Wer einen perfekten Einstieg in das musikalische Schaffen des einzigsten wirklichen Weltstars deutscher Herkunft sucht, hat ihn im Album "Der blonde Engel" zweilsohne gefunden. Hier hört man einen Querschnitt durch das deutschsprachige Reportoire der großartigen Marlene Dietrich, von Liedern aus ihrem ersten großen Filmerfolg "Der blaue Engel",wie "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt"und "Ich bin die fesche Lola", über Antikriegslieder wie "Sag mir wo die Blumen sind" und "Die Antwort weiß ganz allein der Wind", Kinderliedern wie "Sch… kleines Baby" oder frechen Titeln im Stil der 20-er Jahre wie "Wer wird denn weinen wenn man auseinandergeht" oder große Balladen voller Weltschmerz wie "Allein in einer großen Stadt" und "Die Welt war jung".
La Femme Dietrich's career lasted several decades, and when she inked a deal with Decca Records in 1939, her first recording assignment was to produce an album of her "greatest hits," so already pervasive was her fame. This 16-track collection rounds up selections recorded over a 25-year period between her signing to Decca and her later recordings for Dot and Kapp, all of which parent company MCA-Universal now owns. Besides the definitive, elegant orchestral reading of 'Falling In Love Again', Marlene also puts her pipes and personality to other hits like "The Boys in the Backroom" and "You've Got That Look (That Makes Me Weak)" from the movie Destry Rides Again, as well as a batch of classy readings of "You Do Something to Me," "You Go to My Head," and uncharacteristic, almost surreal 1957 rock & roll stabs at "Near You," and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and the campy spins of her final single in 1965, "If He Swing By the String" and "Such Trying Times." All in all, a great little career overview to add to the pop vocal side of the collection.
During a career that spanned nearly five decades, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau established himself as one of the most accomplished performing artists of the twentieth century. He is widely considered to have been the finest modern interpreter of German lieder, and his extensive operatic career was noted for fine musicianship and powerful characterization. He has also made important contributions as an author, conductor, and teacher.
A disc that includes just three-and-a-half minutes’ worth of the delectable Maria Cristina Kiehr sounds like tantalization taken a step too far. Yet, as so often with Alpha, a theme lies behind this apparently disparate collection, although you’d have to be a Buxtehude scholar to spot it from the list of contents. The clue is in the word “Ciaconna” in the disc’s title, “Ciaccona: il mondo che gira.” Got there yet? Well, the answer is that all these works include an ostinato, or repeated bass pattern.