The Gundula Janowitz Edition: A Voice of Silver & Gold
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Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat No: 4797348
Number of Discs: 14
Release Date: 23rd June 2017
ArtistsGundula Janowitz (soprano)
ArtistsGundula Janowitz (soprano)
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60-page booklet with new liner notes in English/German/French and previously unpublished artist photos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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