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“These are the moving poems of the English poet Christina Rossetti, which create the foundation for Eva Mayerhofer’s new musical project “Life and Death”. What an undertaking to bring the Victorian art of Rossetti to life musically, whose motives are love, death and the beyond. Eva Mayerhofer is equal to this task without question. Her mature voice embraces the lyrics sensitively and expressively, sets very fine accents, and does not allow the content to perish under an overly gushing interpretation.” (1/17, Jazz-fun)

 

“… with this, Hanschel enwraps the lyric poetry of Rossetti in a sound world close to that of chamber music. To this Eva Mayerhofer opens up the necessary space for a journey of discovery into the poetry of that past Victorian era and the otherwise dying slumbering words of the poetess. With her own means of emotional vocal expression, Mayerhofer blows the dust aside, making Rossetti timelessly alive for present-day recorded music.” (1/17 Concerto)

 

„Together with Roger Hanschel, Eva Mayerhofer dedicates herself to the lyrical poetry of Christina Rossetti. In addition to Hanschel’s compositions, which are practically art songs in themselves, Eva Mayerhofer thrills her listeners with an extraordinary vocal performance. She understands how to integrate her voice into the tonal color of the instruments ingeniously, how to dissolve into this color, and how to lift herself out of this connectedness and rise like a flower in a time-lapse. In her singing, she creates a second level of meaning, which gives this great lyric the place it is due again and again. This is great, no make that maximum, artistic creation. Excellent.” (2/17, Jazzpodium)

 

“… the seven songs that can be heard on “Life and Death” are harmoniously arranged with chamber music finesse and refined rhythms to such an extent that they form the perfect harmony with Mayerhofer’s warm and mature voice.” (2 – 3/17, jazzthing)

„… In fact, you should bring an open ear and an even more open heart to fully enjoy “Life And Death” by Eva Mayerhofer, who acts with the gentlest voice and makes a brave album that will amaze and fascinate you. And there is an appealing cover (CD), both to the eye and to the touch as well.”  (2/17, Soultrain online)

“… For Eva Mayerhofer’s new, special project, Roger Hanschel composed the music to the texts with both sensitivity and deliberation. “Life is not sweet. One day it will be sweet / To shut our eyes and die,” the title says. The ensemble – with the percussionist Afra Mussawisade, the string musicians Ulrike Zavelberg, Martina Horejsi and Matthias Lingenfelder and the bass player Dietmar Fuhr – sets this up in interlacing and enthusiastic fashion. Hanschel’s saxophone and Mayerhofer’s voice give the pieces the necessary depth and create distinction. The strings and percussion instruments lend the music a slightly oriental touch, which emphasizes the heaviness of the lyrics …. Not only do the lyrics of Rossetti alone let this album become distressed and melancholy, but which at no time seems cumbersome. The voice of Eva Mayerhofer underscores and sounds as if it is tailor-made for this. All-round, she has beautifully set literature to music.”  (2/17 melodias)

 

“… with band shaped by strings surrounding the producer and saxophonist Roger Hanschel, the German singer has succeeded in producing a fine-sounding album, one that clothes the very special poetry of the British Christina Rossetti in exciting tones.” (2/17 Zeitungshaus Bauer)

 

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The CD „Life and Death“ appears on  the 20th Jan.20 17 on Neuklang Records. music by Roger Hanschel poems by Christina Rossetti. Eva Mayerhofer-vocal, Roger Hanschel-saxophone, Matthias Lingenfelder-violine, Martina Horejsi-viola, Ulrike Zavelberg-cello, Dietmar Fuhr- bass, Afra Mussawisade-percussion.