As of now, two albums by Charlotte & Elisabeth are available. ‘Schau sie schläft’ is a collection of German chansons through the past 70 years. ‘Explicit Songs’ showcases English chansons.
Charlotte & Elisabeth share a love for the songs of Rainer Bielfeldt, Jacques Brel, Freidrich Holländer, Kurt Weill, Berthold Brecht and many more. All artists that shaped the tradition of (german) “text chansons”. The combination of vocals and ukulele opens a fresh, relatively unexpected musical approach to these songs and presents them in a new, completely reduced dress; quite fragile and intimate. All songs on this CD are in german.
On this CD: Dreh das Fernsehn ab (Kreisler), Blumengiessen (Kreisler), Auf dem Platz (Brel, Colbet), Bitte geh nicht fort (Brel, Colpet), Liebeslied (Bielfeldt, Kaleko), Ich weiß nicht zu wem ich gehöre (Holländer, Liebmann), Jochen (Bielfeldt, Bergmann), Barbara (Kreisler), Seeräuberjenny (Brecht, Weill), Ballade vom ertrunkenen Mädchen (Brecht, Weill), Warum soll eine Frau kein Verhältnis haben (Straus, Gruenwald), Schau sie schläft (Bielfeldt, Jeske)
Charlotte & Elisabeth’s second album showcases English chansons by composers like Jacques Brel, Berthold Brecht, Tom Lehrer and more contemporary writers, such as Molly Lewis. While not all of these songs are sad, scandalous or sinister, Charlotte & Elisabeth seem to like those the best. This is why they decided to dress a handful of them in a new, very reduced musical dress.
On this CD: Sex is a wonderful habit (Kreisler), I hold your hand in mine (Lehrer), I love you like an alcoholic (The Taxpayers), Our American Cousin (Lewis), Masochism Tango (Lehrer), Pirate Jenny (Brecht), Ballad of the drowned girl (Brecht), Ballad of the Pimp (Brecht), Don’t go away (Brel), Is that all there is (Leiber, Stoller), Please shoot your husband (Kreisler)