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Entartete Musik - Ullmann: Der Kaiser Von Atlantis


Release Date: 04/23/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440854   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Iris VermillionHerbert LippertWalter BerryChristiane Oelze,   ... 
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ullmann's opera has got to be one of the most terrifying and moving works in the history of the form. It was composed in 1943 in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, though never performed there. That the music survived at all is something of a miracle, as Ullmann himself was later taken to Auschwitz and gassed. The story is an allegory: the emperor (a thinly disguised parody of Hitler) decides to wage total war, and so offends Death by seeming to take over his job that Death goes on strike, and people everywhere stop dying. Death only agrees to go back to work when the emperor permits himself to be the first victim. Although only about three quarters of an hour long, the music makes a terrific impact, and this gutsy performance pulls no Read more punches.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Herbert Lippert (Tenor), Walter Berry (Bass Baritone),
Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Martin Petzold (Tenor), Franz Mazura (Baritone),
Michael Kraus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Theresienstadt, Czec 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig 
Length: 57 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Hölderlin Lieder: Abendphantasie by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Jonathan Alder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Theresienstadt, Czec 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Hölderlin Lieder: Der Frühling by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Jonathan Alder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Theresienstadt, Czec 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Hölderlin Lieder: Wo bist du by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Jonathan Alder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Theresienstadt, Czec 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 

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