Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Though recorded later in his career, when this great artist was 64, he is on magnificent form, and brings a lifetime's insights to some of the greatest songs in the Lied repertoire. Indispensable.
All' mein Gedanken [is] given new impact and import by sheer force of vocal gravity; in particular the rarely-recorded Gefunden is a splendid find. Best of all are the Brahms songs. Here is the repertory in which Hotter's weight of experience can sound out the depths of feeling to their fullest extent. [... ] the recording quality is a predictable credit to Decca expertise; and Geoffrey Parsons has the whole range of dynamic and technique well within his grasp. On this showing, it is he who has the art of the Lied at his fingertips. He makes the music sound, as it surely should, like poetry-reading rather than dramatization. In the result, it is not only the followers of Hans Hotter who will derive delight and diversion from this disc. So will admirers of the art of Lieder accompaniment; and they will receive much insight and instruction into the bargain.