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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This six-disc collection culled from EMI's vast catalog offers ample evidence to support the claim that Hans Hotter was the great German bass-baritone of the middle years of the twentieth century. All Hotter's greatest hits are here: his heroic "Herr, lehre doch mich," from Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem"; his heartbreaking "Der Leiermann," from Schubert's "Winterreise"; his shattering "Der Doppelgänger," from Schubert's "Schwanengesang"; and his ecstatic "Mondnacht," from Schumann's "Liederkreis." Also included are Hotter's stoic account of Bach's "Ich habe Genug," his impassioned reading of Grieg's "Ich liebe dich," his intimate interpretation of Strauss' "Ich trage ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This six-disc collection culled from EMI's vast catalog offers ample evidence to support the claim that Hans Hotter was the great German bass-baritone of the middle years of the twentieth century. All Hotter's greatest hits are here: his heroic "Herr, lehre doch mich," from Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem"; his heartbreaking "Der Leiermann," from Schubert's "Winterreise"; his shattering "Der Doppelgänger," from Schubert's "Schwanengesang"; and his ecstatic "Mondnacht," from Schumann's "Liederkreis." Also included are Hotter's stoic account of Bach's "Ich habe Genug," his impassioned reading of Grieg's "Ich liebe dich," his intimate interpretation of Strauss' "Ich trage meine Minne," and dozens of other affecting performances. Plus, there's a disc dedicated to 21 of Hotter's most insightful performances of Wolf's lieder, and a disc devoted to his best stage roles: Sachs in "Die Meistersinger," Wotan in "Die Walküre," and the title role in "Der fliegende Holländer." On every track, the great bass-baritone is smooth, strong, expressive, intelligent, and above all, soulful. Although Hotter's technique is impeccable and his artistry unquestionable, what makes him truly great is the depth of feeling in his interpretations. If the glory of Hotter's ringing tone in "Wotan's Farewell" doesn't get you, the power of his searing emotions will. The sound of the recordings, taped between 1947 and 1958, is technologically antique. All the recordings were excellent in their day -- rich, detailed, and vivid -- and those qualities are still apparent in these digital transfers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099926490120
  • Catalog Number: 64901
  • Sales rank: 265,888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anthony Bernard (25:32)
  2. 2 Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 45: 3. Herr, lehre doch mich - Johannes Brahms & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (11:26)
  3. 7–10 Vier ernste Gesänge (4), for voice & piano (Four Serious Songs), Op. 121 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (17:22)
  4. 8 Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 86 - Johannes Brahms & Hermann Allmers (4:08)
  5. 9 Mit vierzig Jahren ist der Berg erstiegen, song for voice & piano, Op. 94/1 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (4:03)
  6. 10 Wie Melodien zeiht es mir leise durch den Sinn, song for voice & piano, Op. 105/1 - Johannes Brahms & Klaus Groth (2:27)
  7. 11 Sonntag ("So hab ich doch die ganze Woche"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47/3 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (1:45)
  8. 12 Minnelied ("Holder klingt der Vogelsang"), song for voice & piano, Op. 71/5 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (2:04)
  9. 13 Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen, song for voice & piano, Op. 96/2 - Georg Friedrich Daumer & Johannes Brahms (3:01)
  10. 14 Wie bist du, meine Königin, song for voice & piano, Op. 32/9 - Georg Friedrich Daumer & Johannes Brahms (3:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1–24 Winterreise, song cycle for voice & piano, D. 911 (Op. 89) - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (74:51)
Disc 3
  1. 1–14 Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957 - Franz Schubert & Heinrich Heine (47:25)
  2. 2 An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4) - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (2:48)
