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Georg Hann

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Born: January 30, 1897; Vienna, Austria   Died: December 9, 1950; Munich, Germany  
Sometimes referred to as a bass, but really as bass-baritone, Georg Hann possessed the dark, biting tone to match the weightiness of many true basses. His extravagant stage personality often led him into caprice as he pushed and pulled the music about, creating riveting characterizations that not infrequently veered into the lurid. Although a Viennese by birth, Hann enjoyed his greatest successes in Munich, undertaking a wide range of both bass Read more and baritone roles there. He sang until his untimely death at the age of 53, presenting through the very last year of his life the same out-sized personality that had been his trademark. Hann studied at the Vienna Academy with Theodor Lierhammer before joining the Munich Staatsoper in 1927; he remained with that company for the rest of his life. After his 1931 Salzburg Festival debut (as Pizarro in Fidelio), Hann continued to perform in that venue until 1949. In 1947, he was among the star-filled Salzburg cast (Julius Patzak, Maria Cebotari, Paul Schöffler, Ludwig Weber) to appear in the world premiere of Gottfried von Einem's Danton's Tod. The singer had made an early appearance at London's Covent Garden in 1924 when he was scarcely noticed amidst Göta Ljungberg's Salome and other such singers as Maria Olszewska and Emil Shipper. Returning to Covent Garden after WWII with the Vienna Staatsoper, Hann appeared as a "buffo" Leporello and, as Pizarro, menaced a Fidelio cast including Julius Patzak, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Ludwig Weber, all of them propelled by the fiery conducting of Clemens Krauss. In addition to Munich, Vienna, and London, Hann sang in Paris, Berlin, and Milan, though he never undertook an American career. Equally renowned for dramatic and comic roles, his Falstaff in Nicolai's Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor was justly celebrated as was his Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier (although it was his Faninal that was preserved on a wartime recording of that opera). He sang both Papageno and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, was a forceful (if rough-toned) Amfortas in Parsifal, and even sang the title role in Rigoletto, despite its high tessitura. Perhaps best-known on recording for his La Roche in Strauss' Capriccio (a role he created in Munich in 1942) and his Daland in a 1944 Fliegende Holländer featuring the magisterial Dutchman of Hans Hotter, Hann was captured on many other wartime recordings preserving some frantic performances from the bass baritone and his colleagues. Among these rare items, all sung in German, are a 1945 Cavalleria Rusticana in which Hann sings Alfio to the Santuzza of Hilde Scheppan and the Turiddu of a young Hans Hopf. A year earlier, Hann had sung Tonio (a role the composer had originally intended for a bass) with the potent Canio of Helge Rosvaenge and Hilde Scheppan, this time as Nedda. Perhaps the prize of the lot is a 1944 Tosca in which Hann's Scarpia hectors the Tosca of Hildegarde Ranczak to the point of dramatic annihilation. A less desperate-sounding Aida from 1938 preserved Hann's Amonasro in a cast offering the Aida of Margarete Teschemacher and the Radames of Helge Rosvaenge. In addition to performances recorded live, Hann made numerous discs of various opera arias and songs, all capturing his long range and vivid singing. Read less
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    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  János Kulka,  Alberto Erede,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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    Great Wagner Singers [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826302 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Wilhelm Pitz,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Richard Kraus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Georg Hann Vol 5 - Schubert, Schumann, Wolf: Lieder
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10104 Release Date: 11/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Georg Hann
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    Mathieu Ahlersmeyer - Recordings 1938-1943
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10002 Release Date: 10/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Kurt Böhme,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Mathieu Ahlersmeyer,  Maria Cebotari  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff,  Karl Böhm,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Wagner: The Complete Opera Collection / Bavarian State Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Badische Staatskapelle, Cagliari Theater...
