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Original Masters - Hans Hotter - Lieder And Opera Scenes


Release Date: 02/11/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertHugo WolfRichard StraussCarl Loewe,   ... 
Performer:  Erik WerbaHans HotterGeoffrey ParsonsGloria Davy
Conductor:  Heinrich HollreiserArtur RoderRobert HegerArgeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper ChorusBerlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 3 Hours 55 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DG's mining of its vast catalogue continues with the Original Masters series of budget-priced reissues, of which this well-filled three-disc Hans Hotter set is a highly attractive entry. Hotter's superb, black-tinged instrument and aliveness to the texts indisputably place him among the great singers of the last century. So this set is an enticing proposition for those familiar with his artistry and for newcomers interested in an overview of Hotter's distinguished career. But the set is weighted toward the latter part of that career; all of the second disc and parts of the other two were recorded in the early-to-mid-1970s when Hotter was in his mid-60s. (Despite the album's title, some tracks were recorded in 1975). He was still singing Read more with insight and expressivity, but his remarkably well-preserved vocal instrument had nevertheless become darker, drier, less flexible, and more effortful.

So while it's impressive that Hotter's vocal powers remained fairly strong at this point, we do hear some discomfort in songs such as Schubert's Die Stadt. And even as Der Doppelganger cuts to the heart, it's necessary to overlook the wobble on sustained high notes, although listening past technical imperfections should come easy when you're caught up in Hotter's angst-drenched interpretation. Wolf's Soldat I is another example of rough vocalization that indicates the voice lacks the flexibility to do what the singer wants it to do. Most of the time though, the singing is secure enough not to be a factor. Thus the legato that always had been a ravishing part of Hotter's vocal arsenal still makes an effect in Wolf's Alles endet, was entstehet; and in lighthearted folkish songs such as Wolf's Der Musikant, Hotter shows he has the rhythmic command to move his big, dark voice with some agility. In the Loewe group the years melt away as Hotter seizes on the songs' opportunities for dramatic narrative and even humor.

The rest of the 80-minute third disc consists of opera arias. After a 1961 duet from Aida, they're all from 1942-43 when the voice was in glorious shape. Everything's in German, including the Toreador Song and fine versions of Iago's Credo and his "dream" aria from Otello--but the Wagner items are best. Hotter's Flying Dutchman never has been matched, and this 1943 Die Frist ist um, with Hotter's voice firm, rich, and easy, is gripping.

Almost all of the first disc consists of Hotter's last Schubert Winterreise recorded in 1961. If I did not know the Music & Arts issue of his wartime recording or the EMI 1954 version with Gerald Moore, I'd be delighted with it. The voice is slightly drier than on the earlier traversals, but his identification with the words and the music remains complete.

DG's transfers are excellent--even the wartime studio recordings sound fresh. No texts or translations are included, which is a shame. But if you know German, you won't need them--Hotter's diction always was superb. What you should know though, is whether and to what degree this set will duplicate items in your collection. The 1961 Winterreise hasn't been available in a while, but all eight of the wartime opera arias are among the dozen issued by Preiser. Hotter fans probably also own the three discs of lieder released on Testament and originally recorded in the bloom of Hotter's prime years in the 1950s, which are generally preferable to these later DGs. Three of DG's four Loewe songs are on Testament, as are five of the 17 Wolf songs, two of the eight non-Winterreise Schuberts, one of the three Brahms titles, and one of the six Strauss songs. Remember though, that it's the titles, not the recordings, that are duplicated. Final verdict: DG says this is a limited edition, so grab it.
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Winterreise, D 911/Op. 89 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Erik Werba (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1961 
Venue:  Brahms Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 70 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Gruppe aus dem Tartarus, D 583/Op. 24 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Im Frühling, D 882/Op. 101 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Schwanengesang, D 957 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Alinde, D 904/Op. 81 no 1 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
An die Entfernte, D 765 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Mörike Lieder: no 9, Nimmersatte Liebe by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Mörike Lieder: no 5, Der Tambour by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Mörike Lieder: no 4, Jägerlied by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 7, Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 18, Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Italienisches Liederbuch II: no 27, Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
13.
Italienisches Liederbuch I: no 22, Ein Ständchen euch zu bringen by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
14.
Mörike Lieder: no 39, Denk es, o Seele! by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 16, Wenn du zu den Blumen gehst by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: German 
16.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 2, Der Musikant by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
17.
Spanisches Liederbuch: no 17, Wer sein holdes Lieb verloren by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 5, Der Soldat I by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
19.
Goethe Lieder: no 29, Anakreons Grab by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
20.
Eichendorff Lieder: no 14, Der verzweifelte Liebhaber by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: German 
21.
Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 1, All' mein Gedanken by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
Lieder (3), Op. 29: no 3, Nachtgang by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
23.
Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 2, Du meines Herzens Krönelein by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
24.
Lieder (6), Op. 56: no 1, Gefunden by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
25.
Lieder (5), Op. 32: no 5, Himmelsboten by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
26.
Schlichte Weisen (5), Op. 21: no 4, Ach weh mir unglückhaftem by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887-1888; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
27.
Odins Meeresritt, Op. 118 "Der Schmied auf Helgoland" by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: German 
28.
Ballads (3), Op. 20: no 3, Die wandelnde Glocke by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: German 
29.
Ballads (3), Op. 20: no 1, Hochzeitlied by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
30.
Gedichte (12), Op. 62: no 5, Hinkende Jamben by Carl Loewe
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
32.
Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33: no 9, Ruhe, Süssliebchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
33.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 1, Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Geoffrey Parsons (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 
34.
Otello: Credo in un Dio crudel by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1943 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
35.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Artur Roder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
36.
Der fliegende Holländer: Die Frist ist um [Monologue] by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1943 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
37.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Was duftet doch der Flieder by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
38.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
39.
Die Walküre: Leb' wohl..."Farewell and Magic Fire music" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
40.
Michelangelo Lieder (3): no 1, Wohl denk ich oft by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
41.
Michelangelo Lieder (3): no 2, Alles endet, was entstehet by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: German 
42.
Michelangelo Lieder (3): no 3, Fühlt meine Seele by Hugo Wolf
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Geoffrey Parsons (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1973-75 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
43.
Aida: Ciel, mio padre!...Su dunque sorgete by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gloria Davy (Soprano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/1961 
Venue:  Large Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
44.
I Pagliacci: Sì può? [Prologue] by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Artur Roder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1942 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
45.
Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1943 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 

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