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The Collector's The Threepenny Opera

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
VAI's The Collector's The Threepenny Opera is a reissue of a Mastersound disc that came out a long time before this VAI issue appeared. It features the 1930 "original cast" recording of "Die Dreigroschenoper" with the Lewis Ruth Band which, although temporarily eclipsed by the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, has been in print in some form or another since it was reissued on LP by Telefunken in the early '50s. Indeed, it appears that the Telefunken LP is the source for much of this material, as telltale reverberation used on that reissue is clearly present here. In the CD era, the Lewis Ruth Band performance has appeared on discs issued by Symposium, Capriccio, Pearl, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
VAI's The Collector's The Threepenny Opera is a reissue of a Mastersound disc that came out a long time before this VAI issue appeared. It features the 1930 "original cast" recording of "Die Dreigroschenoper" with the Lewis Ruth Band which, although temporarily eclipsed by the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, has been in print in some form or another since it was reissued on LP by Telefunken in the early '50s. Indeed, it appears that the Telefunken LP is the source for much of this material, as telltale reverberation used on that reissue is clearly present here. In the CD era, the Lewis Ruth Band performance has appeared on discs issued by Symposium, Capriccio, Pearl, and Telefunken's successor, Teldec, in the giant 11-CD box of Lotte Lenya that Bear Family put out, and yet more. Of the other performances included to fill out the disc, namely the 1931 "Mahagonny" "original cast" recording, Otto Klemperer's "Kleine Dreigroschenmusik" made the same year, Bertolt Brecht's two records of ahem! singing, and Lenya's 1929 "Bilbao Song," all have appeared elsewhere except for one track, French cabaret singer Damia's 1931 record of "Moritat." This is a notable exception, as Damia is a terrific singer, and it is instructive as to how, through minor changes, Kurt Weill's "modernistic" music could be refashioned into a form capable of pleasing a more mainstream audience. However, that makes for only one unique track out of 26. Perhaps someday listeners can hear a Damia collection that will include this along with some of her other recordings. Certainly, the Lenya Bear Family box is excessive even for many of her most ardent fans. The Capriccio discs have the value of being more sonically honest -- if noisier -- than these. The added reverb on VAI's The Collector's The Threepenny Opera might be too much for the average "collector." Nonetheless, if one has never owned or heard these performances, wants to, and cannot stand 78 noise, then VAI's The Collector's The Threepenny Opera may prove an attractive option.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2000
  • Label: Video Artists Int'l
  • UPC: 089948119364
  • Catalog Number: 1193
  • Sales rank: 204,676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Lewis Ruth Band (0:33)
  2. 2 Moritat (Mack, the Knife) - Lewis Ruth Band (1:27)
  3. 3 Ballad of the Agreeable Life - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (1:17)
  4. 4 Love Duet - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (1:43)
  5. 5 Cannon Song - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (1:29)
  6. 6 Pirate Jenny - Lewis Ruth Band (3:08)
  7. 7 Act 1 Finale - Lewis Ruth Band (3:01)
  8. 8 Barbara Song - Lewis Ruth Band (2:00)
  9. 9 Jealousy Song - Lewis Ruth Band (1:18)
  10. 10 Farewell - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (1:22)
  11. 11 Act 2 Finale - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (2:04)
  12. 12 Producer's Ballad - Willi Trenk-Trebitsch (1:37)
  13. 13 Song of the Inadequacy of Life - Lewis Ruth Band (1:30)
  14. 14 Moritat (Reprise) - Lewis Ruth Band (1:58)
  15. 15 Final Chorus - Lewis Ruth Band (1:24)
  16. 16 Moritat - Theo Mackeben's Jazz Band (2:47)
  17. 17 Song of the Inadequacy of Life - Theo Mackeben's Jazz Band (2:45)
  18. 18 Moritat - Berlin State Opera Orchestra (2:33)
  19. 19 Ballade - Berlin State Opera Orchestra (2:19)
  20. 20 Tango-Ballade - Berlin State Opera Orchestra (2:43)
  21. 21 Cannon Song - Berlin State Opera Orchestra (2:09)
  22. 22 Moritat - Mme Damia (2:20)
  23. 23 Alabama Song - Three Admirals (2:58)
  24. 24 As You Make Your Bed - Theo Mackeben & His Jazz Orchestra (2:57)
  25. 25 Medley - Cast (8:39)
  26. 26 Bilbao Song - Theo Mackeben & His Jazz Orchestra (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lotte Lenya Vocals
Bertolt Brecht Vocals
Otto Klemperer Conductor
Theo Mackeben Conductor
Pierre Chagnon Conductor
Erika Helmke Vocals
Erich Ponto Vocals
Hans Sommer Conductor
Kurt Gerron Vocals
Lewis Ruth Band Ensemble, Track Performer
Berlin State Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Mme Damia Track Performer
Theo Mackeben's Jazz Band Ensemble, Track Performer
Three Admirals Ensemble, Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Dreigroschenoper Choir Choir, Chorus
Theo Mackeben & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Berlin Cast Choir, Chorus
Mme. Mamia Vocals
Berlin Kurfustendamm Theater Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Willi Trenk-Trebitsch Vocals
Technical Credits
Bertolt Brecht Librettist
Fraser McDonald Source Material
Ben Lennick Source Material
Roger Gross Photo Courtesy
Foster Grimm Liner Notes
George Platt Lynes Cover Photo
Allan Altman Jacket Design
Edward Cardona Digital Photography
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