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Berlin Cabaret Songs (German Version) / Ute Lemper

Lemper,Ute / Ziegler / Matrix Ensemble
Release Date: 05/13/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452601   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mischa SpolianskyFriedrich HollaenderRudolf NelsonBerthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Ute LemperJeffrey Cohen
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Personnel: Ute Lemper (vocals); Robert Ziegler (arranger, conductor); Jeff Cohen (piano); Matrix Ensemble.

Recorded at CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England on January & February 1996. Includes liner notes by Peter Jelavich.

The different photos on the English and German-language versions of Ute Lemper's BERLIN CABARET SONGS are indicative of how differently these 18 songs come across in the two languages. The photo on the English album is sexy and vampy, while the photo on the German album is sexy and chilly.

These songs were performed in the German cabarets of the '20s and early '30s, and while English speakers won't catch the explicit political subtext of these songs, like the defiantly gay
Read more "The Lavender Song" and "When the Special Girlfriend" (originally a duet by Marlene Dietrich and Margo Lion--Lemper sings both parts) and the female empowerment of "I Am a Vamp!," Lemper sings them with such passion, sly humor, and total commitment--complete with utterly authentic musical arrangements--that it becomes disturbingly clear why Hitler banned cabaret along with other art forms not in keeping with his totalitarianism.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Alles Schwindel by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
2.
Sex appeal by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
3.
Peter, Peter, komm zu mir zurück by Rudolf Nelson
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
4.
Das Gesellschaftslied "The Smart Set" by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Language: German 
5.
Wenn die beste Freundin by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
6.
Ich bin ein Vamp! by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
7.
L'heure bleue by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
8.
Zieh dich aus Petronella! by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
9.
Raus mit den Männern! by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
10.
The Washed-up lover by Berthold Goldschmidt
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
11.
O just suppose by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
12.
Ich weiss nicht zu wem ich gehöre by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
13.
Lila Lied by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Language: German 
14.
Maskulinum-Femininum by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
15.
A little Attila by Rudolf Nelson
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
16.
Eine kleine Sehnsucht by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
17.
Wir wollen alle wieder Kinder sein! by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 
18.
Münchhausen by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Alles Schwindel (from "Alles Schwindel")
Sex Appeal ("Ich tanze um die Welt mit Dir")
Peter Peter, Komm Zu Mir Zuruck!
Das Gesellschaftslied
Meine Beste Freundin
Ich bin ein Vamp! (from "100 Meter Glück")
L'Heure Bleue
Zieh Dich Aus, Petronella!
Raus mit den Männern!
Der Verflossene
Gesetzt Den Fall ...
Ich Weiss Nicht, Zu Wem Ich Gehore ("Stürme der Liedenschaft")
Das Lila Lied
Maskulinum - Femininum
Mir ist heut so nach Tamerlan!
Eine Kleine Sehnsucht
Wir Wollen Alle Wieder Kinder Sein!!
Münchhausen

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