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Jam & Spice: The Songs of Kurt Weill[CD]
~ Karen Kohler
JAM AND SPICE pays tribute to Kurt Weill, one of the most successful and influential composers of the 20th Century. With this project, Karen Kohler, a foremost interpreter of European chansons, dances lightly across the academic gulf separating the European and American phases of Weill's career and demonstrates his uniform success in marrying score to libretto. Included are several of the composer's most cherished and recorded works, such as 'My Ship,' 'September Song,' and 'Mack the Knife (Die Moritat von Mackie Messer).' Karen's aim in producing this album was to record those songs too seldom heard in a popular format, in the hope that they might gain the currency they so richly deserve. A total of 16 tracks span nearly half the composer's life, from 'Berlin i'm Licht-Song' to 'River Chanty.' Weill's romantic sensitivity, his worldliness, his satirical detachment, and the breadth of his musical sophistication are all in clear evidence on this diverse album, thanks to Robert René Galván's careful arrangements and Kohler's unique abilities with the music, languages and sensibilities of Weill's oeuvre. JAM AND SPICE marks the centenary of Kurt Weill's birth and carries the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music's centennial imprint. The CD includes a luscious 18-page booklet replete with translations and song histories. MUSICIANS: Robert Rene Galvan, arranger/conductor Lynda Oswalt, piano Leigh Mahoney, violin Sara Nelson, cello Jenny-Lou Pena, clarinet Joel Treybig, trumpet Frances Barton, accordion Mark Rubin, banjo Adam Booker, bass Jeff Botta, percussion/vocal Larry Greenawalt, piano on 'September Song' ALBUM REVIEWS: 'Pure as strawberry preserves. An ace! A life project into which Kohler has breathed life.' - Austin Chronicle (4.5 out of 5 star rating) 'JAM AND SPICE is simply one of the best albums I've ever heard...ever!' - Louis Harrison, KUT Public Radio.
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