This album presents Ute’s personal collection of Marlene Dietrich’s most celebrated songs from all chapters of her career, including the German, American and French Songbook. With a gentle reference to Marlene’s style Ute interprets with an authentic and playful approach and always inflict her own imagination and musicality. Rendezvous with Marlene is based on a 3-hour phone call and exchange between Marlene and Ute in 1988 in Paris. After receiving the French Moliére Award for her performance in Cabaret in Paris, Ute had sent a postcard to Marlene, who had lived at 12 Avenue de Montaigne since 1979, essentially apologizing for all the media attention comparing her to Marlene. Ute was just at the beginning of her career in theater and music, whereas Marlene looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and stardom. What a secret gift to hear Marlene talk about her life, her work and style, her love for the poet Rilke, her complicated relationship with Germany, her sorrow and her fascinations. Ute tells us Marlene’s story, along with singing songs from all the chapters of her own life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations.