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Label/No. & Format ECM New Series 2513 CD
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Release: September 2017

* Joseph Brodsky: Elegie an John Donne
Christian Reiner, reciter

In winter 2012/13, Viennese actor and voice artist Christian Reiner attracted much acclaim for his interpretation of Friedrich Hölderlin’s
“Turmgedichten”. “Reiner is able to coax the music out of the words”, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung attested,
while the Süddeutsche Zeitung stated that “the recitation of the poems resembles a performance dedicated to the human voice as a
solo instrument”.
In his second recording for ECM New Series, Christian Reiner explores verses written by Russian-American poet and Nobel laureate
Joseph Brodsky (1940 – 1996). “Brodsky’s ‘Große Elegie an John Donne’ is, in my opinion, a masterwork in the history of poetry”,
Reiner says. Brodsky’s early, famous long poem is heard here in a translation by Alexander Kaempfe and Heinrich Ost and another by
Karl Dedecius. “We are very fortunate to have these two marvelous German adaptions,” Christian Reiner emphasizes. “Each of them
inspired me to a unique way of speaking and a distinct rhythm.”
Additionally, the recording features a selection of seven shorter poems written between 1958 and 1992, giving a broader impression
of Brodsky’s multifaceted language. The album was produced by Manfred Eicher and German writer Wolf Wondratschek.

No. Composer Works Performance Information
1 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Aus nirgendwo in Liebe Christian Reiner (reciter)
2 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Der Polarforscher Christian Reiner (reciter)
3 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Für G.P. Christian Reiner (reciter)
4 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Große Elegie an John Donne Christian Reiner (reciter)
5 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Große Elegie für John Donne Christian Reiner (reciter)
6 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] In memoriam Fedja Dobrowolskij Christian Reiner (reciter)
7 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Strophen II, XI, XXIV, XXVII Christian Reiner (reciter)
8 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Wiegenlied Christian Reiner (reciter)
9 Brodsky, Joseph [Poet] Wir sahen damals abends dieses Ross Christian Reiner (reciter)
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