Hanns Eisler: 7 Elegien from “Hollywooder Liederbuch”

Written by Matthew Worth


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 4, 2017

I’ve had the pleasure of singing selections from Hanns Eisler’s Hollywood Liederbuch a couple of times in the past decade, most recently last year while pursuing my doctorate at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In this latest go-round, I developed a greater appreciation for the historical context of Eisler’s writing. His flight from Europe during the Nazi ascent to power landed him in Hollywood where he wrote this songbook. The combination of Eisler’s biting compositional style with Brecht’s poignant texts makes for blistering song. Roswitha Trexler’s takes on the songbook are laser-focused and painted with a supersized palette.

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Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive”, Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge. Last season, he created the title role in the world premiere of JFK with Fort Worth Opera. This season he will lead another highly anticipated world premiere with Beth Morrison Projects as the Young Monk in Scott Wheeler’s Naga – part of Cerise Jacobs’ epic Ouroboros Trilogy, and will appear with NYFOS in Arias and Barcarolles / The Bernstein Songbook presented by Lyric Opera Kansas City on October 14, 2017.


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