Vienna – Paris – Hollywood : songs of exile

A radio program by the European Institute of Jewish Music hosted by Hervé Roten

MUSIQUES JUIVES D’HIER ET D’AUJOURD’HUI – November 21, 2017, JUDAÏQUES FM (94.8), 21H05


Hervé Roten receives the singer Isabelle Georges who just recorded with the pianist Jeff Cohen at Editions La Musica, a beautiful CD called Vienne – Paris – Hollywood.

This disc is mainly dedicated to Austrian and German Jewish composers Kurt Weill, Norbert Glanzberg, Friedrich Hollaender and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, forced to get refuge in Paris and Hollywood after the growth of Nazism. During this forced exile, their will to live and musical creativity allowed them to write several stage music that had great success, and therefore contributing to the unprecedented growth of this musical genre.
Korngold used to say : « Torn between opera and film music, sometimes I played to be serious, sometimes I wrote seriously songs » Following this spirit, Jeff Cohen and Isabelle Georges created with a lot of attention this 18 track album, going from classical music to music from movie theaters, passing by cabaret.

The trilingual booklet (French – English – German) is remarkably written by the conductor and composer Amaury du Closel, author in particular of the book Les Voix étouffées du IIIe Reich. Entartete Musik (Actes-Sud, Arles, 2005) and director of Forum Voix étouffées.

Learn more about the CD Vienne – Paris – Hollywood – Weill, Glanzberg, Hollaender, Korngold
Look at a video excerpt of the recording of the disc
Listen to the radio show Norbert Glanzberg – from popular songs to Jewish music directed by Hervé Roten with Serge Glanzberg.

herve_photo_retouche_fond_uni_bleu_500px.jpgOfficer of the Ordre of Arts and letters, PhD in musicology at Paris University Sorbonne, prize-winning graduate from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Hervé Roten is the director of the European Institute for Jewish Music since its creation in 2006.
Ethnomusicologist, he quickly developed an interest in the safeguard and digitization of archives, subjects he taught for several years in Reims and Marne-La-Vallée universities.
Author of many articles, books and recordings related to Jewish music, producer of radio programs, Hervé Roten is recognized today as one of the best specialists of Jewish music in the world.

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