Birgit Minichmayr

As An Unperfect Actor - Nine Shakespeare Sonnets - CD

  • Format: CD (also available as Vinyl )
  • Cat No.: ACT 9931-2
  • Barcode: 614427993120
  • German Release: 28/05/2021
  • Genre: Vocal Jazz, Jazz

Austrian actor Birgit Minichmayr captures the imagination and holds centre-stage on “As An Unperfect Actor – Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare”. Composer/ pianist Bernd Lhotzky and Quadro Nuevo have provided her with a wonderful array of musical contexts. Lhotzky’s kaleidoscopic musical vision and Minichmayr’s instinct for mood-setting have combined triumphantly. In this “perfect ceremony of love’s rite,” they never seem to run out of joyous surprises for the listener.

CD € 17,50

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Birgit Minichmayr captures the imagination and holds centre-stage on “As An Unperfect Actor – Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare”. This won’t come as a surprise to people in the German-speaking world, where the Austrian actor is well-known from countless appearances on TV and a substantial filmography. Perhaps equally unsurprising is the deep experience she can bring to Shakespeare: as an ensemble member of the Burgtheater company in Vienna, she has repeatedly lived out the searingly dramatic lives of the Bard’s characters, notably the daemonic anger of Lady Macbeth, the sadness of Ophelia, and even the uncomfortable truths of the Fool in King Lear.What might be more of a surprise, however, is the exhilarating musicality she shows on this, her first complete album as a vocalist. One could have predicted the crystal clarity, meaning an...

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Birgit Minichmayr / vocals
Bernd Lhotzky / piano & musical director
Mulo Francel / tenor sax, clarinet, double-bass clarinet & sansula
Andreas Hinterseher / accordion, bandoneon, vibrandoneon
Philipp Schiepek / guitar
D.D. Lowka / double bass & percussion


Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare
All songs composed and arranged by Bernd Lhotzky

Recorded by Stefan Gienger at Mastermixstudio, Munich, January 29th and 30th, 2021
Mixed & mastered by Stefan Gienger

Produced by Bernd Lhotzky
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch

Cover photo by Sascha Kletzsch