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Life In This Time / Edmund Nick

Album Summary

>Nick, Edmund : Leben in diener Zeit, for chorus & orchestra
>Word, Spoken : Nachempfundener Beginen des Funkspiels
>Word, Spoken : Nachempfundenes Ende des Funkspiels
>Word, Spoken : Dagmar Nick liest aus ihren literarischen Erinnerungen 'Leben in diester Zeit. Edmund Nick und Erich
>Word, Spoken : Edmund Nick singt 'Juni' aus dem Zyklus 'Die 13 Monate'
Performer Conductors Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In 1929, the year in which the Great Depression began, the radio medium was a mere five years old. Program editors were working nonstop to create radio offerings that would keep pace with the racing speed of technological progress. Some of these editors also had what was a quite ambitious goal: they wanted to create a "radiophonic music" all of its own - a music tailored to the technological resources of the loudspeaker. Edmund Nick, a composer and since 1925 the head of the music department of the Breslau Radio, and his friend Erich Kastner, who was eight years his junior, accepted the challenge. The result was Leben in dieser Zeit (Life in these Times) - a work representing a genre that had never really existed before. The critics immediately understood its significance: "Orchestra, sung songs, spoken poems, speaking voices, speaking chorus. The whole is the first complete victory in the struggle for radio art." This new recording is an enthralling reconstruction of this document of its times: captivating and controversial!

This production's subtitle, "A Lyric Suite," may have a mild-mannered ring to it, but what we are presenting here is a genuine discographic sensation. In 1929, the year in which the Great Depression began (as has recently been recalled so very often), the radio medium was a mere five years old. Program editors were working nonstop to create radio offerings that would keep pace with the racing speed of technological progress. Some of these editors also had what was a quite ambitious goal: they wanted to create a "radiophonic music" all of its own - a music tailored to the technological resources of the loudspeaker. Edmund Nick, a composer and since 1925 the head of the music department of the Breslau Radio, and his friend Erich Kastner, who was eight years his junior, accepted the challenge. The result was Leben in dieser Zeit (Life in these Times) - a work representing a genre that had never really existed before. And the critics immediately understood its significance: "Orchestra, sung songs, spoken poems, speaking voices, speaking chorus. The whole is the first complete victory in the struggle for radio art." This new recording is an enthralling reconstruction of this document of its times: captivating and controversial.

International Record Review
Rediscovering this long-neglected work...has been utter joy...The music requires 'durchschnitt' voices rather than great operatic or operetta instruments, chansonniers with chiselled diction, and that's exactly what Leben in dieser Zeit gets...Altogether, a revelatory issue from CPO.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lukaskirche Dresden (08/19/2008-08/23/2008).



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Works Details

>Nick, Edmund : Leben in diener Zeit, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Ernst Theis
  • Notes: Sender Königsberg (08/19/2008-08/23/2008); Lukaskirche Dresden (08/19/2008-08/23/2008); Sender Königsberg (12/13/1930); Lukaskirche Dresden (12/13/1930)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Nachempfundener Beginen des Funkspiels
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Nachempfundenes Ende des Funkspiels
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Nick, Edmund : Leben in diener Zeit, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Dr. Nick
  • Notes: Sender Königsberg (08/19/2008-08/23/2008); Lukaskirche Dresden (08/19/2008-08/23/2008); Sender Königsberg (12/13/1930); Lukaskirche Dresden (12/13/1930)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Dagmar Nick liest aus ihren literarischen Erinnerungen 'Leben in diester Zeit. Edmund Nick und Erich
  • Running Time: 22 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Word, Spoken : Edmund Nick singt 'Juni' aus dem Zyklus 'Die 13 Monate'
  • Performer: Dr. Nick (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic