Die Holle aber nicht: Music for Imre Kertesz | Es-Dur ES2056

Die Holle aber nicht: Music for Imre Kertesz

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Label: Es-Dur

Cat No: ES2056

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 1st June 2015

Contents

Works

Kertesz, Imre

Galley Boat Log
» 12-Ton-Technik
» Atonaler Roman
» Gott, ein Humorist
» Ich komme mit diesem Thema - So hire ich - zu spat.
» Landkarten
» Schicksalslosigkeit, ein stolzes Buch

Klein, Gideon

String Trio

Litwin, Stefan

Die Holle aber nicht

Webern, Anton

Variations for piano, op.27

Zimmermann, Bernd Alois

Concerto for string orchestra

Artists

Stefan Litwin (piano)
Hanns Zischler (narrator)
Ensemble Resonanz

Works

Kertesz, Imre

Galley Boat Log
» 12-Ton-Technik
» Atonaler Roman
» Gott, ein Humorist
» Ich komme mit diesem Thema - So hire ich - zu spat.
» Landkarten
» Schicksalslosigkeit, ein stolzes Buch

Klein, Gideon

String Trio

Litwin, Stefan

Die Holle aber nicht

Webern, Anton

Variations for piano, op.27

Zimmermann, Bernd Alois

Concerto for string orchestra

Artists

Stefan Litwin (piano)
Hanns Zischler (narrator)
Ensemble Resonanz

About

Imre Kertesz, born in Budapest in 1929 and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002, is one of the last remaining survivors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This recording reflects central aspects of his work in a collage of words and music.

Threaded through the album are excerpts from Kertesz’s 1993 work ‘Galley Boat Log’ read by the distinguished German actor Hanns Zischler, while the music consists of pieces by composer/pianist Stefan Litwin, Anton Webern, Gideon Klein and Bernd Alois Zimmermann, performed by Litwin and the Ensemble Resonanz. The musical contributions are set in context and commented on by Kertesz’s words.

Stefan Litwin’s melodrama ‘…, die Holle aber nicht.’ (but not Hell) for speaker, piano and string quartet is based on a key scene in Imre Kertesz’s first novel ‘Fatelessness’ and picks up the problematic aspect of dodecaphony, as already critiqued by Theodore W Adorno in the Philosophy of New Music, and makes this musically tangible.

Webern’s Variations for piano, op.27, composed in 1935, was a model of dodecaphony later taken to the extreme in the high point of serialism after the Second World War. Finally, in the works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Gideon Klein, there is a contrast of two composers, whose fate in World War II could not have been more different: one was conscripted into the German Army and survived, the other murdered in a concentration camp.

Hamburg’s Ensemble Resonanz represent a new generation of musicians, bridging the gap between tradition and the present. Instead of working with a fixed conductor, the democratically organised musicians collaborate with outstanding instrumentalists such as Jean-Guihen Queyras and Tabea Zimmermann as artists-in-residence.

In October 2014 the Ensemble opened the 'resonanzraum' in a bunker in Hamburg - a new urban space for classical music with a club atmosphere. For ES-Dur they have previously recorded CPE Bach’s 6 Hamburg Symphonies (ES2053).

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