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Mein herz brennt
Rasch, Torsten, 1965-
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Deutsche Grammophoe (A Universal Music Company), [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

General Note:
Song cycle with orchestra, sung in German.

Compact disc.

Program and biographical notes on insert.
Mutter orchesterlied I -- Herzeleid orchesterlied II -- Seemann orchesterlied III -- Sehnsucht orchesterlied IV -- Heim herz brennt orchesterlied V -- Nebel orchesterlied VI -- Ich will orchesterlied VII -- Alter mann orchesterlied VIII -- Stimmen aus dem kissen (Variationen über Rammstein).
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Music CD


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VOCAL .R223 MEI Compact Disc Central Library

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In adapting the work of rock musicians, a potentially lucrative area of classical crossover music, classical musicians have adopted two different approaches. One, the less challenging, more popular method, is simply to write orchestral arrangements of, say, the music of Pink Floyd or Yes and have an orchestra play it. The resulting recordings retain the familiar melodic content of the rock songs, and a lot of discs can be sold to fans of those groups. A more challenging effort is to use the rock musicians' work as merely a jumping-off point to write wholly new compositions. The resulting music can sometimes bear little or no resemblance to the originals. Philip Glass' symphonic versions of David Bowie's Low and Heroes albums are good examples. Another is German expatriate composer Torsten Rasch's commission from the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, Mein Herz Brennt (My Heart Burns), subtitled "a song cycle based on the lyrics and music of Rammstein." It seems safe to say that fans of German heavy metal band Rammstein will not be pleased with the result, at least if they were expecting a "tribute" to their favorite group or merely a set of orchestral arrangements of their songs. Rasch, working with bass baritone René Pape and actress Katharina Thalbach, retains some lyrics to the Rammstein songs, but his musical material is in a contemporary classical vein, full of sudden changes in tempo and volume. Rock fans willing to take a surprising journey, especially those who followed Frank Zappa in some of his more classically oriented works, may find much of this stimulating, especially the 11-minute closer "Stimmen Aus Dem Kissen," in which Rasch dispenses with the lyrics and creates a wholly new instrumental piece based on elements in Rammstein's music. But no one should buy this album expecting to hear conventional heavy metal music in a symphonic context. ~ William Ruhlmann