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Hanns Eisler, acerbic Brecht-collaborator and doyen of East German composers, left some 500 songs on his death in 1962, many of them written for theatre and film. In fact, all but two in the current collection are settings of Brecht, and their symbiotic relationship reflects and is defined by the political climate of the time. Falk is as persuasive in the bitter political agitprop of Einheitsfrontlied (The United Front Song) as in the seductive Lied der Nanna, with Schleiermacher an incisive and flexible fellow-traveller. Texts are given in German only and, provided MDG are selective in its selection of songs to record, this promises to be a worthwhile project.

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