Gerard Souzay

Gérard Souzay

Back many years ago, my father (Z/L) was a great fan of this singer. Mr. Souzay had an unusually beautiful way of performing the music of Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss, even though he was a French-born baritone.

On this album we hear the following:

Martin, F:

  • Monologues (6) from Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann


  • Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
  • Deux mélodies hébraïques


  • Der Zwerg, D771 (Collin)
  • Blumenlied, D431 (Holty)
  • Seligkeit D433 (Holty)
  • An die Musik D547

Strauss, R:

  • Heimkehr, Op. 15 No. 5
  • Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2
  • Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1
  • Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Performed by Gérard Souzay (baritone), Dalton Baldwin (piano)

Gérard Souzay was one of the really great singers of the 20th century and was admired for his sense of style and musicality. His Lieder interpretations are considered as legendary. This is one of the few recordings of Souzay available on the international market and was recorded when the singer was in his prime in 1960.

Included in this collection are two Hebrew melodies by Maurice Ravel.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012, wrote:

“The French lyric baritone in a fragrant Liederabend from the 1960 Schwetzingen Festival which includes soft-focus Schubert and Strauss, and Frank Martin’s Siz Monologues for Everyman.”

Here is Gerard Souzay singing Gluck; click HERE



Tags: Gerard Souzay, Ravel, Schubert, Strauss


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