Mittwoch, 27. März 2019

Hanns Eisler - Kammermusik - Chamber Music (Berlin Classics)


Berlin Classics' "Hanns Eisler: Kammermusik" represents a gathering of chamber music from 1920 to 1947, recorded between 1965 and 1973 as part of a comprehensive recording of all of Eisler's music as undertaken by the East German Eterna label.

It ranges from the pithy, discordant but tonally concluded Scherzo for string trio of 1920 to the elegant and witty music Eisler composed for Charlie Chaplin's film "The Circus", a commission interrupted by Eisler's enforced departure from the United States courtesy of the House of Un-American Activities Committee. It also includes some lieder; Eisler's deliciously funny cycle "Newspaper Clippings" (1925-1927), sung with character and an innate understanding of Second Vienna School songcraft by soprano Roswitha Trexler. Eisler deliberately picked texts out of the daily newspaper in direct retaliation to the conservative, symbolist poets - such as Stefan George - favored by Eisler's colleagues in the Second Vienna School. As these texts are drawn from non-standard literary sources, it would have been wonderful if Berlin Classics could have included them -- even in German only - in the booklet, but they do not. Ditto for the deliberately silly Christian Morgenstern text used in Eisler's "Palmström", really not so much a formal song setting as an experimental twelve-tone composition with an added part for voice.

Among the purely instrumental pieces heard here are another string trio; a sonata for flute, oboe, and harp; a violin and piano sonata; a nonet; and the aforementioned Circus. Of these, the last-named work is decidedly the most ingratiating and immediate, but the others begin to grow on one as well. Even though Eisler's language in some of these pieces is technically atonal, he utilizes gestures and sequences that sound familiar and some passages can even be described as "catchy." The Eterna Eisler recording project had the support of the East German government - Eisler was considered a cultural figurehead in that regime, even though when he lived there, they provided Eisler little opportunity to work - and no expenses were spared in this project. The performances here are all top-drawer and the 1960s- and '70s-era recordings don't sound in the least dated.

All of these pieces included here also appear on the Hanns Eisler six-CD box set on Berlin Classics of his instrumental music, though not on the same disc, nor in the same sequence. If six CDs are simply too much and one only desires a sample of Eisler's chamber music, this is an excellent choice.

 Hanns Eisler - Kammermusik - Chamber Music (Berlin Classics)
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Cri hat gesagt…

Hello Zero, is a re-upload possible by you?

zero hat gesagt…

Now it´s refreshed...

Cri hat gesagt…

Thank you!

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To whom it may interest:
01 Scherzo for String Trio
02 Studies on 12 Note Rows 1 Venus Palmstroem
03 Studies on 12 Note Rows 2 Notturno
04 Studies on 12 Note Rows 3 L'art pour l'art
05 Studies on 12 Note Rows 4 Galgenbruders Fruehlingslied
06 Studies on 12 Note Rows 5 Couplet von der Tapetenblume
07 Duo for Violin and Cello 1 Tempo di Minuetto
08 Duo for Violin and Cello 2 Allegretto vivace
09 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 01 Mariechen
10 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 02 Kinderlied aus dem Wedding
11 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 03 Heiratsannonce (Liebeslied eines Kleinb
12 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 04 Kriegslied eines Kindes
13 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 05 Eisler Die Suende
14 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 06 Mutter und Vater
15 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 07 Der Tod
16 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 08 Heiratsannonce (Liebeslied eines Grundb
17 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 09 Der Feldprediger
18 Newspaper Cuttings for Voice and Piano 10 Fruehlingsrede
19 Prelude and Fugue on BACH for String Trio
20 Sonata for Flute, Oboe and harp
21 Sonata for Violin and Piano 1 Con spirito
22 Sonata for Violin and Piano 2 Intermezzo
23 Sonata for Violin and Piano 3 Allegro con spirito
24 Nonet No 1
25 Septet No 2 Circus 1 Allegretto
26 Septet No 2 Circus 2 Con moto
27 Septet No 2 Circus 3 Andante
28 Septet No 2 Circus 4 Allegretto
29 Septet No 2 Circus 5 Allegretto
30 Septet No 2 Circus 6 Finale

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for the tracklist! Best wishes!

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