Radio Suites and Overtures
From 2005 to 2011 the Orchestra of the Dresden State Operetta under Ernst Theis recorded a body of works known as the Rundfunkmusiken. Almost all the German radio networks had commissioned these compositions from the best-known contemporary composers toward the goal of developing works adapted to the technical resources of the new mass medium. The generic boundaries within contemporary music from the early days of radio were not fixed – as the names of the composers demonstrate: Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Pavel Haas, Ernst Toch, and Franz Schreker, who went into music history as important innovators from that era, numbered among the intended circle of composers. The Rundfunkmusiken are like an interface between popular music and all the many different trends in classical music during the Weimar Republic. They display hardly known facets of a music created for radio audiences and deriving its strength from the innovations of that particular period. These musical experiments written for live transmission over nothing more than a single microphone know no musical boundaries. Dance and jazz occur side by side with classical symphonic forms and the latest avant-garde innovations. On Vol. 2 you will hear remarkable radio suites and overtures by Franz Schreker, Ernst Toch, Eduard Künnecke, Mischa Spoliansky, Max Butting, and Walter Braunfels.