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Weill - From Der Silbersee and Symphonies 1 & 2

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2579 SACD
Release date2023-02-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time58:43

Although Kurt Weill’s principal legacy lies in music theatre works of both popular appeal and intellectual weight, he was equally at home in purely orchestral works as evidenced by his two symphonies. Written just over a decade apart, they reveal his chameleon-like ability to work with any range of style and form. The Symphonie in einem Satz (Symphony in one movement), completed when he was barely 21, adopts an expressionist idiom that shows intricate writing, dense counterpoint and quick shifts reminiscent of Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony. Completed in France in 1934 after Weill had to flee Nazi Germany, the Fantaisie symphonique is filled with allusions to the 'sung ballet' The Seven Deadly Sins, composed at the same time.

Opening the programme is a selection from the ‘play with music’ Der Silbersee (The Silver Lake), a commentary on commercial greed. As in The Threepenny Opera, the vocal parts were composed for singing actors rather than opera singers. Steeped in the world of Weill, conductor, composer and chansonnier HK Gruber performs the songs himself in his own inimitable way, giving an unusual authenticity to the interpretations.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Weill, Kurt
  Der Silbersee - Ein Wintermärchen (excerpts) 12:10
01 Overture 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
02 No. 3. ‘Der Bäcker backt ums Morgenrot’ 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
03 Spoken introduction to 'Was zahlen Sie...' 00:51 $ 0.20 USD
04 No. 7. ‘Was zahlen Sie für einen Rat’ 05:08 $ 1.23 USD
  Berliner Sinfonie (Symphony No. 1)
05 Symphonie in einem Satz 18:56 $ 4.54 USD
  Fantaisie symphonique (Symphony No. 2) 26:11
06 I. Sostenuto - Allegro molto 08:35 $ 2.06 USD
07 II. Largo 10:55 $ 2.62 USD
08 III. Allegro vivace - Presto 06:41 $ 1.60 USD
  Album total 58:43
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
ComposerWeill, Kurt
VoiceGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl

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