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Eisler: Ernste Gesange; Lieder With Piano / Matthias Goerne, Ensemble Resonanz

Eisler / Goerne / Larcher / Ensemble Resonanz
Release Date: 10/08/2013 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902134   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias GoerneThomas Larcher
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Resonanz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From 1920s Vienna and the Berlin of the Weimar Republic to emigration to the USA, then back to Vienna after the defeat of Nazism, to end his days in East Berlin: Hanns Eisler’s life was one long exile against the backcloth of the artistic, technical, and political revolutions of the 20th century. Distance, irony, and melancholy are the aesthetic corollaries that characterise the lieder presented here, their atmosphere often evoking the despair of those dark times. The early piano sonata gained the young Eisler an admiration that has never dimmed since.

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Matthias Goerne’s voice is a dark, mahogany-rich marvel, and he has a dramatic interpretive flair to match. The German baritone’s epic Schubert lieder series
Read more for Harmonia Mundi has hit volume eight (the double-disc Wanderers Nacht- lied), while this release sees him return to a troubled twentieth century and the songs of Hanns Eisler (1898–1962). Goerne’s 1998 Decca release of Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook remains one of the most important lieder recordings of the past 20 years. This is an excellent reprise, and includes 1940s songs with words by Bertolt Brecht (appealing for Kurt Weill fans) as well as a nuanced interpretation of the autumnal cycle with strings, Ernste Gesänge (“Serious Songs”). Pianist Thomas Larcher adds Eisler’s Sonata Op. 1, an atonal work from the years he studied with Schoenberg.

– Bradley Bambarger, Listen Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ernste Gesänge by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Resonanz
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961-1962; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Hotelzimmer 1942 by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Die Flucht by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
An den kleinen Radioapparat by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
In der frühe by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
6.
Fruhling by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7.
Speisekammer 1942 by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
Die Heimkehr by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Die Landschaft des Exils by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
Und es sind die finstern Zeiten by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 0 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11.
Über den Selbstmord by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
12.
Verfehlte Liebe by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Ostersonntag by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930s 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Vom Sprengen des Gartens by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15.
Der Kirschdieb by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
16.
Sonata for Piano no 1, Op. 1 by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
Length: 12 Minutes 56 Secs. 
17.
Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, Op. 45: Lied von der belebenden Wirkung des Geldes by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1936; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, Op. 45: Die Ballade vom Knopfwurf by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Matthias Goerne (), Thomas Larcher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1936 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19.
Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Solidaritätslied by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Thomas Larcher (Piano), Matthias Goerne ()
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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