Freitag, 8. Juli 2016

Bertolt Brecht - Die Mutter - Nach dem Roman von Maxim Gorki (Therese Giehse, 1979)

This set is a complete recording of the play "The Mother" (German: "Die Mutter") by Bertolt Brecht.
It is based on Maxim Gorky´s 1906 novel of the same name. Gorky´s novel deals with the revolutionary struggle of the young worker Pawel and his comrades. Gorki writes about the growing proletarian consciousness of his protagonists.

It was written in collaboration with Hanns Eisler, Slatan Dudow and Günter Weisenborn from 1930–31 in prose dialogue with unrhymed irregular free verse and ten initial songs in its score, with three more added later.
The Mother is Brecht's most elaborate use of his radically experimental "Lehrstücke", or 'learning plays,' which he describes as "a piece of anti-metaphysical, materialistic, non-Aristotelian drama." The play suggests that to become a good mother involves more than just complaining about the price of soup; rather, one must struggle against it, not only for her and her family's sake, but for the sake of all working families. The title character, the mother Pelagea Vlassova, journeys through the play’s fourteen scenes, the death of her son, and her own impending illness, fighting illiteracy while constantly filled with good humor and wily activism. The moment in October 1917 when she becomes free to carry and raise her own Red Flag on the eve of the czar's overthrow proves momentous. The play has garnered continued recognition for its forensic, witty and, some would say, humanist critique of capitalism seen through the experiences of those obliged, as Brecht saw it, to live beneath that system's crushing weight.
This is a complete recording of Bertolt Brecht´s stage play "Die Mutter". Therese Giehse plays the leading role - besides members of the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer like Heinrich Giskes, Bruno Ganz, Jutta Lampe, Christof Nel and Otto Sander - under the direction of Peter Stein. The music is Hanns Eisler´s Berliner Ensemble (1951) stage version, conducted by Peter Fischer.
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