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Jewish Cabaret in Exile

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Jewish Cabaret in Exile

Ilya LevinsonJulia BentleyNew Budapest Orpheum SocietyStewart Figa

  • CDR 90000 110
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    • Die moblierte Moral / The Well-Furnished Morals (1:48)

    • I. The Great Ennui on the Eve of Exile
      EDMUND NICK (1891-1973) & ERICH KASTNER (1899-1974)

      Die möblierte Moral (The Well-Furnished Morals)

      Die moblierte Moral / The Well-Furnished Morals (1:48)

    • Das Wiegenlied vaterlicherseite / The Father’s Lullaby (4:49)

    • Das Wiegenlied vaterlicherseite / The Father’s Lullaby (4:49)

    • Die Elegie in Sachen Wald / Elegy in the Forest of Things (3:29)

    • Die Elegie in Sachen Wald / Elegy in the Forest of Things (3:29)

    • Der Gesang vom verlorenen Sohn / The Song of the Lost Son (5:13)

    • Der Gesang vom verlorenen Sohn / The Song of the Lost Son (5:13)

    • Das Chanson fur Hochwohlgeborene / The Chanson for Those Who Are Born Better (2:43)

    • Das Chanson fur Hochwohlgeborene / The Chanson for Those Who Are Born Better (2:43)

    • Der Song "man muBte wieder . . ."/ The Song "Once Again One Must . . ."(3:59)

    • Der Song "man muBte wieder . . ."/ The Song "Once Again One Must . . ."(3:59)

    • In Cheider / In the Cheder (5:46)

    • II. The Exiled Language - Yiddish Songs for Stage and Screen
      MOSES MILNER (1886 – 1953)

      In Cheider / In the Cheder (5:46)

    • Mordechai Gebirtig (1877 – 1942): Avreml, der Marvikher / Abe, the Pickpocket (5:12)

    • Mordechai Gebirtig (1877 – 1942): Avreml, der Marvikher / Abe, the Pickpocket (5:12)

    • Abraham Ellstein (1907 – 1963): Tif vi di Nacht / Deep as the Night (3:07)

    • Abraham Ellstein (1907 – 1963): Tif vi di Nacht / Deep as the Night (3:07)

    • Mariechen / Little Marie (1:49)

    • III – Transformation of Tradition
      Hanns Eisler (1898–1962): From Zeitungsausschnitte, Op. 11 (Newspaper Clippings)

      Mariechen / Little Marie (1:49)

    • Kriegslied eines Kindes / A Child’s Song of War (2:32)

    • Kriegslied eines Kindes / A Child’s Song of War (2:32)

    • Heute zwischen Gestern und Morgen / Today between Yesterday and Tomorrow (2:35)

    • IV. The Poetics of Exile: Songs by HANNS EISLER and KURT TUCHOLSKY (1890 – 1935)

      Heute zwischen Gestern und Morgen / Today between Yesterday and Tomorrow (2:35)

    • Bugerliche Wohltatigkeit / Civic Charity (3:01)

    • Bugerliche Wohltatigkeit / Civic Charity (3:01)

    • Zuckerbrot und Peitsche / Sweetbread and Whips (2:20)

    • Zuckerbrot und Peitsche / Sweetbread and Whips (2:20)

    • An den deutschen Mond / To the German Moon (2:46)

    • An den deutschen Mond / To the German Moon (2:46)

    • Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit / Unity and Justice and Freedom (1:53)

    • Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit / Unity and Justice and Freedom (1:53)

    • Couplet fur die Bier-Abteilung / Couplet for the Beer Department (1:26)

    • Couplet fur die Bier-Abteilung / Couplet for the Beer Department (1:26)

    • Berjoskele / The Little Birch (4:18)

    • V. Traumas of Inner Exile
      VIKTOR ULLMANN (1898 – 1944)
      Three Yiddish Songs (Brezulinka), op. 53 (1944)

      Berjoskele / The Little Birch (4:18)

    • Margaritkele / Little Margaret (1:37)

    • Margaritkele / Little Margaret (1:37)

    • Ich bin a Maydl in di Yorn / I’m Already a Young Woman (1:30)

    • Ich bin a Maydl in di Yorn / I’m Already a Young Woman (1:30)

    • Tauben vergiften / Poisoning Pigeons (2:46)

    • VI. Nostalgia and Exile
      GEORG KREISLER (b. 1922)

      Tauben vergiften / Poisoning Pigeons (2:46)

    • Ich bin ein unverbesserlicher Optimist / I’m an Irrepressible Optimist (3:46)

    • HERMANN LEOPOLDI (1888 – 1959) and ROBERT KATSCHER (1894 – 1942)

      Ich bin ein unverbesserlicher Optimist / I’m an Irrepressible Optimist (3:46)

    • Heute Nacht oder nie / Tonight or Never (3:22)

    • MISHA SPOLIANSKY (1898 – 1985) / MARCELLUS SCHIFFER (1892 – 1932)

      Heute Nacht oder nie / Tonight or Never (3:22)

    • Marianka (2:32)

    • VII. Exile in Reprise
      Friedrich Hollander (1896 – 1976)

      Marianka (2:32)

    • Wenn der Mond, wenn der Mond . . . / If the Moon, If the Moon . . . (3:00) Lyrics by Theobald Tiger (Kurt Tucholsky)

    • Wenn der Mond, wenn der Mond . . . / If the Moon, If the Moon . . . (3:00) Lyrics by Theobald Tiger (Kurt Tucholsky)

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The New Budapest Orpheum Ensemble’s Jewish Cabaret In Exile follows its acclaimed recording debut, Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano — Jewish Cabaret, Popular, and Political Songs 1900–1945.

On the new CD, the University of Chicago-based troupe offers the fruits of its latest research into Jewish popular music of the early to mid-20th century
— repertoire that is “often funny and always fascinating” (Audiophile Audition)
— and the culture that produced it.

The ensemble performs piquant songs of love, lament, observational humor, and social satire with an “engaging zest” (Fanfare) that has charmed concert audiences in the U.S. and Europe. The program includes songs by Edmund Nick, Hanns Eisler, Friedrich Holländer, Victor Ullmann, and others.

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Album Details

Total Time: 78:58

Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond
Cover: Boris Borvine Frenkel (1895‚ – 1984): Jewish Musicians in the Snow, c.1930 (oil on canvas) © Bridgeman Art Library
Recorded:  April 2-4, 2008 in the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio, WFMT, Chicago

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