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Brandenburg Historica is Proud to Present the Second Release in our Acclaimed Historic Military Music Series… 

Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps (Archival Recordings, 1928-1943)

Grossdeutschland

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INCLUDES TWENTY TRACKS! NEARLY SIXTY-FIVE MINUTES PLAYING TIME!

This FIRST-EVER Compilation Presents the Marches and Songs of the Premier Formation of the German Army of the Second World War!   

Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps takes the listener on a musical excursion through the history of the Regiment-, Division- and Panzerkorps- Grossdeutschland, presenting military marches and soldiers’ songs  (originally recorded from 1928 to 1943) in a compilation that chronicles this elite unit’s evolution from the Wachtruppe - the guard detachment stationed in Weimar-era Berlin - to the mighty combined arms force of the late war years. 

Brandenburg Historica has searched the globe to assemble the priceless 78rpm records that at we have transcribed for this unique compilation. Eighteen of this album’s TWENTY tracks feature marches and soldiers’ songs performed by the unit’s own choruses and/or Musikkorps under the direction of its bandmasters Friedrich Ahlers and Guido Grosch, while the remaining selections highlight central aspects of Grossdeutschland’s history and career. These extremely rare source recordings have been painstakingly restored for maximum fidelity while faithfully preserving their unique period ambience.    

Included in this collection are not only Grossdeutschland’s parade march (the Defilermarsch of Carl Faust) and its presentation march (presented here in a rarely-heard “honor guard” arrangement with the German national anthem), but also a rare transcription of Grossdeutsche Grenadiere, the “regimental song” of GD that features music by GD Obergefreiter Hans-Martin Majewski and lyrics by Infanterie Regiment Grossdeutschland’s commander in the French Campaign, Oberst Gerhard Graf von Schwerin.

Of particular interest is this album’s stirring 1940 performance of the Panzerlied,  sung by a GD soldiers’ chorus with accompaniment by the unit’s 2. Musikkorps under Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch.  Also presented is a selection of the parade marches and songs of the German mechanized forces of the Second World War, as well as those traditional marches played during guard changing ceremonies and parades in which Grossdeutschland  (as the Wachtruppe and Wachregiment Berlin) was a regular participant. Even Grossdeutschland’s rigorous training in the Westerwald in 1939-40 is recalled by this album's rousing rendition of the Westerwaldlied, performed by the 1. Musikkorps of the Wachregiment Berlin under the direction of Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers!

Painstakingly researched and produced, Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated, 24-page booklet that presents a detailed overview of Grossdeutschland’s origins and traditions, its service in the Second World War, the history of its two bands and the careers of their conductors (with emphasis on Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers and Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch), as well as detailed background information on the featured musical selections.  

Produced with the assistance of the Grossdeutschland Veterans' Association, Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps tells the story of one of history’s great warrior elites and captures in sound the spirit and élan of the premier formation of the German Wehrmacht.  

Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps features the following marches, songs and ceremonies:

1)  Präsentiermarsch mit Deutschlandhymne (Friedrich Wilhelm III v. Preussen-Haydn) 2:46
    
Musikkorps der Kommandantur Berlin (Wachtruppe) 
     Obermusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1931 

2)  Defiliermarsch AM II, 168 (Faust) 2:20
    
Musikkorps der Kommandantur Berlin (Wachtruppe) 
     Obermusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1932 

3)  Grossdeutsche Grenadiere - Marsch und Lied (Majewski-Schwerin) 2:51 
    
1. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
     Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1940 

4)  Regimentsgruss - Marsch (Steinbeck) 3:04 
    
Musik- und Trommlerkorps des Wachregiments Berlin 
     Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1938 

5)  Parademarsch der Kraftfahr-Kampftruppe (Schmidt) 2:59
    
Musikkorps der Wachtruppe Berlin
     Obermusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1935 

6)  Marsch nach Motiven aus Quadrillen AM II, 126 (Strauss the Elder) 2:51
    
Musikkorps der Kommandantur Berlin (Wachtruppe) 
     Musikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1929 

7)  Grand Changing of the Guard with Drill Commands - Potpourri (Becker, arr.) 5:55
     
Blasorchester
      Musikmeister a. D. Adolf Becker / Rec. Date: 1928 

8)  Soldatenlieder-Potpourri (v. Lützow, arr.) 6:10
    
Soldatenchor der 7. (Bayrische) Wachkompanie, Berlin
     Unnamed Conductor / Rec. Date: 1931

9)  Oberst von Tippelskirch - Marsch (Bauerfeld) 2:30
     
2. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland 
      Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch / Rec. Date: 1941

10) Westerwald - Marschlied (Trad.-Neuhäuser) 3:27
      
1. Musikkorps des Wachregiments Berlin mit der
       Kradschützen-Singschar der Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3, Berlin-Stahnsdorf

       Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1938 

11) Pariser Einzugsmarsch AM II, 38 (Walch) 2:39
      
2. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland 
       Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch / Rec. Date: 1939 

12) Lied der Infanterie (Kuntzen-Werth) 3:12
      
2. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
       Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch / Rec. Date: 1940

13) Panzerlied (Gröschel-Wiehle) 2:54  (Compressed)
      
2. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
       Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch / Rec. Date: 1940

14) Marsch nach Motiven der Oper "Indra" AM II, 155 (Flotow-Neumann) 2:49 
      
Musikkorps des Wachregiments Berlin
       Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1939 

15) Marschlied der Panzergrenadiere (Schultze-Seeger) 3:05
      
1. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
       Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1943 

16) Lied der Sturmartillerie (Pfeffer) 2:44
      
Ein Musikkorps der Flak-Artillerie und ein Soldatenchor 
       Victor Heidersberger / Rec. Date: 1942 

17) Landser und Panzer - Marschlied (Majewski-Widmayr) 3:22
      
1. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
       Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1940 

18) Soldaten, Kameraden - Marsch (Küssel) 3:05
      
Musikkorps der Wachtruppe Berlin
       Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1936 

19) Alte Garde - Marschlied (Heuser-Schaumburg Lippe) 2:45
      
2. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments Grossdeutschland mit Chor
       Obermusikmeister Guido Grosch / Rec. Date: 1941

20) Zapfenstreich Marsch (Trad.-Wieprecht) 2:54
     
Musikkorps der Kommandantur Berlin (Wachtruppe)
      Obermusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers / Rec. Date: 1931 

Total Time: 64:50   

 

 

SKU: BH0914    UPC: 854424001019     ASIN: B000FGG4TK

 

 

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Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe zum Panzerkorps is the second installment of a planned, lengthy series of compilation CDs presenting archival recordings of German military music from 1900 to 1945.      


Reviews of Grossdeutschland: Von der Wachtruppe ...

A Reviewer in the November 2006 Issue of RVS (Newsletter of the Robert Hoe Branch of the International Military Music Society) recommends ‘Grossdeutschland’ for its Fidelity and Scholarship…

“The music is very well played, consisting of marches and also soldier’s songs….  this CD is truly amazing in its quality… you would be hard pressed to realize that most of the recordings are over sixty years [old]…. [The CD also includes] a very informative and well-illustrated booklet….  ‘Grossdeutschland’ is a superior product worth having.”

A Reviewer in the September 2006 Issue of Defilé (Official Publication of the International Military Music Society, Netherlands Branch) offers Words of Praise for ‘Grossdeutschland’…

“An interesting piece of musical history, concluding impressively with Wieprecht’s Zapfenstreich-Marsch!  The [CD] booklet is not only very lengthy at twenty-four pages, with a historical dissertation on the military orchestras of the period as well as an outstanding discussion of each musical piece, but also includes a selection of photos. The technical quality of the CD is outstanding in light of the antiquity of the original recordings. In short, for connoisseurs of historic recordings, this CD is certainly worth it.”

The June 2007 Issue of Mit Klingendem Spiel (Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Militärmusik e. V.) declares...

“The productions of Brandenburg Historica are always something special. Often, they cover terrain upon which we in Germany do not dare to venture….  Like those before it, this release is distinguished by solid research [and is] Illustrated in exemplary fashion…. A focused and outstanding musical compilation.”  

A Veteran of Panzergrenadier-Division ‘Grossdeutschland’ who fought in the defense of Germany in 1945 shares his thoughts...

“You did a great job on this CD. First the idea, then the research, followed by the compilation of the music…. For all those who served in that formation, the contents of this CD are a part of history and a source of memories…. Thank you.” 

A Veteran and lifelong Scholar of Military Music from Germany offers his personal recollections of 'GD'…

"I would like to tender my special compliments to you. The [CD] booklet in particular, with its text and pictures, is a balanced presentation of the history of 'GD," and so is the commentary on the featured musical selections…. As a child, I lived in the barracks in Berlin-Moabit with Obermusikmeister Ahlers and his Musikkorps for three months in 1928, when my father and his unit were posted to the so-called "Wachkompagnie." In addition, I would like to mention that, when I was wounded for the last time in January 1945, it was a Lieutenant from 'GD' who saved my life… Once again, many thanks…."

An advanced Collector of German Military Music from Japan says…

“I’m now listening [to] ‘Grossdeutschland’ and this [is my] first time listening to [a performance of the] Panzerlied recorded before 1945. It is great!”  

A Listener from Massachusetts, USA has these Comments … 
 
"WOW!!! Triple WOW!!!! This is truly an amazing CD. The sound quality is superb. The choice of music is wonderful. The program notes are really informative. They are full of factual information that only a deeply knowledgeable person could have written. The program notes are not superficial fluff -- they are a goldmine of historical information.  I am so totally overwhelmed by the work you did in producing this CD. This sets the standard of quality, and all the other CD's of Third Reich military music fail to measure up. I'm going to check out your web site and look for more of your productions. I can hardly wait!"

A University Professor from Minnesota, USA is enthusiastic…

"Your 'Grossdeutschland' historic issue is superbly done, both in the selections and in the very helpful and well-designed [booklet]… Keep up the good work!"

A Military Music Aficionado from Arizona, USA is impressed…

"[A] very well researched booklet, with a lot of good details, excellent sound quality!" 

An English Collector of Military Music says... 

"The quality of the CD is fantastic and there are a number of tracks I had not heard before, so I am really pleased. Looking forward to more new releases from Brandenburg Historica." 

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