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But One Day
     

But One Day

by Ute Lemper
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947349129
catalogNumber:
473491

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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
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
Martin Burgess   Violin
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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