segunda-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2015

Kurt Weill / Lotte Lenya Die Dreigroschenoper - Opera De Quat'sous - Three Penny Opera / Berlin Theatre Songs (1958)

"Lotte Lenya and Wilhelm Bruckner-Rüggeberg's 1958 recording of Die Dreigroschenoper was the last in a series of albums Lenya made or supervised of her late husband Kurt Weill's music for Philips starting in 1955. The first of these, ultimately released as Lotte Lenya sings Kurt Weill, was made during her first visit to Germany since being forced out by the Nazis in 1934. 

By the time of the January 1958 sessions for Die Dreigroschenoper, Lenya found herself widowed once again; second husband George Davis collapsed and died of a heart attack three months before the session, just like her first husband. These were especially dark days for Lenya, who had already seen more than her share of dark days. That Lenya was able to pull up herself up by her bootstraps and participate in this recording was nothing short of a miracle, though in terms of performing in the role of Jenny, Lenya was the ultimate pro; she knew it in three languages and, in the end, sang it more than 2,000 times. That, and her desire to carry through a commitment she and Davis had already made together, was probably just enough to get Lenya through this recording, a significant point as she acted in a supervisory capacity over the whole project.

The 1958 Die Dreigroschenoper was the first complete recording of this work, and likewise the first to represent Weill's score and instrumentation exactly as it is on the page; seeing to it that this occurred without compromise was one of Lenya's duties in the session. The 1954 Theatre de Lys recording and its 1930 predecessor with the Lewis Ruth Band were heavily cut, condensed, and arranged, though not quite so "ruthlessly" (pardon the pun) in 1954 as in 1930. This is the clearest advantage to this set over many others; Bruckner-Rüggeberg maintains the right sense of dance tempos throughout, and although his pacing is somewhat slow, at least "Die Zuhalterballade" is performed as a true tango as Weill intended.
The overall mood of this recording is more sober and reserved than most others. This may partly derive from Lenya's state of mind at the time, but perhaps also due to the notion in 1958 of Die Dreigroschenoper as less of a biting leftist satire and more of a repertory piece; so much water had gone under the bridge since its Berlin premiere in 1928. Although Lenya, of course, is perfect, some of the cast choices are less than ideal -- Johanna von Kóczián is somewhat less than fresh as Polly and Erich Schellow portrays Macheath almost like a secondary operetta character. However, other choices are ideal; Willy Trenk reprises his role as Peachum from the original cast, and Wolfgang Neuss is an ideal Moritatensänger. Neuss' recording was one of at least three utilized by television pioneer Ernie Kovacs in his frequent employment of "Die Moritat" as background music for spot gags; the others were Kurt Gerron's 1930 version and one recorded by Bert Brecht himself."


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Edição Brasileira 80´s.
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