Baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber are quite simply one of the very finest Lieder "teams" performing and recording today. Before moving over to RCA Red Seal, they made a series of excellent discs for Arte Nova Classics, available at bargain price - the only potential downside being that song texts are given in German only.
This is the least known and hardest to find of those recitals, but in no way is it less beautifully played and interpreted than the others. Perhaps its unremitting seriousness will be a drawback to some, and in fact I don't think it's a CD one wants to listen to straight through, as there's a lot to absorb. First there are 7 Schubert songs: Verklaerung (D59); Der Juengling und der Tod (D545); Der Tod und das Maedchen (D531); and Die Goetter Griechenlands (D677, 2nd version). Then the Brahms Vier ernste Gesaenge (Four Serious Songs). Finally, what is for me the highlight: a riveting performance of Frank Martin's 1943 setting of Six Monologues from Jedermann (Hugo von Hofmannsthal's famous version of Everyman), in its original piano version. This shows off Gerhaher's thrilling upper voice to great effect, and allows him to demonstrate his dramatic and emotional range in powerful fashion. Also, hearing this great cycle sung by a voice in its young prime is a reminder that the protagonist facing the reality of his own death is in fact a rich YOUNG man... especially moving. Highly recommended.