Groschenblues (Sultry night blues by Brecht & Weill)

Groschenblues (Sultry night blues by Brecht & Weill)

Sven Ratzke & Claron McFadden

Label: Buzz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917610321
Catalog number: ZZ 76103
Releasedate: 09-10-12
Both wanted to exceed their limits: world famous soprano Claron McFadden and "infant terrible of showbizz" Sven Ratzke. Performance and cabaret, show and opera, jazz and blues: this cd is all that and more!
  • Sven Ratzke: "the enfant terrible of showbizz" and at the same time one of the most talented young artists in his field
  • Claron McFadden: a world renowed soprano from New York
  • Shows were sold out shows in Holland, Germany, Austria and Switserland, this proves he is a rising star in cabaret world
  • Wherever he performes, he'll create glamorous nightclubs with his great energetic jazzy musicians
  • Sven Ratzke has great chemistry with world famous soprano Claron Mcfadden and they decided to sing Dreigroschenblues together
  • This is the result on cd, the theatre production has been getting lots of positive critics already!
  • Audiences fall for Claron and Sven everywhere they play!
  • A very broad audience will like this cd. It is not only exceptionally good theatre, it is also high class music
  • Sven will find his way to a much bigger audience with this extraordinary album and with his cooperation with Claron McFadden
  • The two vocalists are supported by a great band with: Charly Zastrau, Florian Friedrich,Tatiana Koleva and Fay Lovsky!
World famous soprano Claron McFadden and "infant terrible of showbizz" Sven Ratzke both wanted to exceed their limits: performance and cabaret, show and opera, jazz and blues: this cd is all that and more!

Groschenblues is a set of music by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht; two pieces are by Weill and other lyricists. This theatre production (called Ich habe den Dreigroschenblues 2012) was initiated and produced by Ratzke, who also contributed some brief written interludes between songs. The two singers are accompanied by pianist Charly Zastrau (who wrote most of the arrangements), bassist Florian Friedrich, Tatiana Koleva on percussion and vibes, and Fay Lovsky on guitar, theremin, banjo and a musical saw.

The singing is mostly in German with a little bit of English. From the beginning, a dark version of “Mack The Knife,” the performances are quite haunting, theatrical and atmospheric, similar to the cabaret music heard in Berlin in the 1920s. Ratzke and McFadden take listeners through a variety of moods, depicting the underworld and the seamier side of Germany from the era. While much of the material is lesser-known today, even those who do not understand German will admire their singing and highly expressive style; Ratzke's style is a wild mix of cabaret, vaudeville and jazzy chansons. From melancholic chansons to hilarious conferences, Ratzke improvises all the way trough, from one extreme to the other. His shows emit a Berlin nightclub atmosphere and are affected by the twenties of the last century.

Sven Ratzke
Sven Ratzke, (33 years) half Dutch, half German, lives in Amsterdam and Berlin and is one of a kind in his genre. His mix of Berlin cabaret of the '20 combined with his bizarre improvisation talent and pop style takes his audience to higher atmospheres. Sold out shows in Holland, Germany, Austria and Switserland prove that he is a rising star in cabaret world. He creates glamorous nightclubs everywhere he performs, with his great energetic jazzy musicians, he transforms famous pop songs from Kurt Weill to Prince and puts them in a completely new light. But also his own songs, like 'Crazy Cobra Cora' or 'Bridget the midget' about strange creatures of nightlife can be experienced as little movies and tell theatrical tales. His shows have an international atmosphere being multi lingual, Ratzke switches easily from German to English, from French to Dutch.

An important Dutch Newspaper wrote: "Ratzke is a great entertainer, he rules on stage, and doesn't need more than a follow spot and his music"

Sven Ratzke tours through Germany (like the famous mirror tent "The Bar Jeder Vernunft" in Berlin) Holland, Denmark, Belgium, France (Avignon) Austria (Vienna) on festivals in mirror tents, circus tents or in main theaters or opera houses. Besides his solo shows he produces special productions with guest stars. He produced a show where he played together with the Tiger Lillies in Holland and invited a lot of German cabaret stars to Amsterdam for his 'German Nights Series' He also invited some "La Clique" artists to perform in special editions of his own show. In the season of 2008/2009 he start as the lead in a Dutch/Belgium Production of the musical "Cabaret".

Ratzke had his own Late Night Show in Edinburgh (Fringe Fetsival), Berlin (Bar Jeder Vernunft) and in the new Theater of Stage Entertainment DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam (where it run for more than six month sold outs shows)
In 2011 he created, produced and performed as an artist in residence the TheaterPerformance ‘Tell me about Lust’ where strippers, ex prostitutes, sexchoaches and other fascinating characters who are involved proffesionelly in Lust were perfoming on tables  for the audiences of the famous Dutch Theater Parktheater.  The soloshow NachtSpiele (Nightgames) was premiered on the 13th September 2011 Berlin and on the 28th November 2011 in Amsterdam.

Claron McFadden
Claron McFadden studied voice at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Her celebrated opera roles are numerous and varied, including the title role of “Lulu” conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and The controller in Jonathan Dove's "Flight", both performed at Glyndebourne; Zerbinetta in Graham Vick's production of “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Netherlands Opera, where she has also performed many times; and numerous projects she has toured throughout Europe, including Dido and Aeneas and Les Indes Galantes, which she also performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

She sings many of the major oratorio works, but is also in demand for her interpretation of modern and contemporary music, in particular the music of Wolfgang Rihm and Harrison Birtwistle. She performed in the world premier of Birtwistle's “The Woman and the Hare” at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and in August 2009 at the BBC Proms with the Nash Ensemble.

Her many recordings include Birtwistle's “Paul Celan Songs”, Haydn's “Orfeo” and Gluck's “Paride ed Elena” with La Stagione Frankfurt and as Aspasia in Händel's “Alexander Balus” with the King's Consort for Hyperion Records.

She has also made many television appearances, including Channel 4's My Night with Händel, performance documentary of contemporary settings of Händel operatic arias,  available on video and DVD.

Recent engagements were with L’Europe Galante ( Didone, Scala), Göttingen Händel Festspielen, tours with Orchestra of the 18th Century, concerts with the Residentie Orchestra, engagements with the Netherlands Opera ( After life , Rage d’Amours) etc, in Lyon, projects with companies like les Ballets C de la B, Muziek Lod, Transparant, ballet company Leine & Roebana, chamber music projects with Arditti Quartet, Minquet Quartet, a concert tour through Europe with l’Anima Eterna, concerts with the NDR and WDR Symphony Orchestra, concerts with München Kammerorchester, Orchestre de Lugano, and the Residentie Ochestra ( Rage d’amours) tour with Leine Roebana .

Future engagements include Platée with the National travelling company, and various chamber music projects with for example Arditti Quartet and the Minquet Quartet in Salzburg as well as performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Claron has also been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper to perform a leading role in a new opera by Jorg Widmann.

In August 2007 Claron McFadden was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, winning praise for her brilliant coloratura, her wide repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Bernstein and contemporary composers, and her vivid stage personality.