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Seven Deadly Sins, The (Davies, Vienna Radio So, Faithfull) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
  • ASIN: B0002DD68I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1. Prolog (Prologue)
2. 2. Faulheit (Sloth)
3. 3. Stolz (Pride)
4. 4. Zorn (Anger)
5. 5. Vollerei (Gluttony)
6. 6. Unzucht (Lust)
7. 7. Habsucht (Covetousness)
8. 8. Neid (Envy)
9. 9. Epilog (Epilogue)
10. Alabama Song
11. The Ballade of Sexual Dependency
12. Bilbao Song
13. Pirate Jenny

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By c westwood on 23 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The casting of Marianne Faithfull in the role of Ana was inspired - though having to drop the role by an octave or two, she brings a wonderful, theatrical bent to the performance of the heroine.
The narrative of the Seven Deadly Sins (as is usual with this genre) holds the litener at a distance. You are not encouraged to engage with, or build a 3D impression of, the characters. This conceit allows it to play with structure and formality.
The extra additional songs are also wonderful - this is a fantastic CD for fans of Brecht/Weill and Marianne Faithfull alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Marianne Faithfull's 2004 release of "Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins" comes to us as an outstanding musical endeavor. In 1933, legendary German twentieth century theatrical/musical figures Kurt Weill, who wrote the music, and Bertolt Brecht, who wrote the lyrics, collaborated with the supreme ballet master George Balanchine to create this series of art songs as a ballet `chante,'in German, of course. Not until 1958 did greatly-honored, world-famous British poet W. H. Auden and his lover Chester Kallman create an English translation, first performed at the New York City Ballet in December of that year. It starred the universally-acclaimed greatest international interpreter of Kurt Weill, his widow, German cabaret star Lotte Lenya, who was also the original interpreter of the material in 1933. (In 1956, Lenya had made the German recording of the piece for Columbia Records, which was to release it the following year. It reigns, until now, as the greatest German language recording of the piece, and is not likely ever to be seriously challenged.) The English translation was never recorded until this groundbreaking effort of Faithfull's, backed as she was by the Members of Hudson Shad, and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the remarkable direction of Dennis Russell Davies. And any artist will have to go some to top this in English.

The songs are: 1. Prologue. 2. Sloth. 3. Pride. 4. Anger. 5. Gluttony. 6. Lust. 7. Covetousness. 8. Envy. 9. Epilogue. 10. Alabama Song. 11. The ballade Of Sexual Dependency. 12. Bilbao Song. 13. Pirate Jenny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Obadiah Horseflesh on 5 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Marianne Faithfull's mature voice is an acquired taste - more ravaged than ravishing, raw and raucous - and simple pop songs crumble like old bread from her tobacco tonsils. She is a beast that best feasts on strong bloody meat. Good for her - and great for us - that she has been given the chance to rip into the songbook of Weill & Brecht. Here, as on her live album '20th Century Blues', she inhabits their bare bulb world with a bloodshot eye, a broken heart and a pilfered purse. This is definitely not easy listening. This album demands, and commands, your full attention, and the rewards are sweet.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS in English! 20 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman wrote a beautiful English translation of this stunning Weill-Brecht piece in 1958. This was originally performed at the New York City Ballet in December of that year starring my number one, ace interpreter of Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, as Anna I. In 1956, Lenya made a glorious recording of the piece in German (its original language) and it was released by Columbia Records the following year. Not a single recording since that original can touch Lenya's striking dramatic projection, but Marianne Faithfull's must be given due credit.
Part of what makes Lenya's recording legendary is not only her vocal fervor as Anna but her history as the original interpreter of the role in 1933. (George Balanchine was dance choreorapher in both productions she was in--pretty distinguished company!)
The smooth English translation from the 1950's was never recorded until Marianne Faithfull decided it was high time in 1997. Too right, Marianne!
Marianne Faithfull, a smoky-voiced pop/rock veteran, has rightly adopted a chanteuse style in recent years and it definitely suits her. She can not worry about sounding 'pretty' and it is just as well because 'pretty' does not suit THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS. There is a fine blend of technique such as superb phrashing and diction combined with a wonderful world-weary desperation and knowingness, all amounting to a fine display of acting and singing within her range. Knowing that she loves Kurt Weill's music, and knowing that Lenya is her "sort of household goddess" as far as singing influence goes, (also mentioning Marlene Dietrich) I'm quite grateful for this CD, though it is not quite flawless.
