Freitag, 17. November 2017

Mercedes Sosa con Leon Gieco y Milton Nascimento - Corazón Americano (1985)

The politics and significance of stadium performances of music artists in Latin America differ from that in Europe and North America: With a participative force comparable to that of fervent football supporters, the response of those present is not merely to join in with the songs, but also to make their own statements about dictators who will fall of have fallen and to offer their own versions of the parts of songs taht are an overt comment on present or near-past situations. The intensity and emotional complexity of performer/audience communication is manifest: what is beeing exchanged is not merely empathy but experiences and feelings - the private made public.

This response emanates as much from immediate considerations of place, as from the fact that in Argentina and Chile, during certain periods, the concert has been the only significant available space for the coming together of a certain political community (one primarily constituted by young people in the case of Argentina). It is also inspired by the performers.  On the album "Corazon Americana", Mercedes Sosa is joined, in Brazil, by fellow Argentine rock nacional singer Leon Gieco and Brazil´s own Milton Nascimento.

One is not surprised, that when Mercedes Sosa stumbles in her translation from Spanish into Brazilian Portuguese, the audience have the words already on their lips. Ultimately, the various strands of this record are fused and loss of life made meaningful in Sosa´s extraordinary rendering of Petrocelli´s "Cuando tenga la tierra" ("When I Have the Land"), which captures the charactersitic properties of so much Latin American music: passionate, powerful, formidable in ites beauty, ecstatic rather than sublimatory in its reaffirmation of the regeneration of the individual within the group.

The recognition of the complexity of what has been lost, even for those who have survived, comes through the emotional "Cancion para Carito", the second track on "Corazon Americano". This response to someone´s death is that of a younger generation aware that they have borne the most intense sacrifice of any generation in Latin America - not merely in terms of unempolyment and lack of education, but also because they suffered the brunt of the waves of repression against "subversivos-marijuaneros-delincuentes", tags applied by military regimes to justify abnegating the rights of anyone who does not conform.The music in these concert does not "preach to the converted", a popular but useless interpretation of why such events are important, but rahter attempts to acknowlede what everyone knows has happende.

If the theme is sharing experience and uniting, it is a mark of her formidable position as one of the world´s major perfomrers that Mercedes Sosa responds to the overwhelming chats that greet her introduction on stage by Brazil´s own Milton nascimento with a reflective and timely new interpretation of Chilean Violeta Parra´s "Volver a los 17" ("To be 17 Again"), the average age of much of her audience.

The best song for me is "Solo le pido a Dios" ("I Only Ask God") - the anthem of the peace movment at the time of the Malvinas War in Argentina, sung by Mercedes Sosa with Leon Giece: the rich, contralto voice of a strong and warm woman contrasts wonderfully with Gieco´s terse, tight-throated, reverberating timbres, while to my (European) ears, the use of the harmonica strangely evokes the uncynical hopes of the youth of a different period - the 1960s and Bob Dylan.

Mercedes Sosa con Leon Gieco y Milton Nascimento - Corazón Americano (1985)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Donnerstag, 16. November 2017

Karsten Troyke - Grüne Blätter

Karsten Troyke (born Karsten Bertolt Sellhorn on 14 August 1960 in Berlin) is a German singer of Jewish songs, as well as an actor and speaker.

Troyke was born to a non-Jewish mother and a Jewish father. He worked in various jobs: as a gardener and with cognitively challenged children. He studied singing (with Leonore Gendries) as well as drama and speaking, performing on stage since 1982.

In 1990 he gave up work to dedicate himself full-time to musical performance and theater. Troyke participated in radio plays, worked as a voice actor (dubbing), and appeared in various stage plays.
As a singer, his album Yiddish Anders (1992) received the praise of German record critics. Jidische vergessene Lieder (1997) contained previously unpublished songs of Sara Bialas Tenenberg, who became his mentor for the Yiddish language.

In his performances, Troyke worked with Bettina Wegner, Suzanna and the Trio Scho. His interpretations of the songs of Georg Kreisler received mention in the writer-musician's 2005 biography. In 2006, two documentaries, Yiddish Soul and Concert Yiddish Soul, featured Troyke, Shura Lipovsky, Myriam Fuks, and The KlezRoym.


Troyke holds workshops on interpretating Yiddish songs and teaches rare songs from his collection. He was a guest professor at the Jewish Music Institute of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, at Carleton College Northfield (Minnesota) and at the summer school of Centre Medem, Paris.


Tracklist:
1Furn Furt Men
2:05
2Dus Kelbl
2:18
3Unter Grattes
3:35
4Grine Bletter
4:02
5Shir Hanoded
3:46
6Yiddisher Tango
4:15
7Di Kurt
3:28
8Hora Für Franka
4:42
9La Casuta Dintre Gârle
3:03
10Di Mesinke Oysgegebn
2:36
11Gehat Hob Ich A Heym
3:53
12Separacíon
2:07
13I'm Crazy Far She
3:13
14Abi Gesint
3:38
15Di Necht Fîn Amul
2:08
16A Retenish
3:57

(320 kbps, front cover included)

Barbara Dane & Lightnin´ Hopkins - Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me (1964)

A spontaneous live recording by blues and folk singer Barbara Dane with Houston, Texas blues icon Lightning Hopkins during an afternoon gathering at Berkeley's legendary coffee house, the Cabale, in the early 60's, with Barbara on acoustic and Lightning on electric guitars.

