Classical Sunday: Schubert, Die Winterreise D911 Op. 89 – Hans Hotter; Gerald Moore (1954)

1. Gute Nacht 00:00
2. Die Wetterfahne 06:09
3. Gefrorne Tränen 07:58
4. Erstarrung 10:47
5. Der Lindenbaum 13:35
6. Wasserflut 18:23
7. Auf dem Flusse 22:58
8. Rückblick 26:47
9. Irrlicht 29:11
10. Rast 32:02
11. Frühlingstraum 35:33
12. Einsamkeit 39:57
13. Die Post 42:39
14. Der greise Kopf 44:51
15. Die Krähe 47:48
16. Letzte Hoffnung 50:19
17. Im Dorfe 52:57
18. Der stürmische Morgen 56:06
19. Täuschung 56:58
20. Der Wegweiser 58:24
21. Das Wirtshaus 1:02:15
22. Mut! 1:06:34
23. Die Nebensonnen 1:08:07
24. Der Leiermann 1:10:53

Johann Ludwig Wilhelm Müller (7 October 1794 – 30 September 1827) was a German lyric poet, most well known as the author of Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, the famous Franz Schubert song cycles.

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.  He died at age 31, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music.  In 1823 Schubert wrote his first large-scale song cycle, Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795), setting poems by Wilhelm Müller.  This series, together with the later cycle Winterreise (D. 911, also setting texts of Müller in 1827) is widely considered one of the pinnacles of Lieder.

Hans Hotter (19 January 1909 – 8 December 2003) was a German operatic bass-baritone, what the Germans call a Kammersaenger.  He was also known as a lieder singer and left several recordings of Schubert lieder, including Winterreise, Schwanengesang, and other songs.  He also sang sacred music and left recordings of Bach cantatas and one recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in which he sang both the low bass role of Archangel Raphael and the soft, high baritone role of Adam.

Gerald Moore CBE (30 July 1899 – 13 March 1987) was an English classical pianist best known for his career as an accompanist for many famous musicians. Among those with whom he was closely associated were Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schumann, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Victoria de los Ángeles and Pablo Casals.  Moore gave lectures on stage, radio and television about musical topics.  He also wrote about music, publishing volumes of memoirs and practical guides to interpretation of lieder.

Deutscher Text and English translation


One Reply to “Classical Sunday: Schubert, Die Winterreise D911 Op. 89 – Hans Hotter; Gerald Moore (1954)”

  1. Got to get ourselves a recording of the Ring with Hotter… I believe he sang Wotan at Bayreuth in 1955. First stereo recording of the Ring, too, or so they claim .

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