Concert recorded live on Feb, 23rd. 2014 at K-Lang Studios, Mitterfels, Germany
Sepp Fischer – voc
Klaudia Salkovic – voc, p,acc
Stefan Lang – trp
Michael Reiß – g
Jochen Benkert – b
Song Recital With All Facets
Klaudia Salkovic-Lang and Sepp Fischer in concert at the Raven
When you put things off you still not getting rid of them. Such was also the case with two congenial artist. It took them many years until Klaudia Salkovic-Lang an the director of the Mitterfels Burgtheater Associtation Sepp Fischer found to each other on musical terms. From there things went rather quickly. Within a week the concert programm was put together, along with the set list, the arrangements.
Beneficiaries of this Song Recital Idea were great number of concert-goers, who gathered at the Raven on sunday. Small stage - big effect, that was the credo. The main protagonists still had some trumps on the package leaflet. But more abaut that later.
Tom Waits and his songs are what Sepp Fischer feels strongly attracted to. With a transfigured look he intonates with a smoky, broken voice the masterpieces of the grandmaster. „Heart of Saturday Night“ is the smooth intro into an evening with many surprises.
The first comes in the shape of a brilliantly disposed Klaudia Salkovic-Lang. Like a volcanic eruption she sings about the favorite subject of all women and Zalando- disciples: New Shoes. Groove in it‘s primal form. To remain sitting becomes difficult for the first time. The fact that Klaudia has a gigantic vocal range is becoming clear with Van Morrison‘s „Tupelo Honey“. her husband, Stefan Lang, accentuates this with an outstanding solo on the flugelhorn.
The fact that a drama director should have a actor‘s talent is far known. He has to show his actors where things are heading. And this he knows. With Paolo Conte‘s „Genova per noi“ he comedicly outshines the wood choping Adriano Celentano with ease. And when he claims singing and mumbling the „piano has been drinkin‘ , not me“ the whole audiences is almost rolling on the floor, laughing.
But also the soft sounds characterize the concert. „The Briar and the Rose“ has a almost mythical effect and lets the audience hold their breath, when Jochen Benkert lets his double bass boom with the bow to the low whispering voice of Sepp Fischer. Stock still the listeners sit, you could hear the famous pin drop.
Salkovic-Lang puts on speed again with the soul classic „I heard it through the Grapewine“. Michael Reiß on electrical oder accoustic guitar blends inconspicuosly but finely into the quintet. Often very reduced, only caressing the strings with a bottleneck he completes the clever arrangements.
An when Sepp Fischer wonderful lascively is celebrating the word „striptease show“ in „Tom Traubert‘s Blues“, while Stefan Lang set beautiful fills with his flugelhorn, you finally know, that all possible facets of a song recital are being covered.
The highest musical level in combination with a sense for pleasure and humour. A rewarding thing, calling to be repeated.
Even after the last encore the audience have not really surendered. But there is an end to everything, because „It Is a Jungle Out There“.
Bernd Vogel, Straubinger Tagblatt, Germany