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Berlin Cabaret Songs

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Known world-wide for her prodigious gifts as an actress, singer, dancer and unique recording artist; Ute Lemper has a chameleon-like presence which has entranced audiences her stage performances, including Broadway and Londons' West End; as well as on TV and in concert halls. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin cabaret songs, the works of Kurt Weill and ... Read more in Amazon's Ute Lemper Store

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  • Performer: Ute Lemper, Jeff Cohen
  • Orchestra: Matrix Ensemble
  • Conductor: Robert Ziegler
  • Composer: Mischa Spoliansky, Frederick Hollander, Rudolf Nelson, Berthold Goldschmidt
  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entartete Musik
  • ASIN: B0000042FA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mischa Spoliansky: Alles Schwindel (from "Alles Schwindel") 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Friedrich Hollaender: Sex Appeal ("Ich tanze um die Welt mit Dir") 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Mischa Spoliansky: Meine Beste Freundin 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mischa Spoliansky: Ich bin ein Vamp! (from "100 Meter Glück") 3:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mischa Spoliansky: L'Heure Bleue 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Berthold Goldschmidt: Der Verflossene 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Friedrich Hollaender: Gesetzt Den Fall ... 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Friedrich Hollaender: Ich Weiss Nicht, Zu Wem Ich Gehore ("Stürme der Liedenschaft") 4:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mischa Spoliansky: Das Lila Lied 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mischa Spoliansky: Maskulinum - Femininum 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rudolf Nelson: Mir ist heut so nach Tamerlan! 4:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Friedrich Hollaender: Eine Kleine Sehnsucht 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Friedrich Hollaender: Wir Wollen Alle Wieder Kinder Sein!! 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Friedrich Hollaender: Münchhausen 8:08£0.79  Buy MP3 

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Greg Lowis on 22 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
I personally consider myself to be left wing, politically. And I find that I agree with every political point this album makes. Not because it takes a political line - because it makes common sense. The pieces written on it to satirise the Wiemar Republic, it is quite chilling to realise how relevant their points still are.
Tackling everything from the views of the elite, in "The Smart Set", to Feminism in "Chuck out the men", gay rights in "The Lavender Song", to the degeneration of society in "It's all a swindle". Taking an apolitical line ("The left betrays, the right dismays", from "It's all a swindle"), the simple message of sense is hammered home through witty lines, good music, and the wonderful voice of Ute Lemper. "Munchhausen" is quickly becoming my favourite piece - it is also the longest - where a person describes their seeing a perfect world, where women have the choice of abortion, where Justices are truly just, where films are not propaganda features, where disarmament has happened, where 'nowhere will you see those flags which sport that *thing* that zigs, and zags'. Except the narrator of the story is Munchhausen - a man infamous for being a liar. Lemper's powerful voice does this piece perfect justice, capturing the hope of the perfect world, the dismay of it not being true, the hatred in the chorus, repeating in ever more bitter tones 'Liar, liar, liar liar liar ... but how I wish your lies were true', and finally the disillusionment; 'truth's as hard and tough as nails, that's why we need fairy tales'.
The booklet in the CD cover does a good job explaining the context, and relevance of the songs, for those who have no knowledge of the history that these songs were originally set in, and yet in a way it is unnecessary; the songs have proved unfortunately timeless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 2003
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Cabaret songs are difficult to sing, in particular when they were written in the 1920's. Ute Lemper succeeds in making the music live again, and she recaptures some of hopes, desparation and anger of the time. Her ability to make the lyrics live through the music, and the music through the lyrics, is simply astounding. Unfortunately, it probably also means that one has to understand German in order to fully appreciate this recording: although Lemper's singing is a delight in itself, its effect is increased by the lyrics, and many of the nuances of this recording are accessible only through an understanding of the language. While this surely captures the spirit of cabaret music, it is a serious disadvantage for an otherwise splendid performance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2010
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Degenerate Music; that suppressed by National Socialism from 1932 onwards. Cabaret Music is a particular style belonging to its era. This is sung in German and unless you have a strong command of the language much of the irony/commentary will be missed.