The first half of this CD is Lightning and Barbara improvising on the spot, while the second half is comprised of Barbara performing classic blues and other songs, with Ray Skjelbred playing piano on most. These selections reflect Barbara's social consciousness at the time, including a superb rendition of Woody Guthrie's moving "Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)."
           
“On a summer afternoon in 1964, East Bay blues and folk singer Barbara Dane and producer Chris Strachwitz met at the Cabale to cut a record. Among the invited guests was Texas blues titan Sam 'Lightnin' Hopkins, who joined Dane for nine songs on which the two engaged in some frequently witty, mostly off-the-cuff musical repartee Now, 32 years after the fact, come the complete sessions; duets have a special charm, her previously unissued solo selections are often transcendent, particularly the blues standards 'Careless Love' and 'Betty and Dupree,' and Malvina Reynolds' slyly political 'Bury Me in My Overalls.' Dane's booming, brilliantly elastic alto voice rings with clarity and uncanny conviction.”
-Lee Hildebrand, East Bay Express

Tracklist:

1. I'm Going Back, Baby
2. I Know You Got Another Man
3. Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me
4. Baby, Shake That Thing
5. It's A Lonesome Old Town
6. Don't Push Me ('Til You Find Out What I Want)
7. Let Me Be Your Rag Doll
8. Mother Earth
9. Mama Told Papa
10. Careless Love
11. Love With A Feeling
12. Betty And Dupree
13. Don't You Push Me Down
14. Bury Me In My Overalls
15. Deportees (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
16. Hold On (Keep Your Eyes On The Prize)
17. Jesus Won't You Come By Here (Jesus Will You Come By Here)

Barbara Dane & Lightnin´ Hopkins - Sometimes I Believe She Loves Me (1964)
(224 kbps, front cover included)

Dienstag, 14. November 2017

VA - Wann wir schreiten Seit an Seit - Hymnen & Kampflieder der Arbeiterbewegung


This collections features worker songs from the 20th century and the last half of the 19th century. The recordings were done between 1966 and 1984 at the "Arbeiterfestspiele" and "Nationale Jugendfestival" in the GDR.

The "Solidaritätslied" ("Vorwärts und nicht vergessen") is an interpretation by Ernst Busch, the vocals on "Venceremos" were done by Dean Reed.

Tracks:
01 Wann wir schreiten Seit an Seit
02 Brüder, zur Sonne, zur Freiheit
03 Auf, auf zum Kampf
04 Arbeiter-Marseillaise
05 Brüder, seht die rote Fahne
06 Dem Morgenrot entgegen
07 Warschawjanka
08 Matrosen von Kronstadt
09 Der Rote Wedding
10 Solidaritätslied
11 Die Moorsoldaten
12 Die Thälmann-Kolonne
13 Thälmann-Lied
14 Badiera rossa
15 Venceremos
16 Black and white
17 We shall overcome
18 Die Internationale

VA - Wann wir schreiten Seit an Seit
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Montag, 13. November 2017

Georges Brassens - Don Juan - Vol. 12 (1976)

One of French pop's most poetic songwriters, Georges Brassens was also a highly acclaimed and much-beloved performer in his own right. Not only a brilliant manipulator of language and a feted poet in his own right, Brassens was also renowned for his subversive streak, satirizing religion, class, social conformity, and moral hypocrisy with a wicked glee. Yet beneath that surface was a compassionate concern for his fellow man, particularly the disadvantaged and desperate.

His personal politics were forged during the Nazi occupation, and while his views on freedom bordered on anarchism, his songs expressed those convictions more subtly than those of his contemporary, Léo Ferré.

Though he was a skilled songwriter, Brassens had little formal musical training, and he generally kept things uncomplicated - simple melodies and spare accompaniment from a bass and second guitar.

Along with Jacques Brel, he became one of the most unique voices on the French cabaret circuit, and exerted a tremendous influence on many other singers and songwriters of the postwar era. His poetry and lyrics are still studied as part of France's standard educational curriculum.       

"Don Juan" was officially his final album.

Tracklist:

1 Trompe La Mort
2 Les Ricochets
3 Tempête Dans Un Bénitier
4 Le Boulevard Du Temps Qui Passe
5 Le Modeste
6 Don Juan
7 Les Casseuses
8 Cupidon S'En Fout
9 Montélimar
10 Histoire De Faussaire
11 La Messe Au Pendu
12 Lèche-Cocu
13 Les Patriotes
14 Mélanie
Bonus :
15 Les Copains D'Abord
16 La Visite
17 Élégie À Un Rat De Cave

Georges Brassens - Don Juan - Vol. 12 (1976)
(ca. 192 kbps, cover art included)

Sonntag, 12. November 2017

Elizabeth Cotten ‎- Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (1958)

Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten (1895-1987), best known for her timeless song "Freight Train," built her musical legacy on a firm foundation of late 19th- and early 20th-century African-American instrumental traditions. Through her songwriting, her quietly commanding personality, and her unique left-handed guitar and banjo styles, she inspired and influenced generations of younger artists. In 1984 Cotten was declared a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts and was later recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as a "living treasure." She received a Grammy Award in 1985 when she was ninety, almost eighty years after she first began composing her own works.

