Eisler: Hollywood Elegies
Arrangements by Moritz Gagern and Steffen Schleiermacher

world première of the Schleiermacher arrangement: Leipzig, November 15, 1998
world premiere of the Gagern arrangement:  Essen, September 14, 2002

Los Angeles in the late 1930s was the involuntary meeting place of émigrés such as Brecht, Heinrich and Thomas Mann, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and others. It was an era that found its artistic expression above all in Eisler's "Hollywooder Liederbuch" (Hollywood Songbook), one of the few great song cycles of the 20th century. This is where Moritz von Gagern's arrangement and the stage version by Schorsch Kamerun begins: "We want to capture the situation of the émigré artists during the McCarthy era on the basis of the atmosphere and texts of the 'Hollywooder Liederbuch' and transpose it into a form that, while remaining American, is still accessible to us today." (Schorsch Kamerun)

Irmgard Arnold, soprano
Andre Asriel, piano
Hastedt HT 5313
Zeitgenossen Ost

Table of contents
1 ‘Unter den grünen Pfefferbäumen’
2 ‘Die Stadt ist nach den Engeln genannt’
3 ‘Jeden Morgen, mein Brot zu verdienen’
4 ‘Diese Stadt hat mich belehrt’
5 ‘In den Hügeln wird Gold gefunden’