V0158. HANS-HERMANN NISSEN: Songs by Loewe, Schumann, Pfitzner & Wolf; Arias from L'Africaine, Hans Heiling, Faust, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Parsifal & Die Meistersinger. (Austria) Preiser 89090, recorded 1927-39. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 717281890908
“Hans-Hermann Nissen is the only bass-baritone comparable to Friedrich Schorr. Why did the recording companies almost neglect him? There might be two reasons - the first being that the singer himself valued a stage career more than a reputation as a recording artist, and secondly the important fact that at the time there were a lot of German baritones and the recording companies had already engaged their popular favorites. Contemporaries were Wilhelm Rode, Rudolf Bockelmann, Josef Herrmann, Hans Hotter, Paul Schöffler and Ferdinand Frantz! This is a proud gallery, but Nissen and Schorr outshined them all.
His is a warm voice of great beauty, superb musical phrasing and he sings with a perfect legato. His recordings are irreplaceable documents of an exemplary refined style in Wagner’s music. In my opinion, he is unsurpassed in Amfortas’ lament. He is a superb but underrated singer.
He studied in Berlin with Julius Raatz-Brockmann, and made his début at the Volksoper Berlin, as Kalif in DER BARBIER VON BAGDAD, in 1924. In 1925 he was engaged at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where he remained a member of the ensemble for four decades! Especially during the Clemens Krauss era he was acclaimed in performances that have become part of operatic legend. Nissen’s most famous role was Hans Sachs, a role he sang in 1936 in Salzburg under Toscanini and in 1943 at the Bayreuth Festival. After World War II he continued to appear in various German cities. Nissen was an acclaimed lieder and oratorio singer. He was a favorite singer with the Munich Opera until his retirement in 1967.”
- Andrea Shum-Binder, subito-cantabile