Recorded in 1957 and early 1958 by Mike Seeger, "Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes" collects the influential debut sides cut by a then-62-year-old Elizabeth Cotten; even decades after their first release, they remain a veritable primer in the art of finger-picked style guitar playing. The quaint, homespun quality of the material - much of it recorded at Cotten's home with her grandchildren looking on in silence - adds immensely to its intimacy and warmth; the sound quality varies wildly from track to track, but the amazing instrumental work shines through regardless on tracks like the opening "Wilson Rag" and the now-standard "Freight Train."               


Tracklist:

1 Wilson Rag 1:35
2 Freight Train 2:42
3 Going Down The Road Feeling Bad 2:09
4 I Don't Love Nobody 1:10
5 Ain't Got No Honey Baby Now 0:53
6 Graduation March 2:29
7 Honey Babe Your Papa Cares For You 2:11
8 Vastopol 2:08
9 Here Old Rattler Here / Sent For My Fiddle Sent For My Bow / George Buck 3:45
10 Run…Run / Mama Your Son Done Gone 2:15
11 Sweet Bye And Bye / What A Friend We Have In Jesus 3:00
12 Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie 4:40
13 Spanish Flang Dang 2:49
14 When I Get Home 2:21

Elizabeth Cotten ‎- Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (1958)
(320 kbps, cover art included)                                 

Samstag, 11. November 2017

Berlin - Großstadtklänge - Rare Schellacks 1908 - 1953

Here´s another volume of the series with rare schellack recordings, this time collecting historic recordings of Berlin performers from 1908 - 1953.

Throughout the world, the rise of mass culture in the 19th century brought the music of the common man to the forefront of the popular agenda.
Expressions of "high culture" no longer dominated in the big cities. The taste of recently-urbanised country migrants was increasingly catered for.
Since the turn of the 20th century popular melodies, folk songs, humorous commentaries and dance music with a hard edge gained widespread acceptance.

In the suburbs of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Dresden new types of urban folk singers and entertainers emerged at the cutting edge of recreation.

Their songs reflected the dissonant and raucous reality of urban life in harsh and critical lyrics, but always modified by a pinch of irony and a considerable amount of humor. The commercial recording industry recognized the mass appeal of these emergent syncretic forms and a representative sample from that early period, recorded in Berlin, is featured on this compilation.

Tracklist
1Paul BendixDie Radiorevue 'Der neue Lautsprecher'0:54
2Unknown ArtistDas war knorke1:37
3Schorsch Ruselli mit OrchesterbegleitungDas Mädchen vom Weissensee2:53
4Erwin HartungMöbel-Hübner-Marsch2:44
5Otto ReutterSeh'n Sie, darum ist es schade, dass der Krieg zu Ende ist2:15
6Alexander Flessburg, KrückeSportpalast-Walzer3:25
7Bully Buhlan und Peter RebhuhnChattanooga Choo Choo II (Kötschenbroda-Express)2:15
8Arnold Rieck und Rosi LoibnerIm Lustgarten ist Frühkonzert2:35
9Ludwig ArnoPaula mach die Bluse zu2:49
10Paul BendixFräulein Backhaus2:57
11Paul BendixRadiorevue Ausschnitt0:12
12Pola NegriZeig' der Welt nicht dein Herz2:54
13Max HansenRobes Modes3:09
14Claire WaldoffClaire Waldoff spricht...!0:52
15Claire WaldoffDie Radpartie2:50
16Otto ReutterO Du liebes, deutsches Gretchen3:43
17Die Drei Travellers08/15 Cocktail3:00
18Jugendchor des Mitteldeutschen Rundfunks LeipzigBaut Berlin2:21
19MargareteMax hat'n Knax2:10
20Gustav Schönwald und Elsa GüdeIm Berliner Zoo2:42
21Marta HübnerInventur Ausverkauf3:10
22Homocord OrchesterIch möcht' ein Würstchen, mit Senf beschmiert2:36
23Alexander FlessburgDas Neue Tempelhof Lied (Was hab'n wir für 'ne Feuerwehr bei uns in Tempelhof)2:49
24Claire WaldoffWie wohl ist mir am Wochenend2:51
25No ArtistDie Wasserminna (Verlagsankündigung)0:57
26Max HansenIch reiß mir eine Wimper aus3:07
27Claire WaldoffIch kann um Zehne nicht nach Hause geh'n3:00
28Paul GraetzBerlin2:53
29Paul BendixRadiorevue Ausschnitt0:32


Berlin - Großstadtklänge - Rare Schellacks 1908 1953
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Maria Farantouri - Live im Olympia

Maria Farantouri (sometimes spelt Maria Farandouri) (Greek: Μαρία Φαραντούρη), (born 28 November 1947 in Athens), is a Greek singer and also a political and cultural activist. She has collaborated with prominent Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote the score for Pablo Neruda's Canto General, which Farantouri performed.

