This great composer preferred to sing his own lieder

January 20, 2018 by norman lebrecht


Hanns Eisler had a composer’s voice, but the expression is inimitable.

Comments (7)

  1. Ruben Greenberg says:

    It’s always wonderful and a real lesson in interpretation to hear composers sing their own songs, even if they croak through them: Reynaldo Hahn, Eisler, Samuel Barber… others? And then there are the composers of the Great American Songbook that sing: Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael…other suggestions?

  2. harold braun says:

    Eisler´s music is well meant.His voice perfectly matches the dull,dreary level of inspiration.

    1. Bigdave says:

      Better than Hindemith, however. And I love the rolled rs.

      1. James says:

        After Richard Strauss, Hindemith is without a doubt the greatest German composer of the 20th century. Such invigorating, refreshing, stimulating music…a feast for heart and grey matter.

        1. harold braun says:


        2. harold braun says:

          Hindemith is a supreme master!!!

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