Episode 113. Edda Moser

Episode 113. Edda Moser

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On 27 October the great German dramatic coloratura Edda Moser celebrated her 83rd birthday. Celebrated as the greatest Queen of the Night ever, Edda Moser’s operatic career was centered on the music of Mozart but also included so much more. I present, it is true, two rare live examples of her singing the music of Mozart, but I also include her performances of music by Henze, Lehár, Verdi, Handel, Johann and Richard Strauss, Gluck, Offenbach, and Boris Blacher, as well as precious examples of her singing of Lieder, including songs by Brahms, Schubert, and Clara Schumann. I conclude with her reading of a beloved poem in tribute to her ongoing commitment to German language and culture. Vocal guest stars this week include Kostas Paskalis, Werner Krenn, Alfredo Kraus, José van Dam, Arleen Augér, and Theo Adam. Geliebte Frau Moser, wir erfreuen uns an Ihrer Kunstfertigkeit als begnadete Sängerin und Ihrem Vorbild als kulturelle Fahnenträgerin.

RECORDINGS HEARD IN THIS EPISODE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Emanuel Schikaneder: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Die Zauberflöte). Edda Moser, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper München [1973]

Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave: Sempre libera (La Traviata). Edda Moser, Franco Bonisolli, Heinz Wallberg, Philharmonia Hungarica [1976]

Richard Wagner: Wohl kenn’ ich dich… Preis’ deinen Engel (Der fliegende Holländer). Edda Moser, unknown conductor, castmates, chorus and recording date

Excerpts from this recording are featured on the Edda Moser bonus episode.

Clara Schumann, Friedrich Rückert: Warum willst du andre Fragen?, Op. 12/11. Edda Moser, Erik Werba [1977]

Hans Joachim Moser (25 May 1889 — 14 August 1967)

Jewish Music [Aboda for the Day of Atonement]; The Troubadours [Raimbault de Vaquerias: Kalenda Maya]; The Minnesingers [Walther von der Vogelweide: Palastine Song]. Hans Joachim Moser [Recorded for Parlophone 2000 Years of Music series, 1930]

Boris Blacher (6 January 1903 – 30 January 1975)

Boris Blacher: Wie kommst du her? [Balcony Scene] (Romeo und Julia). Edda Moser, Werner Krenn, Paul Sacher, Kammerensemble der Berliner Hochschule der Künste [early 1960s]

Werner Krenn

Johann Strauss II, Carl Haffner and Richard Genée after Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy: Klänge der Heimat (Die Fledermaus). Edda Moser, Anton Paulik, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Wien 01.01.75]

Hans Werner Henze (1 July 1926 – 27 October 2012)

Hans Werner Henze, Ingeborg Bachmann: Aria II [Freies Geleit] (Nachtstücke und Arien). Edda Moser, Christoph von Dohnányi, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Köln [1968, Westdeutschen Rundfunk]

August Wenzinger (14 November 1905 – 25 December 1996)

George Frideric Handel, Barthold Heinrich Brockes: Soll mein Kind, mein Heiland, sterben? (Brockes-Passion, HWV 48). Edda Moser, Theo Adam, August Wenzinger, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis [1967]

Theo Adam (1 August 1926 – 10 January 2019)
Arleen Augér (13 September 1939 – 10 June 1993)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vittorio Amedeo Cigna-Santi: Se viver non degg’io (Mitridate, Re di Ponto). Edda Moser, Arleen Augér, Leopold Hager, Mozarteum Orchestra [live Salzburg 1971]

Leopold Hager (born 6 October 1935)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pietro Metastasio: Non più di Fiori (La Clemenza di Tito). Edda Moser, Julius Rudel, Wiener Symphoniker. [live Wien 01 July 1976]

As Gilda with baritone Georg Ots

Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo: Furtivo fra le tenebre… Sì, vendetta, tremenda vendetta (Rigoletto). Edda Moser, Kostas Paskalis, Georg Singer, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Wien 1973]

Kostas Paskalis ((1 September 1929 – 9 February 2007)

Giuseppe Verdi, Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle after Friedrich Schiller: Du, im irdischen Wahn [Tu che le vanità] (Don Carlos). Edda Moser, Giuseppe Patanè, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin [1973]

Alfredo Kraus (24 November 1927 – 10 September 1999)

Giuseppe Verdi, Francesco Maria Piave after Alexandre Dumas: Ah, non più! A un tempio… Ah! Gran Dio, morir si giovane (La Traviata). Edda Moser, Alfredo Kraus, Julius Rudel, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Wien 1980]

Julius Rudel (6 March 1921 – 26 June 2014)

Jacques Offenbach, Jules Barbier after ETA Hoffmann: Chère enfant (Les contes d’Hoffmann). Edda Moser, José van Dam, Jocelyne Taillon, James Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Salzburg, August 1980]

Christoph Willibald Gluck, Nicolas-François Guillard: Ô toi qui prolongeas mes jours (Iphigénie en Tauride). Edda Moser, Riccardo Muti, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino [live Firenze, Spring 1981]

Riccardo Muti

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Joseph Sonnleithner after Jean Nicolas Bouilly: Komm, Hoffnung (Fidelio). Edda Moser, Eugene Kohn, Louisville Orchestra [live Louisville, October 1985]

Richard Strauss, Oscar Wilde, translated by Hedwig Lachmann: Ach, ich habe ihn geküßt, deinen Mund (Salome). Edda Moser, Josef Hopferweiser, Peter Schneider, Wiener Philharmoniker [live Wien 02 February 1994]

Richard Strauss, Clemens Brentano: Als mir dein Lied erklang (Brentano-Lieder, Op. 68/4). Edda Moser, Erik Werba [1972]

Franz Schubert, Wilhelm von Schütz: Delphine, D.857. Edda Moser, Leonard Hokanson [1983]

Rehearsing with Leonard Hokanson (13 August 1931 – 21 March 2003)

Johannes Brahms, Ludwig Hölty: Die Mainacht, Op. 43/2. Edda Moser, Erik Werba [1973]

Franz Lehár, Viktor Léon, Leo Stein: Vilja-Lied (Die lustige Witwe). Edda Moser, Lovro von Matačić, Zagreb Tamburitze Ensemble [RAI Milano 25 January 1980]

Lovro von Matačić (14 February 1899 – 4 January 1985)
Ivan Törzs

Matthias Claudius, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, Heinrich Isaac: Der Mond ist aufgegangen. Edda Moser, Ivan Törzs [2014]

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