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Hand auf's Herz

Kastelruther Spatzen

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Album Review

Since their formation in 1983, Die Kastelruther Spatzen from South Tyrol have won 13 Echo Awards and sold over 15 million records. With their 2011 studio album Hand Auf's Herz, they add another successful record to their discography (the album entered the Top Ten in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and offer 16 new tracks featuring their well-known mixture of folksy music and schlager. While most songs deal with ideal world scenarios, love, and friendship ("Leben," "Die Leute von Nebenan," the title track), the album also includes a number of more serious tracks such as "Hochmut Kommt vor dem Fall," where the mostly spoken lyrics tell the story of a hunter whose pride leads to his downfall.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Kastelruth, South Tyrol, Italy

Genre: German Folk

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Kastelruther Spatzen reclaimed the sound and spirit of traditional German music for the modern era. Walter Mauroner, Valentin Silbernagl, and Karl Schieder co-founded the group in 1983, deriving their name from the South Tyrol city they called home. Following the additions of Oswald Sattler, Ferdinand Rier, and Norbert Rier, Kastelruther Spatzen scored their first hit with 1984's "Das Mädchen mit den Erloschenen Augen." Schieder and Ferdinand Rier exited in 1986, inaugurating the lineup changes that...
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