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Ute Lemper Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000421A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ed
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I already loved Ute Lemper for her interpretation of Weill-Brecht songs. Then I heard her Cabaret Songs and became a fan.
Nevertheless, as I love Edith Piaff and I am used to Piaf's unique way of singing, I was reluctant to hear Piaf's songs in other voice, even in Ute's voice. I was wrong. Ute Lemper sings Piaff's song in a new, modern and delightful way, in Ute Lemper's way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her finest work... 12 Feb 2000
By Ignacio Rodriguez - Published on
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I love Ute. I must confess it. This album, Illusions, is the one I consider her finest work. Here she combines her great, powerful and heart-felt voice,and some classic songs that won't ever be forgotten, with new, contemporary, beautiful and sometimes theatrical (this makes it better) arrangements... Usually, when someone sings pieces like 'La vie en rose' or 'Falling in love again', it's inevitable to think of Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich, but Lemper has managed to print her own mark and style in them, recreating them... Among all her recordings, this is the one to have...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reinvention of classic genres 25 Feb 2000
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Ute lemper is one of the finest artists of our generation. This album above all her other work is probably her greatest ever. Not only does she take on the work of two of histories inimitable 'Divas', but adresses their experiences and sentiments with a level of sincerity that takes the listner from laughter to tears in less than breath. In short Ute Lemper, with the assistance of collaborator Bruno Fontaine have reinvented a classic genre. Who would have thought that the songs could possibly sound better than when performed by the original artists? Listen to this work and reconsider.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ute Lemper at her best 20 April 1999
By "ulfar" - Published on
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In my opinion Ute Lemper is one of the finest singers of all time. This album and her version of Kurt Weil's The Seven Deadly Sin's are her best (so far). Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Ute 21 July 2002
By "badric" - Published on
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Tackling the repertory of Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich is a daunting task for any singer, but Ute Lemper is not the type of artist who shies away from a musical challenge. Her impressively varied body of work and her consistent level of excellency are unique among contemporary recording artists. Lemper's ability to change so completely from song to song never ceases to amaze me, and Illusions gives her the chance to display all her flair and ability for creating characters rather than just singing songs.
The poignant Want to Buy Some Illusions?, the melancholy and sweet La Vie en Rose, the operatic Black Market, the sultry Johnny and the epic Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss/Falling in Love Again are just a few highlights of what you'll find in this wonderfully diverse CD. Illusions is not just another collection of standards sung by a talented performer. Ute Lemper and arranger/conductor Bruno Fontaine reinvent each song and make it their own, and in doing so they create one of the most beautiful CD's released in the 1990's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Material, branching out from Kurt Weill 1 Oct 2005
By B. Marold - Published on
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`Illusions' and `City of Strangers', albums primarily of vocals by Ute Lemper, were released in 1992 and 1995 respectively, interspersed with her releasing the last of her major albums of Kurt Weill material in 1993. `Illusions' and `City of Strangers' are both a mix of songs in German, French, and English. Of the two, `Illusions' is the more coherent, but that difference is small. Very much like The Doors first two albums, these two are both cut from a single cloth and with some material are precursors of Ms. Lemper's really excellent `Berlin Cararet Songs' done in both full English and German versions in 1997. For example, several songs on these two albums were written by Friedrich Hollaender who is featured on the `Berlin...' albums.

For those readers who are not familiar with Ute Lemper's repertoire, these two albums, along with the first `Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill' may be the best introduction to her style of performance. I have yet to hear one of her albums which I did not like; however, I suggest you stay away from her `Best of' album and her `Life is a Cabaret' album. The latter is a takeoff on Lisa Minelli's style and material and while I can listen to it with pleasure, it does not represent Ms. Lemper's best interpretations. If your taste in female vocalists includes Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, and Barbra Streisand, especially for her dramatic and unusual interpretations of some songs, I suspect you will really like these recordings. If you are more fond of jazz vocalists along the lines of Blossom Deary and Billy Holliday, or like traditional Broadway performances as done by Betty Buckley, these may be just a bit too heavily laden with European `Weltshmertz'. Also, if you have no strong tastes in popular female vocalists, I strongly suggest you give these recordings a try. I also suggest that Ms. Lemper even does a better job with these tunes than you may find from a classically trained singer such as Anne Sophie von Otter, who is just a bit too sweet for this peppery material.

For readers who are were attracted to Ms. Lemper by the album, `Punishing Kiss', I strongly recommend these albums even over her Weill material.

Overall, if there is a better vocalist doing European ballads and musical stage numbers, I am not familiar with them. As a long time fan of Barbra Streisand who has found her material a bit flat lately, I am immensely happy to have Ms. Lemper to listen to, and always look forward to her latest material. I just with she would perform more on our shores.

Very highly recommended.
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