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Entartete Musik- Tanz Grotesk / Zagrosek, Leipzig Gewandhaus


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 444182   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz SchrekerPaul HindemithErwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Josef Christof
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The three ‘grotesque’ ballet scores on this latest disc in Decca’s ‘Entartete Musik’ series, undoubtedly one of the most important and rewarding from a major label, fulfil most of the Nazis’ criteria for ‘degenerate music’: two of them are by Jewish composers, one of those is jazz-based, and the third is by that then unreformed avant-gardist, Hindemith. Of the three composers, Schreker, sacked from his academic posts, died from the shock within months of the Nazis’ rise to power; Schulhoff, whose devotion to Communism led him to take Soviet citizenship, died in a Bavarian concentration camp in 1942 and Hindemith escaped into exile. All three works, though, were written during the heady years of the Weimar Republic or earlier. The Birthday Read more of the Infanta (a 1922 suite from a 1908 score) is based on the same Oscar Wilde story that was later to inspire Zemlinsky’s finest opera. Schreker’s music here is luminous, often poignant, where Schulhoff, in Moonstruck (1925), is jazzy, even raucous – a true child of the Twenties; Hindemith’s The Demon (1922), scored for chamber ensemble, is one of his more colourful and engaging works. Zagrosek directs vivid accounts of all three works and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is captured in all its glory by the Decca engineers. Highly recommended.
Performance: 5 (Out of 5) Sound: 5 (Out of 5)

-- Matthew Rye, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Geburtstag der Infantin: Suite by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1994 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt Church, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Der Dämon, Op. 28 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Josef Christof (Piano)
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1994 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt Church, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
La somnambule by Erwin Schulhoff
Conductor:  Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 03/1994 
Venue:  Paul Gerhardt Church, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Reigen
Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Aufzug und Kampfspiel
Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Die Marionetten
Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Menuett der Tänzerknaben - Die Tänze des Zwerges
Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Mit dem Wind in Frühling: In blauen Sandalen über
Der Geburtstag der Infantin - Suite (Pantomime): Dir Rose der Infantin - Nachklang
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Introduzione - Ragtime
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Valse Boston
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Shimmy
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Step
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Tango
Die Mondsüchtige - La Sonnambula: Jazz
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz des Dämons
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz der bunten Bänder - Tanz der geängstigten Schwalbe
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz des Giftes - Tanz der Schmerzen
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz des Dämons (Passacaglia) - Tanz der Trauer und
Der Dämon, op.28: Einleitung zum 2. Bild
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz des weiten Gewandes - Tanz der geschlossenen Orchi
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz der roten Raserei - Tanz der Brutalität
Der Dämon, op.28: Tanz des geschlagenen Tieres - Finale

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