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Dancing On The Edge Of A Volcano


Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 65   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav PickHermann RosenzweigCarl LorensTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Stewart FigaDeborah BardJulia BentleyElizabeth Ko
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This fascinating collection of Jewish cabaret, popular, and political songs contains 26 numbers divided into four groups: From the Periphery to the Habsburg Metropole; The Crisis of Tradition and Modernity; Response and Resistance (Political Songs); and finally, Zionist and Pioneer Songs. Stylistically, the music ranges from the simplest strophic "folk" ballad to such exquisite settings as Friedrich Holländer's Eine kleine Sehnsucht, or Darius Milhaud's Brasilian-flavored arrangement of Holem Tza'adi. Indeed, the list of composers represented is quite striking. In addition to the expected names, such as Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler, and alongside the long-forgotten or anonymous, you also find Arnold Schoenberg (two of his Read more Bettl-Lieder), Stefan Wolpe, Aaron Copland, Paul Dessau, and even Irving Berlin. Better still, this two-for-the-price-of-one set not only includes extensive booklet notes and complete texts and translations, but all of the German/Yiddish numbers are repeated on Disc 2 in English, allowing the words to be understood in context.


Now none of this would matter, of course, unless the singers took unusual care over matters of diction, and indeed every word registers with crystalline clarity. While laudable in itself, and marvelously done by mezzo Julia Bentley and soprano Deborah Bard, you might find baritone Stewart Figa a bit too eager to lapse into a Rex Harrison-like Sprechstimme, however authentic this stylistic conceit might be. Still, there's little to quibble about with respect to the vocals, and the musical arrangements by New Budapest Orpheum Society musical director Ilya Levinson sound absolutely marvelous (Cedille's state-of-the-art recording doesn't hurt either). To do this release justice, a review would have to be much longer than space allows here, and readers interested in this sort of project surely know who they are. To them this will be self-recommending. So let me conclude by saying this: More than a "classical" or "crossover" production, this set defies easy categorization. There's a world of history and culture hidden in this innocent-looking collection of songs from the first half of the 20th century, and you don't have to be Jewish to relish their richness.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Viennese Coachman's Song by Gustav Pick
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
2.
...Nach Grosswardein by Hermann Rosenzweig
Performer:  Deborah Bard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
3.
The Jewish Country Regiment by Carl Lorens
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
4.
Levin and Hirsch and Cohn by Traditional
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
5.
The Kosher Mishpoche! by Traditional
Performer:  Deborah Bard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
6.
Jewish Coachman's Song by Gustav Pick
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
7.
Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
8.
Love Song to a Proletarian Girl by Gerhard Bronner
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
9.
Schmafu Couplet by Adolph Müller
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
10.
Do a Little Dreaming by Frederick Holländer
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
11.
From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love by Frederick Holländer
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
12.
Cabaret Songs: Gigerlette by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
13.
Cabaret Songs: Mahnung by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Vienna, Austria 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
14.
The Haman Coachman's Song by Gustav Pick
Performer:  Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
15.
Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Ballade von der "Judenhure" Marie Sander by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
16.
Der Graben by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
17.
Kuhle Wampe, Op. 27: Solidaritätslied by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Germany 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
18.
An den kleinen Radioapparat by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
19.
Und es sind die finstern Zeiten by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Ilya Levinson 
20.
Havu L'venim by Mordecai Zaira
Performer:  Deborah Bard (Soprano), Stewart Figa (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Kurt Weill 
21.
Hine Achal'la Bachalili by Mordecai Zaira
Performer:  Elizabeth Ko (Flute), Deborah Bard (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Dessau 
22.
Gam Hayom by Shalom Postolsky
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Darius Milhaud 
23.
Holem Tza'adi by Mordecai Zaira
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Darius Milhaud 
24.
Ra'inu Amalenu by Shalom Postolsky
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Stefan Wolpe 
25.
Ba'a M'nucha by Daniel Sambursky
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Kurt Weill 
26.
Banu by Joel Walbe
Performer:  Julia Bentley (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Ilya Levinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Budapest Orpheum Society
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: Arranged: Aaron Copland 

Sound Samples

Wiener Fiakerlied: Viennese Coachman's Song, ""
Nach Grosswardein: (To Grosswardein)
Der judische Landsturm (The Jewish Country Regiment): Der judische Landsturm (The Jewish Country Regiment
Der Leb, der Hersch und der Kohn
Die koschere Mischpoche!
Judisches Fiaker Lied
Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars: Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars
Liebeslied an ein Proletariermadchen
Couplet des Schmafu
Eine kleine Sehnsucht
Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt
Brettl-Lieder: Gigerlette
Brettl-Lieder: Mahnung
Haman-Arie
Ballade von der Judenhure Marie Sanders
Der Graben
Solidaritatslied
An den kleinen Radioapparat, "Du kleiner Kasten, den ich fluchtend trug": An den kleinen Radioapparat
Und es sind die finstren Zeiten
2 Folksongs of the New Palestine: Havu L'venim
Hine Achal'la Bachalili
Holem tsuadi - Gam hayom, Op. 179: Gam Hayom
Holem tsuadi - Gam hayom, Op. 179: Holem Tza'adi
Ra'inu Amalenu
2 Folksongs of the New Palestine: Ba'a M'nucha
Banu
Viennese Coachman's Song
To Grosswardein
Der judische Landsturm (The Jewish Country Regiment): The Jewish Country Regiment
Levin and Hirsch and Cohn
The Kosher Mishpoche!
Jewish Coachman's Song
Cohen Owes Me 97 Dollars: Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars
Love Song to a Proletarian Girl
Schmafu Couplet
Do a Little Dreaming
From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love: From Head to Toe I am Prepared for Love
Brettl-Lieder: Gigerlette
6 Lieder. Op. 3: Warning
The Haman' Coachman's Song
Ballade von der Judenhure Marie Sanders: Ballad of the Jewish Whore, Marie Sanders
The Trenches
Solidaritatslied: Solidarity Song
To the Little Radio
And the Times are Dark and Fearful
2 Folksongs of the New Palestine: Bring the Bricks
Lo, I Play upon my Flute
Day after Day
My Step Resounds
We Beheld Our Toil
2 Folksongs of the New Palestine: There Comes Peace
We've Come

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