Kurt Weill

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Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900 – April 3, 1950) was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad "Mack the Knife". Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose. He wrote several works for the concert hall, as well as several Judaism-themed pieces. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1953 Tryout Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin 2
1955 Lotte Lenya singt Kurt Weill Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya, Roger Bean und sein Orchester 1
1958 Die Dreigroschenoper (Sender Freies Berlin) Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg 4 3
1958 September Song and Other American Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya 1
1966 Die sieben Todsünden Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya 1
1968 Die Dreigroschenoper (Songs & Szenen) (1968 recording, arranged and conducted by James Last) Kurt Weill; James Last 2
1968 The Three Penny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) (1955 german recording by Stars of the State Opera Vienna) Kurt Weill; Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, F. Charles Adler 1
1986 Stratas Sings Weill Kurt Weill; Teresa Stratas, Y Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1988 Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny Kurt Weill; Chor und Orchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg 2
1988 Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 / Kleine Dreigroschenmusik Kurt Weill; Julius Rudel 1
1988 Kurt Weill: Berlin & American Theater Songs Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya 1
1990 Seven Deadly Sins / Happy End Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya, Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg 1
1990 Berlin im Licht Kurt Weill; Ensemble Modern, HK Gruber 1
1990 Der Lindberghflug / The Ballad of Magna Carta Kurt Weill; Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1990 Die Dreigroschenoper Kurt Weill; Ute Lemper, René Kollo, Milva, RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta, John Mauceri 1
1990 Die sieben Todsünden / Mahagonny Songspiel Kurt Weill; Ute Lemper, RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta & John Mauceri 1
1990 The Collector's Three Penny Opera (1929-1931 original cast) Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya, Bertolt Brecht 1
1990 The Seven Deadly Sins / The Berlin Requiem Weill & Brecht; Gisela May 1
1991 Sinfonien/Symphonies No. 1 & No. 2 Kurt Weill; Staatsphilharmonie Krakau, Roland Bader 1
1991 Stranger Here Myself: Songs of Kurt Weill Kurt Weill; Angelina Réaux 1
1992 Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements, Pulcinella / Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik / J. Strauss II: Wiener Blut Stravinsky, Weill, J. Strauss II; Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 1
1992 Der Kuhhandel "Shady Dealing" (Auszüge) Kurt Weill; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1993 Weill: Die sieben Todsünden / Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Complete Ballet) Weill, Stravinsky; Simon Rattle 1
1993 Die sieben Todsünden / Mahagonny Songspiel Kurt Weill; Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Lothar Zagrosek 1
1994 Speak Low: Songs by Kurt Weill & The Seven Deadly Sins Kurt Weill; Anne Sofie von Otter, John Eliot Gardiner 1
1994 Weill: Die sieben Todsünden / Berg: Lulu Suite Kurt Weill, Alban Berg; Angelina Réaux, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur 1
1995 Kurt Weill: String Quartet / Schulhoff: Quartet No. 1 / Hindemith: Quartet No. 3 Kurt Weill, Schulhoff, Hindemith; Brandis Quartet 1
1995 Kurt Weill on Broadway Kurt Weill; Steven Kimbrough, Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Victor Symonette 1
1995 Songs of Kurt Weill Kurt Weill; Helen Schneider 1
1996 Violin Concertos Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Kurt Weill, Ernst Krenek; Chantal Juillet, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, John Mauceri 1
1996 Kurt Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik / Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde Kurt Weill / Darius Milhaud; Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Arthur Weisberg 1
1997 Die sieben Todsünden / Symphony No.2 Kurt Weill; Teresa Stratas, Kent Nagano 1
1997 Die Dreigroschenoper Kurt Weill; The König Ensemble, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1998 Kurt Weill Kurt Weill; Willem Breuker Kollektief, Loes Luca 1
1999 From Berlin to Broadway Kurt Weill 1
1999 Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik / Mahagonny Songspiel / Happy End / Berliner Requiem / Violin Concerto Kurt Weill; London Sinfonietta, David Atherton 1
