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Kardosch Saenger
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Born6 June 1891
Occupationmultinational vocal

The Kardosch singers were a multinational vocal ensemble of the early 1930s in the style of the Comedian Harmonists and the American The Revelers.


Founder of the group was pianist and arranger István Kardoš (known in Germany as Stephan Kardosch), other members were Zeno Costa (1907- unknown), Rudi Schuricke (1913-1973), Fritz Angermann (1906-unknown) and Pál Nyiri (known in Germany as Paul von Nyiri, 1903-1981).

István Kardoš was born on 6 June 1891 in Debrecen (Hungary). After obtaining his diploma as a composer at the Academy of Music in Budapest in 1913, he worked as a pianist and conductor in Debrecen, Budapest and Bern. He then went to Berlin, where he took over the Abel Quartet[1] in the early 1930s and then founded the Kardosch Singers with Costa (first tenor) who was Romanian, German Fritz Angermann (baritone), and another Hungarian, Pál Nyiri (bass). Rudi Schuricke joined the group as second tenor one year after its foundation, the name of his predecessor is not known.[2]

First recordings of the group were made in August 1932 in Berlin with the Hans Schindler dance orchestra[3] for Telefunken records.

The ensemble was involved in several film productions in 1932 and 1933[4], but most of them have not been preserved. In the 1933 film "Roman Einer Nacht" they appeared visibly as singers in a ball scene, but only Paul von Nyiri can be clearly identified. Originally the Comedian Harmonists were scheduled for this scene, so the Kardosch singers probably stepped in on short notice.

In early 1935 the Kardosch singers toured Germany with Barnabás von Géczy and his orchestra.

The ensemble completed tours to Denmark and the Netherlands, radio appearances in Copenhagen, Hilversum, Frankfurt and Berlin, as well as concerts throughout Germany and a six-month engagement at the Theater am Kurfürstendamm. Between 1932 and 1935 they recorded some 80 pieces for Telefunken, Odeon Records and the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.[5]

In 1935 the group made their last records. It is assumed that the group disbanded during the Nazi era because of the difficult working conditions for foreigners. Zeno Costa stayed in Germany for a few more years and worked as a singer and actor, before returning to his native Romania in 1941 or 1942[6]. Fritz Angermann also worked as a singer in Berlin and played an army doctor in the movie "Wunschkonzert" (1940)[7]; nothing is known as yet about his further life after 1943. Rudi Schuricke became a member of the Spree-Revellers and founded the Schuricke-Terzett late in 1936; István Kardoš returned to Hungary after the war and taught as a lecturer at the Music Academy in Budapest from 1949 to 1957 and at the Theatre and Film Academy from 1952 to 1963. He died on 22 December 1975.[8] Pál Nyiri also returned to Hungary and kept performing for Hungarian radio until the 1970s as a singer of classical Lied, mostly by Ernst von Dohnányi. He died in Budapest on September 8, 1981.[9]


Full discography: https://grammophon-platten.de/e107_files/public/1364575023_497_FT15957_kkardosch.pdf

Movie appearances

1932: Ja, treu ist die Soldatenliebe

1932: Moderne Mitgift

1932: Grün ist die Heide

1933: A Thousand for One Night

1933: Keinen Tag ohne dich[10]

1933: Roman einer Nacht[11]

1933: Glückliche Reise


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  2. Westner, Josef (September 2008). "Was hältst Du von Veronika? Von den Abels zu den Kardosch-Sängern". Der Schalltrichter. 33.
  3. "Hans Schindler Mit Tanz-Orchester". Discogs (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  4. "Kardosch-Sänger". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  5. "Die Kardosch Sänger - Grammophon und Schallplatten Portal 78rpm". grammophon-platten.de. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  6. "weitere Mitglieder | Comedian Harmonists". www.comedian-harmonists.net. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  7. "Fritz Angermann | filmportal.de". www.filmportal.de. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  8. Westner, Josef (September 2008). "Was hältst du von Veronika? Von den Abels zu den Kardosch-Sängern". Der Schalltrichter. 33.
  9. "Pál Nyíri (1903-1981) | WikiTree FREE Family Tree". www.wikitree.com. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  10. No Day Without You (1933) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-12-04
  11. Boese, Carl (1933-08-22), Roman einer Nacht (Comedy, Crime, Musical), Liane Haid, Gustav Diessl, Ery Bos, Paul Otto, Atalanta-Film, retrieved 2020-12-04

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