Jan Dukes De Grey are a forgotten relic of progressive music. Their brilliant free-from album "Mice And Rats In The Loft" was the pinnacle of their musical expression, a semi-improvised journey into madness. Jan Dukes De Grey are unique in every way - from the diverse instrumentation handled by only 3 musicians, the way they utilise strange chords, key changes and varying tempos, to the very personal style of vocal expression.
Actor and comedian Bill Murray met German cellist Jan Vogler on a trans-Atlantic flight. The two struck up a friendship and soon had the idea to work together on a project: New Worlds. On the album and in live performance, Murray as both singer and narrator brings his charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose by Whitman, Hemingway, Twain and others, in dialogue with Voglers singing Stradivari cello. They are joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.
Juin 1965 : les Smetana ont pris le train de Prague à Stuttgart pour y fixer les quatuors de Janacek, fer de lance de leur répertoire. Janvier 2016 : on ne se gratte pas la tête bien longtemps au moment d'élire le carré d d'as de la discographie comparée que nous consacrons au N° 2 (cf. Diapason n° 642). Non seulement la formation signe là sa meilleure lecture enregistrée de la pièce, la deuxième sur cinq, mais elle domine aussi les gravures « historiques » du chef-d'œuvre aux côtés des Vlach.
This vastly entertaining comic work centers around Kate, a talkative, shrewish woman who is avoided by everyone at the village dance. Angry, she announces that she would dance with the devil himself, and voila!, the Devil Marbuel–not-quite-Lucifer, but a “junior” devil–enters and carries her off to Hell. The clever shepherd Jirka offers to rescue her. In Hell, all the devils sit around playing cards, and Kate and Marbuel enter.