During the Greek military junta (1967–1974) Maria Farantouri recorded protest songs in Europe with Mikis Theodorakis. In 1971, she recorded "Songs and Guitar Pieces by Theodorakis" with Australian guitarist John Williams which included seven poems by Federico García Lorca. She has recorded songs in Spanish ('Hasta Siempre Comandante Che Guevara'), Italian, and English ("Joe Hill" and Elisabeth Hauptmann's Alabama Song from Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), as well as works by Greek composers Manos Hatzidakis, Eleni Karaindrou and Mikalis Bourboulis ('San Elektra' and 'Tora Xero') in which she realized a special fusion of vocal and instrumental beauty with musical accompaniment by Vangelis.
She also sang the notable 'Mauthausen Cycle'.

Her voice is deep contralto with about an octave and a half range.

Maria Farantouri was an elected member of the Greek Parliament from 1989-1993 representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).
She is married to the PASOK politician Tilemachos Chitiris.

This album features a live performance at the Olympia in Paris, 19 November 1984 - Maria at her best performing works by the two most famous Greek composers/conductors namely Manos
Chatzidakis & Mikis Theodorakis.

Tracklist:
                                                     
Manos Chatzidakis
1.Persephones Alptraum3:40
2.Die Kinder unten auf dem Felde3:27
3.Über Helena2:39
4.Die nächtlichen Statuen2:17
5.Kountou Louna Vini3:12
6.Kemal4:11
7.Ballade der Sinne3:07
8.Die Mandoline2:58
9.Der Stern des Nordens3:22
10.Pornographie2:46

Mikis Theodorakis
11.Die Straße entlang3:57
12.Rote Rose4:13
13.Es waren einmal zwei Freunde2:53
14.Auf fernen Straßen2:08
15.Eines Tages werd' ich's Dir erzählen2:22
16.Alte Straßen4:41
17.Meine Liebste, Mmine Liebste3:59
18.Antonito El Camporio3:16
19.Vegetationen6:09
20.Wohin ist mein Junge geflogen?3:27
21.Sonnenaufgang3:20

Maria Farantouri - Live im Olympia
(256 kbps, cover art included)

VA - Rare Schellacks: Wien - Volksmusik (Vienna - Traditional Music 1906-1932)

This is a second compilation with traditional music from Vienna, released on schellack in the first half of the 20th century.

Already by the 19th century Vienna, the capital of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, was a multiethnic melting pot. Bohemian polkas, gypsy melodies, Alpine and Balkan dances blended into a specific sound, which was performed in taverns on the outskirts of the metropolis. This music reflects all the melancholy and tragedy which defines the Vienna soul.

Tracklist:
 
1. ORIGINAL LANNER-QUARTETT: Maurer Marsch [02:51]
2. HUBER,KARL/FRANZ WOLFERT/BUTSCHETTY QUARTETT: Jessas verkaufts mei Gwand [02:57]
3. STADLER,EDI & RUDI HERMANN: Wiener Drahrer-Marsch [03:05]
4. ORIGINAL WIENER SCHRAMMEL-QUARTETT "LINZ": Heurigen-Tanz [02:24]
5. JAUNER,MAX & LANNER-QUARTETT: G'stanzeln [02:10]
6. JAUNER,MAX & HÖFERL: Linzerische Buam [02:42]
7. WIENER SCHRAMMEL-TRIO G.WAGNER: Oberösterreichischer Bauern-Ländler [02:57]
8. STADLER,EDI/RUDI HERMANN/FRIEDRICH SCHOTT: D'Voglhuaberin [02:58]
9. NIERNSEE,FRANZ & KAROLINE MÜLLER: Jetzt wird's gemütlich [02:34]
10. GEBRÜDER DIETRICH: Im Khalenbergerdörfel [03:14]
11. NAGL,MALY & LANNER-TERZETT HASELBRUNNER: A Weaner singt,Wiener Liederpotpourri 1.Teil [03:16]
12. NAGL,MALY & LANNER-TERZETT HASELBRUNNER: A Weaner singt,Wiener Liederpotpourri 2.Teil [03:16]
13. PICKSÜASSE HÖLZEL: Deutschmeister-Marsch [02:33]
14. MIKA,FRANZ & SCHRAMMEL-TRIO WAGNER: Lokale Ausdrücke [02:54]
15. MÜCK & WEISSGRAB "D'GRINZINGER": Es wird ein Wein sein [03:00]
16. MATAUSCHEK,HANS/THERESE SPRUNG & MATAUSCHEK TERZET: Was die Glocke vom Stephansturm erzählt [03:16]
17. BRÜDER MIKULAS & ZRUST: Wiener Heurigen-Marsch [03:07]
18. NIERNSEE,FRANZ: 'S Weanerliad [02:54]
19. GODOSCEV & CELAKOWSKY: Hausherrn-Söhnln [03:03]
20. SCHRAMMELQUARTETT KUMHOFER/ERNST/SKACEL/STROHMEYER: Die beiden Finken [02:50]
21. SCHMID,HANS: Das größte Glück [03:17]
22. STARECEK,MIZZI & RUDI HERMANN & LANNER-QUARTETT: A Ladung Sieveringer Wein [03:05]
23. DIETRICH,PAUL: Erinnerungen an Johann Schrammel Teil 1 [03:00]
24. DIETRICH,PAUL: Erinnerungen an Johann Schrammel Teil 2 [03:11]


VA - Rare Schellacks: Wien - Volksmusik (Vienna - Traditional Music 1906-1932)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Freitag, 10. November 2017

David Peel & Death With Wayne Kramer‎– Rock 'n' Roll Junkie (Single)

David Peel was, and still is, a street musician and political activist from the Lower East Side of New York City. With a collection of friends who became his bandmates and who were eponymously called the Lower East Side, he recorded two groundbreaking albums of social reflections, urban tales, and hippie mythology for Elektra Records. The first, entitled "Have a Marijuana", was released in 1968. The second, "The American Revolution", was released in 1970. Both were just exactly as you would think they would be from their album titles: Musical Counterculture Manifestos Presented With Guitars and Grins.        

The two tracks on this David Peel & Death feat. Wayne Kramer (MC5) single - "Rock´n´Roll Junkie" and "Junk Rock" - were recorded in 1979. Wayne Kramer played lead and rhythm guitar, David Peel did the lead vocals and the rhytthm guitar, and The Lower East Side performed the backing vocals and various other instruments. The single was released in 2000 on "Hate Records" in Roma, Italy.

Fresh link:
David Peel & Death with Wayne Kramer - Rock´n´Roll Junkie (Single)
(320 kbsp, art work included)

Donnerstag, 9. November 2017

Paul Dessau - Lilo Herrmann - An die Mütter und an die Lehrer - Der anachronistische Zug (NOVA)


Liselotte Hermann was a German student who became involved in anti-Nazi activities. She was arrested and sentenced to death for high treason, becoming the first woman to be executed in Hitler's
Third Reich.

She was an engineer’s daughter and had a middle-class liberal upbringing. After completing her Abitur, she went to work in a chemical factory to support her studies in chemistry, starting in 1929, and later also in biology as of 1931. She took these programmes at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart (now the University of Stuttgart) and the University of Berlin. She joined the Kommunistischer Jugendverband Deutschlands (“Communist Youth Federation of Germany”) in 1928 or 1930, and also became a member of the Roter Studentenbund (“Red Students’ League”). From 1931, she was a member of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD).

Early in 1933, she signed a “Call for the Defence of Democratic Rights and Freedoms” at the university in Berlin, and was therefore, together with 111 other students, reprimanded and debarred by the university on 11 July 1933. From that time, she worked illegally against Germany's fascist dictatorship. On 20 December 1933, her husband was slain in Gestapo custody.
She took a job as a nanny and socialized with the armed resistance within the KPD. In 1934, Liselotte's son Walter was born. From September of the same year, she lived once again in Stuttgart, where she worked as a shorthand typist at her father's engineering office.
She reestablished contacts with the now banned KPD. From late 1934, she worked as a technical aid with Stefan Lovasz, the Württemberg KPD leader. She obtained from Arthur Göritz information about secret weapons projects - munitions production at the Dornier factory in Friedrichshafen and the building of another, underground munitions factory near Celle - which she relayed to the KPD's office that had been set up in Switzerland.

On 7 December 1935, Liselotte Hermann was seized. For 19 harrowing months she was held in remand custody, whilst her young son had to be cared for by his grandparents. Charged before the Volksgerichtshof, Herrmann was sentenced to death by the Second Senate of the Volksgerichtshof in Stuttgart on 12 June 1937 for "treason and conspiracy to commit high treason". Lina Haag was held in the same Remand Prison at that time, and remembers the night she was sentenced in her book 'A Handful of Dust' or 'How Long the Night'.
After a year in the Berlin Women's Prison, she was transferred to Plötzensee Prison, also in Berlin, for execution. Despite international protests, Liselotte Hermann was sent to the guillotine on 20 June 1938. Her political friends Stefan Lovasz, Josef Steidle and Arthur Göritz were also put to death the same day.

In East Germany, many schools, streets, and institutions were named after her, but after German reunification in 1990, many were given new names in the rush to erase all references to Communism.
Indeed, even in Stuttgart, where Liselotte Herrmann studied, she has been a controversial figure. In 1988, unknown persons placed a simple memorial stone to her on the University of Stuttgart campus, which caused a bit of a stir. "Lilo-Herrmann-Weg" was the city's tribute to her, but it is little more than a 100 m-long blind alley affording access to public and private parking. No-one lives there. In the 1970s, students at the university tried to get a new residence named after her, but the university administration balked at the idea.

