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Schulhoff - Ensemble Works Vol. 1

Ebony Band

Erwin Schulhoff

SKU: 6994

Year of release: 1994

Selections from Stagemusic 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' 15:46
1. Overture (Adagio, Allegro con spirito) Erwin Schulhoff 03:55
2. Sicilienne Erwin Schulhoff 02:26
3. Andante Erwin Schulhoff 01:01
4. Grand Ballet de Finale Erwin Schulhoff 08:22
Three Tango's 07:06
5. Tango from Partita Erwin Schulhoff 02:48
6. Tango from Esquisses de Jazz Erwin Schulhoff 02:11
7. Tango from 5 √Čtudes de Jazz Erwin Schulhoff 02:06
Concerto for String Quartet and Wind 21:18
8. Allegro moderato Erwin Schulhoff 08:31
9. Largo Erwin Schulhoff 06:59
10. Finale, Allegro con brio Erwin Schulhoff 05:47
Suite for Chamber Orchestra 18:19
11. Introductory text Erwin Schulhoff 02:02
12. Ragtime Erwin Schulhoff 01:45
13. Valse Boston Erwin Schulhoff 04:03
14. Shimmy Erwin Schulhoff 02:39
15. Step (without music) Erwin Schulhoff 00:54
16. Tango Erwin Schulhoff 04:38
17. Jazz Erwin Schulhoff 02:15
Total time: 62:31

About this album

Although Erwin Schulhoff (8 July 1894, Prague-18 August 1942, Wlzbourg internment camp, in Bavaria) did not settle permanently in the city of his birth until the end of 1932 (he had studied and worked primarily in Germany up to that time), he soon made his name as a composer among both the German speaking inhabitants of Prague and in native Czech musical circles. One additional proof of this is the commission which Schulhoff received from the Czech National Theatre in the spring of 1926 to compose the stage music for Molire’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The play was given an extremely modern treatment by the director, and he chose his co-workers accordingly. He considered Schulhoff the most suitable man for the job, because the composer showed a sense of humor and a feeling for the ridiculous in his work, he was fond of jazz, expressed himself succinctly and pithily, and was responsive and inventive. Schulhoff’s participation in the Dada movement also played a role in the choice: at the time, Dadaist art was still the most current style among theatrical artists in Prague….

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Reviews

NRC/Handelsblad

(...) De toon is volstrekt onromantisch, brutaal en af en toe behoorlijk ruig - al blijft de balans tussen het strijkkwartet en al die blazers (waaronder ook het stevige koper) overeind. Dirigent Werner Herbers en zijn Ebony Band verdedigen deze muziek met een flair alsof ze zelf iedere nacht optreden in mondaine, rokerige bars.

Le Monde de la Musique

(...) Lyrique et mlodieux (...) (...) On attend avec impatience son second disque (...)

Volkskrant

(...) Iets voor muzikale avonturiers.

Diapason

(...) LEbony Band, nous offre de bonnes interprtations (...)

Entreacte

(...) De Ebony Band verdient dan ook alle lof voor dit eerste deel van de werken voor ensemble...(...) Over het concert voor strijkkwartet en blazers uit 1930: (...) Dit stuk is zonder meer een meesterwerk en rechtvaardigt op zich al deze uitgave. (...)

Luister

(...) niets dan lof voor deze fraaie vertolkingen (...) (...) Herbers en zijn musici tonen zich voortreffelijke pleitbezorgers van deze muziek (...)

Fono Forum

(...) Die Wiedergaben der Ebony Band .... sind ausgesprochen anregend und spannungsreich.(...)

Dissonanz

(...) virtuos gespielt (...)

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerBert van der Wolf
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording NotesLive Recording
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJune 1994
Recording LocationVredenburg Utrecht, The Netherlands
EditingBert van der Wolf, Tom Peeters
Recording EngineerBert van der Wolf
ProducerTed Diehl