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Weill : The Threepenny Opera Original recording reissued


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  • Performer: Ute Lemper, René Kollo, Milva, Mario Adorf, Helga Dernesch, et al.
  • Orchestra: RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta
  • Conductor: John Mauceri
  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041WX
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - OvertüreRIAS Sinfonietta Berlin 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Moritat von Mackie MesserRolf Boysen 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Morgenchoral des PeachumRolf Boysen 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Anstatt-daß-SongHelga Dernesch 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - HochzeitsliedRolf Boysen 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - SeeräuberjennyUte Lemper 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Kanonen-SongWolfgang Reichmann 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - LiebesliedRolf Boysen 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Barbara-SongRolf Boysen 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Dialog: Herr Macheath hat meine TochterHelga Dernesch0:26£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - 1. DreigroschenfinaleRolf Boysen 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Mackie Messer . . . Melodram: Ach Mac, reiß mir nichtRolf Boysen 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Polly's LiedUte Lemper 1:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Ballade von der sexuellen HörigkeitHelga Dernesch 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - ZuhälterballadeRIAS Sinfonietta Berlin 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Seeräuber-JennyRIAS Sinfonietta Berlin 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Ballade vom angenehmen LebenRIAS Sinfonietta Berlin 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - EifersuchtsduettRolf Boysen 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Arie der Lucy: Wut, Liebe und Furcht zugleichSusanne Tremper 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Macheath ist entkommen . . . Als der ägyptische KönigRolf Boysen0:53£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - 2. DreigroschenfinaleHelga Dernesch 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Lied von der Unzulänglichkeit menschlischen StrebensWolfgang Reichmann 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Salomon-SongRolf Boysen 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Ruf aus der GruftRolf Boysen 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - GrabschriftRolf Boysen 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - Gang zum Galgen: Verehrtes Publikum, wir sind so weitMario Adorf 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper - 3. DreigroschenfinaleWolfgang Reichmann 5:49£0.79  Buy MP3 

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DEC 430075 2; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Lirica

