Paul Dessau Edition

Release Date: 1/28/2014
Catalog Number: BRI9440
Number of Discs: 12

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Paul Dessau (1894--1979) was among the most principled and hard?working composers whose career flourished under uneasy circumstances in postwar East Germany after the country's partition. His exceptionally diverse output is reflected in the heterogeneous contents of this compendium, the value of which is unrivalled as an introduction to a vital figure in the culture of his time and place. His political sympathies may be deduced from his frequent collaborations with the radical playwright Bertholt Brecht, and by the dedication of his Orchestral Music No.3 to Lenin. But he also wrote film music for early movies of Walt Disney, a dyed-in-the-wool anti-Communist, and his art both embodies and transcends his surroundings.

Once past two discs of punchy orchestral music and a CD of piano music which includes his musical interpretation of Picasso's seminal Guernica painting, the set concentrates on the dramatic music which lies at the heart of Dessau's oeuvre, all-in local performances which were made by performers who knew the composer and his music well enough to lend their recordings the authoritative stamp of authenticity.

There are quirky continuations of the German Lied tradition as well as more strident and even agitprop settings of texts from Brecht's Mother Courage. Four of Dessau's seven operas are included: Puntila, Leonce and Lena, Die Verurteilung des Lukullus and Einstein, all of them politically motivated and influenced by cabaret culture while exploring Dessau's own spiky brand of tonality.

Other information:
- A tribute to one of the most iconic composers of post war East Germany, Paul Dessau, a most welcome edition of historic importance!
- Dessau's style may be described as "Avant Garde for the People". His own creative ideas often clashed with the aestetics of the communistic regime, but his "love / hate" relationship with the communist cause resulted in an oeuvre in which the political message is embedded in a vibrant, innovative, confronting and appealing musical language, based on neo?tonality and expressionistic influences.
- Dessau wrote an enormous amount of music, and this set presents his most important and representative works: orchestral music, piano music, and a wealth of dramatic works: songs and operas.
- Authoritative performances by East German forces, musicians living and working in the same situation as Dessau, friends, understanding each other without speaking: Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Staatskapelle Berlin, conductors Otmar Suitner, Herbert Kegel and ...Paul Dessau himself.
- Booklet contains an extensive introduction by scholar Malcolm MacDonald to Dessau's life and work.

R E V I E W S:

As an exile from Nazi Germany, Albert Einstein helped the Americans to develop the atomic bomb in order to defeat German fascism. But in Paul Dessau’s opera of 1974, such action appears to have profound social consequences, Einstein soon realising that the power in whose hands he has placed himself breeds a new form of fascism. As a result he loses faith in the humanistic value of his work to the extent of burning a new scientific formula on which he has been working for twenty years. It’s certainly a thought-provoking scenario, but in the time-honoured tradition of Brecht, Dessau’s music generally serves the function of interpreting, rather than enhancing the text. In this respect, the score’s frequent allusions to familiar pieces of music, from Bach to Richard Strauss, proves unusually disturbing. I am thinking here particularly of the scene in Act I where storm troopers vandalise Einstein’s flat to the distorted accompaniments of Bach’s Dorian Toccata for organ and the chorale, ‘Vom Himmel hoch’. Without doubt, the chilling immediacy of such episodes is brilliantly captured by the performers in this fascinating release, though in an opera where the words are all-important, it’s regrettable that Berlin Classics haven’t provided an English translation of the text.

