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Around Prague 1922-1937 - works by Ponc; Schimmerling; Burian; Haba; Ullmann / Barbara Kozelj, mezzo soprano; Ebony Band; Werner Herbers

Audio Samples

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
>Schimmerling, Hanns A. : Miniatures (6), for chamber orchestra
>Burian, Emil Frantisek : Malá Predehra ("Small Overture"), for chamber orchestra, Op. 42
>Burian, Emil Frantisek : O Detech (About Children), for chamber orchestra, Op. 6
>Hába, Alois : Fantasy for Nonet No 2, in seven-tone systen, Op 41
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Pet Malych Kousku (Five Small Pieces), for cello & piano, Op. 9
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Polydynamickych Skladeb (5), (Polydynamic Pieces), for clarinet, xylophone & string quartet, Op. 3
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Veselá Akrosticha (Cheerful Acrostics), for piano, Op. 12
>Ullmann, Viktor : Lieder (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17

Album Summary

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
>Schimmerling, Hanns A. : Miniatures (6), for chamber orchestra
>Burian, Emil Frantisek : Malá Predehra ("Small Overture"), for chamber orchestra, Op. 42
>Burian, Emil Frantisek : O Detech (About Children), for chamber orchestra, Op. 6
>Hába, Alois : Fantasy for Nonet No 2, in seven-tone systen, Op 41
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Pet Malych Kousku (Five Small Pieces), for cello & piano, Op. 9
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Polydynamickych Skladeb (5), (Polydynamic Pieces), for clarinet, xylophone & string quartet, Op. 3
>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Veselá Akrosticha (Cheerful Acrostics), for piano, Op. 12
>Ullmann, Viktor : Lieder (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The city of Prague was a cultural hotspot in the 1920s and 30s. Three population groups, enriched by emigrants from Russia, the Ukraine, Germany and Austria, competed with one another but also inspired each other. This was the city of the composers on this recording by Werner Herbers and the Ebony Band, long known as champions of unknown or forgotten music from the first half of the 20th century. In the repertoire on this album we hear the old and the new, tradition and renewal, but above all, imagination and talent. When the border between East and West opened up in 1991, this music had hardly been heard in the West for some fifty years, having been suppressed first by the Nazis and then by suffocating communist rule.

MusicWeb International, 16th July 2013
Around Prague provides a rare snapshot of Prague in the 1920s and 1930s when it was a cultural hotspot which, if perhaps not quite rivalling the legendary richness of Paris, certainly offered a different flavour; mixing the cultures of central, eastern and northern Europe and generating its own subtle and not-so subtle brands of anarchy and the avant-garde.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht (05/2000); Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (05/2000); Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht (12/2012-01/2013); Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (12/2012-01/2013).



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>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Noelle Probst (Bassoon); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Steef Gerritse (Percussion); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium); Harrie Lange (Trombone); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Marleen Asberg (Violin)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Schimmerling, Hanns A. : Miniatures (6), for chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Emily Beynon (Flute); Gerrit Hommerson (Piano); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Anita Mestdagh (Violin); Marietta Feltkamp (Double Bass); Hans Wolters (Oboe); Edith Moergastel (Viola); Daniel Esser (Cello); Margreet Bongers (Bassoon); Fons Verspaandonk (Horn); Roland Kramer (Viola)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Marleen Asberg (Violin); Steef Gerritse (Percussion); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Harrie Lange (Trombone); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Burian, Emil Frantisek : Malá Predehra ("Small Overture"), for chamber orchestra, Op. 42
  • Performers: Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Emily Beynon (Flute); Bert Langenkamp (Trumpet); Remko Edelaar (Bassoon); Daniel Esser (Cello); Jörgen Van Rijen (Trombone); Fons Verspaandonk (Horn); Leo Oostrom (Saxophone); Herman Rieken (Percussion); Marleen Asberg (Violin)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1927

>Burian, Emil Frantisek : O Detech (About Children), for chamber orchestra, Op. 6
  • Performers: Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Remko Edelaar (Bassoon); Marietta Feltkamp (Double Bass); Hans Wolters (Oboe); Barbara Kozelj; Fons Verspaandonk (Horn); Emily Beynon (Flute); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Daniel Esser (Cello); Jaap Vliet (Horn); Roland Kramer (Viola); Anita Mestdagh (Violin); Herman Rieken (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Harrie Lange (Trombone); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium); Steef Gerritse (Percussion); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Marleen Asberg (Violin)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hába, Alois : Fantasy for Nonet No 2, in seven-tone systen, Op 41
  • Performers: Roland Kramer (Viola); Lucas Navarro (Oboe); Marietta Feltkamp (Double Bass); Fons Verspaandonk (Horn); Daniel Esser (Cello); Gustavo Núñez (Bassoon); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Emily Beynon (Flute)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Harrie Lange (Trombone); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Steef Gerritse (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Pet Malych Kousku (Five Small Pieces), for cello & piano, Op. 9
  • Performers: Daniel Esser (Cello); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Polydynamickych Skladeb (5), (Polydynamic Pieces), for clarinet, xylophone & string quartet, Op. 3
  • Performers: Daniel Esser (Cello); Roland Kramer (Viola); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Hein Wiedijk (E Flat Clarinet); Herman Rieken (Percussion); Anita Mestdagh (Violin)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Veselá Akrosticha (Cheerful Acrostics), for piano, Op. 12
  • Performer: Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Marleen Asberg (Violin); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Harrie Lange (Trombone); Steef Gerritse (Percussion); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Ullmann, Viktor : Lieder (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17
  • Performers: Remko Edelaar (Bassoon); Julie Moulin (Flute); Hans Wolters (Oboe); Marietta Feltkamp (Double Bass); Anita Mestdagh (Violin); Roland Kramer (Viola); Vincent Cortvrint (Flute); Barbara Kozelj; Daniel Esser (Cello); Erik Van Deuren (Bass Clarinet); Petra Heide (Harp); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano); Fons Verspaandonk (Horn)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Notes: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (12/02/2012-12/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Ponc, Miroslav [Composer] : Svatebcané na Eiffelce (The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower), Op. 11
  • Performers: Steef Gerritse (Percussion); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Harrie Lange (Trombone); Marleen Asberg (Violin); Gerrit Hommerson (Harmonium); Gerard Bouwhuis (Piano)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Live