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Kutsch, Karl-Josef / Riemens, Leo

Großes Sängerlexikon

[Biographical Dictionary of Singers]

In coop. with Rost, Hansjörg


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    4th enlarged and revised Edition
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    February 2012
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    Aims and Scope

    18,760 singers – 2,500 new articles The third edition of the recognized reference work on singers, the Großes Sängerlexikon was published in 1997, and has since been considerably enlarged with the publication of two supplement volumes in 1999 and 2001. Now available, the new seven-volume edition incorporates all previous volumes and articles, thus considerably improving the work’s user friendliness. To further enhance the encyclopedia’s up-to-date coverage, 2,500 new articles have been written, and corrections, suppliments and updates incorporated. This standard work now comprises a total of 18,760 biographies of singers. Each biographical article contains stage name, common name, register of voice and biographical dates. This information is followed by details on the artist’s background and musical career organized by places of work, major works, a short list of biographically significant engagements and appearances, a voice characterization and, in the case of major artists, bibliographical details and references to recordings. From the late 16th century to the present From opera, to cantate and sacred vocal music The Großes Sängerlexikon is not only remarkable for the vast scope of its material but also for the extensive period of time and variety of genres covered. It portrays the development of the genres which have dominated the art of singing since the late 16th century – opera, oratorio, aria, cantata, lied, sacred vocal music –- whilst remaining as up-to-date as possible right up to the present day. The Großes Sängerlexikon not only contains biographies of interpreters whose voices are available on recordings, such as Lilli Lehmann, Adelina Patti or Francesco Tamagno; but also of singers whose careers goe back to times before recording was actually feasible: Henriette Sontag, Faustina Bordoni, Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient, Giovanni Battista Rubini, Adolphe Nourrit and many more. Furthermore, it also includes contemporaries and representatives of other genres, such as Heinz Hoppe, the operetta singer, or Lotte Lenya, the eminent interpreter of Brecht and Weill. Among the singers newly listed in the fourth edition are the soprano Brigitte Hahn, who sang at the US-première of Hans Krasa’s opera ‘Die Verlobung im Traum’ in 1996, Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko. The recently rediscovered artists from the past epochs include Kaspar Niedermair, a bass who joined the Prague Kaiserliche Hofkapelle in 1582; Andrea Giovanni, attributed a three-octave voice range by ‘Discorso sopra la Musica’ (1628); Anna Maria Elisabetta Badia, member of the Viennese Kaiserliche Hofkapelle from 1700 to her death in 1726; and Michele Cavara, who took part in the première of Meyerbeer’s ‘Margherita d’Anjou’ at the Scala di Milano in 1820, to name but a few. The famous, the less well-known and the almost forgotten In addition to the biographies of famous and less well-known or almost forgotten singers, this reference work also features numerous references to further reading and recordings, plus a list of opera and operetta premieres and an extensive bibliography in the appendix. The lives and careers of many singers, who were admired, even idolized by their contemporaries, create a vivid pageant that brings the musical and cultural history of more than four centuries to life. With its many updates, addenda and new entries, the latest edition of the Großes Sängerlexikon will no doubt continue to live up to the reputation established by its predecessors, as the standard reference work for any lover of singing.

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    "An Materialfülle und Detailreichtum kennt dieses Nachschlagewerk auf seinem Spezialgebiet keinerlei Konkurrenz. Es ist ein unerschöpflicher Thesaurus für jeden, den die Biographien und Karrieren von Sänger(inne)n interessieren." (Klassik heute, Hörgertshausen, 17.11.2003)

    "Es gibt nichts Vergleichbares auf dem deutschen Markt." (Opernwelt, Berlin, Heft 3, März 2004)

    "Dieses Nachschlagewerk ist konkurrenzlos und zudem eines der erfolgreichsten Personenlexika. [...] Das Große Sängerlexikon ist nach wie vor das konkurrenzlose biographische Nachschlagewerk in diesem Bereich der darstellenden Kunst, seine Informationsmenge ist seine besondere Stärke, und es ist zu begrüßen, dass der Verleger dafür gesorgt hat, dass es weiterhin aktuell bleiben kann." (Forum Musikbibliothek, Berlin, Nr. 1, 2004)

    "... hat [...] zu einem siebenbändigen Lexikon geführt, das keine Konkurrenz hat und auch kaum bekommen wird. [...] Die beliebte Formulierung 'unverzichtbar' muß einem als erstes in den Sinn kommen, wann immer man den "Kutsch-Riemens" in die Hand nimmt. [...] Die Solidität seiner Recherche ist unangefochten und hat sich von Auflage zu Auflage noch merklich gesteigert." (Medienwissenschaft, Marburg, Heft 3, 2002)

    "...als weltweit größtes Lexikon zum Thema ein konkurrenzloses Standardwerk, nach seinen Herausgebern und Autoren respektvoll 'der Kutsch/Riemens' genannt. " (H-Soz-u-Kult, Berlin, 2.4.2003)

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