Chanson: The Space in Between

Chanson: The Space in Between

by Barb Jungr
     
 

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Timeless as it is, you could have asked, justly, whether or not the new millennium really needed yet another interpretation of the Jacques Brel songbook, so often had it been attempted, both successfully and miserably, in the preceding century. Barb Jungr definitively answered that question on Chanson: The Space in Between, and she answered resoundingly in the…  See more details below

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Timeless as it is, you could have asked, justly, whether or not the new millennium really needed yet another interpretation of the Jacques Brel songbook, so often had it been attempted, both successfully and miserably, in the preceding century. Barb Jungr definitively answered that question on Chanson: The Space in Between, and she answered resoundingly in the affirmative -- it is an exhilarating purr of an effort. But then, Jungr, a longstanding anchor of the British alternative cabaret circuit, had already been compared to both Lotte Lenya and Edith Piaf prior to recording this first full-fledged effort in the genre (she had previously performed some of the music live and Bare did include a Brel song amongst its set list), so its accomplishment is no surprise. The album, too, goes well beyond Brel, featuring as it does a repertoire that includes songs by Cole Porter, Jacques Prévert, Léo Ferré, and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg from the old tradition, as well as a tune from the pen of Elvis Costello and a modern chanson from compatriot Robb Johnson. There are several reasons why Chanson is such a splendid realization of Jungr's vision. For one, the singer specially commissioned translations of the Brel and Ferré pieces from Johnson and fellow cabaret haunter Des de Moor, and they represent the most accurate renderings of these songs into English. Secondly, producer Calum Malcolm, utilizing an extremely sympathetic band, creates rich, poignant backdrops for the songs. You can hear the mythic Paris of yore wafting throughout, particularly in "Sunday Morning St. Denis" and "Cri du Coeur," while there is an equally strong strain of straight-ahead jazz ("Quartier Latin," "The Space in Between"). Most important, though, are the ravishing readings given by Jungr. Her performance ranges from the almost desperate and passion-haunted, both in life and love ("La Chanson des Vieux Amants"), to the positively triumphant ("Marieke") with equal skill, sounding as gorgeously weathered on "I Love Paris" as she seems delightfully guileless and clear-eyed on "New Amsterdam" (with its flawlessly ringing production). This is cabaret in its highest form.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Linn Records
UPC:
0691062301299
catalogNumber:
129

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Tracks

  1. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  2. Sunday Morning St. Denis
  3. I Love Paris
  4. Les Marquises
  5. Cri du Coeur
  6. Quartier Latin
  7. Marieke
  8. April in Paris
  9. La Chanson des Vieux Amants (The Song of Old Lovers)
  10. New Amsterdam
  11. Les Poètes (The Poets)
  12. The Space in Between
  13. No Regrets

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barb Jungr   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kim Burton   Flute,Piano,Accordion,kaval
Simon Wallace   Piano
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Kevin Hathway   Percussion
Julie Walkington   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Kim Burton   Arranger
Hal Davis   Adaptation
Barb Jungr   Arranger
Calum Malcolm   Producer,Engineer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Robert A. Johnson   Composer
Simon Wallace   Arranger
Ben Turner   Producer
John Haxby   Photo Manipulation
Robb Johnson   Contributor
Sam Mosley   Composer
James Tomalin   Arranger
de Moor   Contributor

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