The Gundula Janowitz Edition: A Voice of Silver & Gold | Deutsche Grammophon 4797348

The Gundula Janowitz Edition: A Voice of Silver & Gold


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4797348

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 14

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd June 2017



Gundula Janowitz (soprano)


Gundula Janowitz (soprano)


Marking the 80th birthday of Gundula Janowitz in August 2017, this box set celebrates her clear and honest soprano voice through a selection of her opera, oratorio and Lieder recordings. The favourite lyric soprano of Herbert von Karajan, Janowitz set the standard for sopranos with her legendary recordings of Mozart and Richard Strauss which are still unsurpassed in the catalogue.

Born 2 August 1937 in Berlin, Janowitz débuted at the Vienna State Opera in 1960, after auditioning for Karajan the previous year having been recommended to him by Walter Legg. Karajan was so impressed with her that he promised to mentor the young soprano. Their partnership lasted for twenty years.

In Vienna, she studied the operatic roles of Mozart under Karl Böhm, Karajan and Josef Krips. Janowitz made her first recording in 1964 with Otto Klemperer, and in 1967, she opened the very first Salzburg Easter Festival.

Janowitz’s voice was a clear and pure lyric soprano with a controlled and fast vibrato, instrumental in tone. Always subservient to the music, her perfect breath control allowed her to effortlessly draw phrases with the most subtle distinctions of timbre and dynamics.

A 14-CD original jackets collection   

The ultimate selection of Gundula Janowitz’s recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Philips including opera and sacred arias, oratorio and Lieder

The first CD release of an interview from 1969 with Janowitz about singing the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and about her foundation for young singers

Includes two recordings of Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder: Bernard Haitink (1968) and Herbert von Karajan (1973)

60-page booklet with new liner notes in English/German/French and previously unpublished artist photos

“Flawlessly pure yet as strong as steel … one of those rare voices from heaven that leave us simply astonished.” - Die Welt

“[The] great honesty, vulnerability and beauty … noble sense of musicality, luminosity and truth in her lustrous sound are … unparalleled”
- Elizabeth Watts

“Janowitz characterises with real feeling and a wide palette of vocal colours … one of the finest Mozart and Strauss singers of the last four decades of the 20th century.” - Gramophone

“Even among the remarkable number of first-rate recordings of Richard Strauss'
Four Last Songs … Gundula Janowitz still excels. Janowitz bewitches and enchants like no other as she interweaves her soprano line around Karajan's sublimely paced and immaculately played orchestral accompaniment.” - BBC Music Magazine


CD 1: Mozart

CD 2: Telemann, Handel, JS Bach

CD 3: Beethoven, Brahms

CD 4: Weber, Wagner, Lortzing, J Strauss II

CD 5: R Strauss, Orff, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms

CD 6: Haydn, Beethoven

CD 7: Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven

CD 8: Wagner

CD 9: Wagner, Weber

CD 10-13: Schubert

CD 14: Wagner, R Strauss; Interview  with Gundula Janowitz

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