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Weill: Der Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)

Kurt Weill , Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg , Arndt Choir , Radio Free Berlin Dance Orchestra , Lotte Lenya , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Lotte Lenya, Willy Trenk-Trebitsch, Trude Hesterburg, Johanna von Kóczián
  • Orchestra: Arndt Choir, Radio Free Berlin Dance Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Audio CD (19 Jun 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Masterworks
  • ASIN: B0000268VJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You are about to hear an opera for beggars
2. The Ballad of Mack the Knife
3. Mr. Peachums's Morning Hymn
4. Instead - of Song
5. Wedding Song for poor People
6. Cannon Song
7. Love Song
8. The Song of No and Yes (Barbara - Song)
9. The Uncertainty of Human conditions
10. The Stable
11. Pollys Farwell Song
12. Intermezzo
13. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
14. Pirate-Jenny or Dream of a Kitchen Maid
15. The Procurer's Ballad
16. The Ballad of Pleasant Living
17. The Jealously Duet
18. Fight about the Property
19. Ballad about the Question: What keeps a Man alive?
20. The Song about inadequacy
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CD Sfb O/Bruckner Ruggeberg/Lotte Lenya

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Threepenny by miles 5 July 2001
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After a sucsession of fairly weak recordings of Weill's masterpiece this is the one I return too always. Although the sound quality is of the 1950s (very listenable though) this is by far the recording that I believe best captures the composers intentions. The singing is imprecise but charecterfull. Mack Heath is fantasic - deep voiced, menacing and very slimey. Lotte Lenya as the prostitute Jenny is brilliant as ever, looking forward to the day when she can storm the brothel where she works with a pirate ship and have all her clients executed. Modern, serious operatic recordings seem to miss the point altogether and take the fun and drama out of the Threepenny. This is an opera for beggars and should be approached as such.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable 6 Aug 2008
I had this recording on LP and then bought it on CD. Quite wonderful. I think no one quite gets it right as does Wolfgang Neuss who is the Moritatensänger and who sings the Moritat von Mackie Messer. I've seen the opera performed in Berlin in the Schiffbauerdamm theatre where it was originally premiered in 1928 and the Germans are the experts on this. The stage performance matched this recording as far as I could tell despite the lengthy dialogue that seems to be missing from all the sound recordings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time 27 May 2012
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Like Cabaret, which this reminds me of, it has links with Berlin in the 1930s. Full of no nonsense Germanic exuberance, it is music of that era, and pleasing enough to listen to. Unquestionably, the most famous (and fabulous) song is 'Mack the Knife' Worth getting if you are interested in the Germany of the 1930s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars childhood memories 29 Mar 2014
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i bought this cos it was played to me as a child in the 70s. i had forgotten how much is so similar but i love Lotte Lenya's voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I pick this one 29 Nov 2007
By Nina Shishkoff - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure I haven't heard all the recordings of "The ThreePenny Opera", but of the ones I've heard, this is the best, both in performance and packaging. To have the lyrics in both German and English is tremendously helpful.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars only one other review - and that was 5 years ago? 11 Mar 2012
By R. Fairbank - Published on Amazon.com
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Still have the vinyl boxed-set - I don't see many reviews so I'll assume there are not many sales. This is not surprising because the original lyrics in German are not that accessible to the novice listener (that includes me). However, the musical rewards are there, if you stick with it. My guess is that CBS didn't make a nickel on the project; they absorbed the cost, to insure that the original performance would be around for future generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ernie Kovacs Fans 2 Mar 2013
By Vincent G. Marino - Published on Amazon.com
This is the recording that Ernie Kovacs used for his blackout sketches. It's in German with an all German cast. A must have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version 21 Oct 2013
By ian killey - Published on Amazon.com
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I have heard a number of recorded versions (in German and English) of this most unusual and exceptional opera and consider that this is simply the best.
5.0 out of 5 stars Weill-Three Penny Opera 10 Sep 2013
By BZee - Published on Amazon.com
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The only recording (Hamburg, 1956) featuring the original score by Weill. A joy to the ear as is Lotte Leyna as "Pirate Jenny".
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