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Our new CD Lautensang – Scherenschnitt (2017, playing time: 54:08), priced at €15 plus €2 post and packaging, is directly available from Lautensang.
Our Debut-CD Lautensang – Zeitgeister (2012, playing time: 40:33), priced at €15 plus €2 post and packaging, is directly available from Lautensang.
“Reiner Köhler (Bouzouki) and Astrid Heldmaier (Northumbrian Small Pipes, Whistles, Bodhran, Vocals) are a musical couple, known by the Irish-Trad-Bands Northbound und Emerald (last one successor from the legendary Dereelium). The two musicians from Hannover are also united by the fascination of history and old music. Their album “Zeitgeister” sequentually combines the irish baroque bard Turlogh O’Carolan (“Fanny Power”, “Sir Charles Coote”), the Victorian scottish Fiddler James Scott Skinner “(The Duke of Fife´s Welcome to Deeside”) with the German poet Neidhardt von Reuenthal,13. century (“Winder wie ist”) and the English issuer John Playford, 17. century (“Grimstock”), as also the Canadian Genticorum-fiddler Pascal Gemme (“Rêve de Loulou”), Breton guitarist Arnaud Royer (“Carpe Diem”), and at last some sylistic fitting self-compositions.
Performing more subdued songs from the 16th century, one can sit, relax and enjoy the music. On the other hand, their music can be orientated towards a more lively audience with the zestful dances, such as: Polskas, Mazurkas, from Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dancing and Saltations”. This well-rehearsed duo has taken the freedom to arrange their pieces in a more modern fashion, yet with a simplistic approach. (Additional studio musician is Edda Messer from the group “Northbound” on the mandolin and fiddle.) All in all, the CD production is very well done, and can be listened to many times.”
celtic rock radio:
“Between celtic and midieval music there are plenty of connections. This is what Astrid Heldmaier and Reiner Köhler have taken advantage of with their duo “Lautensang”. Both musicians play in the Irish/American folk band “Emerald” from Hannover. With Lautensang they have brought their instruments to profit and travel with us to a different time… through the medieval markets where back then sheer humbug was brought to the people. This is where Lautensang differ and remain sincere to their music, nonetheless enabling their skills to shine with the audience.”
Complete review in german: celtic-rock