Unieke Kersfeesalbum Om Die Feesseisoen Behoorlik Af Te Skop

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 10:57

Dit is nie vreemd dat ’n Kersliedjie die titelhouer is van die Guinness Book of World Records se gewildste enkelsnitverkoper ooit nie. Daar is iets universeel omtrent Kersfeesmusiek, wat dit regkry om die eindjaarmalligheid tot stilstand bring en mense te herinner waaroor hierdie tyd regtig gaan.

Hierdie jaar, is die liedjie wat die Suid-Afrikaanse Kersfeesgees gaan verkwik, die Duitse ster, Helene Fischer se MERRY CHRISTMAS, wat saam met The Royal Philharmonic-orkes opgeneem is.

Sy word beskou as een van Europa se mees suksesvolle vermaaklikheidsterre – met 112 platinum- en meer as 50 goue toekennings agter haar naam. Die ster het bekendheid verwerf as die schlager-koningin en het begin naam maak nadat haar eerste ateljee-album in 2006 die lig gesien het. Sedertdien, het sy verskeie treffers in Duitsland, Austrië en Switserland opgelewer, tot dat Farbenspiel in 2013 een van die mees suksesvolle albums geword het in Duitse geskiedenis en gelei het tot nog hoogtepunte in haar loopbaan.

Alhoewel Fischer bekend is as ’n popster – wat gereeld skouspelagtige verhoogvertonings doen – sal haar Kersfeesvrystelling, MERRY CHRISTMAS, aanhangers in vervoering hê. Dit is oorspronklik in 2015 uitgereik en het meer as 1.1-miljoen eenhede verkoop binne die eerste vier weke nadat dit vrygestel is. Die album was ook gedurende daardie tyd Universal Music Germany se sesde beste verkoper vir die jaar.

MERRY CHRISTMAS bied een-en-twintig van die bekendste Kersfeesmusiek ter wêreld en gaan nou ook te koop wees in Suid-Afrika. Fischer se stem, gekombineer met The Royal Philharmonic-orkes, en die talent van vervaardiger Alex Christensen, het gelei tot die ontstaan van ’n album met ’n feestelike, sielvolle klank.

Op die album, pak Fischer en The Royal Philharmonic-orkes ’n reeks verskillende style, van opgewekte weergawes van gewilde internasionale Kersliedere tot asemrowende verwerkings van klassieke gunstelinge soos Stillenag, Ave Maria, Little Drummer Boy, en vele meer aan.

Die nuwe CD sluit ongelooflike mooi duette in saam met groot name soos Frank Sinatra (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas) en Bing Crosby (White Christmas), asook Ricky Martin (Last Christmas) en Plácido Domingo (What Child Is This). Dit maak hierdie vrystelling nie net ongelooflik emosioneel nie, maar maak dit ook onmoontlik om ’n gunsteling-liedjie te kies.

Oor die ervaring daarvan om hierdie album saam te stel, verklap Helene: “Dit was opwindend om saam met Alex, ’n vervaardiger wat al betrokke was by verskeie Grammy-benoemde produsies, te werk. Alhoewel hulle nie meer met ons is nie, was dit ’n geweldige groot eer om saam met legendes soos Bing Crosby en Frank Sinatra te kon sing.”

Om te verseker dat dié nuwe vrystelling van internasionale gehalte is, het vervaardiger Alex Christensen ’n versameling van die wêreld se gewildste musiek – deur van die mees talentvolste musikante – gekombineer, insluitend die werk van dirigente soos Paul Bateman en Richard Balcombe, asook bekroonde musieksamestellers Cliff Masterson, Chris Walden en Steve Sidwell.

MERRY CHRISTMAS is ’n unieke Kersfeesalbum, wat een-en-twintig Engelse Kersfeestreffers insluit en sal, sonder twyfel, aanklank vind by plaaslike gehore tydens die feesseisoen.

Oor die geleentheid om haar album aan die Suid-Afrikaanse publiek bekend te stel, sê Fischer: “Ek is geseënd met ’n suksesvolle Europese loopbaan en sien uit om my musiek met verskeie nuwe gehore te deel, waarvan Suid-Afrika een is. Ek hoop dat luisteraars die liedjies soveel sal geniet as wat ek dit geniet het om die album saam te stel en dat hulle ’n feestelike Kersfees sal hê.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS is beskikbaar op iTunes en Amazon.

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Unique Christmas Album To Set The Mood This Festive Season

It is no surprise that a Christmas song is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single ever – there is a universality to Christmas music that transcends the end of year madness and reminds us of what the season is truly about.

This year, the song set to spark the Christmas spirit in South Africans, is German artist Helene Fischer’s MERRY CHRISTMAS, performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Regarded as one of the most successful European singers and entertainers today – she boasts 112 platinum and more than 50 gold awards, among others – Fischer, also known as the schlager queen, became one of the most popular German musical artists after making her recording debut in 2006. She consistently racked up hits in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland before 2013’s Farbenspiel became one of the most successful albums in German history. Since then, the sky has been the limit in terms of her musical career.

While Fischer is best known as a pop star – complete with larger than life stage shows and extravagant costumes – her Christmas album, MERRY CHRISTMAS, will leave listeners in awe. Originally released in 2015, the album sold more than 1.1 million units within four weeks of its release and was Universal Music Germany’s sixth best-selling album that year.

Offering a special collection of twenty-one of the most popular Christmas songs in the world, MERRY CHRISTMAS is now set for release in South Africa. Fischer’s voice, combined with the renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the talents of producer Alex Christensen, have resulted in the creation of an album with a soulful yet festive sound.

On the album, Fischer and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra explore a range of styles, from cheerful and swinging new interpretations of popular international Christmas songs to opulent arrangements of classics such as Silent Night, Ave Maria and Little Drummer Boy and more.

The album also includes fantastic duets with the likes of legends Frank Sinatra (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas) and Bing Crosby (White Christmas), as well as Ricky Martin (Last Christmas) and Plácido Domingo (What Child Is This), which not only ensure that the album is emotionally loaded, but also that it will be virtually impossible to pick a favourite track.

Talking about the experience of putting the album together, Fischer says: “Working with Alex, a producer who has already been involved in several Grammy-nominated productions, was an exciting experience. And, even though they are no longer with us, it was an immense honour to sing with legends such Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.”

To ensure an album of international calibre, producer Alex Christensen assembled a top-class ensemble of some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, including conductors Paul Bateman and Richard Balcombe, and renowned arrangers Cliff Masterson, Chris Walden and Steve Sidwell.

MERRY CHRISTMAS is a unique Christmas album that includes twenty-one of the best English festive tracks and will, without a doubt, resonate with local audiences this festive season.

On making the album available to South African listeners, Fischer says: “I have been blessed to enjoy a successful European career and now look forward to sharing my music with a variety of audiences in South Africa. I hope listeners enjoy the songs as much as I enjoyed putting together this album, and I hope they have a merry Christmas.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS is available on iTunes and Amazon.

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