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Weill: The Threepenny Opera / Lenya, Et Al


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 042637   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Martin HoepperJosef HausmannPaul-Otto KusterKurt Hellwig,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Günther Arndt ChoirBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Contains libretto booklet in German and English.

No other recording of this work has approached this one for bringing out, on the one hand, the pungency of its satire and, on the other, the catchiness of the dance-band rhythm. Probably none ever will.

This is, of course, the classic 1958 recording (first issued in the UK in mono in 1961) of Die Dreigroschenoper, featuring the composer's widow, Lotte Lenya, in the role of Jenny that she created back in 1928. Though 30 years on Lenya's voice had lost its youthful characteristics, no other recording of the work has approached this for bringing out, on the one hand, the pungency of its satire and, on the other, the catchiness of the dance-band rhythm.
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It is also the only absolutely complete version there has been, since it includes not only Mrs Peachum's "Ballad of Sexual Dependency" but even Lucy's rarely heard "Jealousy Song".

Originally the recording was on four LP sides, and then reissued on three. Now it finds its ideal format on a single CD, in which form it should be in every record collection. The sound is very good early stereo.

-- Gramophone [3/1989]
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Works on This Recording

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Die Dreigroschenoper by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Martin Hoepper (Voice), Josef Hausmann (Voice), Paul-Otto Kuster (Tenor),
Kurt Hellwig (Voice), Inge Wolffberg (Voice), Wolfgang Grunert (Voice),
Johanna von Kóczián (Voice), Erich Schellow (Voice), Trude Hesterburg (Voice),
Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (Voice), Wolfgang Neuss (Voice), Lotte Lenya (Voice),
Lotte Lenya (Vocal), Johanna von Kóczián (Vocal)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Günther Arndt Choir,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1/1958 
Venue:  Afifo Studio, Tempelhof Berlin, Germany 
Length: 68 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 

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