This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
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
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
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)
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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