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Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Markus Stenz / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Simplicius Simplicissimus

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  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917263725
  • Catalog number CC 72637
  • Release date 08 July 14

About the album

A native of Munich, Karl Amadeus Hartmann (b. 1905, d. 1963) ranks among the leading German composers of the twentieth century. A substantial portion of his œuvre, which includes eight symphonies and chamber works, had its origins in one of the darkest periods in world history – from 1933 to 1945 – when the Nazis were in power. This period, in which Hartmann gradually withdrew from public life and which eventually culminated in his own innere Emigration (inner emigration), represented a decisive turning point in his creative development. Before that time, Hartmann had adopted a playful, neoclassical style influenced by jazz and Dadaism with which he had hardly distinguished himself from his contemporaries. With no prospect of a performance of his work in sight, he subsequently created a musical language which, besides bearing the influences of Bach, Bruckner and Beethoven, was also highly indebted to those composers whose music the Nazis had banned, such as Mahler, Berg, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Bartók. He employs this language not only in his symphonies and many of his chamber works, but also in his opera Simplicius Simplicissimus, based on the 1669 novel Der abenteuerliche Simplicissimus by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. The full title of the second version, presented here, is Simplicius Simplicissimus: drei Szenen aus seiner Jugend.

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Challenge Records

September 9th 2014 14:58
Dear Paul Randall and Dennis Davis, This set is including a hardcover book containing liner notes and synopsis in English, German and Dutch. The libretto is also included, but only in German and is unfortunately not translated to English. Best wishes, Challenge Classics

Paul Randall

September 8th 2014 19:48
Thanks for recording this. Ditto, does the set contain the libretto and an English translation please?

Dennis Davis

September 5th 2014 18:56
Does the set contain the libretto and an English translation please?

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We shall enjoy a concentrated energy, a sense of the scenic rhythm and an orchestral brilliance which seizes Markus Stenz and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra to deliver here an enthusiastic performance.
L'Avant-Scène Opéra

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