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
reviewing Einstein
Works on This Recording
1. Symphony no 2 by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Rolf Kleinert
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934/1962 ; Germany
2. Symphonic Adaptation [after Mozart K 614] by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Otmar Suitner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; Germany
3. Orchestermusik no 3 "Lenin" by Paul Dessau
Performer: Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Conductor: Paul Dessau
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1970 ; Germany
4. In memoriam Bertold Brecht by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Paul Dessau
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; Germany
5. Bach Variations for Orchestra by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Paul Dessau
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963 ; Germany
6. Orchestermusik no 2 "Meer der Stürme" by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; Germany
7. Orchestermusik no 4 by Paul Dessau
Conductor: Günther Herbig
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973 ; Germany
8. Sonata for Piano in F major by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Stöckigt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914/1948 ; Germany
9. Guernica by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Stöckigt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; Germany
10. Fantasietta for Piano in C sharp major by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Stöckigt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972 ; Germany
11. Sonatina for Orchestra with Piano Obbligato by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Stöckigt (Piano)
Conductor: Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975 ; Germany
12. Pieces (9) for Piano by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Stöckigt (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Germany
13. Begrüssung by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Siegfried Hermann (Flute)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952/1974 ; Germany
14. Lieder (27): Dreistrophig by Paul Dessau
Performer: Peter Schreier (Tenor), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
15. Lieder (27): Philosophen und die Liebe by Paul Dessau
Performer: Peter Schreier (Tenor), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
16. Lieder (27): Weltklavier by Paul Dessau
Performer: Peter Schreier (Tenor), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
17. Hebräisches Hirtenlied by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931/1932 ; Germany
18. Lieder (4) des Glücksgotts: Söhnlein, kauf dir einen Strick by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Thomas Heyn (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944/1945 ; USA
19. Kleines Lied by Paul Dessau
Performer: Jutta Czapski (Piano), Roswitha Trexler (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; Germany
20. Lieder (5): Wir Vögel singen nicht egal by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Jutta Czapski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; Germany
21. Lieder (27): Froher Morgen by Paul Dessau
Performer: Walter Olbertz (Piano), Sylvia Geszty (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
22. Lieder (27): An Die Bäume by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sylvia Geszty (Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
23. Lieder (27): Intermezzo by Paul Dessau
Performer: Walter Olbertz (Piano), Sylvia Geszty (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
24. Der gute Mensch von Sezuan: Lied vom achten Elefanten by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Soprano)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; Germany
25. Der gute Mensch von Sezuan: Arioso der Shen Te by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Soprano)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USA
26. Der gute Mensch von Sezuan: Lied von der Wehrlosigkeit der Götter und Guten by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Soprano)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USA
27. Lieder (27): Alles für die Liebste by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Vogel (Bass), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
28. Lieder (27): Schöne Tage by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Vogel (Bass), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
29. Lieder (27): Der Stör by Paul Dessau
Performer: Siegfried Vogel (Bass), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
30. Lieder (2): Wo bist du jetzt by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Jutta Czapski (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; Berlin, Germany
31. Lieder (5): Ein Herz laviert nicht by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Jutta Czapski (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; Germany
32. Shakespeare Sonett 8 by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973 ; Germany
33. Lieder (27): Zu den Sternen by Paul Dessau
Performer: Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
34. Lieder (27): Jahreskreis by Paul Dessau
Performer: Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
35. Lieder (27): Küsse by Paul Dessau
Performer: Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
36. Lieder (27): Konzert by Paul Dessau
Performer: Walter Olbertz (Piano), Vladimir Bauer (Baritone), Sylvia Geszty (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
37. Der kaukasische Kreidekreis: Lied des Azdak by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano)
Conductor: Max Pommer
Orchestra/Ensemble: Leipzig Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953-1954 ; Germany
38. Kriegslied by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano), Jutta Czapski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; Germany
39. Drei Lieder: Doktrin by Paul Dessau
Performer: Roswitha Trexler (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974 ; Germany
40. Lieder (27): Rundgesang by Paul Dessau
Performer: Peter Schreier (Tenor), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Walter Olbertz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1963-1967 ; Germany
41. Tierverse (5), Set 1 by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Voice)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1967 ; Germany
42. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 5, Das Pferd by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Voice)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
43. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 3, Die Kellerassel by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Voice)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
44. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 2, Der Rabe by Paul Dessau
Performer: Sonja Kehler (Voice)
Conductor: Helge Jung
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
45. Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, Op. 45: Lied eines Freudenmädchens by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934-1936 ; Germany
46. Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, Op. 45: Lied von der belebenden Wirkung des Geldes by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934-1936 ; Germany
47. Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe, Op. 45: Kuppellied by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
48. Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Das Frühjahr by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; Germany
49. Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Mutter Beimlein by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; Germany
50. O Fallada, da du hangest by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Germany
51. Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Ballade von der "Judenhure" Marie Sander by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; Germany
52. Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Das Lied von der Moldau by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1959 ; Germany
53. Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Das Lied vom kleinen Wind by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1959 ; Germany
54. Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Das Lied vom Kelch by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1959 ; Germany
55. Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg: Un was bekam des Soldaten Weib by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1959 ; Germany
56. Ballade vom Weib und dem Soldaten, Op. 39 by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; Germany
57. Lied einer deutschen Mutter by Hanns Eisler
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
58. Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder: Lied der Mutter Courage by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; Germany
59. Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder: Lied vom Fraternisieren by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; Germany
60. Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder: Salomon-Song by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; Germany
61. Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder: Lied von der grossen Kapitul by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; Germany
62. Als ich nachher von dir ging by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
63. Sieben Rosen hat der Strauch by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
64. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 5, Das Pferd by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
65. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 2, Der Rabe by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
66. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 4, Der Igel by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
67. Tierverse (5), Set 2: no 3, Die Kellerassel by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1972-1973 ; Germany
68. Der gute Mensch von Sezuan: Lied vom achten Elefanten by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; Germany
69. Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti: Ballade vom Förster... by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; Germany
70. Kleines Lied by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; Germany
71. Der kaukasische Kreidekreis: Vier Generäle by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953-1954 ; Germany
72. Lied einer deutschen Mutter by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; Germany
73. An meine Landsleute by Paul Dessau
Performer: Gisela May (Voice)
Period: 20th Century
74. Puntila by Paul Dessau
Performer: Elisabeth Rose (Soprano), Horst Lunow (Baritone), Heinz Reeh (Baritone), Henno Garduhn (Tenor), Erich Witte (Tenor), Hellmut Jungs (Tenor), Heinz-Walter Rossner (Tenor), Martin Ritzmann (Tenor), Reiner Süss (Bass), Peter Bindszus (Tenor), Sylvia Pawlik (Soprano), Christine Gloger (Spoken Vocals), Erna Roscher (Soprano), Erich Siebenschuh (Baritone), Günter Bochmann (Bass Baritone), Horst Hiestermann (Tenor), Joachim Arndt (Tenor), Peter Olesch (Bass), Hasso Sieg, Irmgard Arnold (Soprano), Kurt Rehm (Baritone), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano), Gertrud Stilo (Alto), Hannerose Katterfeld (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Paul Dessau
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957-1959 ; Germany
75. Leonce und Lena by Paul Dessau
Performer: Reiner Süss (Bass), Peter Menzel (Tenor), Peter Olesch (Bass), Henno Garduhn (Tenor), Günter Kurth (Tenor), Carola Nossek (Soprano), Brigitte Eisenfeld (Soprano), Günther Leib (Baritone), Günther Fröhlich (Bass), Joachim Arndt (Tenor), Edda Schaller (Mezzo Soprano), Eberhard Büchner (Tenor)
Conductor: Otmar Suitner
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; Germany
76. Die Verurteilung des Lukullus by Paul Dessau
Performer: Boris Carmeli (Bass), Helmut Melchert (Tenor), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Tenor), Annelies Burmeister (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Herbert Kegel
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; Germany
77. Einstein by Paul Dessau
Performer: Reiner Süss (Bass), Theo Adam (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Conductor: Otmar Suitner
Period: 20th Century
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