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Speak Low - Songs By Kurt Weill / Von Otter, Gardiner


Release Date: 03/14/1995 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439894   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Christfried BiebrachKarl-Heinz LampeFrédéric MartinJames Sims,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are now many exponents and interpreters of Weill’s extraordinary output, from his German roots, through his French exile to his American and Broadway successes. The repertoire chosen for this disc reveals the variety and flavour of Weill’s writing. Von Otter’s honeyed tone and her ability to stamp sharply observed characterisations on the songs make this recording highly individual compared to that of Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya or, more recently, Ute Lemper. This is vocalised, rather than angst-ridden cabaret-style Weill, though Von Otter certainly delivers the dramatic intensity.

-- BBC Music Magazine
There are now many exponents and interpreters of Weill’s extraordinary output, from his German roots, through his French exile to his American and Broadway successes. The repertoire chosen for this disc reveals the variety and flavour of Weill’s writing. Von Otter’s honeyed tone and her ability to stamp sharply observed characterisations on the songs make this recording highly individual compared to that of Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya or, more recently, Ute Lemper. This is vocalised, rather than angst-ridden cabaret-style Weill, though Von Otter certainly delivers the dramatic intensity.

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Christfried Biebrach (Baritone), Karl-Heinz Lampe (Tenor), Frédéric Martin (Bass),
James Sims (Tenor), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1973 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 34 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Lady in the Dark: My ship by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Lady in the Dark: One life to live by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Propaganda Songs (9): Buddy on the Nightshift by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Nanna's Lied by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Happy End: Bilbao Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Happy End: Surabaya Johnny by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Happy End: Das Lied von der harten Nuss by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
9.
Je ne t'aime pas by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Propaganda Songs (9): Schickelgruber by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Der Abschiedsbrief by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano), Bengt Forsberg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
One touch of Venus: Foolish heart by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
One touch of Venus: Speak Low by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
One touch of Venus: I'm a stranger here myself by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Die Sieben Todsünden: Introduktion: Andante sostenuto "Meine Schwester . . .
Die Sieben Todsünden: Faulheit: Allegro vivace "Müssiggang ist aller Laster"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Stolz: Allegretto, quasi andantino "Als wir aber"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Zorn: Molto agitato "Das geht nicht vorwärts"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Völlerei: Largo "Das ist ein Brief aus Philadelphia"
Die Sieben Todsünden: No.5 Unzucht "Und wir fanden einen Mann in Boston"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Habsucht: Allegro giusto "Wie hier in der Zeitung"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Neid: Allegro non troppo "Und die letzte Stadt"
Die Sieben Todsünden: Epilogue "Darauf kehrten wir zurück nach Lousiana"
Lady in the Dark: 3. My Ship
Lady in the Dark: 1. One Life to Live
Buddy on the Nightshift
Nannas Lied
Happy End (1929): 1. Bilbao Song
Happy End (1929): 2. Surabaya Johnny
Happy End (1929): 6. Das Lied von der harten Nuss (Song of the Big Shot)
Je ne t'aime pas
Schickelgruber
Der Abschiedsbrief
One Touch of Venus: Foolish Heart
One Touch of Venus: Speak Low
One Touch of Venus: I'm A Stranger Here Myself

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