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City Of Strangers / Ute Lemper

Lemper,Ute
Release Date: 02/07/1995 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 444400   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Stephen SondheimJoseph KosmaFranz WaxmanChristiane Verger,   ... 
Performer:  Ute Lemper
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 – Read more 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.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Follies: Losing My Mind by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
2.
Barbara by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
3.
Allein in einer grossen Stadt by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
4.
J'attends by Christiane Verger
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
La belle saison by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense and Red." 
6.
Company: Another Hundred People by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense and Red." 
7.
Chasse à l’enfant by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense and Red." 
8.
Vie de famille by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense and Red." 
9.
Immense and Red by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense and Red." 
10.
Lili Marlene by Hans Leip
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Germany 
11.
Company: Being Alive by Stephen Sondheim
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
12.
Déjeuner du matin by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
13.
Die Kleptomanin by Frederick Holländer
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
14.
Embrasse-moi by Wal Berg
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Der Graben by Hanns Eisler
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
16.
Le jardin by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 
17.
Dimanche by Harriet Zinnes
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 
18.
Paris at night by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 
19.
Chanson by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 
20.
Immense and Red by Joseph Kosma
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 
21.
Quartier libre by Harriet Zinnes
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley called "Immense et rouge." 

Sound Samples

Losing my mind (from "Follies")
Barbara
Allein in einer grossen Stadt
J'attends
Ladies who lunch (from "Company")
Fine Day
Immense and red
Being alive
Déjeuner du matin
Die Kleptomanin
Embrasse-moi
Der Graben
The Garden

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