GOTTFRIED VON EINEM (1907-1974): Philadelphia Symphony, Op. 28, Stundenlied for Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 26, Geistliche Sonate for Soprano, Trumpet and Organ, Op. 38 (Ildikó Raimondi [soprano], Gábor Boldoczki [trumpet], Iveta Apkalna [organ]).
Catalogue Number: 05T011
Reference: C 929 181 A
Description: The earliest work is the 36-minute “Song of the Hours”, a 1958 collaboration with the playwright Bertolt Brecht. The story of Christ’s passion is witnessed and presented in a popular, naive way as a dreadful event and brilliantly depicted by von Einem using simple and stringent compositional means, completely tonal, urgent and dramatic, to produce a work that is haunting and authoritative. The symphony was a 1960 commission from the Philadelphia Orchestra which did not perform it for reasons detailed in the notes. A real thumb in the eye of the Darmstadt avant-garde, the whole three-movement, 16-minute work is in C major and the final movement sounds like Haydn if Haydn had come back in the mid-20th century. Only the sacred sonata (same length as the symphony), which occupied von Einem off and on from 1962-73, pushes the bounds of tonality and then only a little. German texts. Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien, Vienna Philharmonic; Franz Welser-Möst.