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Grammophon 2 25271

Post by Alexander B. » 12 Mar 2020 19:33

Ivan,

Some wonderful new information! I'm always so blown away with your knowledge! You are really bringing this content back to life. Have you ever thought about teaching at a University? I really think someone could write their PhD thesis based on all the information you have recovered! Maybe if I ever write a PhD thesis it will be on the things we talk about here!

I am listening more and more for signals and other older melodies in Niels music and other compositions and its amazing just how many are to be found now that I'm listening! Its a real treat.

I'm a little sad to find out that its not a real Wandervogel orchestra! It would have made a real historical curiosity; but, this answer is making far more sense than the alternative!

Is it known what Niels version of "Vorwärts nach Osten!" Would have sounded like, or is this lost to history?

For my next post, unfortunately I have nothing too terribly exciting; but, maybe something a bit hard to find these days.

Here we have Grammophon 2 25271.
On side A is "Unser der Sieg - Unser die Macht", a speech from a "Kurt Klawitter" celebrating the victory of the National Socialist movement and the German people over their perceived ills, such as hunger and despair, joblessness, and disenfranchisement, and also speaking of the sadness of those who were lost in the quest for victory. Imposed over the speech are a few well known National Socialist songs and also "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden". Its a really interesting speech that I had not heard before I owned this record. I don't know if it was just produced for Grammophon or not, as I couldn't find any info about the speaker or his speech online.

On side B we have the well known "Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation" performed by an orchestra under Engel and sung by a group from Sturm 65/7 "Horst Wessel". Its extremely well performed and its definitely understandable that this is the song that has been most copied off of this record. Again, a song celebrating the National Socialist victory and the victory of the German people, proclaiming that their day has come, they will never go backwards, and that from this day forward in the 3rd Reich there will be a rebirth of "freedom, unity, and justice". A really troubling thing to hear as we all know what happened afterwards....

Overall quality is wonderful. Both recordings are historically interesting; however, only one of them is truly a song. I would recommend it for people who are very interested in the politics of the 3rd Reich.

Some exciting new things are in the works!

Until next time.
Alex
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Unser der Sieg - Unser die Macht [Melodram]
Montager/Writer: Kurt Klawitter
Reciter: Kurt Klawitter
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12, Berlin; Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Musikzugführer Martin Ewers; Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin

Contents: Wiener Jungarbeiterlied [Mahrer/Hädelmayr], Horst-Wessel-Lied [Anonym/Wessel], Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden [Silcher/Uhland], Horst-Wessel-Lied [Anonym/Wessel]

Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation
Composer: Paul Pietzner-Clausen
Lyricist: Dr. H. M. Eckert
Arranger: Franz Pollak
Vocal Group: Chor des SA-Sturms 67/5, Berlin
Instrumental Group: Deutsches Blasorchester, Berlin
Conductor: Pg. Alfred Engel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin, Lützowstraße 111-112
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon AG, Berlin
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Re: Grammophon 2 25271

Post by Ivan Ž. » 14 Mar 2020 14:51

Hello, Alex

Thanks for the kind words :) It's not known (to me) whether Niel's version of "Vorwärts nach Osten!" survived, in any form. It's possible.

Now, about the last record - a good and rare find!

Klawitter's track is not a common speech but a melodrama, just like Zander's "Der Sieg der deutschen Nation", which you have on an Odeon record. And the same as Zander, Klawitter incorporated in his piece recordings that were made earlier for the same recording company:
- "Wiener Jungarbeiterlied" by Chor des SA-Sturms 3/12 and Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12 under Martin Ewers (matrix no 5324-½ BD 8)
- "Horst-Wessel-Lied", an instrumental version by Deutsches Blasorchester under Alfred Engel (matrix no 5271-½ BD 8)
- "Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden", an instrumental version by Kapelle des S. Sturmbanns 12 under Martin Ewers (matrix no 5302 BD 8)
- "Horst-Wessel-Lied" again (the same version)
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A note regarding "Triumphmarsch der erwachten Nation": as I mentioned before, the piece was initially entitled "Triumphmarsch der NSDAP" (see the 1932 record Patria 119, matrix no C 967); after the Nazis seized power, the "NSDAP" part was replaced with "erwachten Nation".

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Ivan
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Electrola EG 2934

Post by Ivan Ž. » 12 May 2020 15:08

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Großer Kriegsmarsch aus „Rienzi“ 1. Teil
Composer: Richard Wagner
Instrumental Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 15
Conductor: SS-Obertruppführer Paul Hellmann
Recording Date: 11.1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Großer Kriegsmarsch aus „Rienzi“ 2. Teil
Composer: Richard Wagner
Instrumental Group: Musikzug der SS-Standarte 15
Conductor: SS-Obertruppführer Paul Hellmann
Recording Date: 11.1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



A rare (the only known to me) commercial record with a Richard Wagner piece performed by an SS band (not counting the two LSSAH recordings of Sonntag's "Nibelungenmarsch", based on the motives from Wagner's "Ring"). The famous Wagner's 1842 opera "Rienzi" (Cola Rienzi, medieval Roman revolutionary) was the favourite opera of Adolf Hitler's, who attended one of its performances in his youth and was, apparently, deeply affected by it. According to his youth friend August Kubizek, years later, right before the outbreak of WWII, Hitler stated in a conversation with Wagner's daughter-in-law (Winifred) that it was that performance of "Rienzi" when "it all began" (In jener Stunde begann es - referring to his plans for Germany). Hitler also got the original score of the opera, for his 50th birthday (1939), which he took with him at the end of the war to his bunker, where its traces disappear (just like Hitler's). On this record, the band of SS-Standarte 15 led by Paul Hellmann (future bandmaster of the SS-Regiment "Germania") performed the "Großer Kriegsmarsch" (Grand War March) from the Finale of Act III. Hellmann previously used an excerpt from this piece as intro in his recording of the Hitler Youth anthem "Uns're Fahne flattert uns voran!" (Electrola EG 2850), identifying Hitler's struggle with Rienzi's (as Hitler also did himself).

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Ivan
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