with the Berlin Vocaphonics
No composer and lyricist has shaped German and international cabaret like Friedrich Hollaender. The BERLINER VOCAPHONIKER have created their very special revue, which shows a musical cross-section of the master's enormous œuvre. What would Marlene Dietrich be without the songs of "big, little Fritz" (Charlie Chaplin about the composer who was only 1.50m tall)?
Many other stars of German and international entertainment also sang his songs: Blandine Ebinger, Claire Waldoff, Heinz Rühmann, Comedian Harmonists and later Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Brian Ferry, Milva, Eartha Kitt and even the Beatles!
The Berlin Vocaphoniker offer an entertaining revue - cabaret songs from the 1920s are heard as well as tango & waltz, swing hits & Hollywood movie tunes alternate with boogie woogie and Berlin snark - all this with an ironic wink and a furious costume battle.
The program follows a chronology of the artistic work of the composer and author Friedrich Hollaender. After a furious musical prelude, "Songs of a Poor Girl" begins, which Friedrich Hollaender wrote at the beginning of the 1920s to his then lover and later 1st wife, Blandine Ebinger, quasi "on the body" - better on Berlin heart and beak.
Other great and successful cabaret hits of the middle and late 1920s follow, such as "Guck doch nicht immer nach dem Tangogeiger hin!"
The next highlight are the songs that made him world famous in the late 1920s and established his international reputation as a film composer: "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß", "Ich bin die fesche Lola", "Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte" and many more. From his Hollywood time swing hits like "You leave me breathless" and songs from the Billy Wilder classic "A Foreign Affair" can be heard: "Black Market" and "In den Ruinen von Berlin".
Finally, the songs Hollaender composed after his return to Germany can be heard, such as a boogie woogie from the film "Das Spukschloss im Spessart" and the legendary cabaret classic "Stroganoff". The ensemble not only offers a feast for the ears, variety is also trumps here in terms of visuals.