ERWIN SCHULHOFF (1894-1942): Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, Die Wolkenpumpe for Baritone, Winds and Percussion, Baßnachtigall for Solo Bassoon, STEFAN WOLPE (1902-1972): Oboe Sonata, Op. 31, An Anna Blume von Kurt Schwitters for Piano and Musical Clown.
Catalogue Number: 09M066
Label: Ars Musici
Description: A brief exploration of Dada in music from the 1920s: Schulhoff's "Bass Nightingale" is a purely instrumental version of the "anti-artist" creed of the Dadaists, a combination of sentimentality and the ridiculous. "The Cloud Pump" and Wolpe's "To Anna Blume" (1929) set nonsensical poems and texts to equally scattershot types of musical accompaniment often, in Schulhoff's case, using elements of American jazz and popular music. This explains the inclusion of the popular music-based Divertissement of 1927 although it's not clear why Wolpe's 19-minute oboe sonata of 1939 is here except that its spiky atonality has a neo-classical side to it which might link it to Schulhoff. German texts. Leo Kern (tenor), Matthias Rettner (baritone), Ensemble Aventure.