Frommermann

Frommermann
Dutch vocal group FROMMERMANN is named after Harry Frommermann, founder of the Comedian Harmonists. This German ensemble, comprised of five singers and a pianist, was a huge sensation in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Biography

Dutch vocal group FROMMERMANN is named after Harry Frommermann, founder of the Comedian Harmonists. This German ensemble, comprised of five singers and a pianist, was a huge sensation in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Frommermann made their debut in the 2005 Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam with the program ‘Broken Silence’, a musical tribute to the Comedian Harmonists. Although meant to be a singular collaboration, public and press were so enthusiastic about the group that more concerts quickly followed. In 2006 Frommermann received an invitation to perform at the annual Koninginnedagconcert (‘Queen’s Concert’) at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague which was attended by HRH Queen Beatrix, the royal family and many esteemed guests. For this occasion, the Dutch public television program NPS created a ‘making of’ documentary which, together with the concert itself, was broadcast nationwide on Koninginnedag (‘Queen’s Day’) 2006. In the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 seasons Frommermann brought the ‘Broken Silence’ to many cities and theatres with a tour throughout the Netherlands.

Frommermann presented in the 2008/09 season ‘Holland-America Line’, a theatrical concert which blended film images with Dutch and American music from the thirties and forties. In addition to many concerts in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, Frommermann enjoyed various highlights in 2008/2009 such as performing in the celebrated Prinsengrachtconcert for thousands of people along the canals of Amsterdam, collaborating with esteemed Dutch actors Peter Blok and Gijs Scholten van Aschat in sold-out performances in De Kleine Komedie theatre in Amsterdam and singing in the annual Remembrance Day concert in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw. In the 2009/10 season the gentlemen toured throughout the Netherlands with 'Thrilling Thirties' ('Betoverende Jaren 30').

Frommermann has recorded two CDs for Channel Classics. The debut CD 'Music of the Comedian Harmonists' as well as the second CD 'Holland-America Line' were praised by both national and international press.

Frommermann sings at a phenomenal vocal and musical level with an elegant mix of humor and melancholy, charming class and deceptive simplicity. A review from Dutch newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden: “The power of Frommermann is in their total quality…Humor is a steady element that never goes too far. The stage is commanded by musicians that understand their profession and still know how to have a great time…The energy is palpable, the arrangements are transparent. You can hear every nuance; the gentlemen treat each other with respect. Each has their own solo, interesting ensembles, beautiful close harmony. And they sing especially good repertoire, which thankfully this ensemble has (partly) rescued from obscurity…An entire evening of top amusement by seven men who have no intention of stopping. Frommermann is a goldmine that has long not been exhausted."

In the fall of 2011 Frommermannen returns to their classical roots with an ode to the son of the muses Franz Schubert in the program 'FrommerFranz'. In the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons Frommermann tours with their newest show 'Suit It!' ('Pak Aan!')'. Whipped into shape by cabaret-master Karel de Rooij (Mini of Maxi), the singing men formation Frommermann bring an adventerous evening full of musical excellence and vocal variété, with music from Aznavour to the Beatles, via Mozart and Bocelli. In 'Suit It!' slapstick, sentiment, spectacle and vocal showstoppers fight until the finish.

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