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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but There are Better Collections of the Comedian Harmonists, 20 Aug 2010
J Scott Morrison (Middlebury VT, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Best of Comedian Harmonists (Veronika Der Lenz Ist Da/ Ein Freund/ Ein Guter Freund) (Audio CD)
The Comedian Harmonists were a five-man (plus piano) group of close-harmony singers who were performing in pre-WWII Germany, from about 1928 to 1934. It is no surprise that they were hugely successful during their existence, not only in Germany but throughout Europe and even to some extent in the US. Because three of the group were Jewish and the pianist was married to a Jewish woman, the Jewish members fled Germany and the group was thus disbanded. There is a film about them, 'The Harmonists', that is worth seeing. The Harmonists

This CD is a collection of recordings made during their heyday. In it one hears their incredible close harmonies and their ability to imitate musical instruments. Everything they do is informed by great musicality and joie de vivre. Unfortunately Profil has produced this CD on the cheap. There is nothing in the two-page 'booklet' but the listing of contents -- no history, no texts or translations, nothing. There are other collections that do a better job of presenting the group, e.g. Comedian Harmonists (Definitive Collection), and which present more of their repertoire.

The recorded sound is really quite good considering the recordings were made in the 1930s.

Scott Morrison
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