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Klassik - Erschienen am 13. Oktober 1998 | RCA Red Seal

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Jazz - Erschienen am 18. Mai 2018 | Okeh

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„Nice 'n' easy“ – wenn das so einfach wäre. Das neue Album von Thomas Quasthoff und seinen exquisiten Partnern lehrt, wie viel Können das leicht Klingende erfordert. Relaxte Arrangements, schleichende Begleitmuster, sich sanft reibende Stimmverläufe, dezent groovende Rhythmen: Die NDR Bigband beherrscht die Zwischentöne, die Jörg Achim Keller in die Standards arrangiert hat. Hier gibt es keine vollen Breitseiten, sondern viel Raum für persönliche Noten: etwa für das wunderbar beseelte Solo von Till Brönner in „Body And Soul“. Oder für das tränenumströmte Gejammer des imaginierten Gegenüber im Posaunensolo von Dan Gottshall in „Cry Me A River“. Das ist musikalischer Humor vom Feinsten. Im Gegensatz dazu wirkt die ruhig erzählende Singstimme umso stärker. Fast auf dem ganzen Album lässt Quasthoff seine immer noch unvergleichliche Stimme in tiefsten Tiefen entspannen. Auch wo er in seinem fetten Sound badet, bleibt das instrumental gedacht bzw. konsequent im Duktus der Songs. Die Stimme swingt sich in die subkutanen Sphären der Musik ein. Höchste Stimmkontrolle für größte Natürlichkeit. Ein „But Not For Me“ gewinnt so eine ganz andere Art der Melancholie, frei von falscher Emotion. Die Arrangements, etwa das streicherselige „Some Enchanted Evening“, sind mitunter Ohrenschmeichelei, bleiben dabei aber differenziert, garniert durch die harmonisch komplexen und zugleich sich ganz dem Kontext unterordnenden Einwürfe vom exzellenten Pianisten Frank Chastenier. Dass sich Drummer Wolfgang Haffner mit sanft schaufelnden Rhythmen und Dieter Ilg mit seinem jede verzupfte Gewohnheit vermeidenden Bassspiel in diesem Umfeld wunderbar einfinden, versteht sich. Es mag sein, dass sich für manche abstammungsreine Jazzer Thomas Quasthoff durch seinen früher ausgeübten Hauptberuf nach wie vor verdächtig macht. Aber keine Sorge: Hörgewohnheiten sind entwicklungsfähig. © Schmitz, Johannes / www.fonoforum.de
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Jazz - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 27. April 2018 | Sony Music Classical International

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Klassik - Erschienen am 25. Oktober 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Classical-pop crossover is almost never a good idea. Those who attempt it from the pop side seem to achieve dire results at best, and their counterparts on the other end of the divide rarely fare much better. While such efforts are laudably ambitious and aesthetically expansive, the fact remains that those who have learned their craft on one side of the fence or the other are simply best qualified to understand that tradition's requirements and most likely to meet them. German classical bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, however, seems to be an unusual exception to this rule of thumb. He began venturing beyond a classical repertoire in 2007 with The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens, on which he successfully tackled the Great American Songbook, and on Tell It Like It Is, Quasthoff takes an even greater leap by venturing into R&B. Unlike others who have attempted similar shifts, Quasthoff leaves the bulk of his classical training on the shelf while tackling pop-oriented material: of course, his spot-on pitch, impressive range, and clarity of tone are like fingerprints that can never be disguised, and they serve him in good stead here. In fact, if one came to Tell It Like Is with no knowledge of Quasthoff's previous work, it would be nearly impossible to guess that he's primarily a classical singer. His graceful understatement, bluesy bends, and undeniable sense of swing -- all marks of a great R&B vocalist -- are brought to bear throughout the album. Quasthoff tends to be more successful tackling straight-up R&B tunes -- including the Ann Peebles hit "I Can't Stand the Rain," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and the Art Neville-penned title track -- than on the more singer/songwriter-oriented cuts, like John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me" and Randy Newman's "Rider in the Rain." Still, Quasthoff deserves kudos for the acidic sense of humor required to tackle Newman's "Short People," given the disability that affects him. Interestingly, although Quasthoff's classical training never once gets in the way here, his German accent occasionally does; for the most part, he handles the English lyrics deftly, but every once in a while, his nationality peeks out of his voice just a bit, momentarily diverting the focus from the song. Nevertheless, these moments are few and far between, and Tell It Like It Is remains largely a triumph against the enormous odds faced by any classical singer trying to jump over -- however temporarily -- to the pop side of things. © J. Allen /TiVo
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Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2001 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2004 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Klassik - Erschienen am 10. Oktober 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2006 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 1. Januar 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 30. August 1993 | RCA Red Seal

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Französische Mélodies und Kunstlieder - Erschienen am 11. September 2008 | Phoenix Edition

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Vokalmusik (weltlich und geistlich) - Erschienen am 5. März 2010 | CapriccioNR

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Klassik - Erschienen am 17. November 2014 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 25. Oktober 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical-pop crossover is almost never a good idea. Those who attempt it from the pop side seem to achieve dire results at best, and their counterparts on the other end of the divide rarely fare much better. While such efforts are laudably ambitious and aesthetically expansive, the fact remains that those who have learned their craft on one side of the fence or the other are simply best qualified to understand that tradition's requirements and most likely to meet them. German classical bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, however, seems to be an unusual exception to this rule of thumb. He began venturing beyond a classical repertoire in 2007 with The Jazz Album: Watch What Happens, on which he successfully tackled the Great American Songbook, and on Tell It Like It Is, Quasthoff takes an even greater leap by venturing into R&B. Unlike others who have attempted similar shifts, Quasthoff leaves the bulk of his classical training on the shelf while tackling pop-oriented material: of course, his spot-on pitch, impressive range, and clarity of tone are like fingerprints that can never be disguised, and they serve him in good stead here. In fact, if one came to Tell It Like Is with no knowledge of Quasthoff's previous work, it would be nearly impossible to guess that he's primarily a classical singer. His graceful understatement, bluesy bends, and undeniable sense of swing -- all marks of a great R&B vocalist -- are brought to bear throughout the album. Quasthoff tends to be more successful tackling straight-up R&B tunes -- including the Ann Peebles hit "I Can't Stand the Rain," Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and the Art Neville-penned title track -- than on the more singer/songwriter-oriented cuts, like John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me" and Randy Newman's "Rider in the Rain." Still, Quasthoff deserves kudos for the acidic sense of humor required to tackle Newman's "Short People," given the disability that affects him. Interestingly, although Quasthoff's classical training never once gets in the way here, his German accent occasionally does; for the most part, he handles the English lyrics deftly, but every once in a while, his nationality peeks out of his voice just a bit, momentarily diverting the focus from the song. Nevertheless, these moments are few and far between, and Tell It Like It Is remains largely a triumph against the enormous odds faced by any classical singer trying to jump over -- however temporarily -- to the pop side of things. © J. Allen /TiVo
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Klassik - Erschienen am 22. Februar 2000 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 22. Oktober 2009 | RCA Red Seal

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Klassik - Erschienen am 8. März 2002 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Klassik - Erschienen am 2. Mai 1994 | RCA Red Seal