The German writer Friedrich Wolf worked after the World War I as a doctor in Remscheid and Hechingen, where he focused on care for common people and prescribed treatment using naturopathic medicine. In 1923 and 1925 his sons Markus und Konrad were born. After 1928 he became a member of the Communist Party and the Association of Proletarian-Revolutionary Authors. In 1929 his drama "Cyankali" sparked a debate about abortion, and he was briefly arrested and charged for performing abortions.
In early 1932 he founded the Spieltrupp Südwest in Stuttgart, a communist agitprop group of lay actors that created controversial pieces about current topics.
After the Nazis came to power, Wolf emigrated with his family to Moscow. In 1938 he made his way to Spain to work as a doctor in the International Brigades. However, he was arrested in France and interned in the concentration camp Le Vernet. In 1941 he gained Soviet citizenship and returned to Moscow where he became a founder of the National Committee for a Free Germany (NKFD) .
In 1945 he returned to Germany and was active in literary and cultural-political issues. From 1949 to 1951 he was the first ambassador of East Germany to Poland. On October 5, 1953, he died in his personal office in Lehnitz.

Friedrich Wolf wrote the biographic poem "Lilo Herrmann", which was set to music in 1954 by the German conductor and composer Paul Dessau. This album features his melodrama for speaker, chorus & ensemble "Lilo Herrmann" besides "An die Mütter und an die Lehrer" and "Der anachronistische Zug", a collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.

Paul Dessau - Lilo Herrmann - An die Mütter und an die Lehrer - Der anachronistische Zug (NOVA)
(320 kbps, vinyl rip, small front cover included)

Markus Wolf - Freunde sterben nicht

"Im Lebenslauf verteidigt der Mensch das einzige, was er besitzt: seine Zeit und seinen Eigensinn ... Gefühle können Partisanen sein, Katalysatoren, Störenfriede, Bremser und Vollender. Sind sind geheimnisvilles Inventar der Geschichtslandschaften, sie begründen bestimmte Prozesse weit jenseits des organisierten guten Willens, der sich Politik nennt." (Alexander Kluge)


Markus Wolf died 11 years ago. Some years ago i read the book "Freunde sterben nicht" by Markus Wolf. Four of the nine chapters of the book are presented on this audio book by Markus Wolf himself.

Markus Wolf led the foreign intelligence division of the East German Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi, during much of the Cold War.

Born in Hechingen, Province of Hohenzollern (now Baden-Württemberg), Wolf was the son of the writer and physician Friedrich Wolf and brother of film director Konrad Wolf. His father was a member of the Communist Party of Germany, and after Adolf Hitler gained power, they emigrated via Switzerland and France to Moscow because of their Communist conviction and because Markus's father was Jewish.
During his exile, he first attended the German Karl Liebknecht Schule and later a Russian school. Afterwards, he entered the Moscow Institute of Airplane Engineering (Moscow Aviation Institute), which was evacuated to Alma Ata after Germany's attack on the Soviet Union. There he was told to join the Comintern, where he among others was prepared for undercover work behind enemy lines.
After the end of the war, he was sent to Berlin with the Ulbricht Group, led by Walter Ulbricht to work as a journalist for a radio station in the Soviet Zone of occupation. He was among those journalists who observed the entire Nuremberg Trials against the principal Nazi leaders.

In 1953, at the age of 30, he was among the founding members of the foreign intelligence service within the ministry of state security. As intelligence chief, Wolf achieved great success in penetrating the government, political and business circles of West Germany with spies.  He later explained to the publication Tikkun, "Many other Jews took a similar path, becoming active in the Stasi to hunt down former Nazis." He justified his decision on the grounds that Western powers used high-ranking Nazis, including Reinhard Gehlen, to build up their postwar intelligence services.

"Misha" Wolf's impact was undeniable. He was said to have been remarkably effective in stealing West Germany's weekly intelligence reports and was credited with planting thousands of moles in Western capitals, NATO headquarters and essential industries in science and technology.
One operative, Günter Guillaume, helped to topple the Social Democratic government of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt in 1974. Another agent, Markus Wolf said, became a secretary in the office of West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and provided details of communications between Schmidt and then-President Jimmy Carter.

He retired in 1986 in order to continue the work of his late brother Konrad in writing the story of their upbringing in Moscow in the 1930s. The book Troika came out on the same day in East and West Germany.
Shortly before German reunification he fled the country, and sought political asylum in Russia and Austria. When denied, he returned to Germany where he was arrested by German police. Wolf claimed to have refused an offer of "seven figures", a new identity and a home in California from the Central Intelligence Agency to defect to the United States. In 1993 he was convicted of treason by the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf and sentenced to six years imprisonment. This was later quashed by the German supreme court, because Wolf was acting from the territory of the then-independent GDR. In 1997 he was convicted of unlawful detention, coercion, and bodily harm, and was given a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment. He was additionally sentenced to three days' imprisonment for refusing to testify against Paul Gerhard Flämig when the former West German politician was accused in 1993 of atomic espionage. Wolf said that Flämig was not the agent that he had mentioned in his memoirs: Flämig had unwittingly been probed by intelligence agents during authorised discussions in the GDR.
Markus Wolf died in his sleep at his Berlin home on 9 November 2006.

