Televised video footage of Pretty Yende performing at the Stellenbosch Oude Libertas Theatre, with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Chris Dowdeswell, 19 December 2009.
Albert Combrink, Jacek Domagala, Stanislav Angelov and Juan Simons, perform a delightful little Tango-vals, "A piece of heaven" in the 2004 show "El Beso". The lyrics are much more meaningful and dark than one might think when encountering this sprightly little Vals.
Albert Combrink, Stanislav Angelov and Jacek Domagala perform a knuckle-crunching rendition of Piuazzolla's "Libertango" with a cast of Dancers in the Cape Town Little Theatre, December 2004.
It was sheer pleasure for me to be involved in this production. Working with such magnificent voices is sheer pleasure. Rethinking a masterpiece is a risk, but also an exhilarating creative project. When the audiences and critics approve, and the gamble pays off, it is sheer delight.
From the Japan Times to the Cape Times and many in between, Isango Portobello’s "Magic Flute" has drawn critical and popular acclaim. Winning the Globes de Cristal at the Théâtre de Châtelet in France is only the latest in a series of awards.
The public face of the calm and poised diva belies the difficult circumstances in which such a performance is created. Albert Combrink reflects on being Pauline Malefane's vocal coach during the run-up to her debut as both Mozart's Queen of the Night in the UK, and Gershwin's Bess with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle.
Louise and Albert instantly responded to this song, where a rocky love affair seems to be suspended in a timeless haze. Their interpretation shifts into focus as a camera panning from the vast New York skyline to a sneak-view through an apartment window. The “after hours” feel of this “dark Ballad” is irresistible to performers, making “’Round Midnight” the most recorded jazz standard in history.
The CT Tango Ensemble (with Albert Combrink on Piano) give a vigorous live performance of "Payadora", a spirited Milonga composed by Julian Plaza. Download Live Video FREE.
Download a Free Video of Hoagy Carmichael's classic song "Stardust" (from the movie Casablanca) in a spaceous reading by Louise Howlett and Albert Combrink, taken from their 2010 CD release "Night Sessions"
Download Free Live Video of CT Tango Ensemble performing "Tango for Her" by Serbian Composer Aleksandar Simic - 29 September 2010