And for our next trick, we put French duo Please Spring! in the abandoned military complex of Krampnitz. Krampnitz is a huge military complex used by both the Nazi’s in the 30’s and 40’s and then the Soviets during the Cold War. In the officer’s club building there is a huge hall which I’m sure saw a few swinging parties in it’s time. The acoustics of the hall are also fantastic and perfect for a field recording. The musicianship of Paul Audoynaud and Héloïse Lefebvre easily rival the acoustics. This recording was made with just one stereo microphone and the sound is a testament to this.
Please Spring! consist of two first rate musicians, originally from France but now resident in Berlin. In their music they blend many different styles of music with composition and improvisation. The song they chose to play here is La ballade de Melody Nelson originally by Serge Gainsbough, but drastically rearranged for guitar and violin.
The Ballhaus Riviera was built in 1895 and by the 1920’s was a hotspot during the cultural boom of the Weimar Republic. For musicians of the time, this was one of ‘the places to play’. After The Second World War the Ballhaus remained open, although it’s heyday had definitely past. After the reunification of Germany the building fell into disuse and decay .
Augustin Barrios was a Paraguayan composer who lived from 1885 to 1944. He is one of the finest guitar composers.
Krampnitz is an abandoned military base near Potsdam, Germany. It was originally built by the Nazi’s and used as a training camp for cavalry officers. The Soviets took over the base after the second World War and used it as a military base throughout the Cold War until it was abandoned after the collapse of the USSR.
In the middle of this camp is an old theatre where this recording was made. It was a bit of a surprise to find a theatre in the middle of a military camp and you can only imagine what used to go on here, who came and what sort of performances they had.
Krampnitz is an abandoned military base near Potsdam, Germany. It was originally built by the Nazi’s and used as a training camp for cavalry officers. The Soviets took over the base after the second World War and used it as a military base throughout the Cold War until it was abandoned after the collapse of the USSR. Click here or here to find some nice blogs where people have written a bit more about Krampnitz and taken some nice pictures.
This recording was made in what appears to be the ballroom of the officers ‘club’. The room is in remarkably good condition and sounds amazing.
The Ostensible Waltz is a piece of music that is unhappy with the way things seem at first and tries to delve beneath the ‘ostensible’ layers to find out what really lies under the surface. It inevitably fails and finds itself back where it began, but with the knowledge of where it has been.
From a technical point of view, the left hand fingering in this piece is about as challenging as it gets.