Simplicius Simplicissimus

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

 

Hartmann completed the original version of Simplicius between 1934 and 1936, and revised the work in 1957. It was his friend, the conductor and contemporary music advocate, Hermann Scherchen (b. 1891, d. 1966), who had prevailed upon the young Hartmann to write the opera. Scherchen felt the theme lent itself perfectly to a political parody of Nazism. He put the composer on von Grimmelshausen’s path, and gave the initial impetus to the libretto, which Wolfgang Petzet and Hartmann himself completed. If von Grimmelshausen and Hartmann have anything in common, it is certainly their astute, unsparing analysis of the reality around them, which so singularly informs their legacy – all the more so because Hartmann did not want to write an opera historicizing the Thirty Years War which had raged in Germany from 1618 to 1648. On the contrary, his aim was to hold up a ruthless mirror to the world of the emerging Third Reich. The setting in which the initially utterly naive shepherd boy Simplicius is placed in this music drama is thus decidedly allusive. Little imagination is needed, for instance, to see the wolf, which appears in the first scene and re-emerges subsequently more than once, as symbolizing Hitler. In the finale to the first scene, in which mercenaries destroy the peasantry, the work as a whole retroactively takes on a powerfully prophetic overtone, with the notorious Kristallnacht having taken place on the night of 9–10 November 1938, only two years after Hartmann had completed his first version of Simplicius. 

Tracklist

1.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Overture - l'hommage de Serge Prokofieff
09:56
2.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Introduction - Anno Domini
03:13
3.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Erster Teil - Du sehr verachter Bauernstand
06:13
4.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Der Baum
04:24
5.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Finale - O lauf, Bub!
03:09
6.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Zwischenspiel - Tranen des Vaterlandes, anno 1636
08:01
7.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Wald, hinten ein Kreuz? - Komm, Trost der Nacht
03:47
8.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Bäume, lauter Bäume
03:13
9.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Unser lieber Vater
03:05
10.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Mein treuester Vater
03:39
11.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Nun Simplici, liebes Kind
06:19
12.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Mein lieber und wahrer, einziger Sohn
04:13
13.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Bankett beim Gouverneur
00:55
14.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 1 Schnell
01:30
15.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 2 Lustig
01:05
16.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 3 Furioso
01:15
17.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Als Männer sind wir durchaus ehrlich
02:49
18.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Lebhaft - Hochedler Herr Gubernator
02:08
19.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Hauptmann tanzt mit der Dame
00:34
20.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Mein Gott
01:44
21.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Schlag mich der Donner
01:13
22.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Herr, jetzt seh? ich wohl
01:26
23.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Bravo, Simplici, bravissimo!
01:54
24.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Finale - Dank Herr!
03:12
25.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Marsch - Es dröhnt die Stadt
02:10
26.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Gepriesen sei der Richter der Wahrheit!
01:54
27.
Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Apotheose
01:44

Total time: 01:24:45

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

DCS AD / DA

Mastering Equipment

Avalon Acoustic

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Live recording of the Dutch première, NTR ZaterdagMatinee Recording date: 24 november 2012

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72637

Release Date September 9, 2014
SKU CC72637

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