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like us and most classical music lovers, until this album you've probably
never heard of Rammstein because, simply put, many of us don't rock! So...
But did not the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, comprised of some of Europe's
most serious musicians, play with fire, so to speak, in adopting Rammstein's
Subjected to the disciplined symphonic techniques of the classical masters, Rammstein's electro-pulsating riffs and rhythyms become music of pathos and power; and their songs of rage and despair, of pain and longing in becoming Lieder (German art songs), acquire a new depth. René Pape's "Mutter!", for example, a veritable primal scream, is a young man's genuinely heart-rending cry for help from "the mother who never gave birth to me."
Click on the links below to hear excerpts - and listen to the transformation. (Windows Media Player required.) You're bound to hear strains reminiscent (but not deliberately imitative) of Mahler and Strauss, of Berg and Schönberg; and why not - these masters of the last century must have been important influences on composer Rasch who, in having vividly captured the inner turmoils of today's generation, has breathed new life into the genre of the classical song-cycle known to us as Lieder. And in commissioning and performing Mein Herz brennt, the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, devoted wholly to contemporary music, may have helped resolve the dialectical tension and bridge the generation gap between hard rock and classical music. This breakthrough CD could light a fire in the hearts of people of all ages. It deserves to be heard.
Notes: (1) The original Rammstein renditions of "Mutter," "Mein Herz brennt" and "Ich will" are in the album Mutter; "Sehnsucht" and "Alter Mann" are from the album Sehnsucht. (2) The original German lyrics and the English translations, which unfortunately were not included in the CD booklet, can be found in http://www.rammsteinsite.com.
- ©GJC / FanFaire 2004
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