Paul Dessau ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’

Dessau 7'' front coverSide APaul Dessau (1894-1979)Dessau 7'' back cover

01 Der Anachronistische Zug – Part I (7:20)
02 Der Anachronistische Zug – Part II (8:04)

Total time 15:24
Mono 45rpm, Eterna, East Berlin, 1974

Paul Dessau: voice
Werner Stolze: piano
Walter Kodwitz: drums

This 7” single came with the commemorative book ‘Paul Dessau Aus Gesprächen’, published by Deutscher Verlag für Musik, Leipzig, East Germany, 1974, written for Paul Dessau‘s 80th birthday by Dieter Boeck, Fritz Hennenberg, Evelyn Richter et al. ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’ is a ballad for song, piano and percussion composed by Dessau in 1956, based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1947 poem: ‘Der anachronistische Zug oder Freiheit und Democracy’ (The Anachronic Train, or Freedom and Democracy). Text of the Brecht poem (in German) can be found here. The Brecht poem is a protest song against old Nazi Party in prosperous post-war Germany. Paul Dessau was one of East Germany’s most prominent composers. He composed several operas based on Brecht’s writings, including Puntila, in 1956. On ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’, Dessau, aged 80, sings in a charming voice along an unusual accompanyment of piano and drums.


3 Responses to “Paul Dessau ‘Der Anachronistische Zug’”

  1. 1 John Harper October 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hello, would it be possible to provide a .WAV or .FLAC version of this recording?

  2. 2 continuo October 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Of course. Do you want me to send you these high resolution files on a DVD to your postal address free of charge?

  3. 3 John Harper July 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Continuo, looks like I missed this first time round. Would it be possible to provide a .WAV or .FLAC version of this recording?

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