Thursday, October 28, 2010

Die Hamletmaschine - (1991)

The theatre and Radioplay ‘Die Hamletmaschine’ by famous German writer Heiner Müller was written in 1977 and is one of the most regarded pieces in modern German literature. Einstürzende Neubauten composed a special ‘soundtrack’ to this successful play, that not only got overwhelming reviews from both the music and theatre press, but also highest recognition from Heiner Müller himself and the composer Wolfgang Rihm, who equally composed music to this play. The CD was recorded in 1990 in the ‘Funkhaus’, the state’s radio of the still existing ‘DDR’ (the comunist East Germany) – a fact that is curious, as it is a clear hint to the lyrics of the play and the ‘Reunification’ of Germany which took place in those days. Blixa Bargeld plays Hamlet and another ‘institution’ of the Berlin art/music scene, Gudrun Gut (MALARIA! Etc.) is Ophelia… Originally released in 1991, this CD was deleted for years and is now finally re-released.

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