Paris Days, Berlin Nights

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The title Paris Days, Berlin Nights is a little misleading. One might expect French songs about morning-after regrets and German ones about living cynically hedonistically, but this collection goes way beyond that. It includes songs about war, abandonment, the indifference of time to human suffering, and gritty street life, with music by Piazzolla and Polish-Jewish composer Chava Alberstein in addition to the expected Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Jacques Brel. Uniting them all is Lemper's incredible voice and sense of drama, no matter what language. The energy she puts into songs such as "Der Graben" or "Ballade vom Wasserrad" is so great, it's hard to believe that no ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
The title Paris Days, Berlin Nights is a little misleading. One might expect French songs about morning-after regrets and German ones about living cynically hedonistically, but this collection goes way beyond that. It includes songs about war, abandonment, the indifference of time to human suffering, and gritty street life, with music by Piazzolla and Polish-Jewish composer Chava Alberstein in addition to the expected Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Jacques Brel. Uniting them all is Lemper's incredible voice and sense of drama, no matter what language. The energy she puts into songs such as "Der Graben" or "Ballade vom Wasserrad" is so great, it's hard to believe that no physical harm is done, but she comes right back every time, putting just as much into the next one. She is well supported by the Vogler Quartet and accordionist/clarinetist/pianist Stefan Malzew, all of whom come close to matching Lemper's intensity when needed. Malzew made all the arrangements, and they are very well done. They not only provide interesting, textural accompaniment to the voice, the gestures also support the character and theme of the texts. Malzew even sneaks in little details, such as quoting "La Marseillaise" in "L'Accordéoniste" or a sustained, high-pitched note like what is heard when a grenade falls in "Der Graben." Although the album's title might not fit the contents, Lemper and colleagues do make these culturally diverse songs go together. The concentration of their passion keeps the set as a whole from becoming desperately bleak and gives the music a fascinating presence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2012
  • Label: Steinway & Sons
  • UPC: 034062300099
  • Catalog Number: 30009
  • Sales rank: 26,787

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ute Lemper Primary Artist, Vocals
Stefan Malzew Clarinet, Piano, Accordion
Vogler Quartet String Quartet
Technical Credits
Hanns Eisler Composer
Kurt Weill Original Material
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Ute Lemper Lyricist
Bertolt Brecht Lyricist
Raymond Asso Lyricist
Horacio Ferrer Lyricist
Louis Maitrier Composer
Chava Alberstein Composer
Itzik Manger Lyricist
Kurt Tucholsky Lyricist
Zhame Telesin Lyricist
Marcus Herzog Producer, Engineer
Ben Finane Liner Notes
Russian Traditional Composer
Vladimir Agatov Lyricist
Stefan Malzew Arranger, Composer
Michael Emer Composer
Nikita Bogoslovsky Additional Music
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