Barbara Höfling

Des Todes Tod
Song cycles of Mahler, Mussorgskij, Hindemith

Barbara Höfling 
Helian Quartett
Sophie Lücke
Amanda Anderson

Catalog number: 21092


"This CD is the most personal I have ever made.
Mahler's Kindertotenlieder have always been dear to my heart and I wanted to show how near the different composers are to each other while approaching the same subject from totally different angles. Death is always terrible and brutal, but at the same time releasing, comforting and even human. For me, by reducing these versions to chamber music, the songs obtain intimacy, which creates these very personal, fragile and moving moments." Barbara Höfling

 
Treffen in Telgte

Das Treffen in Telgte
A musically-literary program

Helene Grass, Günter Grass – recitation
RIAS Kammerchor, Capella de la Torre (Katharina Bäuml)
conducted by Risto Joost

Catalog number: 21089

In his story “Das Treffen in Telgte” [“The meeting in Telgte”] Günter Grass has created a fable in which he describes the situation of literature from the point of view of a critical observer and commentator of the historical events. The story about an encounter between authors in 1647, which was initiated by the poet Simon Dach from Königsberg, takes place in a mill in Telgte, Westphalia, not far from Münster, where the Treaty ending the Thirty Year War was signed one year later.

After almost 30 years of war the plea for peace in the middle of the 17th century was the one which dominated all others. Whether in poetry or in music, it was omnipresent. (Bernhard Heß/ RIAS Kammerchor)
The author and his daughter, the actress Helene Grass, read from the story “Das Treffen in Telgte”. Poems and instrumental and vocal works by the 17th century poets and composers named in the text, such as Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Johann Crüger and Heinrich Albert, can also be heard.

“What we have heard today is a wonderful collaboration between words and music.” 
Günter Grass

A co-production of Deutschlandradio Kultur and Dreyer Gaido Musikproduktionen

 
Markus Becker Kiev Chicago

MARKUS BECKER 
KIEV CHICAGO
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION &
JAZZ IMPROVISATIONS
Markus Becker: Piano

Catalog number: 21085

This is not a crossover album! Two musical worlds are juxtaposed to shed new lights upon one other: 'Kiev' stands for the Russian Romanticism of the late 19th century, 'Chicago' for the cosmos of Jazz. How do these two vastly different worlds relate? When I was considering the concept for this album I found two aspects of the relationship between these worlds very interesting: one ‘external’, such as the 'groove' in some of the 'Pictures at an Exhibition' or the somewhat jazzy harmonies in the Scriabin Préludes. I was especially interested in the ‘internal’ connections between 'Kiev' and 'Chicago': it is the compositional or improvisational freedom, colours, generosity, temperament, potential for surprise and sensuality, which is the bridge between both parts of the programme.

 

Luigi Nono - Intolleranza 1960Luigi Nono
Intolleranza 1960

One-act opera in two parts
German translation by Alfred Andersch

Libretto with texts of Angelo Maria Rippelino, Julius Fucik, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Wladimir Majakowskij, Henri Alleg and Bertolt Brecht

Wolfgang Neumann
Maria Kowollik
Judy Berry
Ina Schlingensiepen
Armin Kolarczyk
Bartholomeus Driessen

Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra
Bremen Theatre Choir
Conducted by Gabriel Feltz

Intolleranza 1960 was Luigi Nono's first work for the opera stage and is a flaming protest against intolerance and oppression and the violation of human dignity. The year in the title refers to the time of the work's origin. It was commissioned for the 1969 Venice Biennale by its director Mario Labroca. The first performance was conducted by Bruno Maderna on 13 April 1961 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The premiere was disrupted by neo-fascists, who shouted "Viva la polizia" during the torture scene. Nono's opponents accused him of poisoning Italian music.
A co-production with
Radio Bremen.

Diapason_dOR

 

"Diapason d'Or"