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Die Dreigroschenoper

Ensemble Modern Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The Threepenny Opera is Kurt Weill's most popular work. Its signature song, "Mack the Knife," is a cultural artifact, sung and played in virtually all musical genres. Many of us are permanently imprinted with Lotte Lenya's Sony recording of the opera, so redolent of the decadent, world-weary spirit of the Weimar Republic. This new recording misses some of that spirit but has other, compensating virtues. One is the restoration of the original score in the new Kurt Weill Edition that uses the original instrumentation, adds or deletes numbers, and includes Bertolt Brecht's plot summaries prepared for a 1940 concert version. Other pluses include Max Raabe's oddly sympathetic Macheath and H.K. Gruber's Mr. Peachum, both well-sung characterizations, and Ensemble Modern's virtuoso performance, full of drive and enthusiasm. The sound is wide-ranging and impactful. With one exception, the rest of the cast ranges from good to acceptable. But punk rocker Nina Hagen's Mrs. Peachum is truly awful, with cackles and shrieks galore--a monumental piece of miscasting. So while this recording cannot displace the Lenya version, it's a welcome supplement, adding new dimensions to a familiar and beloved work. --Dan Davis

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nina rules! May 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
First of all I'd like to comment on Dan Davis' remark about Nina Hagen. Calling her a 'punk rocker' is like calling Cher a 'TV star'. With a recording career spanning nearly 30 years to date, Nina has given us so much incredible music of many genres (yes, including some punk rock back in the 80's). She is a versatile, unpredictable, and brilliant performer. With that said, she is the reason I bought Weill: Threepenny Opera. I very much enjoy this CD. It is a very interesting piece of work. If you enjoy theatrical music and are open minded, then this is something you should buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly decadent... March 1 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Actually--and contrary to the reviewer above--I found this a throrougly decadent version of this seminal work. It is also sonically, aesthetically, and textually superior to the Decca and Sony versions. As to Ms. Hagen, obviously she is not every listeners cup of tea. I very much liked her performance as well as that of the other cast members. In short, this is the finest version of the "opera" presently available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Weill Jan. 13 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Ignore the reviewers who find fault with Nina Hagen's Mrs. Peachum, this is a perfectly balanced cast & a beautiful recording, much closer to Brecht's & Weill's aesthetics (and political intent,) than the "classical" appropriations that some of these folks seem to prefer. Perhaps the real meaning of this masterpiece grates a little on their comfy caste dependent nerves! This recording is just as it should be. Bravo, Ms. Hagen!
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