HART­MANN SYM­PHONIES 1-8 Nether­lands Ra­dio Or­ches­tras

Chal­lenge Clas­sics CC 72583 (3 CDs) ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Karl-Amadeus Hart­mann (1905-63) did what so many oth­ers didn’t. When the Nazis took power in Ger­many, he pro­hib­ited per­for­mances of his work, but con­tin­ued to write, in­clud­ing a First Sym­phony, com­pleted in 1940 and ti­tled At­tempt at a Re­quiem, which laments and protests Nazi rule. Hart­mann ad­mired Mahler and Schoen­berg, stud­ied with We­bern for two years, and de­scribed some of his mu­sic of the late 1940s as be­ing “in the spir­i­tual land­scape of Al­ban Berg”. His sym­phonies, deeply pas­sion­ate, of­ten vis­ceral, some­times scin­til­lat­ing, have never reg­is­tered in Ire­land. Th­ese record­ings of all eight of them, con­ducted by James Gaf­fi­gan, Markus Stenz, Michael Schøn­wandt, Christoph Pop­pen, Osmo Vän­skä and Ingo Met­z­macher, serve the mu­sic well. chal­lenge.nl

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