Eisler: Deutsche Sinfonie / Theuring, Vienna Radio Symphony

Release Date: 2/5/2021
Label: Capriccio
Catalog Number: C5428
Composer: Hanns Eisler
Number of Discs: 1

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Of particular importance to Eisler was the principle of synthesis, working with a variety of musical aesthetics, and merging them to an autonomous whole… albeit always with an eye to also wanting to “change the world” with his music. The October Revolution of 1917 and the assumption of power by the Bolsheviks in Russia shaped young Hanns Eisler already for the rest of his life. Later on, in the 1930s after all, there was no topic that preoccupied him more, during the years of exile, than the sustained protest against National Socialism. Eisler wanted to make a musical stance against Fascism with his Opus 50; he wanted to show – together with his collaborating librettist Brecht – that there was not just a Germany Nazis but another, better Germany… driven into Exile or interned in concentration camps. The Deutsche Sinfonie is arguably Eisler's most important composition; she is unique in its ingenious combination of symphony, cantata, and oratorio.

 

REVIEWS:

 

The performance here crackles with atmosphere.

 

– BBC Music Magazine

 

This performance is an old one, dating from 1989. I don’t think it has been issued previously, but it was worth digging up from the vaults as it is very good and the work is not often performed or recorded. Capriccio have issued a number of other recordings of Eisler so this must have been an informed choice. The conductor Günther Theuring was not a household name but specialised in works of this kind and leads an assured performance. Of the soloists I particularly liked the mezzo-soprano Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald but the others are all competent. The chorus was enthusiastic and precise, the orchestral playing very secure.

 

 

– MusicWeb International

Works on This Recording
1. I. Präludium by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Christian Schramm (Narrator), Jaroslav Štajnc (Bass), Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald (Mezzo-soprano), Ursula Targler (Soprano), Michael Ebbecke (Baritone), Gottfried Neuner (Narrator)
Conductor: Günther Theuring
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1957 ;
2. II. Passacaglia, "An die Kämpfer in den Konzentrationslagern" by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Christian Schramm (Narrator), Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald (Mezzo-soprano), Jaroslav Štajnc (Bass), Gottfried Neuner (Narrator), Ursula Targler (Soprano), Michael Ebbecke (Baritone)
Conductor: Günther Theuring
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1957 ;
3. III. Etude No. 1 by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Christian Schramm (Narrator), Michael Ebbecke (Baritone), Ursula Targler (Soprano), Gottfried Neuner (Narrator), Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald (Mezzo-soprano), Jaroslav Štajnc (Bass)
Conductor: Günther Theuring
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1957 ;
4. IV. Potsdam by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Michael Ebbecke (Baritone), Ursula Targler (Soprano), Gottfried Neuner (Narrator), Christian Schramm (Narrator), Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald (Mezzo-soprano), Jaroslav Štajnc (Bass)
Conductor: Günther Theuring
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1957 ;
5. V. In Sonnenburg by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Ursula Targler (Soprano), Christian Schramm (Narrator), Jaroslav Štajnc (Bass), Hanna Fahlbusch-Wald (Mezzo-soprano), Gottfried Neuner (Narrator), Michael Ebbecke (Baritone)
Conductor: Günther Theuring
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1957 ;
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