Simplicius Simplicissimus (2014)

Hartmann

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Markus Stenz

 

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. 

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

As one of the flagship orchestras for the Dutch Broadcasting Authority, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic occupies a prominent place in two series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Saturday Matinee and the Sunday Morning Concerts as well as the Friday Vredenburg series in Utrecht. All concerts are broadcast live on the Dutch national station, Radio 4 and through the international European Broadcasting Union connection. 
A leading light on the Dutch musical firmament, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra guarantees adventurous symphonic programming, high quality performance and a plethora of concertante opera performances. World premieres and Dutch premieres of works by among others Koechlin, Martin, Franssens, Koolmees, Padding, Francesconi, Janácek, De Raaff, Oetsvolskaja, Vriend and Rijnvos were praised by critics and audience.
 The orchestra’s discography is impressive and includes the complete Mahler Symphonies and orchestral works by Rachmaninoff under the direction of Edo de Waart. Ongoing recording projects include a Bruckner-cycle under the direction of Jaap van Zweden (Exton label) and the complete Shostakovich symphonies led by the British conductor Mark Wigglesworth (Bis label). Wagner’s LohengrinDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and vocal soloists under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, were recorded for QuattroLive and Challenge Records and met with great critical acclaim. QuattroLive is the cd label of Radio 4, the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the broadcasters NTR, AVRO and TROS. 

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Simplicius Simplicissimus (2014)

Hartmann

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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 Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Overture - l'hommage de Serge Prokofieff
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Introduction - Anno Domini
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Erster Teil - Du sehr verachter Bauernstand
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Der Baum
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Finale - O lauf, Bub!
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act I- Zwischenspiel - Tranen des Vaterlandes, anno 1636
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Wald, hinten ein Kreuz? - Komm, Trost der Nacht
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Bäume, lauter Bäume
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Unser lieber Vater
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Mein treuester Vater
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Nun Simplici, liebes Kind
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act II- Mein lieber und wahrer, einziger Sohn
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Bankett beim Gouverneur
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 1 Schnell
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 2 Lustig
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Drei Tänze der Dame, No. 3 Furioso
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Als Männer sind wir durchaus ehrlich
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Lebhaft - Hochedler Herr Gubernator
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Hauptmann tanzt mit der Dame
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Mein Gott
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Schlag mich der Donner
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Herr, jetzt seh? ich wohl
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Bravo, Simplici, bravissimo!
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Finale - Dank Herr!
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Marsch - Es dröhnt die Stadt
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Gepriesen sei der Richter der Wahrheit!
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Simplicius Simplicissimus Act III- Apotheose
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