  3. 3 Meeres Stille ("Tiefe Stille herrscht im Wasser"), song for voice & piano, D. 216 (Op. 3/2) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:01)
  4. 4 Im Frühling ("Still sitz ich"), song for voice & piano, D. 882 - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (4:08)
  5. 5 Am Bach im frühling ("Du brachst sie nun..."), song for voice & piano, D. 361 (Op. posth. 109/1) - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (3:35)
  6. 6 Gruppe aus dem Tartarus II ("Horch, wie Murmeln"), song for voice & piano, D. 583 (Op. 24/1) - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (3:11)
  7. 7 Geheimes ("Über meines Liebchens Äugeln"), song for voice & piano, D. 719 (Op. 14/2) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:48)
  8. 8 Sei mir gegrüsst ("O du Entriß'ne mir" ), song for voice & piano, D. 741 (Op. 20/1) - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (4:06)
  9. 9 Im Abendrot ("O, wie schön ist deine Welt"), song for voice & piano, D. 799 - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (4:07)
  10. 10 Wandrers Nachtlied ("Der du von dem Himmel bist"), song for voice & piano, D. 224 (Op. 4/3) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:54)
  11. 11 Wandrers Nachtlied ("Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh"), song for voice & piano, D. 768 (Op. 96/3) - Franz Schubert & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Die schöne Müllerin, song cycle, for voice & piano, D. 795 (Op. 25): No. 2. Wohin? - Franz Schubert & Hans Hotter (2:30)
  2. 2 Work(s): Ich liebe dich - Edvard Grieg & Hans Christian Andersen (2:30)
  3. 3 Wer machte dich so krank? ("Dass du so krank geworden..."), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/11 - Robert Schumann & Hans Hotter (2:08)
  4. 4 Alte Laute ("Hörst du den Vogel singen?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/12 - Robert Schumann & Hans Hotter (2:14)
  5. 5 Erstes Grün ("Du junges Grün, du frisches Gras!"), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/4 - Robert Schumann & Hans Hotter (2:12)
  6. 6 Die beiden Grenadiere ("Nach Frankreich zogen zwei Grenadier"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/1 - Robert Schumann & Heinrich Heine (4:03)
  7. 7 Liederkreis, 12 songs for voice & piano, Op. 39: No. 5. Mondnacht - Robert Schumann & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (3:46)
  8. 8 Ballads (3) for voice & piano, Op 1, No. 1, "Edward", Op. 1/1 - Carl Loewe & Johann Gottfried von Herder (5:00)
  9. 9 Ballads (3) for voice & piano, Op 1, No. 3, "Erlkönig", Op. 1/3 - Carl Loewe & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (3:34)
  10. 10 Odins Meeresritt, ballad for voice & piano, Op. 118 - Carl Loewe & Hans Hotter (4:37)
  11. 11 Ballads (3) for voice & piano, Op. 20: No. 3, Die wandelnde Glocke, Op. 20/3 - Carl Loewe & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:57)
  12. 12 Hinkende Jamben, for voice & piano, Op. 62/5 - Carl Loewe & Hans Hotter (1:01)
  13. 13 Komm bald ("Warum denn warten von Tag zu Tag?"), song for voice & piano, Op. 97/5 - Johannes Brahms & Klaus Groth (2:09)
  14. 14 Heimkehr ("O brich nicht, Steg, du zitterst sehr"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/6 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (0:46)
  15. 15 Wenn du nur zuweilen lächelst, song for voice & piano, Op. 57/2 - Georg Friedrich Daumer & Johannes Brahms (1:43)
  16. 16 Sapphische Ode ("Rosen brach ich Nachts mir am dunklen Hage"), song for voice & piano, Op. 94/4 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (2:49)
  17. 17 Botschaft ("Wehe, Lüftchen, lind und lieblich"), song for voice & piano, Op. 47/1 - Georg Friedrich Daumer & Johannes Brahms (2:08)
  18. 18 Ständchen ("Der Mond steht über dem Berge"), song for voice & piano, Op. 106/1 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (1:35)
  19. 19 Heimweh II ("O wüßt ich doch den Weg zurück"), song for voice & piano, Op. 63/8 - Johannes Brahms & Klaus Groth (3:28)
  20. 20 Auf dem Kirchhofe ("Der Tag ging regenschwer"), song for voice & piano, Op. 105/4 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (2:44)
  21. 21 Verrat ("Ich stand in einer lauen Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 105/5 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (3:11)
