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Schubert: Winterreise / Hans Hotter, Gerald Moore


Release Date: 05/04/1999 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67000   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans HotterGerald Moore
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the great bass-baritone Hans Hotter’s four recordings of Winterreise between 1942 and 1969, this one from1954, now beautifully remastered, is undoubtedly the best, and in many ways a benchmark itself within the recorded history of Schubert’s song-cycle. Compared with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hotter’s is a comparatively "non-interventionist" approach. Individual words are not pointed up so much as subtly shifting moods. And the cycle’s spiritual darkness is there within the covered tones and dark vowels of the voice, sustained and subtly variegated in long, fine lines and lightly-breathed phrases. Hotter’s hushed singing, wonderfully set into relief by Gerald Moore’s accompanying, creates a rare sense of fear, isolation and Read more obsessive melancholy.

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1954 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England 
Length: 75 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gute Nacht
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Die Wetterfahne
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gefrorne Tränen
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Erstarrung
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Der Lindenbaum
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Wasserflut
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Auf dem Flusse
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Rückblick
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Irrlicht
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Rast
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Frühlingstraum
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Einsamkeit
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Die Post
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Der greise Kopf
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Die Krähe
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Letzte Hoffnung
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Im Dorfe
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Der stürmische Morgen
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Täuschung
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Der Wegweiser
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Die Wirthaus
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Mut
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Die Nebensonnen
Winterreise D911 (1999 Digital Remaster): Der Leiermann

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Hotter Supreme in Winterreise May 28, 2013 By Basil De Pinto (Piedmont, CA) See All My Reviews "There are many fine recordings of Schubert's great cycle, among them those by Fischer-Dieskau, Fritz Wunderlich, and more recently Matthias Goerne, the last joined, rather than simply accompanied by, the great Alfred Brendel. But all of these must be judged by the gold standard set by the incomparable Hans Hotter. Gerald Moore is also a co-worker as he interprets the piano part of the score. Hotter, famed as the greatest Wotan of his day, inhabited the world of the Lied with comparable authority. He used his enormous voice, capable of filling the largest opera house, with a delicacy and finesse that proceeded from a profound musical intelligence. His mastery of both text and music in this performance insures that each song is an integral dramatic whole, a fusion of each element in an artistic unity that embodies the intention of both poet and composer. For singers Hotter's work is an advanced master class; for listeners an experience of pure musical joy. Basil De Pinto" Report Abuse
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