With "Freunde sterben nicht", Markus Wolf looks back on his life. With impressive candor he evokes friends and companions, and gives insight into his own thinking.

He reports about friends who crossed his path and accompanied him on his way. There are people whose attitudes are as different as their paths: the "forgotten soldier" Leonard, the high school friend of the Arbat and later professor of literature Alik, the GDR "Kundschafterin" Johanna ...
From the chapter about Johanna: "So, wie die Bauernaufstände des Mittelalters trotz ihrer Niederlagen reichliche Spuren hinterlassen haben, meint Johanna, werden auch von unserem Wirken Spuren bleiben. (...) Gewiss empfinde ich, wie auch Johanna, neben Glück oft Trauer. Trauer über die verpassten Chancen in der Gesellschaft, der wir unsere Fähigkeiten und energien gaben. Trauer über die gegenwärtig geringen Möglichkeiten, auf den unheilvollen Lauf der Entwicklung in der Welt einzuwirken. (...) Ich fühle mich den toten Freunden verpflichtet, ich möchte ihre Gestalten und ihre Gedanken festhalten. Mögen unsere Spuren nicht zu schnell verwehen."

VA - Klangdenkmal für die Opfer des Holocaust - A Monument in Sound for the Victims of the Holocaust (2004)

Today we remember the anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany and Austria on 9 to 10 November1938, also known as "Novemberpogrome", "Reichskristallnacht", "Reichspogromnacht" or "Pogromnacht" in German.

Twenty six variations on a subject that one finds difficult to put into words. The incomprehensibility and the magnitude of the Holocaust can perhaps be described in facts, dates and figures - but the suffering of the victims, the regret about what happened, the consequence is especially difficult to "grasp" in terms of one´s owen life. Perhaps this is the reason for music as music is "the ability to communicate where speech has ended" (R. M. Rilke) and gives us the possivility of combining emotions and reason without a verbal setting, to allow grief and hope to flow into each other and in this manner to remember the victims in a very special way.

The "Monument in Sound for the Vicitms of the Holocaust" has been "built" by 27 composers who belong to the "Deutsche Komponistenverband" (German Association of Composers). The project was initiated in 1999 following a unanimous resolution passed by the associations´s state branch in Berlin. Composers from a variety of generations and artistic origins are involved and the starting point was the theme of a song by Coco Schumann. He was persecuted as the son of a Jewish mother and deported to the concentration camps Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Dachau - he survived these camps and still performs on stage to this very day.

The theme of his compositon was arranged for a string quartet setting and sent to all the project´s participants in alphabetical order, one after another. Each artist then had the possibility, whilst taking the opening theme into consideration, to take up from his predecessor in terms of compostion or to carry on independatly ins or her own way. As such, after two years work, an astonishingly homogeneous musical piece of contemporary history came into being, contrary to all doubts, created by artist from a variety of musical fields - from jazz, avant garde and serious music. A musical work in which past and present flow into a spiritual entirety, as the sum of the involved composers´ personal and subjecitve experiences, each being treated in their own individual artistic manner.


VA - Klangdenkmal für die Opfer des Holocaust (2004)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Mittwoch, 1. November 2017

Colin Wilkie - Empty Chairs (1996)

The folk revival of the 1960s came to Germany through the playing of British-born singer/songwriter Colin Wilkie and his guitarist/vocalist wife Shirley Hart. The composer of hundreds of songs and stories, Wilkie spent 11 years as resident songwriter for SWF show "Telekolleg" and seven years as host of his own weekly radio show.

He passed on his unique fingerstyle approach to the guitar to influential German guitarist Franz Josef Degenhardt. Wilkie's songs, which reflect on family, friends, and political and ecological themes, offer only a hint of his warm, intimate stage persona.

Wilkie has recorded at a prolific rate. His more than 30 albums include 1970's "Sunflower Seed" (recorded with Hart, bassist Eberhard Weber, and pianist Milcho Leviev), 1972's "Morning" and 1974's "Outside the City" (reissued together as a compilation by the Pläne label in 2006), 1980's "Echoes of Old Love Songs", and 1996's "Empty Chairs".

Wilkie and Hart's first album, released in 1965, was recorded with Scottish folksinger Alex Campbell. Musical theater has provided another outlet for Wilkie and Hart's talents. Their appearance as street singers in a production of John Arden's "Life and Death" at the Württemberg National Theater in Stuttgart helped to make the show so successful that it ran for several years. Wilkie's songs have been covered by a lengthy list of artists including the McCalmans, Werner Lämmerhirt, and Peter Ratzenbeck. An album of Wilkie's tunes interpreted by German singer/songwriters Hannes Wader, Lämmerhirt, and Degenhardt, "I Wish I'd Written That Song: A Tribute to Colin Wilkie", was released in 1996.       

