Around Prague

Ebony Band

15.9919.99
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The city of Prague was a cultural hotspot in the 1920s and 30s. From 1918 to 1935 the country’s president was the European-minded and remarkably liberal philosopher Tomáš Masaryk, and his successor Edvard Beneš was a kindred spirit. The 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 Prague in which the composers on this CD were involved. In their music 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 1989, their 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. With the exception of Ullmann, even today these composers have hardly reached our concert halls.

Tracklist

1.
Svatebcane na Eiffelce - The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Overture
01:11
2.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Sehr Langsam
02:04
3.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Ruhig bewegt
01:42
4.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Ziemlich Breit
02:08
5.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Schnell
01:12
6.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Sehr Langsam
02:07
7.
Six Miniatures for Chamber Orchestra - Tempo moderato
03:28
8.
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Speech From The General
01:27
9.
Small Overture Op. 42 - -
04:42
10.
About Children - Moderato
02:43
11.
About Children - Rubato
02:25
12.
About Children - Moderato Leggiero
01:59
13.
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Intermezzo I
00:58
14.
Nonett II - Nonet No. 2 Op. 41
11:57
15.
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Intermezzo II
00:49
16.
Five small pieces op. 9 - Andante
00:52
17.
Five small pieces op. 9 - Allegro risoluto
01:19
18.
Five small pieces op. 9 - Moderato
01:03
19.
Five small pieces op. 9 - Adagio, Presto
01:22
20.
Five small pieces op. 9 - Allegro vivace
00:36
21.
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 - No. 1
01:20
22.
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 - No. 2
01:14
23.
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 - No. 3
00:34
24.
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 - No. 4
01:47
25.
Five Polydynamic Pieces op. 3 - No. 5
06:15
26.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - A. Haba
00:35
27.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - V. Helfert
00:52
28.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - J. Mahen
00:28
29.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - G. Forster
00:28
30.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - C. Hoffmann
00:36
31.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - K. Balling
00:17
32.
Cheerful Acrostic Op. 12 - A. Schulhoff
01:08
33.
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Polka
01:22
34.
Six Songs Op. 17 - An Himmelfahrt
01:26
35.
Six Songs Op. 17 - Drei Blumen
02:57
36.
Six Songs Op. 17 - Dreierlei Schutzgeister
01:29
37.
Six Songs Op. 17 - Es Schleppt mein Schuh
02:01
38.
Six Songs Op. 17 - Wie ist die Nacht
04:03
39.
Six Songs Op. 17 - Aus dem Hauschen in den Garten
02:07
40.
The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower op.11 - Walt Of The Telegrams
01:00

Total time: 01:18:03

Additional information

Artists

Mastering Equipment

B+W 803 diamond series

Conductors

Genres

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Qualities

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Channels

Original Recording Format

Cables

van de Hul

Composers

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Digital Converters

Grimm DSD AD

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mastering Engineer

Jared SAcks

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Amsterdam Holland

Recording Software

Pyramix

Speakers

Audiolab Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Awards

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SKU

34813

Release Date January 1, 2014
SKU 34813

Press reviews

Musicweb

As is common with the Ebony Band’s releases, live performances are mixed with studio recordings, but each work is produced with care and the quality of each is consistently high. Nicely packaged and well documented as usual by Channel Classics, this will go very well alongside all of the other Ebony Band releases which, as an inquisitive and open minded collector, you must surely already have acquired.

Musicframes.nl

(…) high quality music, daring and surprising: varied pieces with adventure.(…)

ND

(…) een interessante cd met onbekende muziek

Audiophile Audition

I greatly admire and appreciate the work of the Ebony Band for both its performing prowess as well as for the important historical aspects of this music. The main thought I carried away from this recording is that, in general, the music itself is a bit esoteric and may not have wide appeal. These are all good works that deserve to be heard, however, and the surround sound recording is superb.

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