Georg Hann

Biography

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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg Acts 2 & 3 / Rother
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1068 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Lore Hoffmann,  Ludwig Suthaus,  Erich Witte,  Jaro Prohaska  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov Highlights / Ludwig Weber, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90380 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Fritz Krauss,  Ludwig Weber,  Max Osswald,  Emma Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus
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  • 29.
    Georg Hann - Oper Und Lied 1938-44 - Mozart, Haydn, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90379 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Georg Fürst,  Hans Hermann,  Hugo Wolf  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Michael Raucheisen,  Liselotte Enck,  Margarete Düren  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Carl Leonhardt,  Joseph Keilberth,  Clemens Krauss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Lieder Von Franz Schubert In Historischen Aufnahmen
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89231 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Coenraad Bos,  Elena Gerhardt,  Franz Rupp,  Rosette Anday  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lasowski String Quartet
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    Gounod: Faust / Keilberth, Rosvaenge, Hann, Nissen, Welitsch
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90040 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Margarete Teschemacher,  Hans Hermann Nissen,  Alexander Welitsch,  Carla Spletter  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus
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    Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Rother, Roswaenge, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90030 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Hilde Scheppan,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Karl Wessely,  Karl Schmitt-Walter  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Keilberth, Manowarda, Hann, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90254 Release Date: 07/04/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Josef von Manowarda,  Georg Hann
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus
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    Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor / Rother, Et Al
    Label: Grammofono 2000   Catalog: 78768 Release Date: 02/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Otto Nicolai
    Performer:  Wilhelm Strienz,  Georg Hann,  Walther Ludwig,  Irma Beilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Carl Loewe Zu Ehren - Aufnahmen Von 1902-1970
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89230 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Loewe
    Performer:  Theodor Scheidl,  Michael Raucheisen,  Hans Dokoupil,  Eberhard Wächter  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Dokumente Einer Sängerkarriere - Georg Hann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90310 Release Date: 01/21/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Strauss,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Hann,  Marie-Luise Schilp,  Bernd Aldenhoff,  Erich Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Clemens Krauss,  Hanns Steinkopf,  Heinrich Hollreiser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Verdi: Aida / Keilberth, Teschemacher, Karén, Rosvaenge
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90274 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Inger Karén,  Georg Hann,  Ludwig Weber,  Helge Rosvaenge  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Reichssenders Chorus,  Stuttgart Reichssenders Orchestra
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    Puccini: La Bohème / Krauss, Eipperle, Fügel, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90275 Release Date: 03/19/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Alfons Fügel,  Hildegard Ranczak,  Karl Kronenberg,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
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    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Krauss, Hotter, Ursuleac
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90250 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Georg Hann,  Luise Willer,  Karl Ostertag  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
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    Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten / Krauss, Hann, Patzak, Eipperle
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93053 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Trude Eipperle,  Georg Hann
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Haydn: Die Schöpfung / Krauss, Eipperle, Patzak, Hann
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90104 Release Date: 06/20/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Julius Patzak,  Georg Hann,  Trude Eipperle
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: Rigoletto
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90036 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Helge Rosvaenge,  Margarete Klose,  Ilse Jacobs  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
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    Wolf: Der Corregidor / Elmendorff, Teschemacher, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90182 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Helena Rott,  Karl Wessely,  Gottlob Frick,  Georg Hann  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Elmendorff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon State Orchestra
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    Puccini: Tosca / Ranczak, Rosvaenge, Hann, Et Al
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90210 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Mathieu Ahlersmeyer,  Peter Anders,  Hildegard Ranczak,  Erich Zimmermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Leopold Ludwig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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