THE SINGING WINE-WAITER



Clad in classic black, a sommelier presents to his guests an assortment not of wines but of various vocal works. Before the a cappella musical presentation, he offers amiable and judicious advice concerning the selection of an appropriate title, just as should be expected from fashionable hotel service – enriched here, however, with unexpected replies filled with dexterous wordplay.

Does the melancholic mood of the selected song agree with Madame, or would something sweeter be more to her taste? An earnest warning is uttered concerning the dryness of certain ironical texts. Here a prickling Italian title is recommended, there a delightful Austrian selection receives its due praise. Now and again comes an elucidation of the house tradition that the particular title just selected is to be sung by the suddenly consternated guest ...

Within this servant so devoted to elegance and discretion is hidden a nimble string-puller who employs subversive charm and tactful impudence for animating his guests to share laughter and sometimes even to sing together in raucous chorus. He knows how to usher his listeners into spontaneous and fun-filled role-play before serving them a draft of exquisite music with his warm, lyrical tenor voice.

Upon leafing inquisitively through the “Musical Wine List,” guests find many surprises and sometimes even their favorite songs among this extensive offering of operetta melodies, Broadway classics, Neapolitan songs, film tunes, rock oldies, jazz standards and German popular songs from the Twenties and Thirties. Passed on from hand to hand, already eagerly awaited at the neighboring table, the repertoire sets in motion a rising wave of enthusiasm and a rollicking sequence of songs.

Conversations with the guests take place in German, English, French and Italian, with a linguistic command that is not halting and fragmentary, but instead fluent and richly expressive.



REPERTOIRE


OPERETTA MELODIES
Immer nur Lächeln
Da geh’ ich zu Maxim
Gern hab’ ich die Frau’n geküßt
Schenkt man sich Rosen in Tirol
Komm in die Gondel
Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau’n

BROADWAY SONGS
Maria
On The Street Where You Live
Anything Goes
You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Let’s Do It
It’s De-Lovely

CANZONI DI NAPOLI
Marechiare
Torna a Surriento
Santa Lucia
Non ti scordar di me
‘O sole mio
Santa Lucia luntana
Piscatore ‘e Pusilleco

FILM MELODIES
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
As Time Goes By
Moon River
Singing In The Rain
The Way You Look Tonight
Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
Money Makes The World Go Round

ROCK OLDIES
Born To Be Wild
Suzanne
Downtown
Hit The Road, Jack
Crocodile Rock
In The House Of The Rising Sun
Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes Benz

JAZZ STANDARDS
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Night And Day
Begin The Beguine
I Got Rhythm
Embraceable You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Star Dust

GERMAN POPULAR SONGS
Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo
Ich brech’ die Herzen der stolzesten Frau’n
Veronika, der Lenz ist da!
Ausgerechnet Bananen
Puppchen, du bist mein Augenstern
Der Onkel Doktor hat gesagt
In der Bar zum Krokodil
Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins
Mein Papagei frißt keine harten Eier
Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus
Ich werde jede Nacht von Ihnen träumen
Ich fahr’ mit meiner Klara in die Sahara
Das gibt’s nur einmal
Capri-Fischer


















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