From Paris to Constantinople: The OrientExpress
When Georges Nagelmacker sent his first luxury passenger train to Giurgiu in Romania in Paris on 5 June 1883, he had no idea that he was creating a myth. As an Orientexpress, from 1889 his train connects Paris and Constantinople once a week, roaming almost all of Europe in 67½ hours. He connects not only Orient and Occident, but also connects intermediate metropolises like Vienna, Budapest, Milan, Belgrade or Bucharest to a pearl string of culture.
The Trio Macchiato, which became known in 2007 with an imaginative homage to the coffee houses of the Mediterranean Sea and was nominated for the German Record Critics' Prize, climbs the Orientexpress with its second CD. One travels through France with musette and tango, crosses the Alps with alphorn, yodel dihoe and a daring version of the Italo classic "Due soldi", is moved by the melancholic "Viennese Sorrow/Song" and shaken by James Bond's "Love Greetings from Moscow", roams the Balkans with Roma, Jews and Thracians before finally arriving in Constantinople with the old hit "Istanbul" and the "Red of Stambul".