Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

Music, Cabaret and standards
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These Berlin-based time travelers seem like emissaries from the twilight zone—an early-1930s dance band whose touring plane must have veered into a mysterious fog in 1932 that deposited them in present-day New York. A dozen musicians in Art Deco–era formal wear make up the group, with Raabe as leader and vocalist. They play the irresistibly bouncy original arrangements of late-’20s–early-’30s German dance bands, and Raabe—an elegant, Astaire-esque figure—sings the vocals in the high, crooning style favored by the era's pop tenors. Suffused with nostalgia yet played straight, the performances of Raabe and his orchestra pay living, joyous tribute to the last great moment of Central European popular music.


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