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Karl Amadeus Hartmann

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Born: August 2, 1905; Munich, Germany   Died: December 5, 1963; Munich, Germany  
Karl Amadeus Hartmann has been proclaimed by supporters the finest German symphonist since Johannes Brahms, although he is a somewhat controversial figure among the more open-minded. Using Baroque, jazz and various other musical elements, he forged an eclectic style that divulged the influence of Reger, Stravinsky and Hindemith. He was versatile, producing operas, symphonies, various orchestral scores, chamber and choral music, and solo works for Read more piano and violin.

Hartmann's first serious studies began in 1924 at Munich's Akademie der Tonkunst, chief among his teachers being Joseph Haas. After five years there he moved on to studies with conductor Hermann Scherchen and, later, with Anton Webern. By 1933, owing to the success of his Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, he was gaining considerable recognition. Around this time, Hartmann adopted a firm anti-Nazi stance, avoiding military service and, some say, actively defying government policies.

One of his brothers was known to have distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, and while Hartmann's wife claimed her husband's resistance was passive, others reported that the composer helped political prisoners across the border. Whatever the level of his opposition to Hitler, he was harassed by the Nazis and his music was not played in Germany until after the war. Yet, he remained active in the field of composition throughout the Nazi reign, producing many scores, large and small, like the symphonic poem Miserae (1934), the Concerto funebre (1939), Sinfonia Tragica (1940-43), and the dark Symphony No. 2 (1945-46). Following the war Hartmann established a concert series in Munich called Musica Viva. He also took on the post as dramaturge at the Munich State Opera. He garnered a string of composition prizes, including the Munich music prize (1949) and ISCM Schoenberg Medal (1954).

In the final decade of his life, Hartmann turned to the influence of Boris Blacher, using his ideas concerning changeable meter, as exhibited in works like Hartmann's 1953 Concerto for Piano and 1955 Concerto for Viola. His reputation grew in the 1950s, reaching across the Atlantic: Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered his Symphony No. 7 (1957-58). Still, Hartmann never quite reached the front rank of 20th century composers, despite the respect he had gained among conductors and musicians alike. He died of stomach cancer at the age of 58. Read less
Britten: Frank Bridge Variations;  Bartók, Hartmann
Release Date: 07/19/2005   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186056   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Hartmann: Simplicius Simplicissimus / Stenz, Banse, Marsch
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72637 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Will Hartmann,  Juliane Banse,  Peter Marsch
    Conductor:  Markus Stenz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hartmann: Symphonies 1-8 / Vanska, Stenz, Gaffigan...
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72583 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Conductor:  Christoph Poppen,  Osmo Vänskä,  Ingo Metzmacher,  Markus Stenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
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  • 4.
    1930s Violin Concertos Vol 1 - Barber, Hartmann, Berg, Stravinsky, Britten / Gil Shaham
    Label: Canary Classics   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Alban Berg,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
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  • 5.
    Bruckner, Beethoven, Holliger, Hartmann / Zehetmair Quartet
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 4763942 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Heinz Holliger,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Zehetmair Quartet,  Françoise Groben
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  • 6.
    Micromania: 85 Piano Miniatures
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12009 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Hugo Distler,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Veit
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    Stravinsky, Hindemith, Hartmann, Hanson, Harris & Hovhaness / Stokowski
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2379 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Howard Hanson,  Roy Harris,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hartmann: Symphony No 7 & 8, Piano Works / Mauser, Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6784032 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Siegfried Mauser
    Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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    Hartmann: Symphonies 1-6 / Metzmacher, Bamberger Symphoniker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94666 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Arno Bornkamp
    Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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    Thomas Zehetmair: The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81031 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Tabea Zimmermann,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Clemens Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 11.
    K.a. Hartmann: Das Klavierwerk
    Label: Telos   Catalog: 55 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Benedikt Koehlen
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  • 12.
    Hartmann: Des Simplicius Simplicissimus Jugend / Schirmer, Nylund, Gerhaher, Munich Radio Orchestra
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900301 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Die Singphoniker
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  • 13.
    Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Complete Works With String Quartet / Doelenkwartet
    Label: Cybele   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Arjan Woudenberg,  Wilbert Grootenboer
    Conductor:  Conrad Van Alphen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doelenkwartet
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  • 14.
    Musica Viva Festival Munich
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 10926/31 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Aribert Reimann,  Jörg Widmann  ... 
    Performer:  Jörg Widmann,  Marisol Montalvo,  Nicolas Hodges,  Matthias Brundschuh  ... 
    Conductor:  Lucas Vis,  Emilio Pomŕrico,  Christoph Poppen,  Brad Lubman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Schubert, Beethoven, Hartmann / Bernius, Mathé
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83230 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Ulrike-Anima Mathé
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolzano String Academy
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    Violin Facees - Hartmann, Zimmermann, Berio, Chong
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 704 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luciano Berio,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Kee-Yong Chong
    Performer:  Wibert Aerts
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  • 18.
    Jüdische Chronik; Aus Jüdischer Volkspoesie
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 32802 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Blacher,  Rudolf Wagner-Régeny,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Hans Werner Henze  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Barová,  Vladimir Bauer,  Ekkehard Schall,  Hilmar Thate  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Requiem - Music For Mourning
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 43192 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joao Domingos Bomtempo,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Pischner,  Eckart Haupt,  Karl Suske,  Annerose Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Rögner,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Kurt Sanderling,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Hartmann, Janácek: Sonatas / Benedikt Koehlen
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 31807 Release Date: 05/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Benedikt Koehlen
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  • 21.
    Hartmann: Concerto Funebre, Etc / Ibragimova, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67547 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Alina Ibragimova
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia
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  • 22.
    20th Century Piano Sonatas - Berg, Schoenberg, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570401 Release Date: 07/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Paul Hindemith,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Allison Brewster Franzetti
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  • 23.
    Hartmann: Symphonische Hymnen, Etc / Kubelik
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 718071 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Maria Bergmann,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Modern Portraits / Spivakov, Kissin, Moscow Virtuosi
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60370 Release Date: 06/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Igor Stravinsky,  Krzysztof Penderecki,  Alfred Schnittke  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alexei Utkin,  Evgeni Kissin,  Boris Garlitsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Dallapiccola, Hartmann, Schweinitz: Song Cycles / Erdmann
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 558061 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Wolfgang von Schweinitz
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Mojca Erdmann,  Axel Bauni,  Claudia Barainsky  ... 
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