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 appropriate. Violinist Nona Liddell makes the best of a rather unidiomatic solo part in the composer's early, Hindemithian concerto.
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik - Mahagonny Songspiel
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