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Ebony Band

Ponc, Schimmerling, Burian, Haba, Ullmann

SKU: 34813

Year of release: 2013

Svatebcane na Eiffelce 01:13
1. The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Overture Ponc 01:13
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra 12:44
2. Sehr Langsam Schimmerling 02:07
3. Ruhig bewegt Schimmerling 01:39
4. Ziemlich Breit Schimmerling 02:09
5. Schnell Schimmerling 01:12
6. Sehr Langsam Schimmerling 02:08
7. Tempo moderato Schimmerling 03:28
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 01:27
8. Speech From The General Ponc 01:27
Small Overture Op. 42 04:44
9. - Burian 04:44
About Children 07:09
10. Moderato Burian 02:43
11. Rubato Burian 02:26
12. Moderato Leggiero Burian 01:59
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 01:02
13. Intermezzo I Ponc 01:02
Nonett II 11:56
14. Nonet No. 2 Op. 41 Haba 11:56
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 00:51
15. Intermezzo II Ponc 00:51
Five small pieces op. 9 05:16
16. Andante Ponc 00:52
17. Allegro risoluto Ponc 01:19
18. Moderato Ponc 01:03
19. Adagio, Presto Ponc 01:24
20. Allegro vivace Ponc 00:36
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 11:11
21. No. 1 Ponc 01:20
22. No. 2 Ponc 01:13
23. No. 3 Ponc 00:34
24. No. 4 Ponc 01:48
25. No. 5 Ponc 06:14
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 04:28
26. A. Haba Ponc 00:36
27. V. Helfert Ponc 00:52
28. J. Mahen Ponc 00:28
29. G. Forster Ponc 00:28
30. C. Hoffmann Ponc 00:35
31. K. Balling Ponc 00:17
32. A. Schulhoff Ponc 01:08
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 01:25
33. Polka Ponc 01:25
Six Songs Op. 17 14:03
34. An Himmelfahrt Ullmann 01:24
35. Drei Blumen Ullmann 02:56
36. Dreierlei Schutzgeister Ullmann 01:31
37. Es Schleppt mein Schuh Ullmann 02:01
38. Wie ist die Nacht Ullmann 04:02
39. Aus dem Hauschen in den Garten Ullmann 02:07
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 00:59
40. Walt Of The Telegrams Ponc 00:59
Total time: 78:35

About this album

The city of Prague was a cultural hotspot in the 1920s and 30s. From 1918 to 1935 the country’s president was the European-minded and remarkably liberal philosopher Tomáš Masaryk, and his successor Edvard Beneš was a kindred spirit. The three population groups, enriched by emigrants from Russia, the Ukraine, Germany and Austria, competed with one another but also inspired each other.
This was the Prague in which the composers on this CD were involved. In their music we hear the old and the new, tradition and renewal, but above all, imagination and talent. When the border between East and West opened up in 1989, their music had hardly been heard in the West for some fifty years, having been suppressed first by the Nazis and then by suffocating communist rule. With the exception of Ullmann, even today these composers have hardly reached our concert halls.

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(...) een interessante cd met onbekende muziek

(...) high quality music, daring and surprising: varied pieces with adventure.(...)


As is common with the Ebony Band’s releases, live performances are mixed with studio recordings, but each work is produced with care and the quality of each is consistently high. Nicely packaged and well documented as usual by Channel Classics, this will go very well alongside all of the other Ebony Band releases which, as an inquisitive and open minded collector, you must surely already have acquired.

Audiophile Audition

I greatly admire and appreciate the work of the Ebony Band for both its performing prowess as well as for the important historical aspects of this music. The main thought I carried away from this recording is that, in general, the music itself is a bit esoteric and may not have wide appeal. These are all good works that deserve to be heard, however, and the surround sound recording is superb.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix
Recording LocationAmsterdam Holland
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB+W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared SAcks
Digital ConvertersGrimm DSD AD
Cablesvan de Hul