Berliner Staatskapelle Orchestra

Kurt Masur

Annelies Burmeister, contralto

The Royal Festival Hall, London

The White Rock Pavilion, Hastings

Recordings: 17th & 18th November 1967

MusicWeb International

“[…] a sinewy and powerful Leonore no 3, Masur extracting every ounce of tone from his band’s ‘bass up’ German sonority. But smaller details are also well attended to … It’s followed by Haydn’s Symphony no 88 in a robustly rewarding reading.”

“[The Dessau is] an intense distillation of Brecht’s art and achievement, rather than a simple memorial piece as such. [In the Mahler, Annelies Burmeister’s] contralto is finely controlled and richly burnished. She’s in good voice and proves a laudable exponent.”

“The recording quality captures both venues with real fidelity, offering a natural audience perspective shorn of spotlighting. It’s a well balanced disc into the bargain.”
Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, May 2012

International Record Review

“…an enterprising programme … it’s fascinating to hear Dessau’s seldom-heard tribute to his friend Brecht.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2012

Track listingTime
1Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture: Leonore no 3, op 72b14' 53"
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony no 88 in G major, Hob 1:8822' 10"
2  I Adagio – Allegro6' 59"
3 II Largo6' 31"
4III Menuetto: Allegretto4' 30"
5 IV Finale: Allegro con spirito4' 08"
The White Rock Pavilion, Hastings, 18th November 1967
Paul Dessau: In memoriam Bertolt Brecht14' 48"
6  I Lamento2' 19"
7 II Der Krieg soll verflucht sein!8' 34"
8III Epitaph3' 55"
Gustav Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)16' 43"
9  I Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht4' 04"
10 II Ging heut Morgen übers Feld4' 21"
11III Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer3' 09"
12 IV Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz*5' 08"
The Royal Festival Hall, London, 17th November 1967
Total time:68' 36"

*Sample extract (control with the Sound Sample tab at the top of the page)

†This track may be heard on the Sampler CD