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Cabaret Songs (English Version) / Ute Lemper

Lemper,Ute / Ziegler / Matrix Ensemble
Release Date: 02/11/1997 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452849   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  VariousMischa SpolianskyFriedrich HollaenderRudolf Nelson,   ... 
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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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ute Lemper has advanced by leaps and bounds since her early records, her voice has gained strength but so has her ability to colour words and to phrase in an ironic and dramatic way. The German-language version of this CD was received with general pleasure (MEO welcomed it in these pages last December); Robert Ziegler’s arrangements of the old Hollander, Spoliansky and Nelson successes skirt around nostalgia, without losing the period feel.

Translating the songs is precarious; since they are half-spoken, it’s not like an opera, the words often override the music. However, it works very well, the slightly softer English consonants naturally make them sound more like material from a Cochran revue than from Hollander’s “Noise
Read more and Smoke” cabaret. Alan Lareau’s and Kathleen Komar’s translations have been rendered into poetry by Jeremy Lawrence, and he deserves a prize for some of his rhymes. In L’heure bleue, there’s the recipe that suggests adding “tropic fruits and desert blooms” to “automotive fumes and the scent of leather boots”, and in The smart set we hear about “Death and diseases discussed over cheeses”.

Devotees of pre-1933 Berlin will know some of these songs from the recordings by Margo Lion, Trude Hesterberg and Hollander’s wife, Blandine Ebinger. Lemper is nothing like them, but she extracts enough innuendo from these lyrics to suggest that she would have been banned as well.

-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [4/1997]
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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: English 
2.
Sex appeal by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
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: English 
4.
Das Gesellschaftslied "The Smart Set" by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Language: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
13.
Lila Lied by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Language: English 
14.
Maskulinum-Femininum by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 
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: English 
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: English 
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: English 
18.
Münchhausen by Friedrich Hollaender
Performer:  Ute Lemper (Soprano), Jeffrey Cohen (Piano)
Conductor:  Robert Ziegler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Matrix Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

It's all a swindle
Sex Appeal (from "Ich tanze um die Welt mit Dir")
Peter Peter
The Smart Set
When the Special Girlfriend
I am a Vamp!
L'heure bleue (The hour of parting)
Take it off Petronella!
Chuck Out The Men!
The Washed Up Lover
Oh Just Suppose
I don't know who I belong to
The Lavender Song
Maskulinum - Femininum
A Little Attila
A Little Yearning
Oh how we wish we were kids again
Münchhausen

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