Boris Blacher

Blacher was born when his parents were living within a Russian-speaking community in the Manchurian town of Niuzhuang (hence the use of the Julian calendar on his birth record). He spent his first years in China and in the Asian parts of Russia, and in 1919, he eventually came to live in Harbin. In 1922, after finishing school, he went to Berlin where he began to study architecture and mathematics. Two years later, he turned to music and studied composition with Friedrich Ernst Toch.

His career was interrupted by National Socialism. He was accused of writing degenerate music and lost his teaching post at the Dresden Conservatory.

His career resumed after 1945, and he later became director of the Music Academy of Berlin, and is today regarded as one of the most influential music figures of his time. His students include Aribert Reimann, Isang Yun, Maki Ishii, Fritz Giessler, Giselher Klebe, Heimo Erbse, Klaus Huber, Francis Burt, Gottfried von Einem, and Richard Wernick.
Blacher was married to the pianist Gerty Blacher-Hertzog. They have four children including the German actress Tatjana Blacher and the international violinist Kolja Blacher.

Year / Artwork
Title
Importance Medium
1935 Divertimento 4.00 stars CD
Comments:

Originally for String Orchestra

Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra cond. Timothy Reynish

1937 Konsertante Musik 4.00 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy

1940 Suite From The Opera 'Furstin Tarakanowa' Op.19a 4.00 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy

1942 Der Grossinquisitor 4.00 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Oratorium after Dostoyefsky

Solists,
Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Herbert Kegel,

1943  What about this Mr. Clement? 3.50 stars LP
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Three pieces

Gerty Herzog - Piano

1947  16 variations on a theme from Paganini's Caprices 4.0 stars LP ??

Comments:

RIAS Symphonie-Orchester Berlin cond. Ferenc Fricsay

1951 Sonate fuer Klavier 3.50 stars LP
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Gerty Herzog - Piano

1953  Abstrakte Oper Nr. 1 Opus 43 4.0 stars LP
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Dem Werk liegt die Idee zugrunde, eine Reihe von für unsere Zeit und unsere Erleben typische Grundsituationen einzufangen .. und mit hilfe eines abstrakten Textes zu gestalten.)

Angst
Liebe
Schmerz
Panik

Text by Werner Egk

University of Illinois Opera Group cond. Ludwig Zirner

1954 Two Inventions 4.0 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy

1957 Music for Cleveland 4.0 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy

1958 Apreslude 3.50 stars LP
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Vier lieder nach Gedichten von Gottfried Benn

Ernest Haefliger - Tenor
Gerty Herzog - Piano

1965 Elektronische Impulse 3.50 stars LP
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Studio Technische Universität Berlin

1971 Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra 4.0 stars CD
Boris Blacher

Comments:

Dmitri Ashkenazy - Clarinet
Berlin Deutsches Symphonie Orchester cond. Vladimir Ashkenazy