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).