Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

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What's not to like about a beautiful man in a tailored tuxedo?

This is Max Raabe of the Palast Orchester and I had the distinct pleasure of seeing him in his premiere Canadian concert at the beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto. If you are not familiar with his work, he is of a superior sound. Re-creating the German dance hall sounds of the 20s and 30s, he infuses his repertoire with dry, almost sardonic humour. Of German background himself, he is tall, blond and thin with perfect vintage style - a Great Gatsby look with military precision.

As well as being trained as a baritone opera singer, he is a lyricist and writes original music. I particularly enjoy how he creates covers of modern songs: Tom Jones' "Sex Bomb" or Britney Spears'  "Oops...I Did it Again", which quite frankly is the only way I would ever listen to Britney Spears!

So if you ever have the chance to see him and his orchestra in concert, do not hesitate to go. It is immensely enjoyable, romantic, funny and memorable.

The stunning Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

December 2009, Vogue Magazine

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