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Katie Melua - Secret Symphony

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In the summer of 2003, aged just 18 and still studying at the Brit School of Performing Arts in leafy Surrey, no-one, least of all Katie, would have predicted what the next few years would hold for the teenager. 4 years later, Katie has sold more than 7.5 million albums becoming, in 2006, the year's best selling British female in the world along the way.

Georgian born Katie relocated from Tbilisi to Belfast at the age of 8 due to her father's profession as a heart surgeon and 5 years later moved to South East London. After her GCSEs Katie joined the Brit School for Performing Arts where she undertook a BTEC and Music A-level and discovered different styles of music including Queen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Irish folk music and Indian music. On hearing an Eva Cassidy song Katie was blown away and when she discovered that Eva was no longer alive wrote the song "Faraway Voice" as a tribute to her. It was this song that attracted the attention of the composer and producer Mike Batt. Katie signed to Batt's record label Dramatico but stayed at the Brit School to complete her studies - she graduated with distinction in July 2003.

During the summer of 2003 her debut single, "The Closest Thing To Crazy", attracted the attention of British station BBC Radio 2 and upon its release entered the charts at number 10. Released in November, Katie's debut album "Call Off The Search" hit the UK number 1 spot in January 2004 and has subsequently scored top 10 positions throughout Europe. The album has since been certified gold in Holland, Hong Kong and Switzerland, platinum in Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, 2 x platinum in Germany, Ireland, Norway and South Africa and received the IFPI Double Platinum Award for 2 million European Sales. In March 2005 "Call Off The Search" hit the number 1 spot in Denmark, a year after its initial release and became a top five album in Japan. Katie was awarded Best International Newcomer at Germany's ECHO Awards in April 2005. In Britain, Katie was the highest selling female artist in 2004 - "Call Off The Search" has now sold 1.8 million copies and is 6 x platinum (in Britain alone) and worldwide sales exceed 3.5 million.

Katie joined the line up for the Band Aid 20 single to record a new version of "Do They Know It's Christmas". As an ambassador for Save The Children this was particularly poignant for Katie. In March 2005 Katie was invited by Nelson Mandela to perform at his 46664 concert in aid of Mandela's AIDS foundation. In addition to performing a full live set, Katie joined Queen on stage to perform a moving version of "Too Much Love Will Kill You". Katie flew from South Africa to Sri Lanka where she experienced the work that is being done by Save The Children, particularly with child soldiers.

In August 2005 Katie and her family swore allegiance to The Queen and became British Citizens following a ceremony in Surrey, England. Katie was asked to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Pieter-Christiaan in Holland and at the Norwegian Royal Gala Concert in the presence of the Crown Prince Of Norway. Continuing the royal theme, the American TV show "Good Morning America" broadcast live from Buckingham Palace and Katie was invited by the show to perform "Nine Million Bicycles" and "The Closest Thing To Crazy". Katie performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Norway.

In between her overseas travel Katie recorded her new album, "Piece By Piece", which was released in Europe on September 26th 2005. The album comprises more self-penned songs including the title track as well as a cover of the 1987 Cure hit "Just Like Heaven" that Katie recorded for a new DreamWorks film starring Reese Witherspoon. The first single, "Nine Million Bicycles", preceded the album release and gave Katie her highest UK single chart entry at number 5. 1 week later and Katie entered the UK album charts at number 1 and Europe swiftly followed with the album reaching #1 in Norway, Denmark and Holland, #2 in Ireland, #2 in Iceland, #3 in South Africa, #4 in Poland and #2 in Germany giving an overall chart position of #2 on the Billboard European Top 100 Chart.

Katie was nominated for two Brit Awards in the "Best Female" and "Pop" categories, for the "Best International Female" at the Edison Awards in Holland and was awarded "Best International Female (Rock & Pop)" at the Echo Awards in Germany. Once again Katie was pronounced the highest selling female artist in Britain in 2005 selling more than 1 million albums.

It is fair to say that 2006 was yet another extraordinary year for 22 year old Katie. In addition to the awards nominations, Katie had a Dutch tulip named in her honour, toured America coast to coast, raced at 160mph round Grand Prix circuit Silverstone, flew a plane, launched Save The Children's "Rewrite The Future" campaign, made the headlines with a Guinness World Record for the deepest concert when she performed 303 meters beneath the North Sea in the leg of a gas rig and was awarded the World Music Award for Britain's Biggest Selling Female. Whilst in 2004 and 2005 Katie was the greatest selling female artist in Britain, in 2006 Katie was the highest selling European female artist in the world selling more than 3 million copies of her second album "Piece By Piece".

Awarded the Golden Camera Award for International Pop Artist at the start of 2007 Katie was presented with the Echo Award for International Female Artist in March 2007.

