20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 2: Germany / Wallisch

Release Date: 11/13/2020
Label: Grand Piano
Catalog Number: GP814
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch
Number of Discs: 1

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Also available20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1 and 20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 3


The first volume in this series traced the inter-war craze for carefree dance music in Austria and the Czech Lands (see GP813). This latest album focuses on Germany where jazz-influenced music flourished from the mid-1920s onwards even in the face of some social, political and racial opposition. Cabarets and dancehalls rejected this nationalist resistance and the Weimar Republic rejoiced in a cross-pollination of symphonic jazz and Kunstjazz – a fusion of dance and classical elements. The many previously unrecorded pieces here chart the progress of this vigorous musical rejuvenation. GOTTLIEB WALLISCH has performed on stage at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals: Carnegie Hall New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Tonhalle Zurich, and the NCPA in Beijing, also the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, and the Festivals of Lucerne and Salzburg. Conductors with whom he has performed as a soloist include Sir Neville Marriner, Dennis Russell Davies, Kirill Petrenko, Martin Haselboeck and Bruno Weil. Orchestras he has performed with include the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra Budapest and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. He has made numerous recordings for record labels, including Naxos. Gottlieb Wallisch is a Steinway Artist.


One of the year’s most surprising and consistently charming recording projects continues to gather steam. The second volume of the pianist Gottlieb Wallisch’s “20th Century Foxtrots” compendium follows up on the sprightly success of the initial set.

In Wallisch’s latest batch of performances there are once again some discoveries from lesser-known artists. (Multi-movement works by Leopold Mittmann and Walter Niemann are a delight to encounter.) The new album kicks off with a spirited performance of a Paul Hindemith fox trot. And this edition also includes the world premiere recording of a piano arrangement of a “Tango” by Kurt Weill.

– New York Times (Seth Colter Walls)

Works on This Recording
1. Der Vetter aus Dingsda, Op. 13: Sieben Jahre lebt' ich in Batavia...Mägdelein, zart und fein by Eduard Künneke
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1921 ; Germany
2. Fox Trot for Piano by Eduard Erdmann
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1923 ; Germany
3. Dance Improvisations (3) by Walter Gieseking
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925-1926 ;
4. Klavierstucke (6): Tango by Stefan Wolpe
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: 09/04/1927 ; Germany
5. Three Pennies Opera: Tango-Ballade by Kurt Weill
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: 05/1928-08/1928 ; Germany
6. Marie Galante: Scène au Dancing by Kurt Weill
Performer: Gottlieb Wallisch (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; France
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