Grunt, Chotjewitz: The Magic of a Flute

Grunt, Chotjewitz: The Magic of a Flute

by George Gruntz
     
 
In 1972, pianist/composer/bandleader George Gruntz arranged for a variety of poets in the United States to write sections for an updated version of "The Magic Flute," transformed to modern times. The poets were not told that their segments were based on "The Magic Flute" and Gruntz in turn wrote music for the "jazz opera" that does not refer at all to

Overview

In 1972, pianist/composer/bandleader George Gruntz arranged for a variety of poets in the United States to write sections for an updated version of "The Magic Flute," transformed to modern times. The poets were not told that their segments were based on "The Magic Flute" and Gruntz in turn wrote music for the "jazz opera" that does not refer at all to Mozart's work. For a variety of reasons, it took 30 years before the production was finally staged, and that debut was recorded and released as this double CD. Eight singers were employed to play the roles, while the NDR Big Band provided the music. There is plenty of improvising by the singers and musicians within the context of the script. Without reading the synopsis, it would be very difficult to know what the plot of the show is, and the results are a bit esoteric and sometimes confusing, although much of the music is simpler (including a blues and a calypso). There are some excellent moments, particularly from Lauren Newton, Mark Murphy, and Ian Shaw, and the unidentified soloists are talented, but this jazz opera is for selective tastes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Musiques Suisses
UPC:
7613105639445
catalogNumber:
6219

Related Subjects

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Act 1. Prelude
  2. Act 1. Oh Gee! Oh, My! Look!
  3. Act 1. Rags! Song of the junkman
  4. Act 1. Aria of the Photo Book
  5. Act 1. Sweet Jeannine
  6. Act 1. Thou Shalt Love
  7. Act 1. Oh, Please / Rape Aria
  8. Act 1. You are What You Are
  9. Act 1. Rumores at Captain's & Velvet Tango

Disc 2

  1. Act 2. All Hail to Pep
  2. Act 2. Aria for George Gruntz
  3. Act 2. Somewhere Down the Line
  4. Act 2. Seduction Aria
  5. Act 2. All Hail to Pep
  6. Act 2. So if Love... (short version)
  7. Act 2. The Woman he Choose
  8. Act 2. Himmer... Himalaya
  9. Act 2. Humanity and Love
  10. Act 2. Postludium
  11. Act 3. I have Walked Alone
  12. Act 3. Appreciation
  13. Act 3. I have walked by Memories
  14. Act 3. My Father Tried to Buy...
  15. Act 3. So if Love... (complete version)
  16. Act 3. I could give up...
  17. Act 3. Finale: Children of the Earth

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gruntz   Primary Artist,Conductor
Renée Manning   Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Murphy   Vocals,Track Performer
Vladislav Sendecki   Synthesizer,Piano
Joe Gallardo   Trombone
Christof Lauer   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Danny Gottlieb   Drums,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Lucas Lindholm   Bass
Ian Shaw   Vocals,Track Performer
Reiner Winterschladen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kitty Margolis   Vocals,Track Performer
Ingolf Burkhardt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Gottshall   Trombone
Peter Bolte   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Lutz Büchner   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Fiete Felsch   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist,Alto Recorder
Marcio Doctor   Percussion
Claus Stötter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
NDR Bigband   Band
Frank Delle   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ingo Lahme   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Yvonne Moore   Vocals,Track Performer
Tobias Weidinger   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sandie Wollasch   Vocals
Daniel Gottlieb   Drums
T. Weidinger   Trumpet
Lauren Newton   Vocals,Track Performer
Marcelino Feliciano   Vocals

Technical Credits

W.C. Fields   Lyricist
George Gruntz   Composer,Leitung
Gertrude Stein   Lyricist
Sonia Sanchez   Composer
Jackson Mac Low   Concept
Dick Higgins   Composer,Lyricist
Tuli Kupferberg   Composer,Lyricist
Martin Pearson   Engineer
Anne Waldman   Composer,Lyricist
Wolfgang Kunert   Producer
Gérard Lüll   Liner Notes
Peter Bürli   Producer
Jürg Solothurnmann   Liner Notes
Claudio Danuser   Executive Producer
Jacques Lasserre   translation
Peter O. Chotjewitz   Composer
Lenore Kandel   Lyricist
James I, King of England   Lyricist
Lennox Raphael   Lyricist
Sonia Sanchez   Lyricist
Marianne Wöhrle   Cover Art
Axel Duerr   Producer
Calvin C. Hernton   Lyricist
Peter O. Chotjewitz   Librettist
Marvin   Lyricist
Oliver Bergner   Sound Design
Chris Walton   translation

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