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Eisler: Ernste Gesange, Sonata Op.1

Matthias Goerne Audio CD
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  • Composer: Hanns Eisler
  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • ASIN: B00COU06Y4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ernste Gesänge: Vorspiel und SpruchMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 1:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ernste Gesänge: 1. AsylMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 2:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Ernste Gesänge: 2. TraurigkeitMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 1:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ernste Gesänge: 3. VerzweiflungMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz0:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ernste Gesänge: 4. HoffnungMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 1:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ernste Gesänge: 5. XX. ParteitagMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz0:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Ernste Gesänge: 6. Komm ins Offene, Freund!Matthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 1:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ernste Gesänge: 7. EpilogMatthias Goerne and Ensemble Resonanz 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hotelzimmer 1942Matthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Die FluchtMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher0:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. An den kleinen RadioapparatMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher0:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. In der FrüheMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. FrühlingMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Speisekammer 1942Matthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Die HeimkehrMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Die Landschafts des ExilsMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Und es sind die finstern ZeitenMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher0:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Über den SelbstmordMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 2:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Verfehlte LiebeMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher0:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. OstersonntagMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Vom Sprengen des GartensMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher0:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Der KirschdiebMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 1:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Sonate, Op.1: I. AllegroThomas Larcher 5:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Sonate, Op.1: II. Intermezzo. Andante con motoThomas Larcher 3:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Sonate, Op.1: III. Finale. AllegroThomas Larcher 4:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Lied von der belebenden Wirkung des GeldesMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 4:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Ballade vom WasserradMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 3:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen28. SolidaritätsliedMatthias Goerne and Thomas Larcher 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 

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This is a fascinating disc, which shed further light on the career of Hanns Eisler. He remains somewhat under appreciated, but here Matthias Goerne, Thomas Larcher and Ensemble Resonanz bring out the wit, power and depth in the music. --Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill- 14th October 2013

The songs neatly encapsulate Eisler s compositional versatility, their style encompassing expressionist anguish, cabaret chanson and rich romanticism. The texts mirror the mood of bittersweet resignation; the opening Prelude sets words by the poet Friedrich Hölderlin: Many have tried in vain to say what is most joyful in joy./Here at last, here amid sorrow, I find how to express it. Perhaps Mathias Goerne is balanced a little too closely his first entry is overwhelming. But he quietens down, the manner becoming less strident, more weary. Importantly, he never lets us forget what a lyrical composer Eisler could be; the Epilogue is appropriately devastating, its final flourish dissolving suddenly into a plucked bass note. Last works don t sound much more final than this... Accessible, stimulating, intelligent music, and an ideal introduction to a great composer. Good sound, and comprehensive notes too. --Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk 5th October 2013

5/5) ***** The brilliant orchestration, and again the sincerity of the music places one in a rather helpless situation of not wanting to hear about such things but feeling compelled to listen, and even astounded by the beauty of it all... Matthias Goerne is the perfect voice for this dated yet ageless music, and performs with great understanding. The young Ensemble Resonanz play like they lived through the times themselves, and the recording at the Teldex Studio Berlin couldn t be better. --Steven Ritter, Audaud- November 2013

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HMF 902134; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica Lirica Lied

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5.0 out of 5 stars a revelatory disc 28 Oct 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Hanns Eisler has only been a name to me, really, but this CD has completely changed how I think of him. The Ernste Gesange, written in 1961-2, are intensely moving as the testament of a man disillusioned with how Communism had turned out in practice, while the Brecht settings from the War years, which he spent in Los Angeles, are also very poignant, if more anecdotal. Matthias Goerne has selected 17 of the total 47, nearly all by Brecht. There are also three cabaret songs from the twenties when he first came under Brecht's influence in Berlin, and the Piano Sonata op. 1, showing the influence of Schoenberg, who apparently did a great deal to champion it. He was Schoenberg's pupil, so the coincidence of an opus 1 sonata by both Eisler and Berg is striking. Berg's is more Romantic, where Eisler is punchy and energetic. They're two of the best piano sonatas of the modern era, certainly, but this one by Eisler seems quite neglected. Thomas Larcher plays very well in the 17 songs and the sonata, while the Ensemble Resonanz provides expressionistic string tones in the Ernste Gesange. With such fantastic singing from Goerne, whose tone is immensely varied to give a vivid sense of the texts, this CD really is a very rewarding experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving collection of songs 31 Mar 2014
By J. Baldwin VINE VOICE
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Eisler is a new one on me. I bought this on a whim seeing that it was shortlisted for the BBC Music Magazine awards and a short extract on their web site piqued my interest.
The opening song cycle is extremely moving. A short prelude played by the strings lulls you in to a false sense of security that is rudely interrupted by the first song. Even if you're not following the translation, you can't help but be drawn in to the emotions. A fine piece that I will replay many times in the future.

The rest of the songs on the disc are pretty good, accompanied by solo piano. The disc is completed with a selection of settings of Weill which are oddly familiar, so maybe I've heard them before.

The singer (who is excellent) has a rest before the Weill as we're treated to a performance of Eisler's piano sonata. On first listening I wasn't overly impressed (it was an early work, seemingly written to butter up his teacher, Schonberg). It is typical of Viennese School music of the time. But a second listening began to bring out its charms and I think a few more auditions might help it really click.

All the performances on this disc are very good and I've only given it four stars because the sonata doesn't really sit well with the rest of it. I like the programmatic conceit here - breaking up a disc of German songs - but whatever the sonata's merits it's more of an interruption than a palette cleanser.

A very good disc, and one I would recommend especially if you're not a big fan of lieder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rare music brought to life 24 Nov 2013
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This is the only currently-available recording of Hanns Eisler's "Ernste Gesaenge" ("Serious Songs"), his last composition before his death. The recording also provides a rare opportunity to hear Goerne's masterful interpretation of Eisler's ringing "Solidarity Song" ("Solidaritaetslied") with words by Bertolt Brecht, and a selection of Eisler's art songs composed for poems by Brecht. Goerne's wonderful voice brings out the depths of this music.
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