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Eisler
E r n s t e G e s ä n ge
Bruck n er
Sy m phon y No. 5
Christia N
Thielemann
A T TH E S E MP E ROP E R D R E S D E N
St a a t s k a p e l l e
D r e s de n
Thom a s H a mpson
Christia N
Thielemann
A T TH E S E MP E ROP E R D R E S D E N
St a a t s k a p e l l e
D r e s de n
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, WAB 105
ConductorChristian Thielemann
Orchestra Staatskapelle Dresden
Baritone Thomas Hampson
Produced byAccentus Music
Video Director Henning Kasten
Length: approx. 90'
Shot in HDTV 1080/50i
Cat. no. A055501680000
A production of UNITEL
in cooperation with
Semperoper Dresden and CLASSICA
“If you wish to possess the future you must first surmount the past”,
wrote Hanns Eisler (1898 – 1962) in the foreword to his Ernste
Gesänge (serious songs). The Lieder cycle is Eisler’s swan song, his last
work, completed only weeks before his death and defined by memory
and at the same time by the hope of future happiness. Nearly 50 years
to the day after the premiere of the work by the Staatskapelle Dresden,
that same orchestra under its conductor Christian Thielemann (“top
class!” – Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten) dedicates its opening concert
to this now world-famous cycle of songs. They have engaged as soloist
none other than Thomas Hampson (“With ample range of dynamics
and tone colours” – Il Giornale del Popolo) – a premiere both for the
singer and for Thielemann, since neither artist has to date performed
Eisler’s work.
Combined with Eisler’s song cycle is Bruckner’s 5th Symphony,
which was in turn a confrontation with the past for its composer
– both from a personal, biographical angle and as a departure from
his usual composition technique. Bruckner’s Fifth proved to be the
departure point for new, unconventional strategies in his symphonic
composing style. This symphony is acknowledged as his “contrapuntal
masterpiece”. Christian Thielemann once again proves himself to be a
“magician of the (Bruckner) sound” (Kurier): “from the softly sounding
introduction that slowly emerges as if from celestial spheres, the Fifth
was a special musical delight which raised high hopes that were not
disappointed; on the contrary, they were exceeded. “The end of the
third movement took one’s breath away (Der Neue Merker)”. Following
on from his recordings of the 7th and 8th, Christian Thielemann has
added to his cycle of Bruckner symphonies with this Fifth with the
Staatskapelle Dresden.
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Hanns Eisler
Ernste Gesänge
for Baritone and String Orchestra

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