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Composer: Hartmann, Karl Amadeus (1905-1963)

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Year of birth1905
Year of death1963
NationalityGermany
Period20th century
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SalzburgCamerata Salzburg 3 · Norrington

Haydn, Hartmann, Bartók
Camerata Salzburg; Sir Roger Norrington; Patricia Kopatchinskaja
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Death stingest no more: ACO/Ibragimova

Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
It takes artistic invention and considerable courage to design a concert programme solely around tragic topics; yet the connecting link between the various items on the last subscription concert by the Australian Chamber Orchestra was – directly or indirectly – death and great composers’ reaction to it.
****1
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Scottish Ensemble explores the political, spiritual and emotional

Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Alina Ibragimova with the Scottish Ensemble perform exuberant early teenage Mendelssohn, deeply spiritual Pärt and Vasks, politically lethal Hartmann and utterly thrilling Bach.
****1
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Simply brilliant: Simplicius Simplicissimus

Adrian Thompson (Hermit) and Stephanie Corley (Simplicius) © Max Lacome
The first UK production of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s 1930s anti-war opera Simplicius Simplicissimus is a musical and dramatic triumph, and as pertinent as ever
*****
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LPO with Kavakos: Bach, Beethoven and Hartmann

Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
Vladimir Jurowski put in a surprise appearance at the harpsichord at the start of this London Philharmonic Orchestra concert, which saw Leonidas Kavakos join the orchestra for concertos by Bach and Karl Amadeus Hartmann. But it was the Eroica that drew the strongest performance.
***11
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Defiant memory: Janowski and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin at Musikfest Berlin

Marek Janowski  ©  Felix Broede
Even in a festival anchored around a handful of 20th-century composers touched by the presence of war – Benjamin Britten, Dmitri Shostakovich, Béla Bartók, Witold Lutosławski – the program on Thursday night with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and their chief conductor, Marek Janowski, was especially haunted by the memory of atrocity.
***11
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