantante aleman

Franz Grundheber deutscher Opernsänger

Franz Grundheber Duits zanger

Franz Grundheber German operatic baritone

Franz Grundheber saksalainen oopperalaulaja

German (220)

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English (11)

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