BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN (1918-1970): Die Soldaten.
Catalogue Number: 12N065
Label: Warner Classics
Description: Zimmermann's powerful opera, laying bare the brutality of humans dehumanized by the military machine, retains its power to shock and disturb after half a century. Its complexity and almost unrelenting confrontational harshness of expression feel a good deal less unprecedented now, of course, but the superbly characterized and tautly dramatic work's real strength remains, in its tense, cumulative psychological drama of disintegrating morals, limned in music of great subtlety and contrast, amidst all the ferocity. 2 CDs. No libretto. Nancy Shade (soprano), Milagro Vargas (mezzo), William Cochran (tenor), Michael Ebbecke (baritone), Chorus of the Stuttgart State Theatre, Stuttgart State Orchestra; Bernhard Kontarsky. Original 1991 release.