Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Paris Days, Berlin Nights

Paris Days, Berlin Nights


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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: 03/20/2012
Label: Steinway & Sons
UPC: 0034062300099
catalogNumber: 30009
Rank: 128421


  1. Elle fréquentait la Rue Pigalle
  2. L'Accordéoniste
  3. Surabaya Johnny / Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (after Kurt Weill) [Med
  4. Der Graben
  5. Über den Selbstmord
  6. Die Ballade vom Wasserrad
  7. La última grela
  8. Oblivion
  9. Yo soy María
  10. Tëmnaya nocz
  11. Ikh stey unter a Bokserboym
  12. Stiller Abend
  13. Ne me quitte pas

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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