Eisler - Kalifornische Ballade: Music for Radio, Stage, Film and Phonograph Records (1929-1934) | Berlin Classics 0300933BC

Eisler - Kalifornische Ballade: Music for Radio, Stage, Film and Phonograph Records (1929-1934)

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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300933BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 21st April 2017

Contents

Artists

Hermann Hahnel
Gisela May
Ernst Busch
The Ebony Band

Artists

Hermann Hahnel
Gisela May
Ernst Busch
The Ebony Band

About

The songs and ballads written by Hanns Eisler (1898–1962) for the radio play Kalifornische Ballade (California Ballad) are among his least known works and are presented here on CD in their first record release ever. Started in Berlin in 1932, the exiled composer’s work was eventually completed in London in 1934 and was broadcast for the first time on 7 December that year, albeit in a foreign language: the Brussels radio broadcaster recorded the work sung in Flemish by Ernst Busch (who had fled Germany in 1933) on lacquer discs that were recently rediscovered in a Belgian archive; they were made during the second transmission of the narrative radio play on 12 April 1935, and are now being offered to the public on record for the first time (see bonus tracks). Just 18 months after this second broadcast, Ernst Ottwalt (1901–1943), a friend of Eisler and author of the text to California Ballad, was arrested in Moscow on 6 November 1936, during Stalin’s Great Purge; he died in a Siberian gulag on 24 August 1943. Following the events of 1933 that had suspended the writing and public performance of California Ballad, this depressing turn for the worse may have deterred the composer from contributing to a revival of the work in subsequent years.

Contents:
Kalifornische Ballade
1-6. Songs and ballads for Ernst Ottwalt's radio-tale
Practical Music 1929-34
7-8. from the Suite no.1, op.23
9-13. from the Incidental music to Die letzte Nacht (K Kraus)
14. from the Incidental music to Kamrad Kasper (P Schurek)
15-17. from the Incidental music to Draw the Fires (E Toller)
Brecht-Lieder with Gisela May
18. Die Spaziergänge (from the film Kuhle Wampe)
19-22. Vier Wiegenlieder für Arbeitmütter
23. O Fallda, die du hangest (from the revue Es war einmail…)
Bonus tracks
24-31. Historic recordings 1931-35

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