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mick Gold on 1 Jun. 2007
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The reviewer who complains that his/her performance of this opera was superior is ludicrous, to my ears. This is a very fine, very dry performance of the The Threepenny Opera. The conductor and performers go out of their way to emphasise the cabaret-theatre club origins of this Brecht/Weill classic. The singers deliberately go for an 'unsophisticated' style of singing. This version does not sound like you're in an opera house. It sounds like you're in a seedy Weimar Republic basement theatre-cellar, and it's all the better for it. When The Guardian reviewed it in 2000, they gave it 4 stars.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coushatta on 1 April 2013
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Bough for my girlfriend who is more cultured in this area than me. She is delighted therefore i am. The version to buy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful interpretation of the genius of Brecht and Weill 10 Mar. 2001
By Linda LeBoutillier - Published on Amazon.com
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I own both this version and the Bruckner version of the Three Penny Opera. They are both great in their own right, and I love them both. I this version, Ute Lemper is wonderful! She has a masterful interpretation of Weill's and Brecht's vision, and I have gone on to purchase other works by her.
This version definitely is more sophisticated instrumentally. The union of Brecht as a revolutionary writer and Weill as a revolutionary composer was so momentous, and what they produced together so little, that I want to own every version of what they did together. I performed in a Brecht play, the Caucasian Chalk Circle, directed by a famous (then) East German director who was permitted to come to America then. Not one song was memorable. That dinamic of Weill and Brecht was not there. They truly made history in their few works together.
If you want to know about their dinamic, this version of The Three Penny Opera will give it to you. This version has many more dialogue links between the songs. You get the Ballad of the Pirate Jenny sung both the way it was first intended and the way it evolved (by Polly at her wedding and then by Jenny).
The minuses of this recording: I miss Lotte Lenya. I hate the translation provided with the CD. You just have to buy the other version (Bruckner) for that.
There was some discussion about what Brecht intended and whether this version supplied that. I have to say from my experience with a Brechtian director, this version is true. My German director made us study the paintings of Bosch to set the scenes, insisted on the innocence of certain characters. These Brechtian conventions are carried out totally. At the end when Mack the Knife is pardoned and you hear the collective "Ah," that is a Bosch scene.
The innocence of Ute Lemper is wonderful. Compared to the Bruckner version, she has a bit more defiance when she is trying to explain how she ended up with Mack the Knife. I just love it!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Worth having, even if you prefer the "traditional" rendition 15 Feb. 2000
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I have both this version and Brückner-Rüggeberg's 1958 version. Really, both are worth listening to.
This version has, of course, much better sound quality and all the performers are notably better singers. This version was the first one I listened to (over and over again, in point of fact). Basically this recording confirms that, whether Brecht/Weill intended it or not, they created one of the best "muscials" of all time. The songs are very memorable and catchy. Even though I don't know German, they run through my head more readily than, say, the tunes from Cats. (I'm sure that Brecht/Weill are now rolling over in their respective graves :-)
When I first heard the older recording, I disliked it due to the seemingly lower quality. However, if you give it a chance, it really begins to grow on you. It was being performed as it was meant to be and the coarser quality fits the mood of all the songs well.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the definitive recording 24 Nov. 2000
By Kelly Martino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I purchased my first Weill recordings in 1960, the off-broadway Threepenny Opera, and Lenya's Berlin Theater Songs. I have treasured them all my life. Lenya was, of course, incomparable, but Ute Lemper carries on her special genius. This new recording is as near a perfect realization of this unique masterpiece. John Mauceri gives the unique orchestration nuance that even Klemperer missed in his masterful Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. Every member of the cast, even the bit roles, is perfect in the characterization. Kollo is the first performer since Harald Paulsen (the origninal Mackie Messer) to bring all of the tradition of Viennese operetta to this music. He is a miracle. Macheath has subtle characteriztion hitherto unknown except from Paulsen. Most noteworthy is the Jenny of Milva. Two delightful bonuses in the recording: a reprise in Act 2 of Seerauber Jenny by Milva (the Jenny) and the inclusion of Lucy Brown's aria after the Jealousy duet. There is brief dialog before most pieces which adds a dramatic integrity to the recording. I cannot find high enough praise for this new treasure.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of THE best! 25 July 2000
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording has a wide range and variety of different performers and performing styles. Helga Dernesch (as Frau Peachum) has a very good, well-supported sound that breaks the barriers made by the female "light baritones" who usually take on the role of Frau Peachum. Her rendition of "The Ballad of Sexual Obsession" is stupendous, and her her handling of the dialogue isn't all that bad either. René Kollo is of very good voice in his performance of Mackie Messer, and his "Epitaph" and "Ballad of Gracious Living" are among the album's highlights. He and Dernesch's reading of the second Threepenny finale ("What Keeps Mankind Alive?") is not to be forgotten. Herr Peachum (the actor's name escapes me at the moment) is a very good actor, and handles his songs well (particularly the first act finale and his "Song of the Insufficiency of all Human Endeavour"). Ute Lemper (as Polly Peachum) tackles all of her songs with the great quasi-Cabaret-quality that she is known for, and she shines. My favorite performer on this album, though, is Milva, as Spelunken-Jenny. She absolutely takes the cake, in my humble opinion, and she is almost a rival to that grand dame of the Weill-Brecht rep, Lotte Lenya. Milva's husky, chanteuse quality is perfect, and perfectly captures those smokey, Berlin nights of the Weimar era, while still giving us shades of Jenny's violent past with Mack. Her interpretations of "The Ballad of Immoral Earnings" (with Kollo), "Pirate Jenny," and the "Solomon Song" are indescribably near perfection. The two different readings of "Pirate Jenny" (by Lemper and Milva) are very different, and very good. The few dialogue moments on this album are very good, and the liner notes contain the definitive translation of THE THREEPENNY OPERA, that by Ralph Manheim and John Willet. My one irritation is the deletion of the third (vulgar) verse of "The Ballad of Sexual Obsession."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Better in the original 6 Oct. 2000
By Stephanie Zuercher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I just got this CD, and it's already on my list of favorites.
Similarly, I've listened to the older version in German, and oddly enough, I prefer this one. It doesn't really have to do much with the recording, but something about the tonalities of the opening comes across to me better in the newer version. The singers are fabulous. I was very impressed by the fact that the Ballad Singer really sounded like a street singer for once. Ute Lemperer, is, of course, fabulous as Polly. Mackie was fascinatingly . . .well, Mack the Knife-ish. The voice matches the character very, very well. As do they all.
Despite the fact that I like the Blitzstein adaptation very much, I prefer the original German. Why? Because there aren't any qualms about translation. I don't speak German very well, but I feel I understand what is meant better, just hearing the words. (I admit, I was always the kind to prefer a literal prose translation to the messed-up one that they forced to rhyme. I'm also the kind who never read books in translation when I didn't have to.)
It's a fabulous recording, a fabulous rendition, and a fabulous piece to own. Highly recommended!
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