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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
With But One Day..., her best recording to date, Ute Lemper brings cabaret squarely into the 21st century. The exquisitely voiced chanteuse doesn’t move outside the traditional repertoire here as much as she did on, say,The Punishing Kiss, where she recorded work by the likes of Elvis Costello and Nick Cave. On her this release she sticks to older figures, including Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, mixing in material by Hans Eisler and tango master Astor Piazzola, among others. What modernizes the whole project is the up-to-the-moment freshness of Lemper's vocal approach and her personal involvement. There’s no sense of mustiness here -- the songs come alive through ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
With But One Day..., her best recording to date, Ute Lemper brings cabaret squarely into the 21st century. The exquisitely voiced chanteuse doesn’t move outside the traditional repertoire here as much as she did on, say,The Punishing Kiss, where she recorded work by the likes of Elvis Costello and Nick Cave. On her this release she sticks to older figures, including Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, mixing in material by Hans Eisler and tango master Astor Piazzola, among others. What modernizes the whole project is the up-to-the-moment freshness of Lemper's vocal approach and her personal involvement. There’s no sense of mustiness here -- the songs come alive through Lemper’s intense commitment and her communicative skills as a performer. For the first time she has also contributed original songs to the mix; highly crafted and memorable in their poetic directness, they can stand proudly next to the more venerated works. Lemper receives instrumental support from collaborators who perfectly understand the old-meets-new musical world she so painstakingly creates. An artistic triumph, But One Day... has the potential to greatly expand Lemper’s audience -- anyone with an ear for great singing will undoubtedly respond.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ute Lemper, who has devoted much of her recording career to resurrecting German interwar songs, particularly those of Kurt Weill, and who included such Weill successors as Nick Cave and Elvis Costello on her last album, The Punishing Kiss, here adds her own name to the songwriting credits while continuing to find ways to explore her favorite music. This is a collection of bleak songs, influenced, one can't help thinking, by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks this immigrant New Yorker mentions in her liner notes. The album's photographs, meanwhile, are dominated by images of the Brooklyn Bridge, including one shot in which the World Trade Center is visible. The tempos are slow, the arrangements lushly string-filled, and Lemper, a vocal chameleon, sings in a breathy, breaking voice, beginning with Weill's "September Song." Her own contributions, which can be termed "art songs" in the sense that they dispense with such conventions as choruses or easily hummed melodies, are full of images of despair expressed in a charmingly broken English. No matter how far afield she goes, Lemper is never much removed from Weimar Germany, as "Lena," a song about a haunted Holocaust descendent living in Mexico, shows. Her most conventional original song is the title track, a lovelorn lament. The songs of Jacques Brel and Astor Piazzolla are brought in to expand on the sense of anguish and depression, and at the end Lemper returns to an old favorite, Bertolt Brecht, for "Ballad of Marie Sanders, the Jew's Whore," in which a German woman is excoriated for associating with a Jew. Lemper then closes with her own reflection on Brecht, a comment equally applicable to the troubled world situation of 2002. But One Day... is an artist's telling reflection on her own heritage and her view of the post-9/11 climate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947349129
  • Catalog Number: 473491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 September Song (5:10)
  2. 2 I Surrender (5:12)
  3. 3 Speak Low (4:53)
  4. 4 Lena (4:44)
  5. 5 Ne Me Quitte Pas (3:52)
  6. 6 But One Day (5:56)
  7. 7 Buenos Aires (4:30)
  8. 8 Living Without You (3:31)
  9. 9 Oblivion (4:25)
  10. 10 Little Face (4:00)
  11. 11 Amsterdam (3:21)
  12. 12 Ballad of Marie Sanders, The Jew's Whore (2:58)
  13. 13 On Brecht - Epilogue (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ute Lemper Primary Artist
Laurie Anderson Violin
Geoffrey Palmer Violin
Levine Andrade Violin
Irvine Arditti Violin, Leader
Alexander Balanescu Violin
Howard Ball Violin
Elena Barere Leader
Stuart Brooks Trumpet
Crystal Garner Viola
Paul Hart Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Mark Shulman Guitar, Cello
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Peter Oxer Violin
Frank Ricotti Vibes
Peter Scherer Bass, Piano, Keyboards, P'iri
Paul Socolow Bass
Galina Solodchin Violin
Skúli Sverrisson Bass
Donna Tecco Violin
Todd Turkisher Percussion, Drums
John Underwood Viola
Hugh Webb Harp
Fenella Barton Violin
Michael Hart Thompson Horn
Pete Long Tenor Saxophone
John Parricelli Guitar
John Elliott Sousaphone
David Burrowes Cello
Paul Eshelby Trumpet
Rosalyn Lishak Violin
Robert Ziegler Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Moog Synthesizer, Musical Direction
David Bucknall Cello
Martion Burgess Violin
Jon Morton Violin
Sophie Harris Cello
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams Bass
Mary Hammann Viola
Vince Lionti Viola
Chris Haigh Violin
Frances Andrade Violin
Chris Dean Trombone
Rutledge Turnlund Bass
David Heiss Cello
Pete Whyman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Mick Foster Tenor Saxophone
Phillip Eastop Horn
Technical Credits
Hanns Eisler Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Ute Lemper Composer, Producer, Adaptation, translation
Mort Shuman Composer, English Translations
Eric Bentley translation
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Jill Dell'Abate String Contractor
Peter Scherer Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Todd Turkisher Producer, Engineer
Tim Conklin Engineer
Jeremy Tilston Art Direction
Robert Ziegler Arranger, Composer, Producer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Andrew Cornall Executive Producer
Andy Scade Engineer
Ian Sherwin Programming
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