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Kronthaler Some Call Him Johnny Grey BMCCD326 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberBMCCD326
Barcode5998309303265
labelBMC Music
Release date28/06/2024
salesrank99
Players/ContributorsMusicians
  • Kalima, Kalle
  • Kronthaler, Theresa
  • Potrazt, Oliver

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      The trio of mezzo-soprano Theresa Kronthaler, guitarist Kalle Kalima and bassist Oliver Potratz have reunited nine years after their debut album The Living Loving Maid, released by Sony Classical, for a new recording in the spirit of commitment to song. In the tracks of Some Call Him Johnny Grey, opera meets musicals and pop rock through jazz.

      What do Henry Purcell, Billy Corgan, Georg Friedrich Händel, Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, Antonio Vivaldi, Chris Cornell, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, and Sting have in common? They all wrote songs. These composers lived (and live) in different times and cultural contexts, but their songs are not isolated from each other. This is also proven by the new album from Kronthaler Trio, which nine years after their debut album The Living Loving Maid (Sony Classical, 2015), based on a similar concept, have reunited for a new recording in the spirit of commitment to song. In the tracks of Some Call Him Johnny Grey, opera meets musicals and pop rock through jazz. Kalima, Potratz, and Kronthaler make it unmistakably clear that they aren’t curating a legacy here; they are singing these songs today and for today’s audience. Songs that have always been with us, and are immediately able to seduce the listener. In the arrangements of Kronthaler Trio, each song is discovering and inventing itself in the very moment it is, fleetingly, made manifest.

      Theresa Kronthaler is an internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano who has appeared on almost every major stage in the world, notably in Baroque, Classical and Italian Romantic operas, and recently sang her first Wagnerian role, Sieglinde. Kalle Kalima and Oliver Potratz both live in Berlin and have long demonstrated a musical openness that transcends genres. The Austrian bassist is a member of one of Austria’s most successful jazz bands, Shake Stew, while the multi-faceted Finnish guitarist is at the forefront of European jazz; his Klima Kalima has released albums on Enja Records, and he also appears on half a dozen albums on ACT in various bands, including with KUU, and Andreas Schaerer.

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      CD 1
      • 1.Night (from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell)03:59
      • 2.Black Hole Sun (Chris Cornell)05:51
      • 3.Johnny Grey (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto by GeorgFriedrich Händel, text by Essi Kalima)07:18
      • 4.Vedrò con mio diletto (Antonio Vivaldi)04:05
      • 5.Drone Interlude (Kalle Kalima, Oliver Potratz)01:32
      • 6.Lasciatemi morire (Claudio Monteverdi)05:27
      • 7.Flow my Tears (John Dowland)04:52
      • 8.Disarm (Billy Corgan)03:36
      • 9.Weep (from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, text by Essi Kalima)06:20
      • 10.My Favourite Things (Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II)04:54
      • 11.Mare Tranquillitatis (Kalle Kalima)00:58
      • 12.Walking on the Moon (Sting)04:50
      • Total:53:42