Gerhard Hüsch

Biography

Born: February 2, 1901; Hanover, Germany   Died: November 21, 1984; Viehausen  
Gerhard Hüsch was a lyric baritone noted especially for his performances of the art song repertory. As an interpreter of both opera and song, he was more intent on conveying meaning and drama than creating beautiful sounds; in this respect he led the way for both Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Herman Prey.

Hüsch studied singing with Hans Emge and acting with Ewald Schindler. His debut came in 1923 as Liebenau in Lortzing's Der
Read more Waffenschmied. A year later he signed a three-year contract with the Stadttheater in Bremen. His first important role there was Storch in the Dresden premiere of Strauss' Intermezzo. While under contract at Bremen, Hüsch made guest appearances in Hamburg as Eberbach in Der Wildschütz and Germont in La traviata. In 1927, he began a three-year stay at Cologne where his successful interpretation of Don Giovanni made him a leading singer. During that season he also appeared in Jonny spielt auf and Tannhäuser.

1930 found Hüsch singing in Cologne, Berlin, London, Bayreuth, Vienna, Amsterdam, and the Hague. He was a favorite of some of the greatest conductors at that time including Arturo Toscanini, Otto Klemperer, Karl Böhm, Fritz Busch, and Bruno Walter. His operatic repertoire expanded to include roles in Cenerentola, Orphée aux enfers, Pelléas et Mélisande, Il segreto di Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Così fan tutte, and Die Zauberflöte. He also took the spoken role of the Pasha in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

In spite of his large operatic repertoire, it is as a Lieder singer that Hüsch is best remembered. His interpretations of the great song cycles of Schubert and Schumann were justly admired wherever he performed them. His close friendship with composers Hans Pfitzner and Yrjo Kilpinen made his performances and recordings of their songs near-definitive. He even dared to give entire evenings of Kilpinen songs; his friendship with the composer led to Scandinavian concert tours nearly every season. In 1932, Hanns Udo Müller became his primary accompanist.

In 1937 he began to cut down his performing commitments and was appointed Professor of Singing at the Munich Academy. From 1942 to 1949 he devoted all of his time to his voice students. He continued to give recitals and in 1955 he returned to London to give several recitals including Schubert's Winterreise with the young Geoffrey Parsons as his partner. The following year he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival. He continued to teach and give master classes. His recitals and master classes in Japan started a love of German Lieder there that continues to this day. Read less

Biography

Born: February 2, 1901; Hanover, Germany   Died: November 21, 1984; Viehausen  
Gerhard Hüsch was a lyric baritone noted especially for his performances of the art song repertory. As an interpreter of both opera and song, he was more intent on conveying meaning and drama than creating beautiful sounds; in this respect he led the way for both Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Herman Prey.

Hüsch studied singing with Hans Emge and acting with Ewald Schindler. His debut came in 1923 as Liebenau in Lortzing's Der
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Das Wandern
Wohin?
Halt!
Danksagung an den Bach
Am Feierabend
Der Neugierige
Ungelduld
Morgengruss
Des Mullers Blumen
Tranenregen
Mein!
Pause
Mit dem grunen Lautenbande
Der Jager
Eifersucht und Stolz
Die liebe Farbe
Die bose Farbe
Trockne Blumen
Der Muller und der Bach
Des Baches Wiegenlied
Auf dem Hugel sitz ich spahend
Wo die Berge so blau
Leichte Selger in den Hohen
Diese Wolken in den Hohen
Es kehret der Maien
Nimm sie hin denn, diese Lieder
Overture
Act One: Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!
Act One: Der Vogelfanger Bin Ich Ja
Act One: Dies Bildnis Ist Bezaubernd Schon
Act One: O Zitt're Nicht, Mein Lieber Sohn!
Act One: Hm, Hm,Hm, Hm!
Act One: Du Feines Taubchen, Nur Herein!
Act One: Bei Mannern, Welche Liebe Fuhlen
Act One: Zum Ziele Fuhrt Dich Dise Bahn
Act One: Wie Stark Ist Nicht Dein Zauberton
Act One: Schnelle Fusse, Rascher Mut
Act One: Es Lebe Sarastro, Sarastro Lebe!
Act One: Herr, Ich Bin Zwar Verbrecherin
Act Two: March Of The Priests
Act Two: O Isis Und Osiris
Act Two: Bewahret Euch Vor Weibertucken
Act Two: Wie, Wie, Wie?
Act Two: Alles Fuhlt Der Liebe Freuden
Act Two: Der Holle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen
Act Two: In Diesen Heil'gen Hallen
Act Two: Seid Uns Zum Zweiten; Mal Willkommen
Act Two: Ach, Ich Fuhl's
Act Two: O Isis Und Osiris,Welche Wonne!
Act Two: Soll Ich Dich, Teurer, Nich Mehr Sehn?
Act Two: Ein Madchen Oder Weibchen
Act Two: Bald Prangt, Den Morgen Zu Verkunden
Act Two: Der, Welcher Wandelt Diese Strasse
Act Two: Tamino Mein! O Welch Ein Gluck!
Act Two: Ihr Gotter, Welch Ein Augenblick! ... Triumph, Triumph, Du EdlesPaar!
Act Two: Papagena! Papagena! Papagena!
Act Two: Pa-pa-gena! Pa-pa-geno!
Act Two: Nur Stille, Stille, Stille,Sstille! ... Die Strahlen Der Sonne Vertrieben Die Nacht


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