Hans Nachod


Hans Nachod - though he is completely forgotten as a singer, there are few tenors holding a more important place in musical history than Nachod. He was Arnold Schönberg's first cousin, and his remains (the Hans Nachod collection, now at the University of North Texas) as well as the two cousins' correspondence are among the most eminent sources on the founder of dodecaphonism. Nachod was born in 1883 in Vienna (some sources are giving Prague, but that's obviously a mistake with the city where the greater part of his career took place), and died in 1966 in London. From 1907 to 1910, he was a very successful first tenor of the Vienna Volksoper, and then for many years equally successful in Prague. His merits for the work of Puccini were such that he and Puccini even made friends; and at the same time, he sang a leading part in the 1913 world premiere of Arnold Schönberg's "Gurrelieder"! This heterogeneous but impressive career is all the more puzzling if you listen to Nachod: his phrasing is, let's say, highly individual... Rare records on Favorite, obviously made during his Volksoper period.

Hans Nachod singsRigoletto: Freundlich blick' ich
In RA Format

I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.


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