RAABE, Max: Max Raabe and Palast Orchester (Waldbuhne, 2006)


 

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Kreuder, Peter - Composer
Stolz, Robert - Composer
Cowler, Jim - Composer
Leux, Leo - Composer
Bootz, Erwin - Composer
Raymond, Fred - Composer
Traditional - Composer
Mackeben, Theo - Composer
Woods, Harry M. - Composer
Kunneke, Evelyn - Composer
Berlin, Irving - Composer
Raabe, Max - Composer
Jary, Michael - Composer
Abraham, Paul - Composer
Jurmann, Walter - Composer
Meisel, Will - Composer
Dorian, Rene - Composer
Schwandt, Wilbur - Composer
Andree, Fabian - Composer

Venue: Waldbuhne, Berlin
Date of Concert: 27-08-2006
Playing Time: 02:13:20
Television Director: Kasten, Henning
Catalogue Number: EUROARTS5567
UPC: 880242556783

Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester give dance and film music from the 1920s and 1930s a rousing revival. They specialise in recreating the sound of the 1920s and 1930s, performing songs by the Comedian Harmonists, Robert Stolz, Friedrich Hollaender, Franz Lehar, Theo Mackeben and Irving Berlin. They evoke a nostalgic atmosphere that has captured imaginations for generations and still charms audiences worldwide by performing music from the golden age of songwriting in pre-war Germany. They also feature highlights of the excellent music entertainment tradition of the Americas in the same period. Max Raabe and his Palast Orchester are exquisite interpreters of these tunes, and they play them with such precision, jovial vitality and utter perfection that the 80-year-old songs sound as fresh and lively as they did when first performed. Max Raabe himself has a distinct and exceptional voice which, added to his looks, makes him seem like the reincarnation of a singer from the Golden Twenties. The songs and the show aren't simply remakes, but wonderful new interpretations which reveal the timeless modernity of these brilliant works. Recorded live at the Waldbuhne Berlin in August 2006, the tours in which they performed for excited audiences all over the world included concerts in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Moscow and Amsterdam.

A bonus film entitled "New York, Rome, Japan" conveys tour impressions introduced and narrated by Max Raabe and a photo album with atmospheric shots of the ensemble's performances in China and Berlin.

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