Ebony Band play Weill, Toch & Schulhoff
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Label: Channel Classics
Cat No: CCS25109
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th July 2009
Jazzoratorium nach Worten von Otto Rombach
Egon und Emilie, op.46
Weill, Toch and Schulhoff wrote their pieces in the late roaring twenties of the last century. Inspired by jazz and entertainment, these live recordings - of which two are premieres - belong to the ‘most musical and varied period in music history’ according to founder, conductor and artistic leader Werner Herbers.
Weill wrote an orchestral suite for wind orchestra only four months after the Berlin première of his Threepenny Opera (1928) by adapting eight of its most successful numbers.
Toch moved to Berlin in 1929 and became one of the most frequently played living composers of his time. ‘Egon und Emilie’ is a satire on opera based on a charmingly mischievous libretto by the famous German poet and humourist Christian Morgenstern. The text is a monologue by a grand diva having a nervous breakdown, caused by the indifference and lack of interest of her companion Egon.
In 1930, Schulhoff, together with Otto Rombach, a dramatic author, writer and journalist with the Frankfurter Zeitung, wrote the Jazz Oratorio ‘H.M.S. Royal Oak’, inspired by an actual event dating from 1928 when a violent quarrel had arisen among three officers about the music played by a small band in the officers’ mess.
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