Evening in Prague
- Artist: Hilde Hefte & the City of Prague Philharmonic Orch
- Format: CD
- Release Date:8/26/2008
When Hilde Hefte released her first solo-album the jazz magazine Down Beat wrote: \'Hilde Hefte is making waves on the Norwegian scene\'. ... And she is still making waves with her honest, personal and intimate vocal-sound. When she recorded this CD she went to Prague together with her band, the leading jazz musicians in Norway and Sweden, and recorded this wonderful CD live together with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. A gorgeous album which has received reviews almost \'out of this world: Live Radio Show (New York, USA) hosted by Dr. Harris Stratyner: \'What a beautiful, beautiful CD\' Fantastic reviews at Jazz.com (USA): \'Norwegian chanteuse Hilde Hefte delivers an intimate, assured rendering of one of the most intricate and lovely ballads ever written. With a relaxed authority devoid of diva pretensions, her ethereal voice glides through Elise Bretton\'s intricate changes while Egil Kapstad\'s deceptively understated piano utilizes space to enhance rather than crowd his lush orchestral arrangement. Captured in a live session with the prolific Prague Philharmonic under the capable Mario Klemens, this is a recording to be savored in a private moment - perfect for lovers in front of a fire on a chilly night. Personally, I can\'t wait to spend an evening or two in Prague.\' No. 3 on the list - Best productions 2007 - in the largest national newspaper Dagbladet. This CD was also bought in several copies by the Department of Culture in Norway NRK (National Broadcasting Company) Jazz departement: \'GRAND\' \'With their musical evening in Prague Hilde Hefte and Egil Kapstad place themselves quietly and calm in the world-elite-class.\' (...)\'This is how far the 20th century came, they\'ve said it all, everything is now said.\' Erling Wicklund NRK TV2: \'Wonderful evenings in Prague\' Tor Hammerø The Jazz Express (Jazz Radio) - Queensland, Australia: \'Hilde...How can I thank you...sublime music enviable musicians, the best European CD I\'ve heard all year... glad I had to wait!!! If you love sultry ballads Hilde Hefte will melt your heart\'. The national newspaper Aftenposten: \'Peacefulnes in body and soul\'. \'Hilde is singing with gentle authority!\' Norway\'s largest National newspaper Dagbladet - Dice throw 5: \'A treasure.\' \'Rest your soul by listening to Hilde Hefte. Jazz and strings reaches a higher level and Hilde Hefte has never sung better.\' The newspaper Bergens Tidende - Dice throw 5: \'Exquisite\' The newspaper Fvn: Quiet and soft The newspaper Rana Blad - Dice throw 5: \'So beautiful that the winter melts away\' The newspaper Lillehammer Byavis: 6 out of 6 stars: \'Heavenly peace...\' \'Right from the start, listening to the first track, Johnny Mandel\'s beautiful composition \'Close Enough For Love\', I can tell that I am listening to a production extra-ordinaire. Gorgeous jazz-ballads, a very beautiful cover, even the CD is a piece of art\'. Hilde is saying: \'There\'s one musician I have to mention and that is the pianist, composer and music arranger Egil Kapstad. His arrangements is heaven for me.\' A little bit about Hilde Hefte: Hilde Hefte is not a beginner. She has studied music at the highly respected Barratt-Dues Music Intitute. She has been playing piano, guitar, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet and studied acting. And she was for one periode teacher at Vest-Agder Music Conservatorium. She is what they call the musicians musician.