The album "Empty Chairs" was released in 1996 on "Pläne". Colin Wilkie dedicated the album to the memory of his od mates Martin Winsor and Redd Sullivan.       

Tracklist:

1 Empty Chairs 4:31
2 Painfully Sad 3:59
3 Autumn Is Knocking At Our Door 3:42
4 Old Movies Makes Me Cry 3:54
5 The National Seven 2:57
6 The Shearing's Not For You 4:40
7 Tomorrow's Turned Into Yesterday 3:13
8 Even Oak-Trees Fall 4:14
9 We Don't Inherit The Earth 5:52
10 Glencoe (Bitter Cold) 4:25
11 Captain Of The O & O Line 4:08
12 Time Does Not Return 4:09


Colin Wilkie - Empty Chairs (1996)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 31. Oktober 2017

VA - Wien - Zoten und Pikanterien - Rare Schellacks 1906 - 1932

Throughout the world, the rise of mass culture in the 19th century brought the music of the common man to the forefront of the popular agenda. Expressions of "high culture" no longer dominated in the big cities. The taste of recently-urbanised country migrants was increasingly catered for.

Since the turn of the 20th century popular melodies, folk songs, humorous commentaries and dance music with a hard edge gained widespread acceptance. In the suburbs of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Leipzig and Dresden new types of urban folk singers and entertainers emerged at the cutting edge of recreation. Their songs reflected the dissonant and raucous reality of urban life in harsh and critical lyrics, but always modified by a pinch of irony and a considerable amount of humor.

The commercial recording industry recognized the mass appeal of these emergent syncretic forms and a representative sample from that early period is featured on this series.

Tracklist:
Die Erbsünd - Freddy Wellmann
Der Grillenkitzler - Karl Huber mit Lenz Quartett
Brombeerlied - Franz Niernsee mit Lenz Quartett
Der Pfannenflicker - Brder Breier mit "Neuwirth" Quartett
Wiener Lokal-Verse - Franz Mika mit Neustifter Schrammel Begleitung
Das Lied ist modern - Scheimbauer & Lenz mit Mojka-Nast Schrammelbegleitung
Roserl, wie schön bist du im Hoserl - Richard Waldemar mit Klavier Begleitung
Weil ich anstnädig bin - Fritzi Rolly mit Orchesterbegleitung
Im roten Hahn - Franz Mika mit original Lanner-Quartett
Die Müllerin - Jungbauer mit Lenz-Quartett
Wo's Wasser herrauscht - Franz Niernsee mit Schrammelquartett "Lenz"
Breier G'stanzeln - August Breier begleitet vom "Neuwirth-Quartett"
Stilleben - Mika und Drechsler mit Schrammelbegleitung "Pischinger"
Hansi Führer am Telefon - Hansi Fhrer mit Klavierbegleitung
Schnauzbart-G'stanzln - Karl Huber mit Butschetty-Quartett
I hab mei Freud mit die Vögln - Mika & Drechsler mit Schrammel-Terzett
Unterm Paraplui - Rudi Hermann mit Schrammel-Terzett
Der Landkirtag - Scheimbauer & Lenz mit Schrammelquartett Moja-Nast
Bauerng'stanzeln - Karl Huber mit "Quartett Lenz und Ernst"
Beim Heurigen in Ottakring - Mika & Drechsler mit Schrammelbegleitung "Pischinger"
Laternderl - Franz Niernsee begl. Vom Wiener Salon Orchester "D`Geigerbuben"
I hab an alten Daimler - Rudi Hermann mit Schrammel-Terzett
Das Vergissmeinnicht - Franz Mika mit Original-Lanner-Quartett
Bauerng'stanzeln - Rudolf Heller mit Klavierbegleitung
Brunnstangl - Lenz und Scheimbauer mit Schrammelbegleitung

VA - Wien - Zoten und Pikanterien - Rare Schellacks 1906 - 1932
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 30. Oktober 2017

Django Reinhardt et son Quintette du HCF - Concert A Bruxelles 1948

From the liner notes:

"This is a recording in which every Django Reinhardt admirer will be interested. It is the only public performance we know and it had been recorded on an amateur tape recorder he bought in Brussels.

When Mrs. Reinhardt played it to us after Django´s death, we immediately thought that such a rarity had to be issued, although the recording quality is poor.

So here is Django Reinhardt with his quintet on the stage of the Theatre des Galeries in Burssels in December 1948 featuring Hubert Rostaing, Louis Vola, Arthur Motta and his older son Henri "Louson" Baumgartner."



Tracklist:

A1Artillerie Lourde4:19
A2Micro1:57
A3Bolero3:57
A4Cadillac Slim2:43
A5Nuages3:44
B1Place De Broukere2:49
B2Improvisation2:28
B3Improvisation Sur Un Theme Mineur4:20
B4Festival 481:48
B5Minor Swing2:17

Django Reinhardt et son Quintette du HCF - Concert A Bruxelles 1948
(320 kbps, cover art included)