The von Trapp family embodied uncoolness so completely as to become oddly cool again. This is the sort of thing that does not escape the notice of Thomas Lauderdale, founder and director of the nouveau-Euro-lounge ensemble Pink Martini, who lassoed four young members of the family — Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp — to collaborate on his group’s newest CD. The four siblings have been performing as a quartet since 1997, and they prove worthy adjuncts to Pink Martini’s wry, multi-culti style. The CD offers songs in English, Japanese, Swedish, Hebrew, French, Rwandan, and Chinese, but a special frisson inhabits the rendition of “Die Dorfmusik” (The Village Music), in which the German doggerel is enhanced by outbursts of “Hei didel dideldei didel dideldum.” As a counterbalance, the quartet follows up with a lovely show of dense harmony in Brahms’ “In stiller Nacht.” Selections from The Sound of Music are de rigueur, of course. Guest Wayne Newton brays his way through “The Lonely Goatherd,” and septuagenarian Charmian Carr, who portrayed Liesl von Trapp in the 1965 movie, makes a solo appearance in “Edelweiss.” If you order this CD through the von Trapps’ website (www.vontrapps.net), you also get a gift pack that includes, among other allurements, the family’s brochure on schnitzel making, which you probably ought to have.
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