Audiobook Column – Culture –

Michael Farren is a well-known expert on the subject of Austrian writer Raoul Schrute. Recently, the publisher, author, and director of the radio play uploaded his blockbuster “Earth’s First Epic” to the radio. He then adapted Schrute’s transfer of “Orestie” after Euripides for Deutschlandfunk Kultur. In addition, Euripides’ drama “Electra” and “Orestes” were re-translated and merged into “Second Orestia” along with Aeschylus’ play. The radio play about revenge, transgression, and law and order against the backdrop of the Atreden curse, with first-class ratings into supporting roles, has now been published by Hörverlag (3 CDs, 2 hours 55 minutes).

“There is nothing new under heaven – what terrible things can be imagined.” The entire immortality of the artifact is concentrated in Electra’s words. The bloodstained “Orestie” still has something to tell us today, especially in the new version, where a nursery rhyme like “Hoppe, hoppe, Reiter” creeps in, and more in Michael Farren’s intense radio playback version. She meets characters whose feelings and needs are modern. Women, especially the wretched Electra, are much stronger than men. “The heroes of Orestia are her heroines,” Varenne wrote in the pamphlet.

Melika Vorotan speaks to Electra and it’s a very scrawny, melancholy, hateful life. Corina Harfouche as her mother Klytaimestra resists cold rigors. Her arguments for the murder of her husband Agamemnon, the father of Electra, are not easily dismissed: “They have ripped their mouths off at us, while the men responsible for everything look so well and admired.” Composer Franz Hautzinger created an electronic acoustic scene of Neurotic Fever, in which isolated instruments, especially trumpet sounds as a dangerous rhythm generator, are lost.

Katharina Hagina in her book Heartcraft tells a complex, witty and sometimes very personal story about her great passion: singing solo and in choir. Singing means “finding your voice…the same goes for writing.” The writer and literary scholar recorded it for Arche-Literatur-Verlag with her wonderful reading voice (One MP3 CD, about 3 hours).

In the articles and entertaining sections, she walks through her life and cultural history. She tells how her father, the son of a priest, constantly sang hymns, and how her singing teacher advised her to sing more with her thighs. As an expert on Joyce, she explains that “Ulysses” is more of a song than a big city novel. The voices of women in art and mythology, mermaids, sirens, nymphs, take up a lot of space. Philomela, for example, the nymph that Terios frequently attacks. She screams and cuts her tongue. Later Zeus transformed her into a swallow or nightingale. Instead of silence, she now sings: “He who sings sets the tone, he who sings, he who sings is not silenced, he who sings is not afraid, who lives, is stronger.”

While listening, one wishes to hear Katharina Hagina singing. This is correct. Together with Karin Klose, she sings the low German love song “Dat du min Leevsten büst”.

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The cloak of silence is still prevalent on mental illness. It is not uncommon for those affected to remain silent. Shame! In the “Trotzdem Mutter” audiobook published by Supposé-Verlag, three women speak openly about their lives shaped by abuse, violence, alcohol, fear and severe depression (3 cylinders with manual 202 minutes).

It is a production that one would wish for as many listeners as possible. The stories of the life and suffering of Otey, Inge and Ramona, who are between the ages of 40 and 60, are hard to bear. Yet they have one goal: encouragement. In the words of Inge, who has spent half her life in psychiatry and is doing well today: “If I did, I really think a lot of other people could do that too.”

The products of the Supposé publishing house are distinguished by the fact that their guests can start a conversation without interruption. In previous recordings there were scholars, philosophers, and artists. The fact that people from everyday life speak here can be considered a great enrichment. Ute, Inge and Ramona tell their stories with impressive calm, and time and time again the fighters have a wonderful dry sense of humor.

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