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Esther Ofarim Melodie einer Nacht (CD)

Melodie einer Nacht (CD)
 
 

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Esther Ofarim: Melodie einer Nacht (CD)

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 20 tracks, playing time 51:40 minutes.

Saturday, 23 March 1963: The BBC hosts the ninth 'Grand Prix Eurovision' at its London Television Centre and simultaneously broadcasts the music competition to the continent. This time the singers will start for 16 European countries. The Federal Republic has sent Heidi Brühl into the race, the Principality of Monaco the French Françoise Hardy, Luxembourg the Greek Nana Mouskouri, and the Confederates want to win the Eurovision contest on this day with the Israeli Esther Ofarim.

After a good 90 minutes of music, the juries of all participating countries begin to give their assessments to London by telephone. It'll take time. (The later 'Mister Tagesthemen', Hanns-Joachim Friedrichs, comments on the evening for the German television audience). The tension is growing. Finally the overall ranking seems to be fixed. The Swiss are already cheering, and Esther Ofarim can't believe it: With her title T'en vas pas she obviously has, even if only just, the 1st place in her pocket. The Norwegian judges are coming back. They made a mistake, sorry. Your points that have already been given would have to be redistributed, they say. Luck for the Danish contestants Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann who win, bad luck for Esther Ofarim. She returns as a disappointed second from England to her host country, Switzerland.

Was everything right with you? Why did the Oslo jurors revise their first vote? However, after the 'Grand Prix' the newspapers reported epically about the scandal, and the beautiful, shy Israeli with the big voice had sympathies on her side everywhere. So she became even more famous overnight as if she had won the competition. Their entry into the pop and pop business could not have been accompanied by more publicity: In the USA, the album 'Songs der Welt' was released in 1963. From the middle of 1964 it stayed in the German hit parade for 112 weeks and was later released on the first golden record. Esther played in the Will-Tremper movie 'The Endless Night' and sang the theme song (Come, put your arm around me). An appearance at the 'Grand Gala du Disque' in the Netherlands also made her a star there. In short: Esther Ofarim and her husband Abraham, called Abi, who accompanied her, soon became the most important Israeli artist couple of the 60s.
 
A few months earlier, in summer 1962, shortly before Esther's birthday on 13 June, the Ofarims had left Tel Aviv for Europe - Esther rather sceptical about what the future would bring, her husband full of anticipation and zest for action. The two had already caused a stir at home in Israel with folkloristic songs. Abi Reichstadt, son of an electrical engineer and at the end of the 50s about to become a dancer and choreographer, had discovered Esther's wonderful voice. He persuaded his girlfriend to perform together on weekends and after-hours. Esther Zaied from a village near Nazareth (Galilee) wanted to become an actress. Instead she sang now, Abi accompanied her on the guitar, arranged the music for her and organized new engagements. The duo performed under the stage name Ofarim, which means 'deer fawns'. They got married in December 1959.

When word got around that the Hollywood director Otto Preminger was on a talent search in Israel to cast his film 'Exodus', the duo applied. Esther actually got a role where she could shine. Abi was also supposed to play in the film, but decided differently shortly before the start of shooting in Cyprus. That was 1960, the year when Frank Sinatra discovered the singer and actress and hired her for his TV shows. Later in the year Esther and Abi played in the movie 'Brennender Sand', but afterwards they concentrated again on their progress as a singing duo. They recorded a long-playing record in 1961 that climbed to the top of the Israeli hit parade. Soon a second one followed. An album with children's songs for adults, which Esther had recorded as a soloist, was also a great success.

But then Israel became too small for the couple - especially Abi. He didn't hesitate long when he and his wife were asked in the early summer of 1962 to represent their country first in Rome at the Italian radio show 'Musique de Champs-Elysees' [is that okay: Italo show with French title?] and then at the song festival in Polish Zoppot. Esther was less euphoric than Abi, but she joined in.

After their performance in Italy, they travelled to friends in Geneva and after two weeks to the song contest in Zoppot. They took second place with the song Stav (Hebrew for 'autumn'). They then took part in an 18-city tour of the Eastern Bloc. After this concert tour they returned to Switzerland, to Geneva, where they recorded a few songs together with a friend. Apart from her victory at a smaller Swiss folk festival, not much happened until one day the film composer and producer Peter Thomas appeared. Suddenly everything went very fast. As a soloist Esther won the Swiss preliminary round of the 'Grand Prix', signed a record contract with Philips-Germany and went to the 'Song Contest' in London. Unlike the final winners of the 'Grand Prix', Ester Ofarim even reached the top 40 of the German single hit parade with their competition title in August 1963. She had recorded T'en vas pas to London also in German version: Melodie der Nacht (Melody of the Night) (Back: Come to me) was the name of the single...

