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Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano

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Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano

Deborah BardIlya LevinsonJulia BentleyNew Budapest Orpheum SocietyStewart Figa

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    • “Wiener Fiakerlied”(5:03)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK (1832–1921)

      “Wiener Fiakerlied”(5:03)

    • “…Nach Großwardein”(5:55)

    • Music: HERMANN ROSENZWEIG / Text: Anton Groiss

      “…Nach Großwardein”(5:55)

    • “Der jüdische Landsturm”(3:21)

    • Music: CARL LORENS

      Viennese Broadside

      “Der jüdische Landsturm”(3:21)

    • “Der Leb, der Hersch und der Kohn”(3:06)

    • Music: ANONYMOUS

      Viennese Broadside / Music: “Es klappert die Mühle” (folk song)

      “Der Leb, der Hersch und der Kohn”(3:06)

    • “Die koschere Mischpoche!”(2:42)

    • Viennese Broadside

      “Die koschere Mischpoche!”(2:42)

    • “Jüdisches Fiaker Lied”(5:30)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK / Text: Carl Lorens

      “Jüdisches Fiaker Lied”(5:30)

    • “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars”(3:04)

    • Music / Text: IRVING BERLIN (1888–1989)

      “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars”(3:04)

    • “Liebeslied an ein Proletariermädchen”(2:55)

    • Music: GERHARD BRONNER (b. 1922) / Text: Peter Hammerschlag (1902–c. 1942)

      “Liebeslied an ein Proletariermädchen”(2:55)

    • "Couplet des Schmafu"(2:55)

    • Music: ADOLF MÜLLER / Text: Johann Nestroy in Der konfuse Zauberer

      Textual adaptation: Karl Kraus (1874–1936)

      "Couplet des Schmafu"(2:55)

    • “Eine kleine Sehnsucht”(3:53)

    • FRIEDRICH HOLLÄNDER (1896–1976)

      “Eine kleine Sehnsucht”(3:53)

    • “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt”(3:50)

    • Music / Text: FRIEDRICH HOLLÄNDER

      “From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love”

      “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt”(3:50)

    • “Gigerlette”(1:47)

    • Music: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874–1951)

      from Brettl-Lieder (1901)
      Text: Otto Julius Birnbaum

      “Gigerlette”(1:47)

    • “Mahnung”(2:35)

    • Music: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG from Brettl-Lieder / Text: Gustav Hochstetter

      “Mahnung”(2:35)

    • “Haman-Arie”(1:54)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK

      from Akiba hat recht gehabt in the repertory of the
      Arche Revue, an exile cabaret in New York City during World War II

      “Haman-Arie”(1:54)

    • “Ballade von der ‘Judenhure’ Marie Sanders”(3:04)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER (1898–1962) / Text: Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)

      “Ballade von der ‘Judenhure’ Marie Sanders”(3:04)

    • “Der Graben”(2:33)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Kurt Tucholsky

      “Der Graben”(2:33)

    • “Solidaritätslied”(1:59)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “Solidaritätslied”(1:59)

    • “An den kleinen Radioapparat”(1:17)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “An den kleinen Radioapparat”(1:17)

    • “Und es sind die finstren Zeiten”(0:47)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “Und es sind die finstren Zeiten”(0:47)

    • “Havu L’venim”(2:03)

    • Music: KURT WEILL (1900–1950) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Alexander Pennht

      “Havu L’venim”(2:03)

    • “Hine Achal’la Bachalili”(3:59)

    • Music: PAUL DESSAU (1894 –1979) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Jacob Schönberg

      with Elizabeth Ko, flute

      “Hine Achal’la Bachalili”(3:59)

    • “Gam Hayom”(1:16)

    • Music: DARIUS MILHAUD (1892–1974) on a melody by Shalom Postolsky / Text by Levi Ben-Amitai

      “Gam Hayom”(1:16)

    • “Holem Tza’adi”(2:49)

    • Music: DARIUS MILHAUD (on a melody by Mordechai Zaira) / Text: Jacob Schönberg

      “Holem Tza’adi”(2:49)

    • “Ra’inu Amalenu”(1:40)

    • Music: STEFAN WOLPE (1902–1972) on a melody by Shalom Postolsky / Text: Levi Ben-Amitai

      “Ra’inu Amalenu”(1:40)

    • “Ba’a M’nucha”(4:20)

    • Music: KURT WEILL (on a melody by Daniel Sambursky) / Text: Nathan Alterman

      “Ba’a M’nucha”(4:20)

    • “Banu”(1:34)

    • Music: AARON COPLAND (1900–1990) on a melody by Joel Walbe / Text: Nathan Alterman

      “Banu”(1:34)

    • “Viennese Coachman’s Song”(5:00)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK (1832–1921)

      “Viennese Coachman’s Song”(5:00)

    • “…To Großwardein”*(5:53)

    • Music: HERMANN ROSENZWEIG / Text: Anton Groiss

      “…To Großwardein”*(5:53)

    • “The Jewish Country Regiment”*(3:21)

    • Music: CARL LORENS

      Viennese Broadside

      “The Jewish Country Regiment”*(3:21)

    • “Levin and Hirsch and Cohn”*(3:04)

    • Viennese Broadside / Music: “Es klappert die Mühle” (folk song)

      “Levin and Hirsch and Cohn”*(3:04)

    • “The Kosher Mishpoche!”*(2:39)

    • Viennese Broadside

      “The Kosher Mishpoche!”*(2:39)

    • “Jewish Coachman’s Song”*(5:32)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK / Text: Carl Lorens

