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Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995)

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Ute Lemper - City of Strangers (1995)

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01. Losing My Mind (04:59)
02. Barbara (05:38)
03. Allein in einer groГџen Stadt (05:25)
04. J'attends le doux veuvage (05:45)
05. The Ladies Who Lunch (06:01)
06. Immense and Red (10:58)
07. Lili Marleen - Death Is a Master From Germany (04:56)
08. Being Alive (04:52)
09. DГ©jeuner du matin (04:02)
10. Die Kleptomanin (02:41)
11. Embrasse-moi (04:11)
12. Der Graben (06:03)
13. Immense et rouge (08:26)

Ute Lemper – vocals
Jean-Marc Apap - Viola
Jean-Philippe Audin - Cello
Jean-Paul Batailley - Percussion
Remi Brey - Viola
Thierry Caens - Trumpet
Hervé Cavelier - Violin, Violin (Electric)
Marc Chantereau - Percussion
Vincent Charbonnier - Double Bass
Michèle Deschamp - Violin
Bruno Fontaine - Arranger, Concept, Conductor, Keyboards, Piano, Producer
Christophe Guiot - Violin
Laurent Lefèvre - Bassoon
Pierre Lenert - Viola
Véronique Marcel - Violin
Juan José Mosalini  - Bandoneon
Elisabeth Pallas - Violin
Alain Randon - Bassoon
Roland Romanelli - Accordion
Yves Sanna - Drums
Jannick Top - Guitar (Bass)
Dominique Vidal  - Clarinet

 

Although Ute Lemper is best known to her devoted cult following as one of the great cabaret singers of all time, the German-born singer began as a stage actress, and has continued this career in tandem with her cabaret work. 1995's CITY OF STRANGERS combines the two sides of Lemper's musical persona, putting songs by the idiosyncratically brilliant Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim next to chansons by the equally unique French composer Jacques Prevert.

As with all fine settings like this, the combination reveals more what the two composers have in common than how they differ. There are tracks by other composers on CITY OF STRANGERS, but Sondheim and Prevert's presence is felt even in songs they didn't compose. The arrangements, alternating between full orchestration and simple bandoneon and vocal, suit the songs beautifully, and Lemper sings with characteristic passion and grace. ---Rovi

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