1-CD with 36-page booklet, 20 tracks, playing time 51:40 minutes


 

Songs

Esther Ofarim - Melodie einer Nacht (CD) Medium 1
1: Melodie einer Nacht
2: Komm doch zu mir
3: Komm, leg deinen Arm um mich
4: Du bist so weit von mir
5: Morgen ist alles vorüber
6: Bonjour l'amour
7: Ich fand mein Glück
8: Das ist meine Liebe
9: Mein Weg nach Haus
10: Noch einen Tanz
11: Schönes Mädchen
12: Wenn ich bei dir sein kann
13: Ich frag' mich, was wird aus mir
14: Bye, Biddy - Bye Bye, Jack
15: Du machst dir Sorgen
16: Von dir hat man gar nichts
17: Drunten im Tal
18: Die Wahrheit (Die Fahrt ins Heu)
19: Le cité de mon coeur
20: T'en vas pas

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Esther Ofarim: Melodie einer Nacht (CD)

  • Interpret: Esther Ofarim

  • Albumtitel: Melodie einer Nacht (CD)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Schlager und Volksmusik

  • Music Genre Kabarett / Liedermacher
  • Music Style Kleinkunst / Kabarett / Liedermacher
  • Music Sub-Genre 303 Kleinkunst/Kabarett/Liedermacher
  • Title Melodie einer Nacht (CD)
  • Release date 2003
  • Label BEAR FAMILY RECORDS

  • Price code AH
  • SubGenre Miscellaneous - General

  • EAN: 4000127165589

  • weight in Kg 0.115
 
 

Artist description "Ofarim, Esther"

Auf nur wenige Gesangskünstler trifft der – inflationär gebrauchte und damit längst verwässerte – Begriff des Kultstars zu. Esther Ofarim gehört zu ihnen.

Verehrt, gewürdigt, bewundert. Dabei still, zurückgezogen lebend, ohne Skandale. Und wenn es doch wieder einmal Schlagzeilen gibt, dann sind sie positiv, weil einer ihrer sehr seltenen Auftritte das Publikum einmal mehr begeistert hat.

Die großen, massenwirksamen Erfolge der späteren sechziger Jahre sind abgelegt in einer Vita, die schon viel früher erste künstlerische Aktivitäten vermeldet. 1941 in Safed, Galiläa, als Esther Zaied geboren, machte Ofarim bereits 1960 erste Gehversuche als Schauspielerin im Spielfilm 'Exodus'. Nach ihrer Hochzeit mit Abraham Reichstadt (Abi Ofarim) begann um 1961 die musikalische Karriere, die in der gemeinsamen Teilnahme für die Schweiz am Grand Prix de la Chanson 1963 einen ersten Höhepunkt fand (Platz 2 mit T'en vas pas).

Tourneen durch ganz Europa etablierten das Duo, in dem die Sängerin Blickfang war und mit einer unvergesslichen, glockenreinen Stimme vor allem auch das deutsche Publikum faszinierte. Lieder wie Melodie einer Nacht und Morgen ist alles vorüber bereiteten den Boden, kamen schon 1963/64 in die Hitparade. Da standen die beiden nachhaltigsten Erfolge noch aus: Die Bee-Gees-Komposition Morning Of My Life (1967) sorgte für den endgültigen Durchbruch, und mit Cinderella Rockefella im Jahr darauf (u.a. Platz 1 in England) erlangte der Name Ofarim Weltgeltung. Konzertreisen rund um den Erdball folgten.

Nach der privaten wie beruflichen Trennung des Paares legte Esther Ofarim eine Schaffenspause ein. 1972 kehrte sie mit der hier vorliegenden LP, die auch als 'First Album' verkauft wurde, zurück. Ein verbaler Missgriff, denn die Sängerin hatte bereits seit 1961 in ihrer Heimat mehrere Alben eingespielt – darunter zwei mit 'Children Songs' und 'Hayn Leilot' sowie später weitere wie 'Is It Really Me' und 'Esther in Kinderland'. Auf fast all ihren Veröffentlichungen kam Esther Ofarim ihre Mehrsprachigkeit zugute, die immer wieder ein überaus vielfältiges Repertoire mit internationalem Zuschnitt garantierte.

Die Künstlerin zog mit neuem Lebenspartner nach New York, wurde dort Mutter, blieb aber als (Gast-)Sängerin aktiv; ihre nunmehr selteneren Konzerte hielten mühelos den Standard früherer Auftritte und gewannen durch eine subtilere Songauswahl mit internationaler Folklore, mit Evergreens, Traditionals, ausgewählten Kurt-Weill- und Beatles-Adaptionen sogar noch an Intensität. Auch als (Theater-)Schauspielerin kehrte sie ins Bewusstsein der Menschen zurück, zum Beispiel in der deutschen Erstaufführung von Joshua Sobols 'Ghetto'. 1987 kehrte sie aus den USA zurück und ließ sich in Hamburg nieder.

Erst 1998 präsentierte sie sich an den 'Kammerspielen' in der Hansestadt wieder mit einem Liederabend, der für begeisterte Kritiken sorgte und fast regelmäßige – und stets gefeierte – Fortsetzungen fand. 2003 ging Esther Ofarim erstmals wieder auf Tournee. 2006 ('...In New York') und 2009 ('...In London') erschienen CDs mit Aufnahmen aus den sechziger bzw. siebziger Jahren, aktuelle Live-Einspielungen kamen 2009 unter dem Titel 'I'll See You In My Dreams' auf den Markt.

Die jetzt vorliegende Wiederveröffentlichung von Esther Ofarims Comeback-LP aus dem Jahr 1972 war lange Zeit vergriffen. Sie steht für die (damalige) Fortsetzung einer an Höhepunkten reichen Karriere. Und sie ist zugleich ein überzeugendes Beispiel für die solistische Vielfalt einer Sängerin, deren künstlerisches Schaffen auch nach fast 50 Berufsjahren immer noch ein Flair des Besonderen abseits aller Moden umgibt.

aus dem Booklet BCD17120 - Esther Ofarim Esther (1972)
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.de/ofarim-esther-esther-1972.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

 
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