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Bach: Cantata No 82; Brahms / Hans Hotter


Release Date: 03/23/2004 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62808   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans HotterSidney SutcliffeGeraint JonesGerald Moore
Conductor:  Anthony Bernard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc of classic recordings remains indispensable. Hans Hotter recorded the Bach Cantata No. 82 in 1950, and despite many wonderful recordings of the work since then, it retains both its power and primacy (especially if you prefer a lower voice in this piece). Hotter was only 31 at the time, and his voice was at its peak, warmly beautiful, with masterful legato and an even, dark tone whose every utterance bespeaks profundity. His tonal variety helps avoid the monotony that can result when a dark voice meets an even darker text. He infuses his voice with joy in the robust final aria in which death is embraced as an escape from life's sorrows, and his legato singing is touchingly effective throughout, especially when sustained in his Read more repetitions of the phrase "und zelig zu" in the aria "Schlummert ein".


When he needs to, Hotter scales down his big voice to project a lighter-colored hue, and you're often aware of subtle rubatos that deepen the meaning of the text without bending the vocal line out of shape as became fashionable in a later era. He gets good orchestral support from the band led by Geraint Jones, whose 1950s recordings of then-obscure Haydn symphonies deserve reissue.


Bleak is followed by bleaker--Brahms' Four Serious Songs, from 1951. In the grim opening song, the music's funereal sideways steps are broken by a stormy section in which we're reminded that Hotter was the reigning Wotan of the past half-century. He brings an appropriately sepulchral tone to the second song, where at times the huge voice is scaled down to a whisper, an effect that's sparingly used but (as done here) can make strong hearts melt. In the third song Hotter infuses his voice with bitterness, and in the last offers consoling comfort. A great performance. A dozen more Brahms songs complete the generously timed disc, many offering relief from the prevailing gloom. So Hotter puts a smile in his voice in "Sonntag", tenderness in "Sappische Ode", and bouncy joy and upper-register delicacy in "Städchen". With the final "Verrat" he brings his incomparable dramatic power to the song's gothic narrative of betrayal.


The sound is very good for its time. In the Bach, the orchestra presents a speaker-to-speaker sonic image, the voice naturally placed and the organ solidly delineated. In the Four Serious Songs both Hotter and pianist Gerald Moore are balanced well, but in the other Brahms songs, recorded in 1955, the piano is a bit backwardly placed and the singer closely miked so you hear occasional intakes of breath. [5/28/2004]
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ich habe genug, BWV 82 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Geraint Jones (Organ)
Conductor:  Anthony Bernard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Songs (6), Op. 86: no 2, Feldeinsamkeit by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1877-79; Austria 
3.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 3, Sonntag by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 71: no 5, Minnelied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
6.
Songs (4), Op. 96: no 2, Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Austria 
7.
Songs (9), Op. 32: no 9, Wie bist du, meine Königin by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Austria 
8.
Songs (5), Op. 94: no 4, Sapphische Ode by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; Austria 
9.
Songs (5), Op. 47: no 1, Botschaft by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Gerald Moore (Piano), Hans Hotter (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
10.
Songs (5), Op. 106: no 1, Ständchen by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1888; Austria 
11.
Songs (9), Op. 63: no 8, Heimweh no 2 "O wüsst' ich doch den Weg zurück" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
12.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 4, Auf dem Kirchhofe by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
13.
Songs (5), Op. 105: no 5, Verrat by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
14.
Serious Songs (4), Op. 121 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Hans Hotter (Baritone), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Austria 

Sound Samples

Kantate: 'Ich habe genug', BWV82 (2004 Digital Remaster): Aria: Ich habe genug
Kantate: 'Ich habe genug', BWV82 (2004 Digital Remaster): Recit: Ich habe genug
Kantate: 'Ich habe genug', BWV82 (2004 Digital Remaster): Aria: Schlummert ein
Kantate: 'Ich habe genug', BWV82 (2004 Digital Remaster): Recit: Mein Gott! wann kommt das Schöne Nun!
Kantate: 'Ich habe genug', BWV82 (2004 Digital Remaster): Aria: Ich freue mich auf meinen Tod
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Denn es gehet dem Menschen
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. O Tod, o Tod, wie bitter bist du
Vier Ernste Gesänge, Op. 121 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. Wenn ich mit Menschen -und mit Engelszungen redete
6 Lieder Op.86 (2004 Digital Remaster): No. 2, Feldeinsamkeit (wds. Allmers)
Wir Melodien zieht es mir, Op.105 No.1 (Groth) (2004 Digital Remaster)
5 Lieder Op. 47 (2004 Digital Remaster): No.3 Sonntag (wds. Uhland)
5 Lieder Op. 71 (2004 Digital Remaster): Minnelied (wds. Hölty)
4 Lieder Op. 96 (2004 Digital Remaster): Wir wandelten (wds. Daumer)
Wie bist du, meine Königin, Op.32 No.9 (2004 Digital Remaster)
Sapphische Ode, Op.94 No.4 ( Schmidt) (2004 Digital Remaster)
5 Lieder Op. 47 (2004 Digital Remaster): Botschaft (wds. Daumer after Hafis)
5 Lieder Op. 106 (2004 Digital Remaster): Ständchen (wds. Kugler)
9 Lieder Op. 63 (2004 Digital Remaster): Heimweh II (O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück) (wds. Groth)
Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op.105 No.4 (Liliencron) (2004 Digital Remaster)
Verrat, op.105, No.5 (Lemcke) (2004 Digital Remaster)

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