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Published on Aug 6, 2012
Kurt Moll (born April 11, 1938) is a German operatic bass. He has made innumerable recordings of opera, sacred music, and lieder with many of the great conductors and piano-accompanists. In 1991, he won a Grammy Award for his recording of Das Rheingold. He can be seen in many roles on video, including Sarastro (twice), Osmin, the Commendatore, Dr. Bartolo (Mozart), Hunding, Gurnemanz, and Baron Ochs (several times). His voice was notable for its range, a true infra-bass including full, resonant low and very-low notes with relaxed vibrato; also for its unusual combination of extreme size and purring, contrabassoon-like timbre. Although he was large enough for most of Wagner's noble-bass roles, he was not a thunderer and he never performed as Hagen, Hans Sachs, nor Wotan. His interpretations tended to be restrained and intelligent, even in buffo roles like Baron Ochs and Osmin. His recording of Schubert's philosophical "Lieder für Bass" set a new standard for these songs... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Moll
Lyrics & English Translation
My child, bid this stranger welcome! A seaman he is, like me, he asks to be our guest. Long homeless, always sailing far and wide, in foregin lands he has won rich treasure. Exiled from his homeland, he'll pay well for a hearth. Tell me, Senta, would it vex you if this stranger lodged with us?
Now, did I overpraise her? You see her yourself - do you appreove? Need I lavish more praise? Admit it, she adorns her sex!
Will you, my child, be friendly to this man? From your heart he asks too a gracious gift: give him your hand, for bridegroom you shall call him: agree with your father and tomorrow he is your husband.
See this bracelet, these clasps! This is nothing to what he owns. Surely you want them, dear child? It is all yours when you exchange rings.
But neither speaks... Do I intrude? Yes. Better leave them alone. May you win this fine man! Believe me, such luck never comes twice.
Stay here alone! I am going. Believe me, she is as true as she is fair.