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Weill: O Moon Of Alabama / Lenya, Weill, Busch, Et Al


Release Date: 04/05/1994 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 10347   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte LenyaAlfred SchleeOtto PasettiKurt Weill,   ... 
Conductor:  Theo MackebenHans SommerMaurice Abravanel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dobbri Saxophone OrchestraTheo Mackeben Jazz OrchestraLewis Ruth Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

O MOON OF ALABAMA is one of a series of albums released by the German Capriccio label reissuing period recordings of the music of composer Kurt Weill from the late-'20s and early-'30s. It is unusual in that it includes no music at all from Weill's best-known work of the period, THE THREEPENNY OPERA (that music is contained on other Capriccio albums). Instead, this disc presents a miscellany of recordings of music from the operas RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY, THE TSAR HAS HIS PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN, and THE SILVERLAKE, and the plays KONJUNKTUR and HAPPY END. In most cases, Weill's lyric partner was Bertolt Brecht, who also wrote the words for the songs in THE THREEPENNY OPERA, and some of the songs here are as just as well-known, notably Read more "Bilbao Song," "Alabama Song" (which is given both an instrumental reading by Marek Weber & His Orchestra and a vocal version by Lotte Lenya), and "Surabaya Johnny." Clearly, the last was a particular favorite in its day, as it has proved since; here, there are no less than four versions, two of them instrumentals, one in German by Lenya and one in French by Marianne Oswald. The most ambitious piece is an eight-and-a-half-minute medley of music from MAHAGONNY sung by a "large ensemble" and played by the orchestra that performed in the show's Berlin production. Lenya is in that ensemble, too, and the singer, Weill's wife, of course, has 13 vocals among the 23 selections, her dominance much increased by what might be called the album's addenda. After the 15 tracks that make up the main material, the album concludes with the tracks from the three-78 rpm set SIX SONGS BY KURT WEILL, a recording made in New York in 1943 featuring Lenya accompanied by Weill at the piano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Alabama Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1930 
2.
Der Zar lässt sich photographieren, Op. 21: Tango Angèle by Kurt Weill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dobbri Saxophone Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1928 
3.
Konjunktur: Die Muschel von Margate by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Alfred Schlee (Piano), Otto Pasetti (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: German 
4.
Happy End: Surabaya Johnny by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kurt Weill (Piano), Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Transcribed: Kurt Weill (1942) 
5.
Happy End: Bilbao Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Conductor:  Theo Mackeben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theo Mackeben Jazz Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: German 
6.
Happy End: Matrosen-Tango by Kurt Weill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lewis Ruth Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1929 
7.
Happy End: Der Song von Mandalay by Kurt Weill
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lewis Ruth Band
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1929 
8.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Meine Herren, meine Mutter prägte...Denn wie Man sich bettet by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kurt Weill (Piano), Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Transcribed: Kurt Weill (1942) 
9.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Song(s) by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Conductor:  Hans Sommer
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1932 
10.
Der Silbersee: Es wächst uns in den Mund der Wein by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ernst Busch (Voice)
Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1933 
Language: German 
11.
Der Silbersee: Der Bäkker bäckt ums Morgenrot by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ernst Busch (Voice)
Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1933 
Language: German 
12.
Lost in the Stars: Lost in the stars by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kurt Weill (Piano), Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Ver: 1939
Transcribed: Kurt Weill 
13.
Lover Man by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice), Kurt Weill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Transcribed: Kurt Weill (1942) 
14.
Marie Galante: J'attends un navire by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kurt Weill (Piano), Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Transcribed: Kurt Weill (1942) 
15.
Complainte de la Seine by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice), Kurt Weill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Notes: Transcribed: Kurt Weill (1942) 
16.
Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Lotte Lenya (Voice), Kurt Weill (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 1943-44 
17.
Wie lange noch? by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Kurt Weill (Piano), Lotte Lenya (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 1943-44 

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