HANNS EISLER (1898-1962): Piano Music: Sonata, Op. 1 (Walter Olbertz), 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 3 (Siegfried Stöckigt), Sonata No. 2 in Form von Variationen, Op. 6 (Olbertz), Klavierstücke für Kinder, Op. 31, 7 Klavierstücke, Op. 32 (Gerhard Erber), Sonatine (Gradus ad Parnassum), Op. 44 (Olbertz), Ouvertüre for 2 Pianos "No More Peace" (Erber, Olbertz), Variationen, Sonata No. 3 (Olbertz), Fugues in G Minor and in B (Erber), Ouvertüre for 2 Pianos "Die Mutter" (Jutta Czapski, Erika Tschauner), Chamber Music: Scherzo for String Trio (Rudolf Ullbrich [violin], Joachim Zindler [viola], Clemens Dillner [cello]), Divertimento for Wind Quintet, Op. 4 (Berlin Bläserveriningung), Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (ulbrich, Dillner), Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H for String Trio, Op. 46 (as in Scherzo), Sonata Movement for Flute, Oboe and Harp, Op. 49 (Johannes Walter [flute], Kurt Mahn [oboe], Jutta Zoff [harp]), Violin Sonata "Reisesonate" (Gustav Schmahl [violin], Jutta Czapski [piano]), String Quartet (Ulbrich Quartet), Nonets Nos. 1 and 2 (Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin Chamber Group; Friedrich-Carl Erben), Movements for Nonet (Leipzig Chamber Music Association; Max Pommer), Suite for Septet, Op. 92a "Variationen über amerikanische Kinderlieder", 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben, Op. 70, Septet No. 2 "Circus" (Friedrich-Carl Erben, Ralf Rainer Haase [violins], Arnim Orlamünde [viola], Wolfgang Bernhardt, Karl-Heinz Schröter [cello], Wilfried Winkelmann, Manfred Friedrich [flute], Hans Himmler, Herbert Hofmann [clarinet], Herbert Heilmann [bassoon], Jutta Czapski [piano]), Orchestral Music: Kleine Sinfonie, Op. 29 (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Heinz Rögner), 5 Orchesterstücke, Scherzo with Solo Violin (Eberhard Palm [violin]), Thema mit Variationen "Der lange Marsch" (Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig Chamber Group; Max Pommer), from Deutsche Sinfonie: Etüde No. 2 and Allegro (Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Pommer), from Das Vorbild: Fugue (Berlin Symphony Orchestra; Günther Herbig), Suites No. 1, Op. 23 (Gewandhaus Orch. Chamber Group; Pommer), No. 2 "Niemandsland", Op. 24, No. 3, Op. 26 "Kuhle Wampe" and two movements from Suite No. 4, Op. 30 "Die Jugend hat das Wort" (Berlin RSO; Heinz Rögner), Suite No. 5, Op. 34, Suite No. 6, Op. 40 (Collegium musicum Leipzig; Adolf Fritz Guhl).
Catalogue Number: 03K067
Label: Berlin Classics
Description: With Paul Dessau (see page 2) the most important and highly honored composer of East Germany, Eisler was a student of Schoenberg although he broke with his teacher after 1926. However, he continued to use twelve-tone theory adapted to his own needs in some of his later works. Others were simple and tonal, depending on what he needed at the time: he lived both in the Soviet Union and in the U.S.A. during the 30s and 40s and much of the chamber and orchestral music listed above was written for films (including all six of the orchestral suites). Eisler is one of those composers whose twelve-tone music is very hard to spot, especially when he's writing fast-tempo agitprop-type music or suites of short pieces for stage or film. He is generally considered, though, to be one of the 20th century's more neglected significant composers. 6 CDs.