Ute grew from a Lloyd Weber stalwart into a singer of the left field a rare achievement given the current state of British music and its pre occupation with MOR. These songs marked the brief spring thaw in Prussian preoccupation with discipline, belief and destiny. Between 1918-1933 following the defeat Berlin let its hair down, undid its buttons and gazed at Dix, Heartfield and Grosz paintings of itself. It also parodied its lusts and beliefs in these songs. Primarily about sex in different forms male love, girl love and man-women love Ute lets it all just flow.

The songs verge from cynicism to irony and maybe perhaps too vocal focused for a modern audience. There are no obvious melodies such as Mack the Knife or Alabama and they take time to sink into the cortex.

They are a profound document of an important time and this is where their power lies. They show the mores that Hiterlites wanted to suppress. Interestingly the Weimar society came to pass in the modern age. Whilst some decry the lack of blond hair beasts dressed in shiny black uniforms, this is just their fetish. It is parodied here in this collection in "The lavender song."
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul ant on 4 July 2011
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There was a mix up with the post and didnt recieve this I believe that the money was returned to my account I dont think the seller was in any way responsible .

I have the songs in English but if you wish to increase your German Language knowledge and Culture of Gay berlin in the 20's you will enjoy this very witty collection of songs
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is a great album! It's definitely worth the money! 23 Jun 2000
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I love this album. Despite not speaking German and (at the time of purchase) not knowing anything about cabaret culture or Ute Lemper, this has become one of my favorite records. The songs sound silly and sweet at first listen, and are a stylistic treat. Ute Lemper has a beautiful voice with remarkable depth and range -- even when you don't now what she's singing about, it's still very enjoyable. The orchestral accompaniment is just about perfect. When you do listen to the lyrics, never fear-- there's full lyrics and translations in the liner notes, which are exceedingly helpful and useful. The songs are mainly about politics, sex, and survival, and are ironic, humurous, and occasionally bittersweet. Even though these songs are from another country and another time, I find that they are much more relevant to my life and times than the entire Top 40 Hit Parade. This record is worth it-- as are Ute Lemper's other albums (I can especially recommend Punishing Kiss, Illusions, and City of Strangers.)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
English version available? 5 July 2001
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Format: Audio CD
I recieved this disc for review when I was a radio station DJ about three years ago. However the disc I got, which was on Polygram, was in English. So try to get the English disc if you don't speak German - the translations are great, you'd think the songs were written in English. It has the same title I think, if it is still available. One other reviewer here said that he found the album more relevant to his life than the entire top 40 and I say 'hear, hear' to that. And Ms. Lemper's heffy Cherman eccent is delightful!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Stellar 28 Oct 2000
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A beautiful album, dripping with emotions: longing, irony, cynicism, sarcasm, love (yes, love), anger, humor. And Ute Lemper transmits those emotions like no other performer I know. At least some of the song writers/composers fled to the US to escape Nazi Germany, and had distinguished careers here, too. The songs are beautiful, with meaningful lyrics that aren't just the blindingly obvious ideas and sentimentality offered by a lot of recent "political" songs.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Just Wonderful! 2 Aug 2000
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I have recently become interested in German cabaret music, and this CD is just what i've been looking for. I think the music quality is sensational, and Ms. Lemper has an outstanding voice and personality which make this compilation that more enjoyable. Overall a great buy. I recommend this album to anyone who love German music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Eine Schoene Album! 25 Sep 2004
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Wow! This beautiful and immensely talented dame knows how to thrill. The album is absolutely superb. And auf Deutsch! There are many jazzy and big band type numbers and some that are a little more folky. But the satire, the humour, the depth of the lyrics, along with the pure artistry and sophistication Ute Lemper brings to the material is quite refreshing, despite the fact that some uncomfortable and depressing topics are covered. What a relief, a modern artist that encourages her audience actually to think! Thank you so much Ute for such a treasure and bringing these important songs to our attention; with all that is going on in our politics and the world these Berlin songs are even more poignant for our times than one may suppose.
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