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Hartmann: Symphonies 1-8 / Vanska, Stenz, Gaffigan...


Release Date: 03/11/2014 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72583  
Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Conductor:  Christoph PoppenOsmo VänskäMichael SchonwandtIngo Metzmacher,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic OrchestraNetherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most characteristic features of Hartmann’s work is the way in which he forges sometimes extremely contrasting stylistic elements and techniques from various periods of music history into a seamless unit. Moreover, one melody is found in all his symphonies, in which it is concealed to varying degrees. This melody is based on the Jewish song “Elijahu hanavi” about the prophet Elijah, whom the Jews anxiously await because he will bring redemption. Thanks to the presence — whatever its form — of this theme in the vast majority of his works, Hartmann’s resounding legacy can be heard as an abstract and highly impressive work of art. One of the most characteristic features of Hartmann’s work is the way in which he forges sometimes extremely contrasting stylistic elements and techniques from various periods of music history into a seamless unit. Moreover, one melody is found in all his symphonies, in which it is concealed to varying degrees. This melody is based on the Jewish song “Elijahu hanavi” about the prophet Elijah, whom the Jews anxiously await because he will bring redemption. Thanks to the presence — whatever its form — of this theme in the vast majority of his works, Hartmann’s resounding legacy can be heard as an abstract and highly impressive work of art. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 8 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Conductor:  Christoph Poppen,  Osmo Vänskä,  Michael Schonwandt,  Ingo Metzmacher  ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1962; Germany 
2. Symphony no 7 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957-1958; Germany 
3. Symphony no 6 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1953; Germany 
4. Symphony no 5 "Symphonie Concertante" by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Germany 
5. Symphony no 4 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Germany 
6. Symphony no 3 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1949; Germany 
7. Symphony no 2 "Adagio" by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Germany 
8. Symphony no 1 "Versuch eines Requiems" by Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936/1955; Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Vital Modernist Works May 13, 2014 By Donald Mintz (Trumansburg, NY) See All My Reviews "Hartmann was one of the great composers of the mid-10th century, and a giant of the symphony on a level with Shostakovich. These are not easy works, and though written (or revised) after World War II they are a part of a history little known in this country: that of men and women who went into "inner emigration" and completely withdrew from any form of public life or utterance during the Hitler years. Hartmann wrote for the desk drawer during the period, supported, it appears, by his in-laws. When he emerged after the Nazi defeat he became a major force in the revival of serious composition in Germany. He died young, however, and remains little known outside of Europe. The First Symphony with a part for alto or mezzo-soprano that uses poems of Walt Whitman—much less overblown in German translation—may be a way in if only because of the association with words. The performances are splendid, the recording excellent." Report Abuse
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