Wer einen perfekten Einstieg in das musikalische Schaffen des einzigsten wirklichen Weltstars deutscher Herkunft sucht, hat ihn im Album "Der blonde Engel" zweilsohne gefunden. Hier hört man einen Querschnitt durch das deutschsprachige Reportoire der großartigen Marlene Dietrich, von Liedern aus ihrem ersten großen Filmerfolg "Der blaue Engel",wie "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt"und "Ich bin die fesche Lola", über Antikriegslieder wie "Sag mir wo die Blumen sind" und "Die Antwort weiß ganz allein der Wind", Kinderliedern wie "Sch… kleines Baby" oder frechen Titeln im Stil der 20-er Jahre wie "Wer wird denn weinen wenn man auseinandergeht" oder große Balladen voller Weltschmerz wie "Allein in einer großen Stadt" und "Die Welt war jung".
As other reviewers have noted previously, the sleeve notes for Apex discs don’t necessarily overload readers with information. This issue contains a detailed track-listing in English together with the libretto and a very short uncredited introduction to Messiah written in English, French and German. Sadly however, no details at all are given about any of the performers, despite the fact that the late Lord Menuhin apparently enjoyed a sustained association with both the orchestra and choir from 1990 until his death in 1998.
This US hard rock quintet was formed in 1991 by ex-Britny Fox vocalist Dean Davidson. With Erik Levy (bass), Rick Criniti (guitar), Tony Santoro (guitar) and Chris Branco (drums) completing the line-up, the band soon negotiated a contract with Mercury Records. They debuted with Electric Rattlebone, a blues-based set of hard rock songs that paid respect to Aerosmith, Humble Pie, Cinderella and the Rolling Stones in more or less equal portions…
After a number of appearances in Alpha productions, Sandrine Piau now joins the label for several recordings. With Chimère, she invites us on a voyage into the intimate and infinite territory of dreams. ‘Chimera: an illusory, unsatisfied quest, the graveyard of our illusions…’ She and her long standing partner, the pianist Susan Manoff, have thought up a programme combining the German lied (Hugo Wolf, one of Schumann’s Mignon songs, a scene from Goethe’s Faust by Carl Loewe), Mélodies by Debussy and Poulenc (his Banalités), and Art Songs by Barber along with discoveries of more rarely heard composers like Ivor Gurney and the Dickinson Songs of André Previn – the celebrated American conductor is less well-known for his compositions, which include this magnificent cycle written for Renée Fleming. Equally at home in French, German and English, Sandrine Piau is at the peak of her artistry. Fantoches, Clair de Lune, Solitary Hotel, Will there really be a morning?: set out for the world of dreams following this unique poetic itinerary. ‘The land of chimeras is the only one in this world worth living in’