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Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Stewart Figa, baritone
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Deborah Bard, soprano
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Elizabeth Ko, flute
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
Cedille Records CDR 90000 065

2 CD Set for the Price of 1

There's more to traditional Jewish popular music than klezmer clarinet and Fiddler on the Roof. Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano revives the lively genre of Jewish cabaret and music hall songs from early twentieth-century Vienna and other vibrant centers of Jewish life.

Based on new scholarship from the University of Chicago, the CD entertains with songs of self-deprecating humor, political and cultural commentary, and social idealism (made all the more poignant by the unthinkable catastrophe soon to unfold).

You'll discover unfamiliar works by familiar names -- Weill, Milhaud, and even Schoenberg -- plus gems by once-prominent songsmiths such as Friedrich Holländer, a cabaret compatriot of Weill in the intimate cellar nightspots of Weimar Germany, and the inventive and gifted Hanns Eisler, closely associated with the cutting-edge political theater of Bertolt Brecht.

The songs offer vivid storytelling set to music drawn from varied sources including waltz, tango, and jazz. Featured singers are two Chicago cantors, exuberant soprano Deborah Bard and idiomatic baritone Stewart Figa, and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, a sublime and highly sought interpreter of 20th century music. Cabaret-jazz accompaniment is by the (all-American) New Budapest Orpheum Society, an ensemble of violin, double bass, piano, and percussion.

New Budapest Orpheum Society:
Philip V. Bohlman, Artistic Director
Ilya Levinson, Music Director & Arranger
Stewart Figa, baritone
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Deborah Bard, soprano
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violin
Stewart Miller, bass
Hank Tausend, percussion
Elizabeth Ko, flute
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
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PROGRAM

CD 1 (77:23) All songs sung in original language
CD 2 (77:40) All songs sung in English

1 PICK Gustav: "Wiener Fiakerlied" - "Viennese Coachmans Song" (5:03) (5:00)

2 ROSENZWEIG Hermann: "...Nach Grosswardein" - "...To Grosswardein" (5:50) (5:53)*

3 LORENS Carl: "Der judische Landsturm" - "The Jewish Country Regiment" (3:21) (3:21)

4 ANONYMOUS: "Der Leb, der Hersch und der Kohn" - "Levin and Hirsch and Cohn" (3:06) (3:04)

5 ANONYMOUS: "Die koschere Mischpoche!" - "The Kosher Mishpoche!" (DB) (2:42) (2:39)

6 PICK Gustav: "Judisches Fiaker Lied" - "Jewish Coachmans Song" (5:30) (5:32)

7 BERLIN Irving: "Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars" (3:04)

8 BRONNER Gerhard: "Liebeslied an ein Proletariermadchen" - "Love Song to a Proletarian Girl" (2:55) (2:51)

9 MULLER Adolf: "Couplet des Schmafu" - "Schmafu Couplet" (2:55) (2:55)

10 HOLLANDER Friedrich: "Eine kleine Sehnsucht" - "Do a Little Dreaming" (3:53) (3:58)

11 HOLLANDER Friedrich: "Ich bin von Kopf bis FuB auf Liebe eingestellt" - "From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love" (3:50) (3:59)

12 SCHOENBERG Arnold: "Gigerlette" from Brettl-Lieder (1901) (1:47) (1:49)

13 SCHOENBERG Arnold: "Mahnung" - "Warning" from Brettl-Lieder (2:34) (2:36)

14 PICK Gustav: "Haman-Arie" - "The Haman Coachmans Song" (1:53) (2:00)

15 EISLER Hans: "Ballade von der Judenhure Marie Sanders" - "Ballad of the Jewish Whore, Marie Sanders" (3:04) (3:07)

16 EISLER Hans: "Der Graben" - "The Trenches" (2:33) (2:32)

17 EISLER Hans: "Solidaritatslied" - "Solidarity Song" (2:02) (1:59)

18 EISLER Hans: "An den kleinen Radioapparat" - "To the Little Radio" (1:17) (1:19)

19 EISLER Hans: "Und es sind die finstren Zeiten" - "And the Times Are Dark and Fearful" (0:47) (0:51)

20 WEILL Kurt: "Havu L venim" - "Bring the Bricks" (2:03)

21 DESSAU Paul: "Hine Achal la Bachalili" - "Lo, I Play upon My Flute" (3:59) with Elizabeth Ko, flute

22 MILHAUD Darius: "Gam Hayom" - "Day after Day" (1:16)

23 MILHAUD Darius: "Holem Tza adi" - "My Step Resounds" (2:49)

24 WOLPE Stefan: "Ra inu Amalenu" - "We Beheld Our Toil" (1:40)

25 WEILL Kurt: "Ba’a M’nucha" - "There Comes Peace" (4:20)

26 COPLAND Aaron: "Banu" - "Weve Come" (1:33)

* = World Premiere Recording

Recorded: March 13-16, 2002 at WFMT Chicago Producer: Elizabeth Ostrow Engineer: Bill Maylone Front Cover Illustration: "Dancing" illuminated by Arthur Szyk, Lodz, Poland, 1936. Reproduced with permission of Alexandra Szyk Bracie and Irvin Ungar/Historicana. Notecards with this image may be obtained through Historicana (650.343.9578 or www.szyk.com) Graphic Design: Melanie Germond Notes: Philip V. Bohlman