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Weill: Seven Deadly Sins, Berlin Requiem / May, Kegel, Atherton

Release Date: 02/25/2010 
Label:  Polydor   Catalog #: 429333  
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Hans-Joachim RotzschGisela MayPeter SchreierHermann-Christian Polster,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert KegelDavid Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony OrchestraLondon Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kurt Weill's collaborations with Bertolt Brecht in the late 1920s and early '30s captured the angst, despair, and decadence of post-Weimar Germany with determined zest and ironic brilliance. These qualities, in turn, are mirrored in David Atherton's landmark Deutsche Grammophon Weill recordings from the mid-1970s. The performances still retain their proficient sting and expressive ferocity...

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com [reviewing the Berlin Requiem, DG 459442]


...But to catch hot what Brecht brought to the collaboration—to grasp how he stimulated Weill—one needs to have heard Gisela May’s incisively bristling diction animating his pungency, even
Read more at the cost of occasionally flattening Weill’s vocal lines. With Herbert Kegel leading the RSO Berlin, The Seven Deadly Sins crackles with superbly controlled frenzy. Drop-dead laconic or manically drilled, nothing sags, nothing is sentimentally milked to score feminist points (in the post-Modern Stratas, Migenes, Réaux, Lemper, Otter, Faithfull manner), and nothing is allowed to obscure the revelation of the essential brutality attending capitalist success. Whether or not you agree with the work’s “morality” is beside the point—this is what Weill and Brecht sought to convey and here we have it.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE [reviewing Seven Deadly Sins]
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Works on This Recording

Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Tenor), Gisela May (Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor),
Hermann-Christian Polster (Bass), Günther Leib (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
Das Berliner Requiem by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Michael Rippon (Baritone), Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 

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