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Mamatschi..! The Songs of Mimi Thoma 1935-1941 Duration: 43mins
Born in Munich in 1909, Mimi Thoma originally began her career working in the nursing profession, with long-term plans to specialise in Paediatrics, (or the care of children), however as a very talented amateur singer in her spare time, she was soon discovered in the 1930s when performing part-time in some of the many small nightclubs that were dotted around her city. With a wonderfully wistful & moody delivery, very much en vogue in the pre-war German cabaret scene, she soon built up a massive following across Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, so ranking her alongside the likes of simiar but more famous singers, Lale Andersen & Zarah Leander. Promoted on all the concert-hall bill-boards as: ‘A voice that everyone knows’... Mimi became a great favourite with the Nazi propagandists and as such was variously signed to the German Grammophon, Telefunken & Polydor recording labels during her singing career and also found herself acting in several Berlin-produced movie-musicals later on in the war. Surviving war’s end in May 1945, Mimi was asked to perform for an Allied Red Cross concert in late 1945 before embarking on several years of touring across post-war Germany but, never able to recapture her war-time success, she sadly died in Cologne in 1968 aged just 59, alone and forgotten, not knowing that years later, Steven Spielberg would use her evocative children’s song, ‘Mamatschi’ on the sound-track of his Hollywood blockbuster movie Schindler’s List…Now this evocative CD offers 13 of her most famous songs, plus a producer’s introduction, including: Büble, mein Büble - Zigeunerweisen - Flattern zum Abschied die Fahnen - Der Rosenkranz - Es ist immer das alte Lied - Einsamer Sonntag and of course Mamatschi..! Schiff ahoi..!
The Songs of Ufa’s Zarah Leander1936-1943 Duration: 41mins
The Berlin suburb of Babelsburg was home to Germany’s pre-war ‘Hollywood’ and its leading production company Universum Film AG (Ufa) which, at its height was producing some 500 films a year. With the advent of the Third Reich in 1933 Ufa came under increasing state control and by 1942 was wholly Reich owned with the most popular female star on its books being the popular Swedish singer & actress Zarah Leander who, born, Zarah Stina Heberg in Karlstad in 1907, had originally been a star of Sweden’s ‘silver screen’ in the early 30s. Early on, a Hollywood film career had beckoned, but newly divorced with two small children, she stayed in Europe and, fluent in German, looked to the Third Reich where, in 1936, she eventually she was rewarded with a Ufa movie contract, but known as a tough negotiator she demanded huge salaries, paid in Swedish Kroner, much to Propagandaminister Goebbels’ annoyance, who dubbed her an "Enemy of Germany". However, as a musical movie star much loved by Adolf Hitler and a performer in ten of Ufa’s most successful films, her career in Nazi Germany flourished playing the role of a Femme Fatale...independently minded, beautiful, passionate and self-confident, all of which she was in real life! Her singing voice had a smokey, deep, intensity more in-keeping with that of her early rival Marlene Dietrich, however in 1943 Zarah's villa in the fashionable Berlin suburb of Greunwald was hit during an air-raid and, combined with Nazi pressure to apply for German citizenship, she chose to return to Sweden after her film 1943 movie ‘Damals’. But following Germany’s defeat at Stalingrad, neutral-Swedish opinion turned to sympathy for the Allies and Zarah, so directly linked with Nazi Propaganda, was shunned in her home country. Post-war she returned to Germany but would never regain her previous popularity, eventually passing away in June 1981, but now this moody & athmospheric, broadcast-quality CD offers a producer’s introduction togther with 13 of her most well-known Third Reich Ufa recordings including: Reite, kleiner Reiter - Ich steh’im Regen - Schiff ahoi - Mein Leben fűr die Liebe-jawohl! - Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt - Merci, mon ami - Heut' abend lad' ich mir die Liebe ein - Mein Leben fuer die Liebe and Yes Sir..!