Mittwoch, 3. April 2024

VA – Chansons De Kurt Weill - De L'Opéra De Quat' Sous A September Song (Phillips, 1958)

Kurt Weill (1900-1950) began his career in the early 1920’s, after a musical childhood and several years of study in Berlin. By the time his first opera, The Protagonist (Georg Kaiser), was performed in April 1926, he was an established young German composer. But he had already decided to devote himself to the musical theater, and his works with Bertolt Brecht soon made him famous all over Europe. 

He fled the new Nazi leadership in March 1933 and continued his indefatigable efforts, first in Paris (1933-35), then in the U.S. until his death. 

Certain common threads tie together his career: a concern for social justice, an aggressive pursuit of highly-regarded playwrights and lyricists as collaborators, and the ability to adapt to audience tastes no matter where he found himself. His most important works: the Violin Concerto (1925), The Threepenny Opera (Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann, 1928), Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Brecht and Hauptmann, 1930), The Pledge (Caspar Neher, 1932), The Seven Deadly Sins (Brecht, 1933), Lady in the Dark (Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin, 1941), Street Scene (Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes, 1947), Lost in the Stars (Maxwell Anderson, 1949). 

He died of heart failure in 1950, shortly after he and Anderson began work on a musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn, leaving behind a large catalogue of works and a reputation that continues to grow as more of his music is performed.

Weill was raised in a religious Jewish family in Dessau, Germany. Although he was not observant, he composed a number of “Jewish” works, from a vast score to The Eternal Road (1937, Franz Werfel) to a setting of the Kiddush. 

He married actress Lotte Lenya in 1926; they maintained a close relationship throughout his life despite their divorce in 1933 (they remarried in 1937).


A1 Les Quatre Barbus– Chant Des Canons
A2 Catherine Sauvage– Bilbao Song
A3 Yves Robert – Complainte De Mackie
A4 Catherine Sauvage– Chanson de Barbara
A5 Les Quatre Barbus, Christiane Legrand– Le Roi D'Aquitaine
A6 Catherine Sauvage– La Fiancée Du Pirate
A7 Franck Aussman Et Son Orchestre– Grandeur Et Décadence De la Ville De Mahagonny
A8 Christiane Legrand– Speak Low (Tout Bas)
B1 Franck Aussman Et Son Orchestre– Ballade De La Vie Agréable
B2 Catherine Sauvage– Sorabaya Johnny
B3 Les Quatre Barbus– Le Grand Lustucru
B4 Catherine Sauvage– Nanna's Lied
B5 Franck Aussman Et Son Orchestre– Tango Des Matelots
B6 Christiane Legrand– J'attends Un Navire
B7 Catherine Sauvage– Alabama Song
B8 Franck Aussman Et Son Orchestre– September Song (J'ai Peur De L'Automne)

(705 kbps, one track each album side, cover art included)

1 Kommentare:

Liana Helas hat gesagt…

Geschichten, die man versteht, sind nur schlecht erzählt. [Bertolt Brecht »Baal« (1922)] -

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