Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Review by Ian King
Issue 347 – November 2016
(CD) Claudia Hirschfeld – My Heroes
Running Time 53 minutes – Price £12.95
This is Claudia’s first CD release since “My Vienna” last year. That recording was a tribute to a city, while this is her homage to two of her musical idols; James Last and Udo Jürgens who were both giants of German music and who both sadly passed away in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
James Last needs little introduction, he was a German bandleader and composer who sold 200 million albums. Udo Jürgens may need a little more, he was a German composer and singer who sold a mere 100 million albums during his fifty year career. He became the most successful entertainment musician in Germany with 110 of his albums making it into the German charts. He also holds the worldwide record as the artist with the longest ever presence in the charts running more than 57 years from his first entry in 1958 until 2015.
The major change on this recording is Claudia’s move to the new Wersi Pergamon OAX1000 organ, this after thirteen years, nine CD albums and two DVDs recorded on the Louvre. This organ is Wersi’s flagship model since moving from the OAS system to the OAX (OpenArt-eXtended) generation of keyboards. With a price tag of £39,999.00, this CD may well be your only chance of hearing one in your living room. If you currently have a Louvre in the corner (yes, that’s what that big white thing is over there in the corner next to the butler), you’ll be pleased to hear you can upgrade it for around £10k.
As you would expect, many of the tunes will be new to British ears, particularly those of Mr. Jürgens. Highlights including the big hits of James Last; “Happy Music,” “Games That Lovers Play,” “Morning in Cornwall” and “Paradiesvogel”. However, there are excellent highlights from Udo Jürgens’ side of things with “I Can, I Will,” “Give Me One More Hour,” “I’ve Never Been to New York” and “Love Without Suffering”. All of his tunes are new to me, but all sound really impressive and are catchy enough to get inside your head in a couple of plays.
This is another lovely CD from Claudia, played with her usual panache and the new Wersi Pergamon sounds pretty grand too. The CD has also been released in the new-style CD case (although that upgrade is free of charge).
FULL TRACKS: Happy Music • Ich Will, ich Kann (I Can, I Will) • Udo Jürgens Party Medley: Sag’ ihr, ich lass sie grüßen / Ein ehrenwertes Haus / Paris – einfach nur so zum Spaß / Ich weiß, was ich will / Siebzehn Jahr’, blondes Haar / Sag’ ihr, ich lass sie grüßen • A Morning In Cornwall • Vielen Dank für die Blumen (Tom & Jerry Theme) • Games That Lovers Play • Schenk mir noch eine Stunde (Give Me One More Hour) • Too Fat Polka • Ich war noch niemals in New York (I’ve Never Been to New York) • Paradiesvogel (Blue Bird) • Liebe ohne Leiden (Love Without Suffering) • Mit 66 Jahren • The Last Guest Is Gone • Merci Cherie.
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September 2020 release with Claudia at the Wersi Sonic OAX-1000 and David Döring playing Panpipes.
Opera CD Single written by Claudia Hirschfeld. Performed by the Spanish tenor Oscar Marin with the Sofia Session Orchestra and Choir.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.