DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO
Jewish Cabaret, Popular, and Political Songs 1900-1945
Cedille CDR 90000 065 (2 CD set)
Recorded: March 13-16, 2002 at WFMT Chicago 
Notes: Philip V. Bohlman
CD 1 (77:23) Songs in original language
CD 2 (77:40) Songs in English and Hebrew (part 4)
* = World Premiere Recording
New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip V. Bohlman, Directeur Artistique 
Ilya Levinson, Directeur Musical & Arrangeur
Stewart Figa, baryton
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
Deborah Bard, soprano
Ilya Levinson, piano
Peter Blagoev, violon
Stewart Miller, contrebasse
Hank Tausend, percussion 
Elizabeth Ko, flûte
Jon Steinhagen, American lyrics
Part I
From the Periphery to the Habsburg Metropole

  1 "Wiener Fiakerlied" - "Viennese Coachman's Song"
Gustav Pick (1832-1921) (5:03) Stewart Figa
  2 "Nach Großwardein" - "To Großwardein" *
Hermann Rosenzweig / Text: Anton Groiss (5:50) Deborah Bard
  3 "Der jüdische Landsturm" - "The Jewish Country Regiment" *
Viennese Broadside / Carl Lorens (3:21) Stewart Figa
  4 "Der Leb, der Hersch und der Kohn" - "Levin and Hirsch and Cohn"
Viennese Broadside / "Es klappert die Mühle" (folk song) (3:04) Stewart Figa
  5 "Die koschere Mischpoche!" - "The Kosher Mishpoche!" * 
Viennese Broadside (2:42) Deborah Bard
  6 "Jüdisches Fiaker Lied" - "Jewish Coachman's Song" * 
Gustav Pick / Text: Carl Lorens (5:30) Stewart Figa
  7 "Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars" 
Music / Text: Irving Berlin (1888-1989) (3:04) Stewart Figa 
 

Part II 
The Crisis of Tradition and Modernity 

  8 "Liebeslied an ein Proletariermädchen" - "Love Song to a Proletarian Girl"
Gerhard Bronner (b. 1922) / Text: Peter Hammerschlag (1902-c. 1942) (255) Stewart Figa
  9 "Couplet des Schmafu" - "Schmafu Couplet" *
Adolf Müller / Text: Johann Nestroy in Der onfuse Zauberer / Textual adaptation: Karl Kraus (1874-1936) (2:55) Stewart Figa
10 "Eine kleine Sehnsucht" - "Do a Little Dreaming" 
Music / Text: Friedrich Holländer (1896-1976) (3:53) Julia Bentley
11 "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt" - "From Head to Toe I Am Prepared for Love" 
Music / Text: Friedrich Holländer (3:50) Julia Bentley
12 "Gigerlette"
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) from Brettl-Lieder (1901) / Text: Otto Julius Birnbaum (1:47) Julia Bentley
13 "Mahnung" - "Warning" 
Arnold Schoenberg from Brettl-Lieder / Text: Gustav Hochstetter (2:34) Julia Bentley
 

Part III 
Response and Resistance: Political Songs 

14 "Haman-Arie" - "The 'Haman' Coachman's Song" *
Gustav Pick from Akiba hat recht gehab in the repertory of the Arche Revue
(an exile cabaret in New York City during World War II) (1:53) Stewart Figa
15 "Ballade von der 'Judenhure' Marie Sanders" - "Ballad of the 'Jewish Whore,' Marie Sanders"
Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) / Text: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) (3:04) Julia Bentley
16 "Der Graben" - "The Trenches"
Hanns Eisler / Text: Kurt Tucholsky (2:33) Julia Bentley
17 "Solidaritätslied" - "Solidarity Song"
Hanns Eisler / Text: Bertolt Brecht (2:02) Julia Bentley
18 "An den kleinen Rdioapparat" - "To the Little Radio"
Hanns Eisler / Text: Bertolt Brecht (1:17) Julia Bentley
19 "Und es sind die finstren Zeiten" - "And the Times Are Dark and Fearful"
Hanns Eisler / Text: Bertolt Brecht (0:47) Julia Bentley 
 

Part IV
Zionist and Pioneer Songs 

20 "Havu L'venim" - "Bring the Bricks" * 
Kurt Weill (1900-1950) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Alexander Penn (2:03) Deborah Bard, Stewart Figa
21 "Hine Achal'la Bachalili" - "Lo, I Play upon My Flute" * with Elizabeth Ko, flute
Paul Dessau (1894-1979) on a melody by Mordechai Zaira / Text: Jacob Schönberg (3:59) Deborah Bard
22 "Gam Hayom" - "Day after Day" * 
Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) on a melody by Shalom Postolsky / Text by Levi Ben-Amitai (1:16) Julia Bentley
23 "Holem Tza'adi" - "My Step Resounds" *
Darius Milhaud (on a melody by Mordechai Zaira) / Text: Jacob Schönberg (2:49) Julia Bentley
24 "Ra'inu Amalenu" - "We Beheld Our Toil" *
Stefan Wolpe (1902-1972) on a melody y Shalom Postolsky / Text: Levi Ben-Amitai (1:40) Julia Bentley
25 "Ba'a M'nucha" - "There Comes Peace" *
Kurt Weill (on a melody by Daniel Sambursky) / Text: Nathan Alterman (4:20) Julia Bentley
26 "Banu" - "We've Come" 
Aaron Copland (1900-199) on a melody by Joel Walbe / Text: Nathan Alterman (1:33) Julia Bentley