Sonntag, 22. Mai 2022

VA - Klabunterbunt - Chansons, Lieder, Gedichte und Prosa von Klabund

Klabund was the pseudonym of Alfred Henschke (born Nov. 4, 1890, Crossen, Ger. - died Aug. 14, 1928, Davos, Switz.), an Expressionist poet, playwright, and novelist who influenced German literature with his adaptations and translations of Oriental literature. Notable among his free, imaginative renderings of Chinese, Japanese, and Persian literature are Li-tai-pe (1916), Lao-tse (1921), and Der Kreidekreis (1924; The Circle of Chalk), a drama that inspired the German playwright Bertolt Brecht to write his play Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle).

A consumptive who spent many years in sanatoriums, Henschke identified with the eternally seeking wandering poet and called himself Klabund, a name derived from Klabautermann (“hobgoblin”) and Vagabund (“vagabond”). Restlessness and versatility characterize his work. He composed poetry in a variety of forms, and he created a new prose form, the “Expressionist novella.” Notable in this genre are his autobiographical “novels of longing,” with themes of sickness and love; biographical “novels of passion,” with sensual portraits of historical figures (e.g., Pjotr, 1923; Peter the Czar); and his greatest achievements in prose, two “novels of fulfillment”—Bracke (1918; Brackie, the Fool) and Borgia (1928; The Incredible Borgias).

"It’s the eightieth anniversary of Klabund’s death, a very timely moment to release this, a fascinating portrait of one of the driving forces for German Cabaret music during its heyday. Edel, in conjunction with the Akademie der Künst, has been releasing listenable portraits of Cabaret greats for some ten years now with their series ‘The Listening Room’. These are two-disc surveys of vintage recordings of the likes of Friedrich Hollaender, Werner Richard Heymann and Rudolf Nelson, all painstakingly cleaned up, with extensive liner-notes - albeit with abbreviated English translations.
Klabund, born Alfred Henschke, never enjoyed good health in his adolescent and adult years, and tuberculosis claimed him at an early age. He ceased his studies to take up the role of peregrinating poet, taking up his pseudonym as a combination of Klabautermann, the traditional gremlin that was known to plague mines and ships, and Vagabond His poetry turned from the lofty topics that some ivory-tower types busied themselves with and chose instead to focus on everyday life. He wanted, as he said to “be in the ‘it’ of things.” In the meadowland of life, as the liner-notes mention, he wanted to be of use: “I am the manure!” he joyfully exclaimed.
Those who set his words to music are the stars of the German music firmament: Werner Richard Heymann, Friedrich Hollaender, Hanns Eisler. The first disc is devoted to these musical settings, the earliest of these recorded in 1930, ranging to 2004, with most put to tape in the sixties. An especial standout is the stout-hearted performance of Kate Kühl singing “Der Glockenturm”. Heymann’s setting borrows heavily from the famous entry of the piano in Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto, but darkens as the lyrics do. The speaker “stands free in the world like the bell-tower ... moving neither to left or right.” The ten-thousand-pound bells become a symbol for deep suffering in this all-too brief song: “so heavy with pain is my heart”, Kuhl blurts out, the emotion in her voice raw and electrifying. There is one song translated into English, Amsterdam, showing the sad recurrence of crushed dreams in those Klabund wrote of — the people of the streets. “In ancient Amsterdam I have become a Thing”, the singer intones, another character left to walk the asphalt like his mother.
The second disc is a sort of audio book, with various actors narrating a selection of his prose and poetry. His brief autobiographical sketches are interesting, and here we have straight readings of the verses that captured the attention of so many composers. Unfortunately there are no parallel texts in the booklet, or any translations into English, which does limit the impact of this second disc, but it appears that the non-German-speaking audience is not the particular target of this release. For those, however, who have working knowledge of German and who have a love of Cabaret music, should certainly look out for this set, as well as the others issued by Edel. They are greatly rewarding and historically-significant collections." 


Disc 1
1 Busch, Ernst, Traditional - Altes Reiterlied 01:36
2 Kühl, Kate, Heymann, Werner R. - Der Glockenturm 01:16
3 Busch, Ernst, Reinitz, Béla - Die Garde klagt 01:33
4 Kühl, Kate, Heymann, Werner R. - Räuber Stenka 02:42
5 Busch, Ernst, Traditional - Vater ist auch dabei 01:33
6 Hase, Annemarie, Heymann, Werner R. - Mit'n Zopp 01:55
7 Busch, Ernst, Eisler, Hanns - Ballade des Vergessens 04:52
8 Ebinger, Blandine, Hollaender, Friedrich - Ick baumle mit de Beene 02:11
9 Wieder, Hanne, Faber, Joachim - Im Obdachlosenasyl 02:55
10 Busch, Ernst, Reinitz, Béla - Fünf Mark 02:40
11 Lange, Katherina, Hollaender, Friedrich - Es hat jeschnappt 01:32
12 Kühl, Kate, Heymann, Werner R. - Matrosenlied 01:41
13 Wieder, Hanne, Hollaender, Friedrich - Da muß ich fliegen 02:18
14 Ziegler, Daniela, Benatzky, Ralph - Hamburger Hurenlied 02:14
15 Kühl, Kate, Grund, Bert - Die Wirtschafterin 01:23
16 Weisgerber, Eleonore, Hollaender, Friedrich - Das Lied von der Treue 02:49
17 Prey, Hermann, Schultze, Norbert - Wanderung zur Nacht 02:14
18 Anders, Sylvia, Schultze, Norbert - Wiegenlied (Bin worden alt) 03:15
19 Wader, Hannes, Bellmann, Carl Michael - Notabene 01:33
20 Wieder, Hanne, Breuer, Jochen - Die Harfenjule 01:20
21 Dorette, Dora, Benatzky, Ralph - Die englischen Fräuleins 02:02
22 Fischer, Tim, Dress, Michael - In Amsterdam 02:46
23 Wieder, Hanne, Nick, Edmund - Ick baumle mit de Beene 02:40
24 Günther, Matthias, Heymann, Werner R. - Altes Reiterlied 01:16

Disc 2
1 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Kleine Selbstbiographie 03:08
2 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Der Absolutismus bricht an 02:43
3 Lange, Katherina, (keine Angaben) - Paula 02:57
4 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Biographie 02:00
5 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Fabel 01:12
6 Lange, Katherina, (keine Angaben) - Das Sprichwort 01:55
7 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Weibertreu 05:09
8 Schitzler, Barbara, (keine Angaben) - Der Mann mit der Maske 07:57
9 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Ecke Uhlandstraße 02:41
10 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Schlaflose Nacht 02:09
11 Schitzler, Barbara, (keine Angaben) - Marietta 13:04
12 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Marietta 01:10
13 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Mauke 02:45
14 Daemgen, Holger, Lange, Katherina, Schnitzler, Barbara, (keine Angaben) - Fragen Sie Frau Christine 13:08
15 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Es hat ein Gott mich ausgekotzt 00:48
16 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Klabund bemerkte 00:51
17 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Lebenslauf 00:53
18 Daemgen, Holger, (keine Angaben) - Berliner Mittelstandsbegräbnis 01:02
19 Günther, Matthias, (keine Angaben) - Widmung 01:14

VA - Klabunterbunt - Chansons, Lieder, Gedichte und Prosa von Klabund
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