Cora Frost & Orkester: Nexte Lied: Release Information
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Release Date: 01.04.2002
TT Catalogue No: 4456
Her skies are bluer than blue and her world is boisterously alive: Cora Frost
is certainly the most enigmatic diseuse of the times. Provoking, brash, bursting
with word power and sheer strength, she doesn't consider extensive wallowing
in the minor scale to be beneath her. Chanson, absurd theatre, vaudeville
with a touch of Bavarian folk-comedy, pop and rock - Frost tries it all,
placing her trust in free thinking, songwriting and most of all, in life.
The 38-year-old Berliner-by-choice picks her best stories out of the daily
drudge and wraps them up with wit and sympathy for all the little inconspicuous
big city dwellers: people in jogging suits, bargain hunters at the supermarket,
timid fortune seekers - Cora Frost sketches them in their true colors with
striking words and sounds. And already you think you're wandering with her
through Kreuzberg, scratching along the concrete, always following her voice.
See the faces and lights of the restless city, listen to the longing for another
life and feel the defiance and the knowledge that there just might not be a
After her celebrated song performance "Nur für eine Nacht - Gobstop",
in which she collaborated with a theatre troupe of homeless people( "Ratten
070") to tell the story of the gangster heroes from Odessa, and her performances
with Chico Cesar in Brazil, Cora Frost & ORkesteR 2001 present their new
programme "Nexte Lied" with compositions by Susanne Betancor, Peer
Raben, Mark Scheibe and Gerd Thumser. And once again, critics and audiences
agree: "Cora Frost is possibly the biggest and most dangerous thing to
happen to the German chanson scene", (the "FAZ") and even "Die
Welt" discovered her as "the singer who maintains her mystery as
a saucy street kid, a patchwork princess, infected with life."
Accompanied by the brilliant "ORkesteR" – Topo Daniel Gioia
and Michael Joch (percussion), Paul Brody (trumpet), Gary Schmalzl (guitar)
and Markus Lang (organ and syntheziser) – Cora Frost has captured 14 "Nexte
Lieder" on CD.
Among them: the heavenly "Magic Doris". Taking all the time in the
world, she begins a declaration of love to the most beautiful transvestite
in the world, who suddenly appears at the corner of Kreuzberg´s Oranienstrasse.
To see Doris is to fall for her. Voice, words, images, rhythms - Frost pulls
out all the stops until "Magic Doris" becomes piercing pop - a St.
Vitus's dance of feeling. It's followed by calm and endless blue: "Mein
Himmel ist vor deinem Fenster" ("My sky is outside your window"),
long minutes of perfect happiness - it's just too good. A little later foam-cushioned
irony threatens in cute trilling about the wants and needs of simple-minded
girls: "It's always the other ones who are beautiful - I have better things
to do". Like going to the "supermarket" – where cheap,
cheap happiness lies on the shelves. Past the people grabbing for joghurt and
cookies trying to sweeten up that eternal wait for "real life". Fantastic. "Bleib
Liegen", penned by Fassbender composer Peer Raben, surges dramatically,
while Brazilian melancholy shimmers through Dorival Caymis composition "é doce
morrer no mar". Then Cora Frost discovers "Ljuba" in a cabbage
field, reflects on prostitution on a country road to the Czech Republic, races
through a purgatory of passions in "Abbiama fatto l'amore qui auf dem
Soffa", to finally eavesdrop on the last fading echoes of the night -
dawn over Berlin. "Throw those golden shoes at me one more time".
Dreamy minutes later a beautiful ode to wading through the deepest moods rings
out - "Yesterday I still wanted to die". Incredibly tender and full
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