The Anna Russell Album?
1953/1972/1991: Sony Classical MDK 47252
Well of course its her condensation of the Ring cycle that makes this album a prize, but really its all just yummy as hell. With her British accent so broad as to be inelegant, Anna Russell delivers here a heaping platter of musical silliness laced with arch commentary that leaves one quite at a loss for breath at certain momentsa stellar example being her comment about Da, Nyet, Da, Nyet being roughly the equivalent of our song Lets Do It but collectively, of course . Obviously it helps to have some knowledge of the sociopolitical climate of the times of her recordings, but in the case of the Ring synopsis it hardly matters, its so goddamned funny and ACCURATE. If you want more Anna Russell, unfortunately only a couple of other albums of hers are available on CD or even to be found on vinyl, but you *can* still get her wonderful autobiography, Im Not Making This Up, You Know! Which of course I heartily recommend.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.