September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
German-born composer Kurt Weill's music has aged quite well through the years and has been rediscovered and reinterpreted by such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Willie Nelson, the Doors, and Teresa Stratas. Just prior to the 70th anniversary of the classic Three Penny Opera, which made its debut in 1928, producer Hal Wilner, who supervised the brilliant 1985 Weill tribute Lost in the Stars in association with filmmaker Larry Weinstein, gave fans old and new September Songs, a collection of interpretations from the film project of the same name. Weinstein, inspired by hearing the Lost in the Stars project, developed his film as a visual follow-up to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
German-born composer Kurt Weill's music has aged quite well through the years and has been rediscovered and reinterpreted by such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Willie Nelson, the Doors, and Teresa Stratas. Just prior to the 70th anniversary of the classic Three Penny Opera, which made its debut in 1928, producer Hal Wilner, who supervised the brilliant 1985 Weill tribute Lost in the Stars in association with filmmaker Larry Weinstein, gave fans old and new September Songs, a collection of interpretations from the film project of the same name. Weinstein, inspired by hearing the Lost in the Stars project, developed his film as a visual follow-up to the record, hiring Wilner to reprise his role as music supervisor. Wilner once again chose a wide array of artists for the project, ranging from pop musicians such as PJ Harvey and Elvis Costello to jazz vocalist Betty Carter, opera soprano Teresa Stratas, beat author William S. Burroughs, and the gospel stylings of the Persuasions. Among the true joys of September Songs, aside from the wonderful new renditions, is the inclusion of recordings by Weill's wife, Lotte Lenya, from 1955 on "Pirate Jenny," lyricist Bertolt Brecht performing "Mack the Knife" in 1930 in its original German, and Weill himself, joined via modern recording technology by bassist Charlie Haden, singing the beautiful "Speak Low." Without a weak performance on the entire album, Wilner once again has done an excellent job of capturing the beauty and scope of one of the 20th century's greatest composers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646304624
  • Catalog Number: 63046
  • Sales rank: 32,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mack the Knife (4:53)
  2. 2 Ballad of the Soldier's Wife (4:26)
  3. 3 Alabama Song (4:32)
  4. 4 Youkali Tango (6:39)
  5. 5 Lost in the Stars (3:56)
  6. 6 Pirate Jenny (4:04)
  7. 7 Speak Low (5:31)
  8. 8 Oh, Heavenly Salvation (3:36)
  9. 9 Lonely House (7:32)
  10. 10 Surabaya Johnny - Gerard Schwarz (5:58)
  11. 11 Fürchte Dich Nicht (4:25)
  12. 12 September Song (7:51)
  13. 13 Mack the Knife - Bertolt Brecht (2:48)
  14. 14 What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Weill Piano, Vocals
Nick Cave Track Performer
Elvis Costello Track Performer
David Johansen Track Performer
Lou Reed Track Performer
Betty Carter Track Performer
Bob Dorough Track Performer
Fred Hersch Piano
Lotte Lenya Track Performer
Ellen Shipley Track Performer
Bertolt Brecht Track Performer
PJ Harvey Track Performer
Teresa Stratas Track Performer
William S. Burroughs Track Performer
Danny Frankel Drums
Charlie Haden Bass, Track Performer
Ralph Schuckett Track Performer
Gerard Schwarz Track Performer
Kenny Wollesen Track Performer
Mary Margaret O'Hara Track Performer
Joe Macerollo Accordion
Spanish Fly Track Performer
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Elvis Costello Producer
The Persuasions Arranger
Lou Reed Arranger, Producer
Betty Carter Arranger
Fred Hersch Arranger, Producer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
PJ Harvey Producer
Ogden Nash Composer
Anthony Coleman Arranger
Jim Bessman Liner Notes
Michael Delanian Producer
Charlie Haden Producer
Robert Hurwitz Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dave McNair Engineer
Ralph Schuckett Arranger, Producer
Hal Willner Producer
Mary Margaret O'Hara Producer
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Genevieve Haines translation
Eric Salzman Producer
Frank Schramm translation
Arnold Weinstein Composer
Peter Thomas Producer, Engineer
Spanish Fly Arranger
ZDF Producer
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