Christian Vander — Baba Yaga la Sorcière
(Seventh Records AKT VII, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01Huh? Christian Vander's latest release on his private AKT label is a chorus of sixty-or-so children doing a twenty-four minute re-worded (in French) version of the Magma classic Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh. Accompanied by piano, bass, saxes, bass clarinet, percussion and a horn section, the music is surprisingly faithful to the original, yet with that many voices it can't help but get a little sloppy at times. Vander's role seems to be limited to writing and conducting. Recorded live last October, it may take a few listens to get used to this, so many kids singing (each in their own key, of course) this timeless classic, but one might find it very interesting, and heartwarming to boot (especially the Magma fan who thought they had heard everything)!
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