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Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, Mahagonny Songspiel / Atherton


Release Date: 05/03/1999 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 459442   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ian PartridgeMary ThomasMichael RipponBenjamin Luxon,   ... 
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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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. Atherton's alert London Sinfonietta revels in the tart edge of Weill's whiplash orchestrations, notwithstanding some rather tight-lipped shimmying in the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. The British singers deliver Brecht's lacerating texts in nearly perfect German, and are not afraid to get down and dirty when
Read more appropriate, especially throughout Happy End (shorn here of its famous "Bilbao Song") and the Mahagonny Songspeil. Violinist Nona Liddell makes the best of a rather unidiomatic solo part in the composer's early, Hindemithian concerto, and so does the vocal quartet in the strange, wordless Pantomime I.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik by Kurt Weill
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Mahagonny Songspiel by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Ian Partridge (Tenor), Mary Thomas (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Rippon (Bass),
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Meriel Dickinson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection also includes some text in English. 
3.
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Nona Liddell (Violin)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Happy End by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor), Mary Thomas (Mezzo Soprano), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Meriel Dickinson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Das Berliner Requiem by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Michael Rippon (Bass), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Berlin, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Der Protagonist, Op. 14: Pantomime I by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Mary Thomas (Mezzo Soprano), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Michael Rippon (Bass)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Vom Tod im Wald, Op. 23 by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Michael Rippon (Bass)
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
Date of Recording: 09/1975 
Venue:  Wembley Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 1. Overture: Maestoso
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 2. The Ballad Of Mack The Knife: Moderato assai
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 3. Instead-Of Song: Moderato
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 4. The Ballad Of Pleasant Living: Foxtrott
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 5. Polly's Song: Andante con moto
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 5a. Tango-Ballad
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 6. Cannon Song: Charleston-Tempo
Suite For Wind Orchestra From "The Threepenny Opera" (1928): 7. Dreigroschen-Finale
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 1 - Prologue: 1. Off to Mahagonny - Allegro non troppo
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 1 - Prologue: 2. Alabama Song: Moderato
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 3a. Vivace
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 3. "If you had five bucks a day": Allegro un poco moderato
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 4a. Vivace assai
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 4. Benares Song: Moderato assai
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 5a. Sostenuto
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 2 - Life in Mahagonny: 5. God in Mahagonny: Lento
Mahagonny Songspiel / Part 3 - Revolution in Mahagonny: Finale: People only dream of Mahagonny
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra op.12 (1924): 1. Andante con moto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra op.12 (1924): 2. (a) Notturno: Allegro con poco tenuto - (b) Cadenza: Moderato - Vivace - (c) Serenata: Allegretto
Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra op.12 (1924): 3. Allegro molto, un poco agitato
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 1. Introduction: The little lieutenant of the loving God (orchestra)
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 2. Salvation Army Song III: don't be afraid
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 3. The Ballad of Hell's Lily
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 4. The Song of the Liquor Dealer
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 5. The Sailor's Song
Happy End (1929) / Part 1 - Songs of Hell-Fire and Repentance: 6. Salvation Army Song II: Brother, give yourself a shove
Happy End (1929) / Part 2 - Songs of Love and Innocence: 7. The Song of Mandalay
Happy End (1929) / Part 2 - Songs of Love and Innocence: 8. Salvation Army Song IV: In our childhood's bright
Happy End (1929) / Part 2 - Songs of Love and Innocence: 9. Surabaya Johnny
Happy End (1929) / Part 3 - Songs of the Rival Armies: 10. Salvation Army Song I: March ahead to the fight
Happy End (1929) / Part 3 - Songs of the Rival Armies: 11. The little lieutenant of the loving God
Happy End (1929) / Part 3 - Songs of the Rival Armies: 12. Though Nut
Happy End (1929) / Part 3 - Songs of the Rival Armies: 13. Hosanna Rockefeller
Happy End (1929) / Part 3 - Songs of the Rival Armies: 14. The little lieutenant of the loving God II
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 1. Great Hymn of Thanksgiving: Sostenuto
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 2. Ballad of the Drowned Girl: Lento
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 3. Epitaph: Andante moderato
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 4. Legend of the Unknown Soldier: Moderato assai
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 5. Second Poem on the Unknown Soldier: Recitaitve
Das Berliner Requiem (1929): 6. Great Hymn of Thanksgiving (da capo)
Pantomime I (1925) from "The Protagnonist" op.14
Death in the Forest op.23 (1927)

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