Hanns Eisler's "Ernsten Gesänge" are a swan song: in 1962, at the end of his life, the Vienna-born composer created a moving song cycle that turns to the human being - and at the same time allows the alienation to come through that Eisler had meanwhile felt towards his new home, the GDR. "Sei du, Gesang, mein freundlich Asyl" ("Be you, song, my friendly asylum") is the conclusion of the "Ernsten Gesänge" as well as of the composer.Conductor Ingo Metzmacher and baritone Georg Nigl work on the cycle together with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna in the Großer Sendesaal of the ORF RadioKulturhaus. Eisler's work is complemented by Friedrich Cerha's colorful string cascades from "Spiegel II" and by the Chamber Symphony op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich. For this work, Rudolf Barschai arranged Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet, music that echoes the horrors of World War II. The Russian composer wrote his string quartet near Dresden in 1960, mixing the memory of the horrors of war with his musical monogram D-Es-C-H, which drills into the listener's ears.