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Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}

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Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}

Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}
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© 1995 Decca Records | 444 400-2
Vocal / Jazz / Cabaret / Classical / Modern

Although Ute Lemper is best known to her devoted cult following as one of the great cabaret singers of all time, the German-born singer began as a stage actress, and has continued this career in tandem with her cabaret work. 1995's CITY OF STRANGERS combines the two sides of Lemper's musical persona, putting songs by the idiosyncratically brilliant Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim next to chansons by the equally unique French composer Jacques Prevert.

As with all fine settings like this, the combination reveals more what the two composers have in common than how they differ. There are tracks by other composers on CITY OF STRANGERS, but Sondheim and Prevert's presence is felt even in songs they didn't compose. The arrangements, alternating between full orchestration and simple bandoneon and vocal, suit the songs beautifully, and Lemper sings with characteristic passion and grace.
A CD called City of Strangers subtitled ‘Songs by Sondheim, Prévert…’, might give the impression of being predominantly a collection of songs by Stephen Sondheim. But no. Only four of the fourteen tracks are attributable to him (and of those, one is part of a medley). But Sondheim fans should not be deterred for Lemper’s treatment of these few classics – three from Company, one from Follies – is powerfully original. Her version of ‘Losing My Mind’ starts mezza voce, building gradually to a climax of such abandon that it’s plain that this is a song about being, not going, mad and all the more powerful for it. Barbara Cook’s elegiacally sweet-suburban and Liza Minelli’s disco-frenetic versions – though both outstanding in their way – pale by comparison. Augmented by Bruno Fontaine’s searing arrangement of supper-club piano and sawing strings, Lemper’s interpretation of what has become a standard is a harrowing experience. Her version of ‘Being Alive’, however, is much more straightforwardly epic, and would not sound out of place on Broadway. And ‘Another Hundred People’, sandwiched between ‘La belle saison’ and ‘Chasse à l’enfant’, is transformed into a shattering discourse on urban alienation. Only ‘Ladies who lunch’ seems overblown, grotesque even, in its attempt to satirise its subject. The rest of the disc covers more familiar Lemper territory – words and music by Jacques Prévert, Joseph Brodsky, Paul Celan and others – mostly in the classic cabaret tradition but the collection as a whole works brilliantly and proves just what a challenging and accomplished musician, impressive linguist and astonishing actress Lemper is. Anything but easy listening.
Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}


Tracklist:
01. Losing My Mind 4:58
02. Barbara 5:37
03. Allein In Einer Großen Stadt 5:24
04. J'attends Le Doux Veuvage 5:45
05. The Ladies Who Lunch 6:00
06. Immense And Red 10:57
07. Lili Marleen / Death Is A Master From Germany 4:56
08. Being Alive 4:51
09. Déjeuner Du Matin 4:00
10. Die Kleptomanin 2:39
11. Embrasse-Moi 4:09
12. Der Graben 6:04
13. Immense Et Rouge 8:27

Recorded at Studio Du Palais Des Congrès

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Ute Lemper / City of Strangers

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Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}

Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995) {Decca 444 400-2}


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