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