About the album
Calefax and Cora Burggraaf have worked together for many years. Their joint project The Roaring Twenties was so successful that they decided it should be recorded on CD. The disc opens with the dance that epitomized the twenties: the Charleston. Breezin’ along with the breeze is a carefree ode to freedom and nature, and thanks its popularity to the singer/actress Josephine Baker. The poet W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten had a tempestuous love affair that resulted in numerous artistic collaborations, including the Cabaret Songs. The texts are the fruits of Auden’s wild time in Berlin in the early thirties. If there is but one piece of music that symbolizes interbellum Berlin, then it is Die Dreigroschenoper by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill. This is ‘dancing on the edge’ at its best. The opera – or, rather, the musical – is an ode to down-andouts, thieves, thugs, con men and whores. George Gershwin’s trip to Europe and sojourn in Paris had a significant impact on his career. He met Kurt Weill in Berlin and countless Parisian artists. More importantly, however, was his growing awareness of his unique, American and jazz-influenced style. In An American in Paris Gershwin seems to be looking for a meaningful synthesis of his own style and his newfound knowledge of classical form and composition. It is more complex and ‘classical’ than his earlier works; the autobiographical work sketches the awe-struck impressions of an American ambling through the chaotic Paris of the 1920s.
11Breezin’ along with the breeze
12Sentimental Melody (Blues)
13Cabaret Songs Tell me the Truth about Love
14Cabaret Songs Funeral Blues
15Cabaret Songs Johnny
16Cabaret Songs Calypso
18Dreigroschensuite Moritat von Mackie Messer
19Dreigroschensuite Seeräuber Jenny
112La petite tonkinoise
114An American in Paris Allegretto grazioso
115An American in Paris Andante ma con ritmo deciso
116An American in Paris Allegro
On Saturday December 1st, the Henschel Quartett with Cora Burggraaf will perform in the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam. They will present Respighi's Il Tramonto and Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartet.Il Tramonto (The Sunset) by Respighi is based on the beautiful poem by Percy Byssche Shelley about two lovers and their death. The man dies unexpected at a young age, the lady has to cope with this loss patiently, after years of grief and ...