October 2007 saw the release of Katie's third album "Pictures" - a record which has delighted her legions of fans, confirmed Katie?s status as a unique and remarkable vocalist, and revealed the third chapter in what is destined to be a long musical career. A world tour is planned for 2008.

Katie Melua takes the stage in front of the Secret Symphony Orchestra, on this, her fifth album. Always happy to step away from people's expectations, Katie delivers a superbly crafted set of tracks interpreting songs drawn from a wide spectrum of songwriters including herself and Mike Batt.

"This album was going to be my 'singer's album' says Katie. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material. It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith ('Gold In Them Hills') and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt ('Too Long At The Fair) plus some more well known ones like 'Keeping The Dream Alive'."

The result is a collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Batt that imbues the songs with a distinct personality that could only be the work of this creative team. The gorgeous 'Secret Symphony' album was recorded at Air Studios in London and represents a blend of musicianship and dedication that will delight existing Katie Melua fans and win her many new ones.

Gerade als man der gebrtigen Georgierin Katie Melua vorwerfen wollte, dass sie mit ihrem minimalistischen Stil stagniert, brachte sie mit "The House" ein kleines Pop-Experiment. Erfolgreich war es auch dank der Singles als Zugpferde aber nur wenige Hrer werden "The House" als ihr liebstes Werk von Melua nennen. Wie also zum alten Stil zurckkehren, ohne den leichten Reinfall einzugestehen? Die Antwort der inzwischen 27jhrigen Sngerin heit "Secret Symphony" und ist der Albumtitel, wie auch der Name des kleinen Orchesters, das Melua auf ihrem neuen Album begleitet.

Mit sieben neuen Liedern und vier Coverversionen wagt sich Melua auf neues, aber auch irgendwie bekanntes Terrain. Wie viel Selbstvertrauen sie besonders in ihre Coverversionen setzt, ist beeindruckend. So berragt der Opener "Gold In Them Hills" von Ron Sexsmith das Original gleich bei Weitem und auch Fran Healy wird mit "Moonshine" wrdig zitiert. Mit Katies voller Stimme klingt das Ganze sogar nach einer Ode an die Knigin der weiblichen Sngerinnen unserer Generation, Aimee Mann. Besonders geben die Coverversionen einen neuen musikalischen Touch, den Katie Melua mit ihren Arrangements nicht findet.

Nicht, dass "Better Than A Dream" und die erste Single "The Bit That I Don't Get" enttuschen wrden. Im Gegenteil werden bei ersterem Lied Herzen am laufenden Band schmelzen, was zu den letzten Auslufern der kalten Jahreszeit noch ein wenig viel ist. Was den kritischen Hrer allerdings davon abhlt, dieses Album frenetisch zu feiern, ist der einfache Fakt, dass die "The Closest Thing To Crazy"-Formel im Akkord kopiert wird. Die Lieder schwelgen alle im leichten Soundbett aus Blues, Folk und Pop, das Meluas Stimme in den Mittelpunkt stellt. So weit, so gut und es wird sich jeder freuen, der die alte Katie vermisst hat.

Wer aber auf wirklich neue Melua-Stcke gewartet hat, der wird enttuscht. Ja, sie klingt erwachsener, aber nicht wirklich weiter als auf ihren Alben vor "The House". Die erwachsene Herangehensweise und der vollere Klang durch das Orchester sind zwar ein willkommenes Upgrade zu den vorigen Alben, doch wenn die Coverversionen der neuen Platte die neuen Originale ausstechen, dann muss man sich eingestehen, dass es immer noch Luft nach oben gibt. Trotzdem kann man als Melua-Fan kaum etwas falsch machen mit "Secret Symphony" und hoffen, dass die Frau aus Tiflis die Klangentwicklung voran treibt.

Исполнитель: Katie Melua / ქეთინო მელუა
Альбом: Secret Symphony
Year: 2012
Жанр: Jazz Pop
Формат: CD
Kачество: 320 kbps

Содержание:

1. Gold In Them Hills [3:31]
2. Better Than A Dream [3:10]
3. The Bit That I Don t Get [3:12]
4. Moonshine [2:41]
5. Forgetting All My Troubles [3:22]
6. All Over The World [2:56]
7. Nobody Knows You When You re Down And Out [4:33]
8. The Cry Of The Lone Wolf [3:59]
9. Heartstings [2:53]
10. The Walls Of The World [3:25]
11. Secret Symphony [3:51]

Состав:
Кэти Мелуа - вокал
Тим Харрис - бас-гитара
Джон Париселли, Лука Поташник, Стив Доннелли - гитара
Генри Спинетти - ударные
 
"The Secret Symphony Orchestra" - оркестр, Майк Бэтт - дирижёр

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  • Model: Audio CD
  • Artist: Katie Melua
  • Music Genre: Blues




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