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Weill: Die Bürgschaft / Julius Rudel, Spoleto Festival

Release Date: 05/09/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56976   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Weill
Performer:  Margaret ThompsonJohn DanieckiDale TravisJoel Sorensen,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's amazing that we've had to wait this long for a recording of Kurt Weill's operatic masterpiece Die Bürgschaft (The Covenant). Anyone who enjoys The Seven Deadly Sins or the Second Symphony will not need to read another word before grabbing this important release. Although not a Brecht collaboration (Weill wanted to focus on musical values more than his erstwhile partner felt tolerable), the plot might have come straight from the famous poet's Communist heart. A tale of greed and betrayal of friendship set during a (highly topical) totalitarian takeover of an otherwise bucolic community, the almost totally immoral behavior of many of the principal characters finds a perfect emotional counterpoint in Weill's bitter, sardonic, always Read more poignant and somehow compassionate music. Recorded at the drop of a hat during the 1999 Spoleto Festival, this performance sports excellent teamwork from an ensemble cast with no weak links, though none are "big names," and lively conducting from Julius Rudel. Recorded sound is a little boxy, but Weill fans won't care. I didn't. The bleakness of the plot aside, this opera's total neglect is as inexplicable as the music itself is masterly.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Die Bürgschaft by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Margaret Thompson (Mezzo Soprano), John Daniecki (Tenor), Dale Travis (Bass),
Joel Sorensen (Tenor), Peter Lurié (Tenor), Lawrence Craig (Baritone),
Herbert Perry (Bass), Mark Duffin (Tenor), Frederick Burchinal (Baritone),
Ana Panagulias (Soprano), Katherine Ciesinski (Alto), Enrico Di Giuseppe (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Live  Spoleto Music festival, Charleston, SC 
Length: 143 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Act I: No 6: "Seht dort die Lastschiffe auf dem Fluß"
Act II: No 13: Kleiner Marsch
Act III: No 23a: "Und da nun alle durch die vier Tore gegangen waren"

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