This may be the best recording of this work. It is a very idiomatic interpretation recorded in the excellent accoustics of the Schauspielhaus/Konzerthaus in Berlin.
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.
Unfortunately, the text in the sleeve booklet is only in German. There is also a very fine French recording conducted by Eliahu Inbal that has the German text as well as an English translation of it. Although the French recording is very good indeed, the French sound of the orchestra is offputting at times. The performance conducted Max Pommer is even more idiomatic. It is worth buying both recordings.
I would like to mention another Eisler cd. The Chandos cd of die Mutter is terrific and has printed texts in German English and French.
Eisler:Deutsche Sinfonie Op.5
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.3 x 12.6 x 0.61 cm; 108.01 g
- メーカー : BERLIN CLASSICS
- EAN : 0782124932626
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1998
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : BERLIN CLASSICS
- ASIN : B000007NEY
- ディスク枚数 : 1
'German Symphony' of the Nazi era.2013年3月1日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Despite being devoid of melody, or at least so to my ears, and being long and tortuous, this to me has the stamp of a very fine work. A product of the Nazi era, and political in its theme, does the measured tread in lower strings in some places suggest the 'tramp of the jackboot' as a friend of mine said it does? You need to hear it a few times and to read its background.