Des Todes Tod
Song cycles of Mahler, Mussorgskij, Hindemith
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
Das Treffen in Telgte
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)
Libretto with texts of Angelo Maria Rippelino, Julius Fucik, Jean-Paul Sartre, Paul Eluard, Wladimir Majakowskij, Henri Alleg and Bertolt Brecht
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.