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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: Jerry Hadley (Tenor); Elizabeth Futral; Thomas Hampson
  • 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: Thomas Hampson; Jerry Hadley (Tenor); Elizabeth Futral
  • 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: Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall
  • 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: Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral
  • 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: Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor)
  • 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: Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Michael Magee (Voice); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor)
  • 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: Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Christopher Dee (Voice)
  • 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: Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (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: Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral; Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Christopher Dee (Voice)
  • 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: Christopher Dee (Voice); Brian Parsons (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Stuart Kale (Tenor); Stephen Adler (Baritone); Simon Birchall; Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Michael Magee (Voice); Justin Lavender (Tenor); Peter Sidhom (Baritone); Simon Green (Voice); Thomas Hampson; Simon Keenlyside (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Terry Edwards (Voice); Elizabeth Futral
  • 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: Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Robert Fardell (Voice); 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: Michael Dore (Double Bass); Elizabeth Futral; Jeanne Lehman (Soprano); 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: Michael Magee (Voice); Jeffrey Carl (Baritone); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Elizabeth Futral; Jeanne Lehman (Soprano); Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Robert Fardell (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: Vernon Midgley (Tenor); Robert Fardell (Voice); 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. 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