Composed in the mid-1930s but not performed until 1948, then revised seven years later, Simplicius Simplicissimus (The Simplest Simpleton) is based on Grimmelshausen's 17th-century semi-autobiographical novel about a boy growing up among the horrors of the 30 years' war. The work's message about the perils of militarism, and Hartmann's reasons for choosing this for an opera, could hardly have been mistaken in Germany in the 1930s. Taken from a production in Munich in 2005 conducted by Ulf Schirmer, this fine recording shows that it still packs an emotional and political punch, contained within a style that is detached and neoclassical. This is the earlier version of the score, whose restraint sharpens the imagery and allowsRead more the words to communicate more vividly, whether sung (superbly, especially by mezzo Camilla Nylund) or in the lengthy spoken passages. It's an opera of major significance and this is an important recording of it." -- Andrew Clements, guardian.co.uk Read less
Works on This Recording
Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugendby Karl Amadeus Hartmann Conductor:
Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Period: 20th Century Written: Germany
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