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From her rich collaboration with world-renowned Brecht translator Eric Bentley, soprano-actress Karyn Levitt releases her first album of Brecht-Eisler songs in English translation. Austro-German composer Hanns Eisler created a vast and varied repertory of works, and this album presents a sample of his genius and versatility. Eric Bentley adapted the song texts (which are poems and theater ballads by Brecht) from their original German into English, unlocking Eisler's starkly beautiful songs for English-speaking audiences. According to critic Irving Wardle, Ms. Levitt "negotiates a passage for these songs into the concert hall, and in place of the gritty style allows the songs to bloom..."Notes & Reviews:
Recording information: M & I Recording.
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Works DetailsEisler, Hanns : Brecht-Eisler Song Book, for voice & piano
- Performers: Karyn Levitt; Eric Ostling (Piano)
- Running Time: 47 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Modern