Though he is completely forgotten as a singer, there are few tenors holding a more
important place in musical history than Hans Nachod. He was Arnold Schönberg's first cousin, and his
estate (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 2 July 1883 in Vienna (some sources are giving Prague, but that's a
mixup with the city where the greater part of his career took place),
and died in 29 July 1965 in London. From 1907 to 1910, he was a very successful first tenor of the
Vienna Volksoper, and then (after engagements in Mainz and Kiel) for many years equally successful in Prague.
After retiring in 1925, he moved to London, where he taught voice.
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.