Hartmut Höll

Biography

Born: 1953; Swabia  
Among the post-Gerald Moore, post-Geoffrey Parsons accompanists, Hartmut Höll has attracted attention as a collaborator with his own ideas about singer/accompanist partnerships. With his wife, mezzo soprano Mitsuko Shirai, and with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau during the final years of the baritone's long career, Höll has demonstrated an often grittier approach, although some critics have felt him less polished than his predecessors. Höll, Read more nonetheless, has shown a readiness to explore the outer edges of the song literature, frequently bringing into new focus lyric works by lesser, or less well-known, composers.

At the Stuttgart Conservatory, where Höll was pursuing his studies in the 1970s, he met his future wife. Shirai, though born in Japan, had acquired great facility in German and her interest in literature attracted the activist temperament of the young pianist. As a student of composer/accompanist Hermann Reutter, Höll was afforded the opportunity of serving as accompanist for master classes being given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The great singer was impressed by both Höll's work for her classes and by his performances with Shirai.

In the early '80s, Höll came to the attention of another great lieder artist and became Fischer-Dieskau's regular accompanist. He remained with the baritone for 14 years, providing probing and conscientious support amidst Fischer-Dieskau's occasional projects with concert pianists less adept at collaboration. In recordings and one extant video, Höll demonstrates great spontaneity, confirming the conclusions of a writer in The Christian Science Monitor that he is a pianist "of spiky originality and great emotional depth."

Through a substantial series of recordings for the Capriccio label, Höll has been able to explore with Shirai both standard and not-so-standard repertory. Mozart and Brahms were each treated to close re-examination in discs produced in the 1990s. An example of fresh exploration was heard in the 1991 release 2x Winterreise, in which the singer and accompanist performed the cycle on one disc, while on the other Höll performed the accompaniment to the violin playing of Tabea Zimmermann and readings of the texts by Peter Härtling. Other composers whose songs have been recorded by Höll and Shirai include Robert Franz, Viktor Ullman, Hugo Wolf, Alban Berg, Reutter, Hanns Eisler, and Karl Michael Komma. Read less
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: The Virtuoso & His Landmark Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555054 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Marcel Gazelle,  Ferguson Webster,  Artur Balsam  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Sir Colin Davis,  John Pritchard,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Ludwig Thuille: Selected Songs / Pfister, Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5238 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Thuille
    Performer:  Leila Pfister,  Hartmut Höll
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    German Duets: Mezzo Soprano - Alto & Piano
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1103 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Urszula Kryger,  Jadwiga Rappé,  Hartmut Höll
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    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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    Bruno Monsaingeon Edition 1 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2073938 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll,  Christoph Eschenbach
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    Bruno Monsaingeon Edition 1 - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2073934 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll,  Christoph Eschenbach
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    Schubert & Schumann Recitals / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4790 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll
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    Thuille: Lieder / Roman Trekel, Hartmut Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5058 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Thuille
    Performer:  Roman Trekel,  Hartmut Höll
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    The Schubert Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 680820 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Hartmut Höll,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Barbara Bonney,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Theodor Guschlbauer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Brandis String Quartet,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir  ... 
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    Schumann: Eichendorff Lieder, Kerner Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau [DVD+bonus CD]
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93906 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Robert Schumann,  Viktor Ullmann
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Recordings from the Archives
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 55431 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Aribert Reimann,  Gerald Moore,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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  • 13.
    40 Most Beautiful Summer Classics - Mozart, Vivaldi, Debussy, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511596 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alexander Glazunov,  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-François Heisser,  Howard Cook,  Helen Huang,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  José Serebrier,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau - Loewe, Schumann, Schubert, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 327548 Release Date: 10/16/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Carl Loewe,  Franz Schubert,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll,  Aribert Reimann
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    Best Beethoven 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97307 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eric Heidsieck,  Paul Tortelier,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Siegfried Rudolf Frese  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Riccardo Muti,  Jeffrey Tate  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    Shostakovich, Britten, Stravinsky / Zimmermann, Holl
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54394 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Britten,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Hartmut Höll,  Tabea Zimmermann
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    Schubert, Spohr: Lieder / Mitsuko Shirai
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 67198 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Louis Spohr
    Performer:  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hartmut Höll,  Eduard Brunner
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    Schubert: Lieder / Fischer-dieskau, Holl
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4614312 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll
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    Schumann: Liederkreis, Dichterliebe / Fischer-Dieskau, Holl
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4613702 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hartmut Höll
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    Loewe: Balladen & Lieder / Fischer-Dieskau, Holl
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7447672 Release Date: 04/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Loewe
    Performer:  Hartmut Höll,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
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    Webern: Lieder / Shirai, Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10862 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern
    Performer:  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hartmut Höll
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    Strauss: Ausgewahlte Lieder / Mitsuko Shirai, Hartmut Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10497 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hartmut Höll
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  • 23.
    Burgmüller: Piano Sonata, Duo for Clarinet and Piano, Songs
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3080926 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norbert Burgmüller
    Performer:  Hartmut Höll,  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hiroko Maruko,  Dieter Klöcker
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  • 24.
    Schumann: Frauenliebe Und Leben, Liederkreis / Shirai, Holl
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 05/13/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Hartmut Höll,  Mitsuko Shirai
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  • 25.
    Schoenberg: Selected Songs / Shirai, Holl
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10514 Release Date: 12/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Mitsuko Shirai,  Hartmut Höll
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