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Twilight of the World,
This review is from: Cabaret (Audio CD)
Not a "musical" person in the accepted sense. People bursting into song for no apparent reason always appears forced and trite. Watching the Saturday afternoon fayre of Annie Get your Gun, My Fair Lady, West Side Story never really made an impression except as a slight relief from Rugby Union on Grandstand.
The only exception is this "Cabaret". adapted from the Berlin stories of Christopher Isherwood. A musical set in the last days of Weimar, the juncture point between the post war liberation and economic depression and brown shirts raising their right arm in unison in a different sublimation of desire.
Cabaret captures the heady days and the musical CD is well worth the excavation as the tunes formed the backbone of Radio 2 soporific trance pronouncements in the 70's/80's. Listening carefully these are songs of suberversion sung in a post Brecht/Weill lament.
Underappreciated because they became too popular and stripped of their power. Played everywhere Money Money lost its bite and became a celebration rather than satire. This was never the songs fault as it tried to puncture inertia.
Now it's time for a reappraisal and to bring it back away from its success and unravel its meaning. Cabaret celebrates the uncoiling Dyonisian experience on the verge of a human catastrophe. This is its power, strength and warning. The songs are easier to digest for Anglo Saxons than the Deutsche of Brecht/Weill Eisner etc. It does provide a entry point into these worlds, the twilight worlds of Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich, Ute Lemper and Dagmar Krause.
Therefore tone down the lights and let the action begin!