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Kurt Weill: Symphonies 1 & 2; Broadway Songs; Concerto for Violin & Winds / Hampson, Hadley, Zimmermann

Audio Samples

>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 1 ("Berliner Symphonie")
>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 2
>Weill, Kurt : Concerto for Violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12
>Weill, Kurt : One Touch of Venus
>     Westwind
>Weill, Kurt : Knickerbocker Holiday
>     It never was you
>     How can you tell an American?
>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence
>     Song of the Hangman
>     Come to Florence
>     My Lords and Ladies
>     Life, love and laughter
>     You're Far Too Near Me
>     Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
>     You have to do what you do do
>     Love is my enemy
>Weill, Kurt : Love Life
>     Who is Samuel Cooper?
>     Here I'll stay
>     I remember it well
>     This is the life
>Weill, Kurt : Johnny Johnson
>     Johnny's Song

Album Summary

>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 1 ("Berliner Symphonie")
>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 2
>Weill, Kurt : Concerto for Violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12
>Weill, Kurt : One Touch of Venus
>Weill, Kurt : Knickerbocker Holiday
>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence
>Weill, Kurt : Love Life
>Weill, Kurt : Johnny Johnson
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The year 1933 marks a clear divide in the life and music of Kurt Weill (1900-1950). This was the year in which he fled Nazi Germany for the USA and this move brought about a stylistic shift in his outlook and music. The works on the first disc here are from his early years in Germany: the First Symphony and the Violin Concerto date from 1921 and 1925 respectively and the Second Symphony, his last purely orchestral work, was completed in 1934. Once settled in the States Weill took up studies in American popular song and stage music and soon began a highly successful career as a writer of many Broadway shows and Hollywood films. The second of these discs contains some fine examples of Weill's work on Broadway. He became an American citizen in 1943 and died of a heart attack just a few weeks after his 50th birthday. He was twice married to Lotte Lenya who, after his death, devoted a great deal of her time to promoting and performing Weill's music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (02/26/1997-03/01/1997); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (02/26/1997-03/01/1997); Philharmonie, Berlin (02/26/1997-03/01/1997); Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994); Philharmonie, Berlin (06/09/1994-06/11/1994); Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (11/16/1967-11/17/1967); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/16/1967-11/17/1967); Philharmonie, Berlin (11/16/1967-11/17/1967).



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Works Details

>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 1 ("Berliner Symphonie")
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/16/1967-11/17/1967)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1921-06/1921

>Weill, Kurt : Symphony no 2
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (11/16/1967-11/17/1967)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 01/1933-02/1934

>Weill, Kurt : Concerto for Violin & wind orchestra, Op. 12
  • Performer: Frank Zimmermann (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/26/1997-03/01/1997)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 04/1924-05/1924
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Weill, Kurt : One Touch of Venus :: Westwind
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1943-09/1943

>Weill, Kurt : Knickerbocker Holiday :: It never was you
  • Performers: Thomas Hampson; Elizabeth Futral; Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1938-09/1938

>Weill, Kurt : Knickerbocker Holiday :: How can you tell an American?
  • Performers: Jerry Hadley (Tenor); Elizabeth Futral; Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1938-09/1938

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: Song of the Hangman
  • Performers: Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Thomas Hampson; Simon Green (Voice); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Terry Edwards (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Stephen Adler (Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: Come to Florence
  • Performers: Stuart Kale (Tenor); Christopher Dee (Voice); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Green (Voice); Michael Magee (Voice); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: My Lords and Ladies
  • Performers: Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Stephen Adler (Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Thomas Hampson; Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: Life, love and laughter
  • Performers: Brian Parsons (Tenor); Christopher Dee (Voice); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stephen Adler (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: You're Far Too Near Me
  • Performers: Michael Magee (Voice); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Thomas Hampson; Simon Green (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Terry Edwards (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Stephen Adler (Baritone); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
  • Performers: Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Christopher Dee (Voice); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Thomas Hampson; Simon Green (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: You have to do what you do do
  • Performers: Terry Edwards (Voice); Simon Green (Voice); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Thomas Hampson; Elizabeth Futral; Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : The Firebrand of Florence :: Love is my enemy
  • Performers: Stephen Adler (Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Christopher Dee (Voice); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 07/1944-12/1944

>Weill, Kurt : Love Life :: Who is Samuel Cooper?
  • Performers: Robert Fardell (Voice); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Jeffrey Carl (Baritone); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Elizabeth Futral; Jeanne Lehman (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1947-08/1948

>Weill, Kurt : Love Life :: Here I'll stay
  • Performers: Elizabeth Futral; Jeanne Lehman (Soprano); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Robert Fardell (Voice); Michael Magee (Voice); Jeffrey Carl (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1947-08/1948

>Weill, Kurt : Love Life :: I remember it well
  • Performers: Jeanne Lehman (Soprano); Elizabeth Futral; Jeffrey Carl (Baritone); Robert Fardell (Voice); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Michael Magee (Voice)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1947-08/1948

>Weill, Kurt : Love Life :: This is the life
  • Performers: Michael Magee (Voice); Jeffrey Carl (Baritone); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Jeanne Lehman (Soprano); Elizabeth Futral; Robert Fardell (Voice)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1947-08/1948

>Weill, Kurt : Johnny Johnson :: Johnny's Song
  • Performer: Thomas Hampson
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Notes: Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London (06/09/1994-06/11/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/1936-11/1936