Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Muse: Ute Lemper Sings Neruda

Cover of Album Forever: The Love Poems of Pablo Neruda

The 6:14-minute video below is an introduction to a wonderful self-produced album Ute Lemper Sings the Love Poems of Pablo Neruda (December 2013). The German-born, internationally renowned chanteuse sings 12 of Neruda's poems, remaining faithful to their original form. Though Lemper sings primarily in the original Spanish, she uses official adaptations in French or English for four poems; she did so, she indicates, to "make the project more international" in light of the many languages into which Neruda's work has been translated. The artistic concept is Lemper's own, and the result, to this listener's ears, is inspired!

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