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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 

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