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Hermann Prey - Das Liebesverbot - Richard Wagner

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Richard Wagner, Das Liebesverbot

Act II, No 10, Scena and Aria: "So spät und noch kein Brief" (Friedrich)

Baritone: Hermann Prey
Bayerisches Staatorchester: Wolfgang Sawallisch

Live, Bayerische Staatsoper
Münchner Opernfestspiele, July 9, 1983, Nationaltheater Show less
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Jane Eyre (BBC 1973) Play

EXTRACT FROM THE NOVEL --- «"I tell you I must go!" I retorted, roused to something like passion. "Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton? - a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I'm poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty, and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, or even of mortal flesh: - it is my spirit that adresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal, - as we are!" - "As we are!" repeated Mr. Rochester - "so," he added, enclosing me in his arms, gathering me to his breast, pressing his lips on my lips: "so, Jane!"» --- Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre", New York 1943, pg. 190.

Hermann Prey (1929-98) - (1/3) Operas and operettas Play

HERMANN PREY (1929-98) --- "Hermann Prey was one of those singers [...] who can be regarded as a trophy for music, or more particularly for what nowadays is called 'classical' music. Under that heading is lumped everything from mediaeval plainsong to postmodernist minimalism, and Prey was interested in virtually the whole of it. [...] - He was [...] a highly successful opera singer. [...] In Mozart's 'Die Zauberflote' he was a Papageno of rare charm, seeing the character as a figure of fantasy but not a clown. After the premiere of a new production at the Metropolitan in New York in 1967 he was embraced by the set and costume designer, the eighty-year-old Chagall, with cries of 'Monsieur Prrey, you are Mozaarr!' [...]" --- J. B. Steane, "The Singers - Hermann Prey" (Decca), 2001.

Hermann Prey (1929-98) - (2/3) Lieder Play

HERMANN PREY (1929-98) --- "Hermann Prey was one of those singers [...] who can be regarded as a trophy for music, or more particularly for what nowadays is called 'classical' music. Under that heading is lumped everything from mediaeval plainsong to postmodernist minimalism, and Prey was interested in virtually the whole of it. This included the pop music of his generation as a youngster [...] - But he turned to Schubert and the great tradition of 'classical' music [...] And despite self-doubt concerning his chances of success, Prey had his own ideas about the way in which he wanted to sing: 'Deep down inside, I wanted to put my whole heart into these songs, but feared that this would conflict with the spirit of the age'. It is one of the characteristics for which he is now remembered and his legacy of records cherished, that he so strongly impressed his listeners with exactly this kind of approach [...]" --- J. B. Steane, "The Singers - Hermann Prey" (Decca), 2001.
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