- Conductor: Herbert von Karajan, Wolfgang Sawallisch
- Composer: Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, Strauss, Pfitzner
- Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 10
- Format: Box set
- Label: Documents
- ASIN: B00CIJZDIU
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hans Hotter: The Wotan of the Century at His Best Box set
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The baritone Hans Hotter was one of the 20th century's most celebrated opera singers, and this 10-CD retrospective presents recordings that were made in Munich, Vienna, Salzburg and Bayreuth at the height of his career. Hotter was particularly admired for his many stunning performances as Wotan in Wagner's Ring Cycle and as a consummate character actor as well as singer.
In contrast to equally great predecessors such as Friedrich Schorr and Alexander Kipnis, Hans Hotter reached his peak just as newly developed magnetic tape technology opened up completely new recording possibilities. Thanks to these innovations we are able to experience this truly great baritone in thrilling live recordings as the "divine Wotan", the archetype "Barber of Seville", and another memorable barber in the now legendary production of Strauss's "Die Schweigsame Frau" from the Salzburg Festival.
Personnel: Hans Hotter (bass), Orchestra of the New York Met., Fritz Stiedry (conductor), Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Joseph Keilberth (conductor) and others
Top Customer Reviews
The first three discs are devoted to extended excerpts from The Ring, followed by one each for The Flying Dutchman, Tristan and Parsifal, and Die Meistersinger. The next two include arias by Marschner, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Pfitzner, Mussorgsky, Rossini, Bizet, Leoncavello and Verdi, all sung in German. The ninth CD is of Richard Strauss [Die Schweigsame Frau, Capriccio, Arabella, Salome and Elektra] and the final, Lieder rarities, contains songs by Nicolai, Weber, Loewe, Schubert, Wolf, Pfitzner, Schumann and Brahms with the pianist is Michael Raucheisen, 1889-1984.
The discs are very well filled, six being well over 75 minutes with the remainder 73’55, 73’06, 69’54 and 62’39 [Rossini, Bizet, Leoncavello and Verdi]. The sound is variable as the recordings are from live [including Bayreuth] and studio performances and cover 1939-60.
Hotter first sang Wotan in 1937 and it was his voice that I grew up with in the early 1950s and 1960s - so it carries especial memories. The Wagnerian excerpts are conducted by Knappertsbuch, Fritz Stiedry, Karajan, Keilberth, Clemens Krauss, Leopold Ludwig, Wilhelm Schüchter, Meinhard von Zallinger, Wolfgang Sawallisch and, a surprise, André Cluytens [the 1956 Bayreuth Die Meistersinger]. Elsewhere the baton is held by Karajan, Krauss, Artut Rother, Keilberth, George Weldon, Richard Kraus, Eugen Jochum, Heinrich Hollreiser, Stiedry, Hans Weisbach, Karl Böhm, Fritz Reiner, Sawallisch and Richard Strauss.Read more ›
For anyone who has been bitterly disappointed by his Wotan on the famous (infamous?) Solti Ring Cycle, this is a suitably delightful corrective. Very little of the distressing tired wobble which seemed the best he could muster under Solti (was the man a brute??)but with that wondrous subtle characterisation and intelligent development of the inner life of whoever he portrayed. Left me salivating for Hotter as Phillip II, certainly more performances as the Grand Inquisitor, or Germont or maybe even some Puccini (would have made a heartflet Timur).
So yes a marvellous celebration of a great voice and a terrific bargain in this fantastically price box, but how I long to hear him in so many non Wagnerian roles....