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Jewish Cabaret in Exile
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Stewart Figa, baritone
Ilya Levinson, piano
Iordanka Kissiova, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Cedille Records CDR 90000 110

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.

Also on Cedille Records

Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (78:58)

I. The Great Ennui on the Eve of Exile
Edmund Nick (1891 – 1973) & Erich Kastner (1899 – 1974)

1 Die moblierte Moral / The Well-Furnished Morals (1:48)
2 Das Wiegenlied vaterlicherseite / The Father’s Lullaby (4:49)
3 Die Elegie in Sachen Wald / Elegy in the Forest of Things (3:29)
4 Der Gesang vom verlorenen Sohn / The Song of the Lost Son (5:13)
5 Das Chanson fur Hochwohlgeborene / The Chanson for Those Who Are Born Better (2:43)
6 Der Song "man muBte wieder . . ."/ The Song "Once Again One Must . . ."(3:59)

II. The Exiled Language / Yiddish Songs for Stage and Screen
7 Moses Milner (1886 – 1953): In Cheider / In the Cheder (5:46)
8 Mordechai Gebirtig (1877 – 1942): Avreml, der Marvikher / Abe, the Pickpocket (5:12)
9 Abraham Ellstein (1907 – 1963): Tif vi di Nacht / Deep as the Night (3:07)

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

10 Mariechen / Little Marie (1:49)
11 Kriegslied eines Kindes / A Child’s Song of War (2:32)

IV. The Poetics of Exile: Songs by Hanns Eisler and Kurt Tucholsky (1890 – 1935)
12 Heute zwischen Gestern und Morgen / Today between Yesterday and Tomorrow (2:35)
13 Bugerliche Wohltatigkeit / Civic Charity (3:01)
14 Zuckerbrot und Peitsche / Sweetbread and Whips (2:20)
15 An den deutschen Mond / To the German Moon (2:46)
16 Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit / Unity and Justice and Freedom (1:53)
17 Couplet fur die Bier-Abteilung / Couplet for the Beer Department (1:26)

V. Traumas of Inner Exile
Viktor Ullmann (1898 – 1944)
Three Yiddish Songs (Brezulinka), op. 53 (1944)

18 Berjoskele / The Little Birch (4:18)
19 Margaritkele / Little Margaret (1:37)
20 Ich bin a Maydl in di Yorn / I’m Already a Young Woman (1:30)

VI. Nostalgia and Exile
21 Georg Kreisler (b. 1922): Tauben vergiften / Poisoning Pigeons (2:46)
22 Hermann Leopoldi (1888 – 1959) and Robert Katscher (1894 – 1942): Ich bin ein unverbesserlicher Optimist / I’m an Irrepressible Optimist (3:46)
23 Misha Spoliansky (1898 – 1985) / Marcellus Schiffer (1892 – 1932): Heute Nacht oder nie / Tonight or Never (3:22)

VII. Exile in Reprise
Friedrich Hollander on Stage and Film

24 Friedrich Hollander (1896 – 1976): Marianka (2:32)
25 Wenn der Mond, wenn der Mond . . . / If the Moon, If the Moon . . . (3:00) Lyrics by Theobald Tiger (Kurt Tucholsky)

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