      “Jewish Coachman’s Song”*(5:32)

    • “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” (3:04)

    • Music / Text: IRVING BERLIN (1888–1989)

      “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” (3:04)

    • “Love Song to a Proletarian Girl”(2:51)

    • Music: GERHARD BRONNER (b. 1922) / Text: Peter Hammerschlag (1902–c. 1942)

      “Love Song to a Proletarian Girl”(2:51)

    • “Schmafu Couplet” *(2:55)

    • Music: ADOLF MÜLLER / Text: Johann Nestroy in Der konfuse Zauberer

      Textual adaptation: Karl Kraus (1874–1936)

      “Schmafu Couplet” *(2:55)

    • “Do a Little Dreaming” (3:58)

    • FRIEDRICH HOLLÄNDER (1896–1976)

      “Do a Little Dreaming” (3:58)

    • “From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love”(3:59)

    • Music / Text: FRIEDRICH HOLLÄNDER

      “From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love”

      “From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love”(3:59)

    • “Gigerlette” (1:49)

    • Music: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1874–1951)

      from Brettl-Lieder (1901)
      Text: Otto Julius Birnbaum

      “Gigerlette” (1:49)

    • “Warning” (2:36)

    • Music: ARNOLD SCHOENBERG from Brettl-Lieder / Text: Gustav Hochstetter

      “Warning” (2:36)

    • “The ‘Haman’ Coachman’s Song” *(2:00)

    • Music: GUSTAV PICK

      from Akiba hat recht gehabt in the repertory of the
      Arche Revue, an exile cabaret in New York City during World War II

      “The ‘Haman’ Coachman’s Song” *(2:00)

    • “Ballad of the ‘Jewish Whore,’ Marie Sanders”

    • Music: HANNS EISLER (1898–1962) / Text: Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956)

      “Ballad of the ‘Jewish Whore,’ Marie Sanders”

    • “The Trenches” (2:32)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Kurt Tucholsky

      “The Trenches” (2:32)

    • “Solidarity Song” (1:59)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “Solidarity Song” (1:59)

    • “To the Little Radio” (1:19)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “To the Little Radio” (1:19)

    • “And the Times Are Dark and Fearful” (0:51)

    • Music: HANNS EISLER / Text: Bertolt Brecht

      “And the Times Are Dark and Fearful” (0:51)

    • “Bring the Bricks” *(2:03)

    • Music: KURT WEILL (1900–1950) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Alexander Pennht

      “Bring the Bricks” *(2:03)

    • “Lo, I Play upon My Flute” *(3:59)

    • Music: PAUL DESSAU (1894 –1979) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Jacob Schönberg

      with Elizabeth Ko, flute

      “Lo, I Play upon My Flute” *(3:59)

    • “Day after Day” *(1:16)

    • Music: DARIUS MILHAUD (1892–1974) on a melody by Shalom Postolsky / Text by Levi Ben-Amitai

      “Day after Day” *(1:16)

    • “My Step Resounds” *(2:49)

    • Music: DARIUS MILHAUD (on a melody by Mordechai Zaira) / Text: Jacob Schönberg

      “My Step Resounds” *(2:49)

    • “We Beheld Our Toil” *(1:40)

    • Music: STEFAN WOLPE (1902–1972) on a melody by Shalom Postolsky / Text: Levi Ben-Amitai

      “We Beheld Our Toil” *(1:40)

    • “There Comes Peace” *(4:20)

    • Music: KURT WEILL (on a melody by Daniel Sambursky) / Text: Nathan Alterman

      “There Comes Peace” *(4:20)

    • “We’ve Come” (1:34)

    • Music: AARON COPLAND (1900–1990) on a melody by Joel Walbe / Text: Nathan Alterman

      “We’ve Come” (1:34)

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There's more to traditional Jewish popular music than klezmer clarinet and Fiddler on the Roof. Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano revives the lively genre of Jewish cabaret and music hall songs from early twentieth-century Vienna and other vibrant centers of Jewish life.

Based on new scholarship from the University of Chicago, the CD entertains with songs of self-deprecating humor, political and cultural commentary, and social idealism (made all the more poignant by the unthinkable catastrophe soon to unfold).

You'll discover unfamiliar works by familiar names -- Weill, Milhaud, and even Schoenberg -- plus gems by once-prominent songsmiths such as Friedrich Holländer, a cabaret compatriot of Weill in the intimate cellar nightspots of Weimar Germany, and the inventive and gifted Hanns Eisler, closely associated with the cutting-edge political theater of Bertolt Brecht.

The songs offer vivid storytelling set to music drawn from varied sources including waltz, tango, and jazz. Featured singers are two Chicago cantors, exuberant soprano Deborah Bard and idiomatic baritone Stewart Figa, and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, a sublime and highly sought interpreter of 20th century music. Cabaret-jazz accompaniment is by the (all-American) New Budapest Orpheum Society, an ensemble of violin, double bass, piano, and percussion.

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Program Notes

Album Details

PROGRAM
CD 1 (77:23) All songs sung in original language
CD 2 (77:40) All songs sung in English

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Recorded: March 13-16, 2002 at WFMT Chicago
Producer: Elizabeth Ostrow
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Front Cover Illustration: "Dancing" illuminated by Arthur Szyk, Lodz, Poland, 1936. Reproduced with permission of Alexandra Szyk Bracie and Irvin Ungar/Historicana. Notecards with this image may be obtained through Historicana (650.343.9578 or www.szyk.com)
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Notes: Philip V. Bohlman

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