Ute Lemper delved into the soul of tango

“The greatest enemy of tango is the dawn.” With an invitation to shake hands with the friend of tango, the night, she steps into the limelight with deliberate elegance, carried by sensual melancholy on bandoneon, piano, violin and double bass: Ute Lemper. In the series “Great Voices in Music Theater” Linz, she bowed to Astor Piazzolla on his 100th birthday last year.

Whether in musicals, as a chansonnier crowned the “second Marlene Dietrich” or as an interpreter of Weill and Brecht – the New York-based Münster native will soon be writing 40 years of stage history with her versatility and charisma.

This time, the 58-year-old traces the history of Tango Nuevo and the shady, wicked, forbidden things that accompanied the dance on its way from Argentina to Europe. With a dark timbre, she dives into an attitude towards life, into abysses, wallows in the morbid, to which she bestows a sublime dignity. The dance floor may be smooth, but life is not, which was often more of a matter of survival in the ports of the big cities of Buenos Aries and Montevideo. The journey leads from the tense “Libertango” to the elegiac “Oblivion”, from detours to Brecht and Weill, the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Paulo Coelho, carried by four passionate musicians: Victor Villena on the bandoneon (invented in Krefeld, Germany), Vana Gierig on the Piano, violinists Cyril Garac and Rémy Yulzari (double bass). Long applause and a heartfelt encore. (cash)

Source: Nachrichten

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