O Moon of Alabama: Historische Aufnahmen 1928-1944

O Moon of Alabama: Historische Aufnahmen 1928-1944

     
 

O Moon of Alabama is one of a series of albums released by the German Capriccio label reissuing period recordings of the music of composer Kurt Weill from the late 1920s and early '30s. It is unusual in that it includes no music at all from Weill's best-known work of the period, The Threepenny Opera, because that music is contained on other CapriccioSee more details below

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O Moon of Alabama is one of a series of albums released by the German Capriccio label reissuing period recordings of the music of composer Kurt Weill from the late 1920s and early '30s. It is unusual in that it includes no music at all from Weill's best-known work of the period, The Threepenny Opera, because that music is contained on other Capriccio albums. Instead, this disc presents a miscellany of recordings of music from the operas Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, and The Silverlake, and the plays Konjunktur and Happy End. In most cases, Weill's lyric partner was Bertolt Brecht, who also wrote the words for the songs in The Threepenny Opera, and some of the songs here are as just as well-known, notably "Bilbao Song," "Alabama Song" (which is given both an instrumental reading by Marek Weber & His Orchestra and a vocal version by Lotte Lenya), and "Surabaya Johnny." Clearly, the last was a particular favorite in its day, as it has proved since; here, there are no less than four versions, two of them instrumentals, one in German by Lenya and one in French by Marianne Oswald. The most ambitious piece is an eight-and-a-half-minute medley of music from Mahagonny sung by a "large ensemble" and played by the orchestra that performed in the show's Berlin production. Lenya is in that ensemble, too, and the singer, Weill's wife, of course, in fact has 13 vocals among the 23 selections, her dominance much increased by what might be called the album's addenda. After the 15 tracks that make up the main material, the album concludes with the tracks from the three-78 rpm set Six Songs by Kurt Weill, a recording made in New York in 1943 featuring Lenya accompanied by Weill at the piano. On it, they introduce "Lost in the Stars" six years before it became the title song of Weill's final Broadway musical, and Lenya sings one more version of "Surabaya Johnny" for good measure, bringing the total here to five. The last two tracks are songs written to be broadcast as propaganda in Germany in the final days of World War II. Although this material comes a decade after the earlier tracks, it fits the theme of the album in the sense that the compilation rounds up rare and obscure Weill recordings long out of print and preserves them in the digital realm. (The sound quality "cannot compare to modern audio standards," as a note on the back cover admits. Often mastered from shellac 78s of more than 60 years vintage, the tracks display considerable hiss and crackles. But the music is worth hearing through the noise.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/1994
Label:
Capriccio
UPC:
0845221000367
catalogNumber:
10347

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Tracks

  1. Alabama Song, for voice & orchestra (from "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt  -  Marek Weber & His Orchestra
  2. Tango Angèle  -  Dobbri Saxophone Orchestra
  3. Die Muschel von Margate (Petroleum-Song)  - Otto Pasetti
  4. Surabaya-Johnny  -  Theo Mackeben Jazz Orchestra
  5. Bilbao-Song  -  Theo Mackeben Jazz Orchestra
  6. Matrosensong (Slow-Fox)  -  Lewis Ruth Band
  7. Surabaya-Johnny (Slow-Fox)  -  Lewis Ruth Band
  8. Der Song von Mandelay (One-Step)  -  Lewis Ruth Band
  9. Surabaya-Johnny  -  "Red" Roberts Ultraphon-Jazz-Orchester
  10. Surabaya-Johnny  -  Pierre Chagnon Orchestra
  11. Alabama-Song  - Lotte Lenya
  12. Denn wie man sich bettet  - Lotte Lenya
  13. Querschnitt  -  Berlin Theaters am Kurfürstendamm Orchestra
  14. Das Lied vom Schlaraffenland  - Ernst Busch
  15. Der Bäcker backt ums Morgenrot  - Ernst Busch
  16. Lost in the Stars, song for voice & piano (from "Lost in the Stars")  - Lotte Lenya
  17. Lover Man, song for voice & piano (from "Ulysses Africanus")  - Lotte Lenya
  18. J'attends un navire (I'm Waiting for a Ship), song for voice & piano (f  - Lotte Lenya
  19. Complainte de la Seine, song for voice & piano  - Lotte Lenya
  20. Surabaya-Johnny, song for voice & piano (from "Happy End")  - Lotte Lenya
  21. Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man (As You Make Your Bed), song for  - Lotte Lenya
  22. Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife), so  - Lotte Lenya
  23. Wie Lange Noch? song for voice & piano  - Lotte Lenya

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Weill   Piano
Lotte Lenya   Vocals
Maurice de Abravanel   Conductor
Marek Weber   Conductor
Marek Weber & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ernst Busch   Conductor
Theo Mackeben   Conductor
Pierre Chagnon   Conductor
Hans Sommer   Conductor
Alfred Schlee   Piano
Otto Pasetti   Vocals
Lewis Ruth Band   Band,Track Performer
Berlin Theaters am Kurfürstendamm Ensemble   Ensemble
Dobbri Saxophone Orchestra   Ensemble
"Red" Roberts Ultraphon-Jazz-Orchester   Performing Ensemble
Lewis Ruth   Conductor
Marianne Oswald   Vocals
Pierre Chagnon Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Berlin Kurfustendamm Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ernst Busch Orchester   Performing Ensemble
Theo Mackeben and His Ultraphon Jazz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Text
Maurice de Abravanel   Band Master
Hugo Gneipelt   Sound Recording
Maxwell Anderson   Text
Jürgen Schebera   Liner Notes
Lionel Salter   translation,Liner Note Translation
Walter Mehring   Text
Felix Gasbarra   Text
Georg Kaiser   Text
Jacques Deval   Text
Maurice Magre   Text

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