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Grundheber, Franz

Works: 274 works in 861 publications in 6 languages and 9,194 library holdings
Genres: Musical settings  Drama  Live sound recordings  Operas  Filmed operas  Televised operas  Television adaptations  Symphonies  Music  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Performer, Singer, Narrator, Other, Vocalist, Director, Musician, Contributor, Librettist
Classifications: M1001, 782.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Franz Grundheber
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( )

34 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 938 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 )

59 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wozzeck: Oper in drei Akten nach dem Drama Woyzeck von Georg Büchner, op. 7
Wozzeck : an opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes by Alban Berg( Visual )

78 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 741 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
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss( Visual )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baron Ochs, having arranged with Sophie's father Faninal to combine his noble rank with Faninal's money by marrying Sophie, asks the Marschallin to suggest an appropriate young man to be his Knight of the Rose, who will present a silver rose to Sophie on his behalf as a traditional symbol of courtship. Marschallin recommends Octavian. When Octavian delivers the rose, he and Sophie fall in love on sight, and must figure out how to prevent Baron Ochs from marrying Sophie. The musical comedy has a deep-rooted performance tradition at the Salzburg Festival, but Robert Carsen's new reading opens up one more musical interpretation of this comedy of errors
Elektra : opera in one act by Richard Strauss( Visual )

34 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Strauss' gripping musical interpretation of Sophocles' tale of horror and revenge is given a compelling production by the innovative East German director, Harry Kupfer
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 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses und Aron by Arnold Schoenberg( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 268 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
Arabella by Richard Strauss( Recording )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 263 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
Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner( Visual )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 256 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( )

3 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elektra by Richard Strauss( )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in German and Undetermined and held by 245 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
Oedipus rex by Igor Stravinsky( )

4 editions published in 1993 in 3 languages and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classical Greek drama of the tyrant king, translated by William Butler Yeats
Böhmische Hirtenmesse by Jakub Jan Ryba( )

13 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

2 editions published in 2005 in German and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hänsel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck( )

2 editions published in 2009 in German and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A retelling of the well-known tale in which two children lost in the woods find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch
Symphony no. 9 : "choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven( )

3 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A five-part exploration of Ludwig von Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, examining the music itself along with the historical and personal setting in which it was created"--Guide p. 2
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 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Rosenkavalier highlights by Richard Strauss( )

2 editions published in 1992 in German and No Linguistic content and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wiener Opernfest 2005 : 50 Jahre Wiedereröffnung Wiener Staatsoper : live recording 5. November 2005 by Wiener Staatsoper( )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in No Linguistic content and German and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses und Aron : opernfragment in zwei akten by Arnold Schoenberg( Visual )

8 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moses und Aron (Moses and Aaron) is a three-act opera by Arnold Schoenberg with a German libretto by the composer after the book of Exodus. Unfinished at the time of the composer's death in 1951, it is--despite its unfinished status--widely regarded as Schoenberg's masterwork. From the sketchy outline of the play (1926) to its final version (1927) and to the inception of Moses und Aron as an oratorio (1928) and then into an opera, it was composed between 1930 and 1932. It is Schoenberg's response in dramatic form to the growing anti-Jewish movements in the German-speaking world after 1848 and his finest attempt at meshing his philosophical ideas with his artistry. It can be approached on many different levels: as an example of his twelve-tone system, as a work of biblical commentary, or as an attempt to work out the problems facing the Jew in the modern world
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Wozzeck : an opera in 3 acts and 15 scenes
Alternative Names
Franz Grundheber cantante aleman

Franz Grundheber deutscher Opernsänger

Franz Grundheber Duits zanger

Franz Grundheber German operatic baritone

Franz Grundheber saksalainen oopperalaulaja

German (281)

English (13)

Italian (2)

Latin (2)

French (1)

Dutch (1)

Elektra : opera in one act