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VIKTOR ULLMANN  

(1898 - 1944)

Born into a Catholic family of Jewish origin, Viktor Ullmann studied in Vienna, where he was introduced into the circle of Schoenberg’s pupils, his literary interests embracing Karl Kraus, Wedekind, Heinrich Mann and others. In 1919 he moved to Prague, where he served as chorus répétiteur and conductor under Zemlinsky. He began to establish himself as a composer in the 1920s, working from 1929 to 1931 as director of music at the Zurich Schauspielhaus before moving to Stuttgart. In 1933 he returned to Prague, working as a freelance musician. He was deported to the concentration camp at Theresienstadt in 1942 and was killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

Operas and Theatre Music

In Theresienstadt Ullmann wrote his satirical opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis and began work on an opera, Jeanne d’Arc. His melodrama Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (‘The Way of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke’) for speaker and orchestra was completed in 1944. Earlier stage works include the opera Peer Gynt.

Vocal Music

Ullmann set poems by Claudius, Kraus, Goethe, Novalis and others. His songs include his setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese in a version by Rilke, as well as settings of Trakl, Hölderlin and Wedekind, and of Yiddish and Hebrew texts.

Instrumental Music

Ullmann’s instrumental music includes seven piano sonatas, the last three written in Theresienstadt, a Concerto for Orchestra, a Piano Concerto and Variations and a Double Fugue on a Theme by Arnold Schoenberg for string quartet.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AS DREAMS FALL APART - The Golden Age of Jewish Stage and Film Music, 1925–1955 (New Budapest Orpheum Society) Cedille
CDR90000-151
Vocal
Ballades - SCHUMANN, R. / LISZT, F. / ULLMANN, V. (Fischer-Dieskau, Holl) SWR Classic
CD93.906
Vocal
Orchestral Music - SCHULHOFF, E. / HAAS, P. / KLEIN, G. / ULLMANN, V. (Czech Philharmonic, Albrecht) Orfeo
C337941A
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - SCHULHOFF, E. / ULLMANN, V. / TAUSKY, V. (Lost Generation) (exil.arte, Vol. 4) (Anton, Ryan, English Chamber Orchestra, Parry) Gramola Records
Gramola98964
Orchestral
SCHUCH, Herbert: Oehms Classics Recordings (The) (8-CD Box Set) Oehms Classics
OC012
Concertos
SCHUMANN, R. / ULLMANN, V.: Lieder (Landshamer, G. Huber) Oehms Classics
OC1848
Vocal
String Quartets - ULLMANN, V. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / LAKS, S. (Voice of Defiance) (Dover Quartet) Cedille
CDR90000-173
Chamber Music
ULLMANN, V.: Lieder (Schwer ist's, das Schöne zu lassen - Těžké je opustit tu krásu) (Troupová-Wilke, Dušek) ArcoDiva
UP0176-2
Vocal
ULLMANN, V.: Piano Concerto / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Schuch, Cologne West German Radio Symphony, Elts) Oehms Classics
OC833
Concertos
ULLMANN, V.: Piano Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 7 / Variations and Double Fugue (Ernst, Dortmund Philharmonic, Feltz) Capriccio
C5294
Instrumental, Concertos, Instrumental
ULLMANN, V.: Piano Sonatas (Complete) (Tsalka) Paladino Music
PMR0035
Instrumental
ULLMANN, V.: Symphony No. 2 / 6 Lieder, Op. 17 / Concerto for Orchestra / Don Quixote tanzt Fandango (Banse, Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra, Conlon) Capriccio
C67017
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
ULLMANN, V.: Vocal Music (C. Schäfer, Himmelheber, Windmüller, Bauni) Orfeo
C380952H
Vocal
ULLMANN, V.: Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (Die) / Don Quixote tanzt Fandango / Piano Concerto (Pluhar, Ardašev, G. Albrecht) Orfeo
C366951A
Concertos, Orchestral, Vocal
ULLMANN, V: Slawische Rhapsodie / Der zerbrochene Krug [Opera] (Prein, R. Hermann, Dewald, Breedt Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, G. Albrecht) Orfeo
C419981A
Orchestral, Opera
Vocal Music – NICK, E. / MILNER, M. / GEBIRTIG, M. / ELLSTEIN, A. / EISLER, H. (Jewish Cabaret in Exile) (New Budapest Orpheum Society) Cedille
CDR90000-110
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Oelze, Christiane - GROSZ, W. / ULLMANN, V. / KORNGOLD, E.W. / WEILL, K. Capriccio
C71062
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Shirai, Mitsuko - ULLMANN, V. / EISLER, H. / KOMMA, K.M. / REUTTER, H. / CORNELIUS, P. / JARNACH, P. / HAUER, J.M. / PFITZNER, H. Capriccio
C10534
Vocal
ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) / ULLMANN, V.: Der zerbrochene Krug (Los Angeles Opera, 2008) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
101528
Opera DVD
ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) / ULLMANN, V.: Der zerbrochene Krug (Los Angeles Opera, 2008) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101527
Opera DVD




 
 
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