Dennis Russell Davies conducts a magnificent, stirring orchestra.
The recording's sound pitch is rather uneven and overpowering at times in complementing Faithfull's voice, and the singers who represent the Family are sometimes grating and too loud in contrast. One has just to adjust the volume control, but this can become tiresome after a while. Incidentally, the four songs at the end are rather unnecessary, as most of them are featured on Faithfull's 20TH CENTURY BLUES CD with piano accompaniment--much more intimate and suitable for say, the "Alabama Song."
If one appreciates THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS or Marianne Faithfull, one should definitely get this CD. Even though Lenya's recording will always be my absolute favorite, I find myself listening to this version more than I ever thought I would. Perhaps this is because Marianne Faithfull decided to pay tribute to an extraordinary work in the name of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya.
I think so!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Prototype of "Tell me on a Sunday?" 8 May 2004
By Paul A. Gerard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I have not heard the incomparable Lotte Lenya sing this - but then she apparently never quite got round to recording the English version (it was written for her and she did perform it). In fact I had not even heard of this work before getting my copy (I didn't buy it on Amazon, for once!). I did buy it very much on Weill's name - certainly not that of Marianne Faithful, who I'd not heard of since she sung teeny pop back in the sixties.
Another confession - I much prefer my Weill sung in English - to me his music matches the meaning of the words at least as much as the sound - and if I miss the meaning I am losing half the point of the music. Maybe if I knew German I would get both and a much deeper experience? But then much of Weill is actually written to be sung in English, and German speaking listeners prefer these works in translation (and, so I am told, often very poor translation) into German.
Marianne Faithful's account does bring out what a natural vehicle this work was for Lotte Lenya - but for me at least it is very persuasive indeed in its own right. Without too obviously trying to sound like Lotte, Marianne has a great deal of the same smokey bluesy quality in her mature voice.
The main point, however, is the work itself, an earthier (and very much better written) prototype of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Tell me on a Sunday". Its merits are really inexcapable, and could survive, I suspect, a much worse translation and certainly much less effective interpretation and still be very interesting.
The extra Weill songs, two from the Threepenny Opera, that are added for the sake of the "value for money" brigade who can't bear a half empty CD, are if anything even better sung than the main work, although they lose some of their dramatic impact by being pulled out of context.
Yes, it would be wonderful if Lenya had recorded this in English - and I may even hunt up her German version. But this recording is just superb - if you like Weill you really must get a copy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Great English Interpretation 23 Aug. 2005
By Marilyn5000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Marianne Faithfull does an admirable job tackling Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. While it may be considered more highbrow to insist upon one's Weill sung in German, not being fluent in the language, I was grateful for the English translation. Ms. Faithfull clearly has a deep respect and understanding for Weill's work, and her weathered voice is very well suited for his more cynical songs. The sound quality of this version is also particularly good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Primed to sing Weill 2 April 2000
By Robert P. Langdon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the only English translation I have heard of Weill/Brecht's SEVEN DEADLY SINS. It's a treat to hear the part of Anna sung in English and one full octave lower than usual. The smoky voice of Marianne Faithfull adds new life and perspective to this piece. It seems as if she were primed to sing Weill. Her hard life flows through each song, adding an extra poignancy to these songs. This is a live recording and hearing Marianne cough in the background makes the performance even closer. In addition to the full SEVEN DEADLY SINS, four other Weill songs are included, and with each, Marianne Faithfull makes them her own. I highly recommend this version of THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS for anyone wanting an introduction to Kurt Weill's music. For those familiar with traditional versions of this piece...it's not Lotte Lenya. It's something new. That may be a good thing or a bad thing. Depends on your taste.
If you like enjoy this CD, I would also recommend Marianne Faithfull's 20TH CENTURY BLUES.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hugo Rocks 9 Jan. 2008
By I. Jeffers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was given this CD as a "white elephant" gift, and it turned out to be one of the rare surprises in life that I can count. Although not familiar with Miss Faithful's previous work, I was delighted to hear the choices of artists accompanying her. Track 5 is definitely a fun sound, and made more so by the melodic harmony of an angelic Hugo Munday. One for the treasure trove of items to pass to the kids!
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