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Entartete Musik - Wolpe: Zeus Und Elida, Etc / Ebony Band


Release Date: 03/14/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Harry Van der KampHans AschenbachFranziska HirzelMichael Kraus,   ... 
Conductor:  Werner Herbers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ebony BandCappella Amsterdam
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For listeners who can't imagine a halfway point between Schoenberg and Satie-or perhaps a tenfold multiplication of Kurt Weill's biting irony and sardonic use of jazz-these short operas by Stefan Wolpe will come as a revelation. Influenced in equal parts by socialism, serialism and Dada, Wolpe's 1928 stage works have been long forgotten, or in the case of 'Zeus und Elida,' never performed at all until 1997.
In 'Zeus,' the Greek god descends upon Berlin's bustling Potsdamer Platz-a location of modern urban life brilliantly and chaotically evoked by Wolpe. Zeus is understandably confused; after singing a Tango, he searches for his beloved Europa but finds a prostitute instead, only to wind up arrested for, among other things, impersonating
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'Schöne Geschichten' is even more unconventional: seven "pretty stories" (actually scathing jokes), accompanied by the highly complex and atonal music of an eight-piece jazz ensemble. Taking on science, religion, justice, culture, love, philosophy and patriotism, Wolpe dramatizes gaps in communication and points out the ways in which society fails to live up to its high ideals. The satirical diction used by the singers in this work should be apparent even to non-German speakers, and the Ebony Band brings impressive accuracy to the music, equal parts swing and sting. Once again, Decca/London's 'Entartete Musik' series has done a marvelous job recovering a slice of 20th-century musical history. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Zeus und Elida, Op. 5a by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Hans Aschenbach (Tenor), Franziska Hirzel (Soprano),
Michael Kraus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Werner Herbers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ebony Band,  Cappella Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Musikcentrum, Hilversum, Netherlands 
Length: 26 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Blues - Stimmen aus dem Massengrab - Marsch by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Werner Herbers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ebony Band,  Cappella Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Musikcentrum, Hilversum, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Schöne Geschichten, Op 5b by Stefan Wolpe
Performer:  Harry Van der Kamp (Bass), Romain Bischoff (Baritone), Hans Aschenbach (Tenor),
Daniel Reuss (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Werner Herbers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ebony Band,  Cappella Amsterdam
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1929; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Musikcentrum, Hilversum, Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: German 

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