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German Military Marches
Conducted By Captain Helmut Witten The German Airforce Band
German Military Marches
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German Military Marches by The German Airforce Band, Conducted By Captain Helmut Witten

      
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German Military Marches by The German Airforce Band, Conducted By Captain Helmut Witten

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Old LP Re-Issue on CD
Roger Kennedy | 08/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a collection of old LP recordings that were originally released on the Oylimpic Label some years ago. It has floated around since and has now come out on CD. The CD lists the German Air Force Band, but this group only plays in half of the selections listed. The other half is from another old Olympic Label recording with the Hoch Und Deutschmiester band of Austria.

Its too bad the producers were not a bit more honest about who is performing on this CD. The recording quality here has not been improved much from the original LP recordings.
The same poor linear notes are used with no info. about the
band(s) or music. Just some general ramblings about how military music may have developed in Germany. Its pretty general stuff.

While I have complained about the poor production qaulity the style of playing is still quite good. The recording sounds like it was made back in the 1960s or 70s when German bands sounded different than today. The best selection is the Zapfenstrich medley of marches and hymns used by the old Prussian army as an evening Tattoo piece and a salute to the colors. The music is not listed, but it includes Beethoven's "Zafenstreich March", as well as the old "Kurfursten march", which is included seperately later on the CD as well. This special medlely includes drum and fife florishes unique for the occasion in the old German army and concludes with a stirring version of "Deutschland Uber Alles". This selection is alone worth getting the CD for.

The other music played by the Hoch Und Deutschmiester Band is very good Austian martial selections, although these recordings have been re-issued and improved in their sound quality on another label. Overall you get a decent potporri of German and Austrian marches played by two different bands on this CD for a low price. The sound quality is poor, but not unbearable. This is basically a low budget production. You get what you pay for with this price. Enjoy"
German Marches
Roger Kennedy | 01/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording includes an excellent selection of German martial airs, including some very old and traditional ones. Especially good are Der Grosser Zapfenstreich, ( the salute to the colors) and the Kaiserjager Marsch (The Kaiser March)which is a combination of several marches. There are no ideological marches in this as it is recorded by the modern German Air Force Band. I highly recommend "German Military Marches.""
Great!
Hillary Clinton 2012 | Riverside, Orange Counties, California USA | 03/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Beware of the other CD with this title. THIS is
the good CD, the other is not. This has many great
marches on it including some they used a bit in Nazi
Germany (the Nazis wrote few songs, they used stock).
Overall, FANTASTIC. You will not be disapointed, I
just wish that a march or two was longer."