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Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2; The Seven Deadly Sins; Songs / Jansons, Rattle, Et Al


Release Date: 10/20/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 97185   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ian CaleyAnthony Rolfe JohnsonMichael RipponElise Ross,   ... 
Conductor:  Mariss JansonsSimon RattleDominic MuldowneyJohn McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraLondon Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kurt Weill was born in Dessau in 1900 and studied at the Berlin Musihhochschule with Humperdinck and then later and privately with Busoni. He was also one of a number of composers who had to flee Germany once the Nazis started to carry out their atrocities, indeed Weill had more than most to fear as not only was he a Jew but he had collaborated with Berthold Brecht in works some of which had lampooned the Nazis and their leader and cronies. His career may therefore be split between his mother country which he left in 1933 and America where he settled in 1935 and died in 1950. The earliest work in this collection is the Concerto for violin and wind orchestra written in 1924 and is clearly influenced by his study of atonality developed by Read more Schoenberg. Three years later he became Brecht’s composer and together they produced Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) in 1928, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny) in 1930 – the Suite prepared by his champion, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg, is included in this set – and Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) in 1933 which also is included. The same year he also wrote his second symphony. Once in America he became a leading composer of Broadway Musicals and extracts from two of them complete the collection. One of his main performers was his wife, Lotte Lenya, whose characteristic voice made many of his songs standards of the popular song repertory; she was also a character actress, who could forget her as the villainous Rosa Klebb, with the spike in her shoe, in the James Bond film: From Russia with Love? Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 by Kurt Weill
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
2.
Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ian Caley (Tenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Michael Rippon (Baritone),
Elise Ross (Soprano), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
3.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Suite by Kurt Weill
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
4.
Die sieben Todsünden: Unzucht (Lust) by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ian Caley (Tenor), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Michael Rippon (Baritone),
Elise Ross (Soprano), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Die Moritat von Mackie Messer "Mack the knife" by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Kanonensong by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Barbara Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Polly's Lied by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Ballad von der sexuellen Hörigkeit by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Dreigroschenfinale II "Wovon lebt der Mensch" by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Die Dreigroschenoper: Salomon Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano), John Constable (Harmonium)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12.
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny: Alabama Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
13.
Das Berliner Requiem: Epitaph 1919 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: Modern 
Written: 11/1928-12/1928; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
14.
Happy End: Surabaya Johnny by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Happy End: Bilbao Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Robyn Archer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Dominic Muldowney
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
16.
Johnny Johnson: Johnny's Song by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; New York, USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
17.
Love life: This is the life by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
18.
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann (Violin)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 

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