For his 3rd album at NativeDSD, pianist and composer Kalman Olah brings us a tribute to a famed composer with The Michel Legrand Songbook. It features Singer Andrea Malek, Violin Player Roby Lakatos, Trio Midnight (Kalman Olah, Elemer Balazs, Janos Egri), Danubia Orchestra Obuda and guest musicians Paul Lakatos and Jozset Czibere.
The Michel Legrand Songbook features many of your favorite songs. Including The Summer Knows (Theme From Summer of ’42), Windmills Of Your Mind, A Piece Of Sky, Once Upon A Summertime, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, The Way He Makes Me Feel and How Do You Keep The Music Playing.
Olah says “I have been thinking about a project based on Michel Legrand’s compositions for approximately 15 years. Much was needed to realize my dream.
Most of all I needed a great singer, who could perform these songs authentically, but in her individual way. I needed a very creative and versatile Jazz trio being the backbone of the production. I needed a String Chamber Orchestra playing at a high level. I needed outstanding soloists, who can extend the color palette of the album with their unique musical personalities. And of course, I needed inspiration for the orchestrations besides the inspiration that Legrand’s songs gave me.
On the one hand, I got inspiration during my travels, as I composed these covers in several cities of Europe. On the other hand, I got plenty of ideas during the past 25 years of immersion in Classical Music. I got plenty of inspirations from Bach’s music, as well. There is Bach hidden in Legrand’s music, so it wasn’t difficult for me to use baroque motifs.
However there are many other possibilities in these songs, which can be turned in several music directions. I think, in spite of the various musical sounds of the album, Legrand’s personality and immediately recognizable tunes make the production unified.”
Andrea Malek, Vocals
Kalman Olah, Piano, Arranger & Conductor
Roby Lakatos, Violin
Kálmán Oláh – Piano
Elemér Balázs – Drums
János Egri – Double Bass
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
Janos Bodor – Concertmaster
Paul Lakatos – Guitar
József Czibere – Percussion
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:12:49
|Original Recording Format
Robert Hunka Zoltan
SuperSize Recording Studios
|May 19, 2023
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