Urban cabaret: Songs and Solo Piano Music of Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schoenberg & Ed Harsh

Artists

  • Maria Tegzes, soprano
  • Geoffrey Burleson, piano
  • Composers: Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, Hanns Eisler, Ed Harsh, Edward Harsh.

Tracks

Arnold Schoenberg:  from Brettl-Lieder
1. Galathea (Frank Wedekind)
2. Der Genügsame Liebhaber (Hugo Salus)
3. Einfältiges Lied (Hugo Salus)
4. Mahnung (Gustav Hochstetter)
5. Arie aus dem Spiegel von Arcadien (Emanuel Schikaneder)
Hanns Eisler
6. Die Maske des Bösen (from Gedichte im Exil)
7. Lied eines Freudenmädchens (from Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe)
8. Klavierstucke, op. 32, no. 1
9. A Hollywood elegy (from Hollywood-Elegien)
10. ; Wie der Wind weht
11. Klavierstuck, op. 32, no. 5
12. Lied der Kupplerin (from Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe)
13. Ändere die Welt, sie braucht es (from Massnahme)
14. Second Sonata For Piano, op. 6
Ed Harsh
15. be not the slave of words/i fear loquacious odes
Hans Eisler
16. Klavierstück, op. 32, no. 2

About Urban cabaret: Songs and Solo Piano Music of Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schoenberg & Ed Harsh

An evocative survey of vocal and solo piano music by two of the leading musical forces of Weimar Berlin. The CD opens with Arnold Schoenberg's alternately seductive and satirical Brettl-Lieder, written for the Über-Brettl Cabaret in Berlin. Schoenberg's student Hanns Eisler is represented by his dynamic and forceful song collaborations with Bertolt Brecht, as well as his Piano Sonata No. 2 and other solo piano music. American composer Ed Harsh's "be not the slave of words/i fear loquacious odes" concludes the CD, brilliantly recasting, colliding and synthesizing Weimar styles with modern popular idioms.

Recorded at Little Center, Clark University, Worcester, Mass., June 1992, and at the church, Kirchenthurnen, Switzerland, July 1992 (track 5).