    Label: Membran International Gmbh   Catalog: 233106 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Franz Klarwein,  Luise Willer,  Viorica Ursuleac,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Robert Heger,  Joseph Keilberth,  Günter Neuhold  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Georg Hann Edition Vol 2 - Verdi, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Puccini
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10101 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Hilde Scheppan,  Margarete Klose,  Mathieu Ahlersmeyer  ... 
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    Georg Hann Edition Vol 3 - Wagner
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10102 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Hans Hotter,  Wilhelm Schirp,  Thea Kempf  ... 
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    Georg Hann Edition Vol 4 - Mozart, Rossini, Smetana
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10103 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eugène d' Albert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Walther Ludwig
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    German Opera & Operetta / Schlusnus, Rehkemper, Patzak, Berger
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459007 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing,  Max Niederberger,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Leo Slezak,  Walther Ludwig,  Viorica Ursuleac  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Schutz,  Gerhard Steeger,  Clemens Krauss,  Karl Böhm  ... 
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 445 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anton Dermota,  Hugo Meyer Welfing,  Trude Eipperle,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
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    Strauss: Arabella / Bohm, Reining, Della Casa, Hotter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445342 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Ruth Michaelis,  Lisa Della Casa,  Alfred Poell  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 7
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40032 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Peter Anders,  Erna Berger,  Georg Hann  ... 
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    Nicolai: The Merry Wives Of Windsor / Rother, Beilke, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90208 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Gioachino Rossini,  Robert Schumann,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Hanns-Heinz Nissen,  Wilhelm Strienz,  Hans Florian,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Hanns Steinkopf,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Scenes And Arias From Verdi Operas
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90257 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Mathieu Ahlersmeyer,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Georg Hann,  Margarete Klose  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff,  Kurt Striegler,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: Luisa Miller / Elmendorff, Hopf, Cebotari, Böhme
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90055 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Hans Hopf,  Maria Cebotari,  Kurt Böhme,  Helena Rott  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon State Orchestra,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: Messa Da Requiem / Keilbeth, Teschemacher, Willer
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90068 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Inger Karén,  Margarete Teschemacher,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Chorus Women,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
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    Tiana Lemnitz Vol 1 - Opera Scenes
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10143 Release Date: 04/27/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tiana Lemnitz,  Karl Schmitt-Walter,  Torsten Ralf,  Margarete Klose  ... 
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Heger, Rosvaenge, Schlusnus, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3300 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Erna Berger,  Margery Booth  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Staatskapelle Chorus
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Krauss
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2293/95 Release Date: 12/28/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  August Jaresch,  Hilde Gueden,  Lisa Della Casa,  Georges Müller  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
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    R. Strauss: Daphne / Jochum, Kupper, Hann, Fischer, Hopf
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90487 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Kupper,  Hans Hopf,  Georg Hann,  Elisabeth Lindermeier  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Lehmann,  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander / Krauss, Hotter, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1357 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Karl Ostertag,  Luise Willer,  Franz Klarwein  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Prinzregenten Theater - Wagner: Werke / Knote, Kappel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89305 Release Date: 04/09/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Pietro Mascagni,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Ludwig Weber,  Hans Hopf,  Lorenz Fehenberger  ... 
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    Beethoven: Leonore / Altmann, Hann, Patzak, Baumann, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90468 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Georg Wieter,  Lore Wissmann,  Richard Holm,  Paula Baumann  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Altmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Einem: Dantons Tod / Schoffler, Patzak, Cebolari, Fricsay
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 1316 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gottfried von Einem
    Performer:  Wilhelm Felden,  William Wernigk,  Julius Patzak,  Maria Cebotari  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Seine Letzten Aufnahmen - Georg Hann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90462 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Cornelius,  Carl Loewe,  Karl Millöcker,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Carl Hoppe,  Lorenz Fehenberger,  Georg Hann,  Ferdinand Leitner  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Edmund Josef Nick,  Walther Knör,  Ferdinand Leitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich State Opera Chorus,  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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