Kurt Weill in America

Kurt Weill in America

     
 

Kurt Weill in America is a studio recording re-creating a concert of the same name staged as part of the "Lyrics and Lyricists" series at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan; the artistic director of the show was nightclub singer Andrea Marcovicci, and the album is released by her Andreasong record label. Of course, Kurt Weill…  See more details below

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Kurt Weill in America is a studio recording re-creating a concert of the same name staged as part of the "Lyrics and Lyricists" series at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan; the artistic director of the show was nightclub singer Andrea Marcovicci, and the album is released by her Andreasong record label. Of course, Kurt Weill was a composer, not a lyricist, but during the 14-plus years he lived in the U.S., 1935-1950, he worked with a number of prominent wordsmiths, most frequently Maxwell Anderson and Ira Gershwin, as well as writing single shows with Ogden Nash, Langston Hughes, and Alan Jay Lerner. The music Weill composed during his life in America is varied enough to suggest many different interpretations. For example, opera singer Thomas Hampson and conductor John McGlinn, in the 1996 album Kurt Weill on Broadway, used Weill's original orchestrations and emphasized the art-song and operetta nature of his work. Marcovicci chooses some of the same songs ("Johnny's Song" from Johnny Johnson, "It Never Was You" from Knickerbocker Holiday, "Life, Love, and Laughter" from Firebrand of Florence, "Westwind" from One Touch of Venus, and "Here I'll Stay" from Love Life), but, with Shelly Markham providing the arrangements for his piano/bass/drums
eeds quartet, she creates a nightclub act for seven singers (herself, Anna Bergman, Barbara Brussell, Mark Coffin, Chuck Cooper, Jeff Harnar, and Maude Maggart) that appropriately emphasizes the lyrics in intimate interpretations full of romantic and wistful sentiments. In "Act I" (tracks 1-14), the diversity of Weill's American music is emphasized in often obscure material such as the Western-tinged "Oh! The Rio Grande (The Cowboy Song)" from Johnny Johnson (lyrics by Paul Green); the romantic "The River Is Blue," written for but cut from a film called Blockade (lyrics by Ann Ronell); and the World War II-themed "Buddy on the Nightshift" from the revue Lunch Time Follies, which toured arms factories during the war (lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II). "Act II" (tracks 15-23) is much more devoted to Weill's American hits, particularly a clutch of tunes from his longest running Broadway show, One Touch of Venus, including "Speak Low," and, from Knickerbocker Holiday, "September Song." It is notable that Marcovicci's choices from another successful Broadway musical, Lady in the Dark, are the ballads "This Is New" and "My Ship," rather than the better known showstoppers "Tchaikovsky" and "The Saga of Jenny," both of which she mentions in her liner notes. It is the romantic Weill she wants to present here, not the funny one. Her well-chosen cast abets her in that pursuit. All the singers are effective, although special mention should be made of Cooper, a baritone who handles "Lost in the Stars," Maggart, whose showcases are "The River Is So Blue" and "My Ship," and Brussell on "Here I'll Stay" and "Speak Low."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
Label:
Andreasong
UPC:
0183650000061
catalogNumber:
7007
Rank:
161280

Tracks

  1. Green-Up Time, song for voice & piano (from "Love Life")
  2. Life, Love, and Laughter, song for voice & piano (from "The Firebrand o
  3. Johnny's Song, for voice & piano (from "Johnny Johnson")
  4. Cowboy Song ("Oh the Rio Grande"), for voice & piano (from "Johnny John
  5. Buddy on the Night Shift for voice & piano (Propaganda Songs No. 5)
  6. Suite. Wouldn't You Like to Be on Broadway / What Good Would the Moon B
  7. Suite. We'll Go Away Together / Lonely House / We'll Go Away Together (
  8. Love Song, song for voice & piano (from "Love Life")
  9. Here I'll Stay, song for voice & piano (from "Love Life")
  10. Sing Me Not a Ballad, song for voice & piano (from "The Firebrand of Fl
  11. The River is So Blue (Blockade)
  12. Westwind (One Touch of Venus) / It Never Was You (Knickerbocker Holiday
  13. Thousands of Miles, song for voice & piano (from "Lost in the Stars")
  14. Lost in the Stars, song for voice & piano (from "Lost in the Stars")
  15. I'm a Stranger Here Myself, song for voice & piano (from "One Touch of
  16. That's Him, song for voice & piano (from "One Touch of Venus")
  17. Foolish Heart, song for voice & piano (from "One Touch of Venus")
  18. Speak Low, song for voice & piano (from "One Touch of Venus")
  19. There's Nowhere to Go but Up, song for voice & piano (from "Knickerbock
  20. This Is New, song for voice & piano (from "Lady in the Dark")
  21. My Ship, song for voice & piano (from "Lady in the Dark")
  22. September Song, song for voice & piano (from "Knickerbocker Holiday")
  23. This Time Next Year, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Huckleberry

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andrea Marcovicci   Vocals
Rex Benicasa   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Mike Migliore   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Jeff Harnar   Vocals
Shelly Markham   Piano,Conductor,Vocals,Musical Direction
Barbara Brussell   Vocals
Mark Coffin   Vocals
Anna Bergman   Vocals
Jered Egan   Bass,Vocals
Chuck Cooper   Vocals
Maude Maggart   Vocals
Rex Benincasa   Percussion,Drums,Vibes

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Langston Hughes   Composer,Lyricist
Andrea Marcovicci   Producer,Liner Notes
Ogden Nash   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Green   Composer,Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer,Lyricist
Dan Lawrence   Engineer
Scott Fowler   Graphic Design
Ann Ronell   Composer,Lyricist
Maxwell Anderson   Composer,Lyricist
Shelly Markham   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Danny Lawrence   Engineer

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