This is a good recording and a fresh take on the work, but there is an even better one conducted by Max Pommer on Berlin Classics. It can be found by searching under "Deutsche Sinfonie". The Berlin Classics recording is more idiomatic, however it only has the text in German whereas the French recording includes an English translation. These are the best two recordings, so it is well worth having both.
Although the work was not performed until 1962, it was mostly composed in the 1930s and early 1940s and the settings are mostly of Brecht's poems from the period shortly before the start of National Socialist government and the early years of that government. This is important factor because the circumstances described reflect that particular period rather than the even more extreme period that was to follow. The music depicts immense suffering and humanity, yet I do wonder why a work completed after the Second World War does not make any mention of the holocaust.
Much of the text has an ideological edge that reflects the political beliefs of the time. The composer writes a work that transcends its political context by its compassion.
ハンス・アイスラー(1898-1962);ドイツ交響曲 作品50 (DeUtsche Sinfonie)
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"A" for effort, "F" for relavance2009年7月20日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I so much wanted to enjoy this piece and although its composition is of the highest conceivable quality and the performance herein absolutely first rate, I find the notions of "agitprop" tiresome at best, pendulous, heavy handed and well, irrelevant (in this case) at worst. Colossal disappointment. Post Fascist Europe, post Communism, this paean to the imminent International Workers' uprising (that never occurred) is hard for me as a Baby Boomer to take. As far to the left as I may be, it must still be admitted that Communism was irrevocably discredited not so many years ago after tens of millions of murders and incarcerations. And so, this brilliant composer's talents are just plain wasted in pursuit of proselytizing the world about a passé Umweltanschaung. Perhaps the wheel will turn making this work and its attendant aesthetic yet again relevant. Maybe his instrumental music next time...