01-11a: Kalinnikov : Symphonies 1 & 2 / Kuchar 1994 - Cimarosa : Requiem in G minor / Varoli 2000 - Max Lorenz in Recital 1927-1930 - Oscar Straus : The Chocolate Soldier / Stevens | Eddy 1941

Not shown: Rose Sutro

1791 – William Williams Pantycelyn (Welsh Calvinist hymnist, poet & author)
1801 – Domenico Cimarosa (Italian composer)
1901 – Vasily Kalinnikov [Василий Калинников] (Russian composer, bassoonist, timpanist & violinist)
1947 – Eva Tanguay (Canadian singer & entertainer, "the girl who made vaudeville famous")
1952 – Aureliano Pertile (Italian lyric-dramatic tenor)
1954 – Oscar Straus (Austrian composer, The Chocolate Soldier)
1957 – Rose Sutro (American duo-pianist with her sister Ottilie)
1958 – Alec Rowley (English composer, pianist, organist & author)
1961 – Elena Gerhardt (German mezzo-soprano, most associated with Lieder repertoire)
1975 – Max Lorenz (German heldentenor, associated with Wagner roles)
1987 – Albert Ferber (Swiss pianist & teacher, active in England)

Max Lorenz was very blessed to have that voice. Living in Germany at the height of the Nazi regime, and considering that his wife was Jewish, and that his marriage to her was intended to hide the not-so-well-kept secret that he was gay, one would think they'd have been whisked away to a concentration camp without much fuss. But in fact Lorenz was so prized as the leading Wagnerian Heldentenor of his day, his family was under the protection of Hermann Göring himself, who gave strict instructions to the S.S. that they were not to be bothered. I guess when it came to their hatred of minorities, their love of Wagner was one of the few things that could make the Nazis look the other way.


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