  22. 22 In Waldeinsamkeit ("Ich sass zu deinen Füssen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 85/6 - Johannes Brahms & Hans Hotter (2:35)
  23. 23 Sommerabend ("Dämmernd liegt der Sommerabend"), song for voice & piano, Op. 85/1 - Johannes Brahms & Heinrich Heine (2:32)
  24. 24 Mondenschein ("Nacht liegt auf dem fremden Wegen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 85/2 - Johannes Brahms & Heinrich Heine (2:21)
  25. 25 Ach, weh mir unglückhaftern Mann, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/4 (TrV 160/4) - Richard Strauss & Hans Hotter (2:26)
  26. 26 Ich trage meine Minne, song for voice & piano, Op. 32/1 (TrV 174/1) - Richard Strauss & Karl Friedrich Henckell (2:57)
  27. 27 Der Gärtner, for voice & piano, Op. 9/1 - Hans Pfitzner & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (3:34)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Der Tambour ("Wenn meine Mutter hexen könnt"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:37)
  2. 2 Ob der Koran von Ewigkeit Sei? song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:25)
  3. 3 So lang man nüchtern ist, song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:39)
  4. 4 Schon streckt' ich aus im Bett, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (1:52)
  5. 5 Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (1:15)
  6. 6 Anakreons Grab ("Wo die Rose hier blüht"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:44)
  7. 7 Wohl denk ich oft, song for voice & piano (Michelangelo Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (2:24)
  8. 8 Alles endet, was entstehet, song for voice & piano (Michelangelo Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (5:31)
  9. 9 Fühlt meine Seele, song for voice & piano (Michelangelo Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (4:46)
  10. 10 Cophtisches Lied I ("Lasset Gelehrte"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:50)
  11. 11 Cophtisches Lied II ("Geh! gehorche meinem Winken"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1:50)
  12. 12 Grenzen der Menscheit ("Wenn der uralte heilige Vater"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (6:45)
  13. 13 Prometheus ("Bedecke deinen Himmel, Zeus"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (8:28)
  14. 14 Harfenspieler I ("Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (4:21)
  15. 15 Harfenspieler II ("An die Türen will ich schleichen"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (3:06)
  16. 16 Harfenspieler III ("Wer nie sein Brot mit Tränen ass"), song for voice & piano (Goethe Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (2:57)
  17. 17 Geselle, woll'n wir uns in Kutten hüllen, song for voice & piano (Italienisches Liederbuch) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (2:24)
  18. 18 Verborgenheit ("Lass, o Welt, o lass mich sein"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (2:56)
  19. 19 Der Musikant ("Wandern lieb ich"), song for voice and piano (Eichendorff Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Joseph (Karl Benedikt) Freiherr von Eichendorff (1:48)
  20. 20 Fussreise ("Am frischgeschnittnen Wanderstab"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (2:46)
  21. 21 Nimmersatte Liebe ("So ist die Lieb!"), song for voice & piano (Mörike Lieder) - Hugo Wolf & Hans Hotter (2:27)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Der Mond, opera: Der Wein ist gut - Carl Orff & Carl Orff (2:16)
  2. 2 Capriccio, opera, Op. 85 (TrV 279): Scene 9. Holà Ihr Streiter in Apoll! - Richard Strauss & Hans Hotter (9:55)
  3. 3 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 2. Und doch, s'will halt nich geh'n - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (4:02)
  4. 4 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Act 3. Doch eines Abends spat - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (3:48)
  5. 5 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Act 2. Wie aus der Ferne - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (15:47)
  6. 6 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: War es so schmählich - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (23:29)
  7. 7 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind! - Richard Wagner & Richard Wagner (15:37)
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