Saturday 20 July 2013
Berlin Comedian Harmonists
‘Veronika, der Lenz ist da’
To be honest, I think that one is never too old to like boygroups – especially if it’s the first boygroup that ever existed! The Comedian Harmonists, who had an amazing career and international success, haven’t lost their appeal at all and of course there are several cover groups. The Berlin Comedian Harmonists are one of the best ensemble who tour the world and did a quite short but impressive performance at Kurhaus Wiesbaden within the frame of Rheingau Musik Festival.
The six men in tailcoats present a very clean, simple performance, no additional show nonsense, just their voices and a piano. This works out astonishingly well (we are, after all, living in a society where everything has to be louder, more exciting and better than everything we’ve seen before): The Berlin Comedian Harmonists have managed to maintain the charm and polite frivolity from the roaring 20ies, yet they perform in a modern, witty way. ‘Veronika, der Lenz ist da’ is actually a play, but occasionally staged concertante. Following the “recently found diary of Ari Leschnikoff” the audience is musically led through the Comedian Harmonists‘ moving story. Every song is brilliantly intonated and of course well known, from ‘Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus’ to ‘Liebling, mein Herz lässt dich grüßen’ or ‘In der Bar zum Krokodil’. For a moment I forget about the fact that I live in the 21st century and enjoy the performance in the beautiful surrounding of the neoclassical Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal. I take back home the odd yet awesome feeling of having wirnessed a glorious moment of the past.