new • nouveaute • neuheit - MDG-Musikproduktion Dabringhaus


new • nouveaute • neuheit - MDG-Musikproduktion Dabringhaus
Peer Raben (1940-2007)
“Tot in New York”
Reconstruction of the
German radio opera
by Peer Raben
and Jean-Jacques Schuhl
or vocals, jazz band, narrator, theatre
organ and breaking news
Ibadet Ramadani, vocals
The Dyed Blondes
1 Hybrid-SACD
MDG 926 1927-6
Manhattan Transfer
David Bowie has been assassinated! While the
female artist is preparing for her appearance in
Carnegie Hall, police sirens whine through
Manhattan’s streets, shots are fired, and
speculations run wild on the omnipresent news
channels. In 1982 Jean-Jacques Schuhl wrote a
fictional end-time drama for radio, and the
Fassbinder companion Peer Raben turned it into a
radio opera for the magnificent Ingrid Caven. This
ambitious work then situated in the near future has
been lost, including the broadcast tapes. Together
with Michael Emanuel Bauer, Raben’s colleague for
many years, Oliver Held has prepared a new
version for the young singer Ibadet Ramadani
combining the historical source with contemporary
jazz to form a gripping fusion production.
Mighty Wurlitzer
Famous Caven songs like “Trans-Europa-Tango”
and “Polaroid Cocaine” are of course a must.
However, the new arrangements avoid any sort of
chanson bliss. The young sextet formation led by
the Berlin percussionist Ernst Bier creates a
thoroughly up-to-date sound event with the latest
modern jazz. A special highlight: Michael Emanuel
Bauer has replaced the lost orchestral parts with an
original Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ adding a
cinematic dimension to this work shifting between
radio play, jazz opera, concert, and audio collage.
Multiple Impressions
Oliver Held’s textual version sets the action in the
past, which in the original was as yet the future.
Authentic tone documents and reminiscences of
the events, culture, and lifestyle of the late 1980s
produce a panorama of the spirit of those times,
during which “the end of history” was interiorized as
an infallible truth. Melancholy songs like “American
Bar” or the multiple impressions from “Room 1050”
(including the neighboring suites) fit in very well
Modern Sensations
The recording technology is also modern: in threedimensional 2+2+2 sound the various action sites
develop a palpable plasticity. Whether the intimate
situation in the hotel room, the sensational news
reports emanating from the television, or the
narrator’s parts recited to the Mighty Wurlitzer – the
room-filling sound panorama draws the audience
right into the midst of these happenings – “that is
just like in a song!”
Multimedia Taste
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