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Kurt Weill Edition, Vol. 2: Rise & Fall of the City of Mahagonny; The Tsar has his Photograph Taken; Shady Dealing; Happy End / Anja Silja, Anny Schlemm, Lucy Peacock, Paul Wolfrum

Notes & Reviews:

In the framework of Capriccio's Kurt Weill edition the present offering at hand, the second 5CD box set, is a collection of prestigious recordings of stage works both well known and mostly unknown by the one of the most provocative and engaged composers of the first half of the 20th c. Beside a complete recording of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with music and text by Brecht, on the set's first two discs, are some genuine rarities, like disc three's The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, his first comic opera, and, in the spirit of Offenbach, a witty work with a socio-political background, the operetta Der Kuhhandel (Shady Dealing). Among the vocal artists featured herein are Anja Silja, Anny Schlemm, Lucy Peacock, Eberhard Büchner, Paul Wolfrum and Walter Raffeiner. Once again, the conductor, Jan-Latham König leads the same orchestral forces - König Ensemble and the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln - as on the previously issued Volume One.


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