Max Raabe and Palast Orchester: Dance & Film Music of 1920s
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While Raabe concentrates on the popular songs of the Twenties and Thirties, usually using the original orchestrations, he also writes songs himself and does pop covers of contemporary songs using the old orchestration styles. You can sample his stuff on YouTube. Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again" is especially, ah, noteworthy. In other words, Raabe has a sense of irony and humor...and I suspect he doesn't think much of a lot of contemporary pop songs. So is he an old man of 44, living in a past he never had? Hardly.
In this concert piece, filmed at a packed outdoor amphitheater before 20,000 Berliners, Raabe and his orchestra demonstrate why they are as good as they are.Read more ›
I cannot add much to the other reviews here (all of which rate this DVD as 5-Star) except to say that, since it arrived, I have watched this show two nights in succession and I can't wait to invite friends over to see it as well. I did not think that such superior entertainers still existed!
Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this disc. What a showman! He sings in six languages including Chinese! And what an orchestra! These musicians can make their instruments sound like anything they like (even Chinese instruments!). These people all play several instruments and they play them extremely well. I have a number of records and discs of salon orchestras, but the Palast Orchester is by far the best.
I too hope that more DVDs (and CDs) of Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester will be issued. I'll buy every one.
Update: March 6, 2010
Last night Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester appeared in Philadelphia, PA and my wife and I were there (Merriam Theater, Orchestra Row B, Seats 10 and 12 - really great seats!).
Like many people who live in our area, we first heard about Max Raabe from Jill Pasternak's "Crossover" show on WRTI 90.1 MHz. We heard her initial interview with him back in November 2007 but unfortunately it was broadcast the very day he was appearing in Philadelphia and it was impossible for us to get tickets.Read more ›
The picture quality and sound are terrific. The subtitles are good and very useful the first time through to get the hilarious patter between numbers. One must set the television or monitor to other than full screen to see them properly.
I am awaiting the rumored DVD of the recent Japan concert, some of which is in the bonus material with this DVD.
Let's have more!
For anyone who likes to live in the past (as I do -- it's cheaper!) this DVD is a real treasure!! As extras, there are (very small) snippets of the orchestra's trip to other countries (no music there, however)...but a nice additon to a DVD that doesn't really need any additions!
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Max Raabe and Palast Orchester bring the fun and energy of a great dance band to the stage. The music is from the era of the Weimar Republic in Germany, with some of the American... Read morePublished 26 days ago by John A. MacDougall
Very well done video compilation of apparently several concerts at the same venue.Published 8 months ago by Markus Woehler
I first learned of Max and his marvelous music 3 or 4 years ago when he appeared on onstage in Davis, CA Not knowing what to expect, my wife and I went to his show and were... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eric L. Parker
This group is first rate, a real class act. If you think that you would never be interested in the music of the Weimar Republic, you may be wrong. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Koenig
The subtitles allow you to understand the songs while still being sung as written and by a fantastic vocalist whose native tongue is German. Read morePublished 12 months ago by William B Schwager
Clever, sophisticated, cosmopolitan. A refreshing blast from the past.Published 13 months ago by Mary E. Raimond
what fun - went to one of his concerts in Berlin/German - have all his cd'sPublished 14 months ago by Quatsch
As on reviewer pointed out, it's all in German. But great music and great ochestra add Max and it's superPublished 14 months ago by Buzzzmike
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