1999 Die Dreigroschenoper (Ensemble Modern feat. Max Raabe, Nina Hagen, conductor: HK Gruber) Kurt Weill; Ensemble Modern, HK Gruber 1
1999 Der Silbersee: Ein Wintermärchen Kurt Weill; London Sinfonietta, Markus Stenz 1
1999 Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill's American Theatre Songs Kurt Weill; Lotte Lenya 1
2001 Charming Weill: Dance Band Arrangements Kurt Weill; Palast Orchester, Max Raabe, HK Gruber 1
2001 Weill: Complete String Quartets / Hindemith: Minimax Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith; Leipziger Streichquartett 1
2001 Der Protagonist Kurt Weill; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri 1
2003 Die 3 Groschenoper Kurt Weill 1
2004 Music for Johnny Johnson Kurt Weill; The Otaré Pit Band, Joel Cohen 1
2005 Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocturne Kurt Weill; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop 1
2005 Concerto for Violin & Wind Orchestra, op. 12 / Concerto for Violin & String Orchestra "Distant Light" Kurt Weill, Pēteris Vasks; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Anthony Marwood 1
2005 Lonely House: Kurt Weill Songs Kurt Weill; Czurda / Beirach / Hübner / Hübner 1
2006 Weill: Die sieben Todsünden / Chansons Kurt Weill; Brigitte Fassbaender, Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, Cord Garben 1
2007 Berliner Requiem / Vom Tod im Wald / Violinkonzert Kurt Weill; Ensemble Musique Oblique, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2007 LoveMusik (original Broadway cast) Kurt Weill 1
2010 De Kurt Weill à Paris Kurt Weill, Vivien Villani, Jean Musy, Janna Blbulyan; Enikő Szilágyi 1
2013 Zaubernacht Kurt Weill; Arte Ensemble 1
2015 Shostakovich: Preludes / Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives / Weill: Seven Pieces from "The Threepenny Opera" Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Weill; Benjamin Schmid, Lisa Smirnova 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Decca Masters, Volume 2 Gershwin, Foster, Weill, Berlin; Jascha Heifetz 1
1988 Wolf, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Ives, Weill Wolf, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Ives, Weill; Dawn Upshaw, Margo Garrett 1
1989 Weill: Threepenny Opera Suite / Bowles: Music for a Farce / Martinů: La Revue de Cuisine / Varèse: Octandre Weill, Bowles, Martinů, Varèse; Chicago Pro Musica 1
1990 Die Dreigroschenoper (Kurzfassung) / Berlin 1930 Kurt Weill; Lewis Ruth Band, Theo Mackeben 3
1990 Die Dreigroschenoper: Historische Originalaufnahmen 1928-1931 Kurt Weill 1
1990 O Moon of Alabama: Historische Originalaufnahmen (1928 - 1944) Kurt Weill 1
1995 Testimonies of War 1914-1945 Boris Blacher, Kurt Weill 1
2002 Censored by Hitler: The Rediscovered Masterpieces Kurt Weill, Ernst Toch, Paul Hindemith; Arthur Cook, Deborah Gilwood 1
2004 Historische Aufnahmen Kurt Weill 1
2007 Mack the Knife: Songs of Kurt Weill (Original Recordings 1929-1956) Kurt Weill 1
2008 Paint Your Wagon (1951 original Broadway cast) / Lyrics by Lerner (Selections) Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe / Kurt Weill 2
2012 Lotte Lenya / Kurt Weill Kurt Weill 1
Complete Recordings Bert Brecht & Kurt Weill 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Royal Palace / Der neue Orpheus (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis) Kurt Weill 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1943 One Touch of Venus (Original Broadway Cast) Kurt Weill 1
1984 Knickerbocker Holiday (1945 radio broadcast) Kurt Weill; Walter Huston, Maurice Abravanel 2
1988 Street Scene (1947 original Broadway cast) Kurt Weill 1
1989 Mack the Knife Kurt Weill; Raúl Juliá, Richard Harris, Julia Migenes, Roger Daltrey, Julie Walters 1
1989 The Threepenny Opera (1954 New York Cast) Kurt Weill 2
1991 Street Scene (Scottish Opera Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: John Mauceri) Kurt Weill 1
1993 Lost in the Stars (1992 studio cast) Kurt Weill; Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Julius Rudel 1
1996 Street Scene (1989 English National Opera cast) Kurt Weill 1
1997 Lady in the Dark (1963 studio cast) Kurt Weill; Risë Stevens, Adolph Green, John Reardon, Lehman Engel 1
1998 Lady in the Dark (1997 original London cast) Kurt Weill 1
2001 Lost in the Stars (1949 Original Broadway Cast) Kurt Weill 1
2001 The Threepenny Opera (1994 London Donmar Warehouse Cast) Kurt Weill 1
2003 The Eternal Road (Highlights) Kurt Weill 1
2007 Happy End (2006 original A.C.T. cast) Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht; American Conservatory Theatre, Constantine Kitsopoulos 1
2009 Street Scene Kurt Weill 1
2009 The Threepenny Opera (1976 Public Theater revival cast) Kurt Weill 1
Lady in the Dark (1947-10-19 Theater Guild on the Air cast) Kurt Weill 1

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