Wolfram Lattke, Martin Lattke - Tenor
Frank Ozimek - Bariton · Daniel Knauft, Holger Krause - Bass
“Coming Home for Christmas” – to finally arrive home, out of the bone-chilling cold, after the church service in St. Thomas’, and to celebrate Christmas with the family: the five former members of the St. Thomas Boys Choir know this desire from their childhood.
Today, too, the internationally sought-after ensemble is on the road most of the year, on tour. In 2011 amarcord could be experienced for the first time in Africa, and also in the USA, France, Greece, the Netherlands, and Italy.
From the many trips to nearly all the corners of the world, the singers have again and again brought songs home with them. A selection of these is featured on the new CD. And the sounds of the songs are just as diverse as the personalities and preferences of the singers. Sometimes they are reminiscent of a quiet pop ballad, then of a Christmas sleigh-ride in deep snow. To be found here are hot African rhythms as well as contemplative and touching melodies. Götz Alsmann could not resist the sweet fragrances of the pastry shop and contributed a bonus track. The singers shift effortlessly from classical harmonies to groovy beats. But, of course, everything under the special hallmark of amarcord: the blended, always balanced, and yet diversified ensemble timbre that on this CD can also sound like Take 6 and Bobby McFerrin. Responsible for this is not least Bill Hare, the Grammy-Award winner and today’s leading sound craftsman for the international a cappella scene, who put the finishing touches on this album too.
“The stylistic versatility, the spinning of ever more elaborate vocal textures seduces, enchants, and every number brings an inner sigh of surprise.” Münchner Merkur, 24/25 September 2011