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New recording of Hartmann's only completed opera already nominated!


Challenge Classics is proud to present a brand new recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's rarely recorded opera Simplicius Simplicissimus. This recording features conductor Markus Stenz, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and a cast of twentieth century music specialists, including Juliane Banse in the title role. Simplicius Simplicissimus is available in beautifully packaged 2SACD format. And already this recording is nominated and appears on the longlist of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik!

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. With no prospect of a performance of his work in sight, Hartmann 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.

Recorded live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, this release follows a previous release on Challenge Classics of Hartmann's complete symphonies.

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