Kurt Weill - A portrait: from Berlin to New York | Sterling CDA1820

Kurt Weill - A portrait: from Berlin to New York

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Label: Sterling

Cat No: CDA1820

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 5th May 2017

Contents

Works

Weill, Kurt

Berliner Requiem
» Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen
Complainte de la Seine
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)
» Ballad of Living in Style
» Ballad of sexual dependency
» Die Seerauber-Jenny (Pirate Jenny)
» Finale no.2
» Pimp's Ballad
» Song of Why Human Effort is Always Futile
Die Muschel von Margate
Happy End
» Bilbao Song
Huckleberry Finn
» Apple Jack
Je ne t'aime pas
Knickerbocker Holiday
» It never was you
» September Song
Lady in the Dark
» My Ship
» This is new
Lost in the Stars
» Lost in the stars
» Stay Well
» The little gray house
» Thousands of miles
Love Life
» Here I'll stay
Mahagonny
» Alabama Song
One Touch of Venus
» Foolish Heart
» Speak Low
Street Scene
» Lonely House
The Eternal Road
» Song of Ruth

Artists

Torsten Mossberg (tenor)
Kia Nyberg (soprano)
Karin Hultenberger (alto)
Stina Hellberg Agback (harp)
Curt Hedlund (piano)
Anders Karlqvist (piano)
Lars-Olof Norees Trio
Jan Bergner (double bass)
Hasse Larsson (double bass)

Works

Weill, Kurt

Berliner Requiem
» Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen
Complainte de la Seine
Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)
» Ballad of Living in Style
» Ballad of sexual dependency
» Die Seerauber-Jenny (Pirate Jenny)
» Finale no.2
» Pimp's Ballad
» Song of Why Human Effort is Always Futile
Die Muschel von Margate
Happy End
» Bilbao Song
Huckleberry Finn
» Apple Jack
Je ne t'aime pas
Knickerbocker Holiday
» It never was you
» September Song
Lady in the Dark
» My Ship
» This is new
Lost in the Stars
» Lost in the stars
» Stay Well
» The little gray house
» Thousands of miles
Love Life
» Here I'll stay
Mahagonny
» Alabama Song
One Touch of Venus
» Foolish Heart
» Speak Low
Street Scene
» Lonely House
The Eternal Road
» Song of Ruth

Artists

Torsten Mossberg (tenor)
Kia Nyberg (soprano)
Karin Hultenberger (alto)
Stina Hellberg Agback (harp)
Curt Hedlund (piano)
Anders Karlqvist (piano)
Lars-Olof Norees Trio
Jan Bergner (double bass)
Hasse Larsson (double bass)

About

‘Kurt Weill was a completely groundbreaking composer in that he, along with Bertolt Brecht developed the characteristic cabaret style (Song) inspired by the American jazz music, minstrel shows and vaudeville with influences from Jewish klezmer music. Tango often played a major role, even in his operas. Often Weill sought after a Verfremdungseffekt, by using odd chords for the key, achieving a kind of desolation and unpleasant feeling. In the 1920s, his songs often sung by an actor. The perfomance was often characterized as Sprechgesang, recitative, helping the message to carry over the ramp. Lotte Lenya, Kurt Weill's wife, was a very successful actress with strong charisma but with an almost unlovely voice. She came to survive her husband by over 30 years and was his best ambassador. When Weill came to Paris he changed his style. The songs then had a softer image. When he later came to New York he toned down some of the characteristic cabaret style in favor of a more Broadway-customed style. Nevertheless, there remain elements of Hebrew flavour and typical Weill touches in these songs. Many of these are now considered to belong to The American Songbook. On this recording we have strived to portray the musical development of Kurt Weill, from Berlin to Broadway, from 1928 to 1950, and have selected songs that are characteristic for each period.’ – Torsten Mossberg

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