Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924
Various Artists

Alpine Dreaming
July 8, 2018 hennessey
Various Artists: Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924

In 1920 Ferdinand Ingold, a poor but visionary Swiss settler in the small Wisconsin town of Monroe, audaciously launched a record label, Helvetia—invoking his homeland’s ancient name and celebrating its musical heritage. Praised in the immigrant press yet beset by fiscal challenges, Helvetia issued a scant 36 sides. Scattered, scarce, and nearly forgotten, Ingold’s entire catalog, newly restored and remastered, is offered here. Rollicking and somber, sentimental and lusty, these Swiss, German, and Tyrolean tunes and songs feature virtuoso instrumental combos, vocal quartets, and especially yodelers from Swiss communities in New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin. A 60-page booklet by folklorist Jim Leary, richly illustrated with rare images, offers extensive background on the label, performers, and each track, along with bilingual lyrics unlocked by a team of translators tackling dialectical challenges. Illuminating one of the first American record labels established by an immigrant for his own community, Alpine Dreaming both recalls a bygone era and resonates with all who seek better New World lives while remembering their homelands. Produced in cooperation with the Mills Music Library and the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. List price: $27.99

OVERVIEW

  • Catalogue number: ARCH 8002
  • UPC: 778632908505
  • Original release date: August 31, 2018
  • Running length: 110:26 / 36 tracks / 2 CD set
  • Notes & packaging: Includes a 60-page full-color booklet
  • Tracks recorded: 1920-1924
  • In Archeophone’s Ethnic & Foreign Language series
  • Awards: 61st GRAMMY Nominee, Best Album Notes
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Tracklist: CD 1
1. Säntis Marsch Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
2. Frohsinn auf den Alpen Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921
3. Hoert Ihr’s von den Bergen Klingen Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
4. Hans und Liesel Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
5. Das Lieben Bringt Grosse Freude Maenner Quartett ca. 1920-1921
6. Unterwaldner Jodel Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
7. Der Rote Schwyzer Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
8. Vo Mine Berge Muss I Scheide Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
9. Auf dem Schoenen Zuerichsee Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921
10. Kuhreigen Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
11. The Boy from Emmenthal Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
12. Puppchen, Du Bist Mein Augenstern Piano accordion duet ca. 1920-1921
13. Emmenthal, Du Bist Mei Freud Frieda Haldi (the Swiss Nightingale), Jacob Jost and Constantin Wunderle with orchestra ca. 1920-1921
14. Wo di Alpen Rosen Blueh’n Maenner Quartett ca. 1920-1921
15. Bin a Lustige Bueb Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
16. Chuyer Chnabe Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
17. Cuckoo Yodel Song Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
18. Stille Nacht Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921

 

Tracklist: CD 2
1. Gersauer Laendler Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921
2. Durlhofer Jodel Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
3. Schweizer Jodellied Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
4. Der Liebe Bueb vom Emmenthal Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
5. Wo den Himmel Berge Kraenzen Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
6. Sah ein Knab’ ein Roeslein Steh’n Gemischtes Quartett ca. 1920-1921
7. Der Lustige Aelpler Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921
8. Vo Luzern uf Weggis zue Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
9. Niene Gehts So Schön und Lustig Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
10. Im Frühjahr Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
11. Swiss Yodel Song Charles Schoenenberger ca. 1920-1921
12. Wo Steht den das Geschrieben Piano accordian duet ca. 1920-1921
13. Hüttel am Rhein Frieda Haldi (the Swiss Nightingale), Jacob Jost and Constantin Wunderle with orchestra ca. 1920-1921
14. Stille Liebe Maenner Quartett ca. 1920-1921
15. Lueget vo Berg und Tal Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
16. O’Schweizerland Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
17. The Boy from the Forest Charles Schoenenberger and Louisa Schneckenbuehl ca. 1920-1921
18. Nearer, My God, to Thee Otto Rindlisbacher and Karl Hoppe ca. 1920-1921
GRAMMY Awards
  • GRAMMY Nominee, Best Album Notes, 2018
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Helvetia Records: Unrealized Ambitious Dreams

With the recent acquisition of Helvetia 1002, our upcoming set, Alpine Dreaming, will now have every known release put out by the small Helvetia label in the early 1920s. Thanks to Eric Gallinger for contributing that record to the effort. Eric found the disc at an estate sale in Oregon and, inspired by his wife’s … Continue reading Helvetia Records: Unrealized Ambitious Dreams
posted: June 20, 2018

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