Eisler - Lieder Vol.4: Songs 1917-1927 | MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm) MDG6132126

Eisler - Lieder Vol.4: Songs 1917-1927


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Label: MDG (Dabringhaus und Grimm)

Cat No: MDG6132126

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th December 2019



Hanns Eisler composed more than five hundred songs, and his very first extant compositions include songs with piano accompaniment. On the fourth and last volume of their selections from Eislerís songs, Holger Falk and Steffen Schleiermacher focus on his early works and bring to light an absolutely astonishing discovery: the young Hanns was an autodidact who had an incredible feel for the song part, and his artistic aspirations are also evident in the piano part.

Eisler transcends by far the mere imitation of models. Here we encounter freetonal compositions as well as music of revue character, expressive passages as well as laconic ones. His choice of texts is likewise very broad. While Brecht became the focus in Eislerís later work, here he concentrates on poems by Eichendorff and BŁchner and by Trakl and Morgenstern. The songs set to Far Eastern poetry, in translations by Hans Bethge and Klabund, are very much in keeping with their times. Eisler even set newspaper advertisements to music! Previous volumes have received great critical acclaim.

Volume 1 was a Gramophone Editorís Choice and was also a finalist into the Gramophone Awards Vocal Category.

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