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Idas y Vueltas Pressetext Anna Franken


“... AnnA Frankens charismatic voice stands out and makes a lasting impression...

… a pioneering achievement … a big transatlantic show.” (

"... her voice shines with the colours of [the voice of] Ute Lemper

and has the narrative approach of Ute Lotte Lenya." (

„Idas y Vueltas“ combines: The „old“ with the “new” world, Europe with Argentina, German music with music of Argentina.

The solo debute CD „Idas y Vueltas“ of German-British tango singer AnnA Franken (Buenos Aires) combines the repertoire of Tango Argentino with German Classical Music (Schumann, Schubert and Weill).
„Die Winterreise“, „Dichterliebe“ and „The Three Penny Opera“ are just three of the works which were transformed into 21st century tangos.
While the lyrics and melodies have stayed almost untouched it is the accopaniment that has undergone major transformations. Written for a “cuarteto típico”, a typical tango quartet, they now sound like modern tango. Like the “new” tango that is being played nowadays in Buenos Aires: wild, raw while at the same time romantic and longing. It is eclectic and ambivalent just like Buenos Aires itself.
Passionate poetry, exciting rhythms and melancolic melodies lead the way on this acoustic journey across the atlantic ocean and through time.
AnnA Franken tells stories of longing, nostalgia, homesickness, of traveling back and forth between lovers, countries and centuries.
The arrangements were recorded in Buenos Aires and bear witness to the cooperation of some of the most interesting Argentine tango musicians of our time.

AnnA has shared festival-, concert- and milonga stages in France, the BeNeLux, Switzerland, France, Germany and Buenos Aires with the Orquestas Típicas Tango Masivo (BE), OTRA, TOC (NL) and Sabor a Tango (DE), the Berlin based Quinteto Obsesión Tango, Cuarteto Rotterdam and the Dutch Trio Tangata. She performed with the guitar ensembles Guitarras Porteñas (NL), El Barullo (ARG) and the musicians Leonardo Andersen, Julián Caeiro, Walther Castro, Victor Villena, Leo Vervelde, Claudio Constantini and Kay Sleking, amongst others.
She sang on stages such as the Kölner Philharmonie, the Admiralspalast in Berlin, de Doelen in Rotterdam, the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig as well as the Toulouse Tango Festival, the Holland Festival, the Festival für Neue Musik in Werdenberg (Switzerland) and the Tangofestival in Kortrijk (Belgium), just to name a few.
She studied Classical Singing (Bachelor of Music) and Tango Voice (Master of Music) at the Rotterdam Conservatory and won scholarships of the “Ministerium für Kultur, NRW” and the Dutch “Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten”.

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Debute Solo CD AnnA Franken, Buenos Aires 2016

Schumann, Schubert, Weill and Wolf as Tango Argentino


Released: 2016, Label: La Casa del Tango Berlin


Lieder from Die Winterreise, Dichterliebe und Die Dreigroschenoper, amongst others.



Voice / artistic direction: AnnA Franken

Arrangements: Pablo Motta, Juan Pablo Gallardo, Julián Caeiro, AnnA Franken

Violin: Gabriel Wolff / Diego Tejedor / Javier Kase / Mayumi Urgino

Bandoneón: Nicolás Enrich

Doublebass: Marisa Hurtado / Tomás Falasca

Piano: Julián Caeiro / Gastón Harisquiry

Viola: Gabriel Wolff

Cello: Clément Silly


1 - Die alten, bösen Lieder 3:53 (Schumann / Heine / Motta)
2 - Seeräuber Jenny 4:41 (Weill / Brecht / Gallardo)
3 - Surabaya Johnny 4:54 (Weill / Brecht / Gallardo)
4 - Der Wegweiser 3:20 (Schubert / Müller / Motta)
5 - Mein Liebster singt am Haus 2:19 (Wolf / Heyse / Franken / Enrich)
6 - Der Leiermann 3:40 (Schubert / Müller / Franken)
7 - Gute Nacht 5:04 (Schubert / Müller / Motta)
8 - Ich hab im Traum geweinet 2:09 (Schumann / Heine / Franken / Enrich)
9 - Warte, warte wilder Schiffmann 2:09 (Schumann / Heine / Caeiro)
10 - Frühlingstraum 4:11 (Schubert / Müller / Caeiro)
11 - Grabschrift 4:26 (Weill / Brecht / Gallardo)


Mixing: -  by Ariel Gato (Buenos Aires)

Carlos Laurenz at Carlos Laurenz Mastering (Buenos Aires)

CD Design:
Susanne Liebsch, Berlin

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