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Weill - From Der Silbersee and Symphonies 1 & 2

Composer Kurt Weill
Performer HK Gruber
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
HK Gruber, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2579 SACD
EAN 7318599925790
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2023
Total time 58'43

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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  Kurt Weill
  Der Silbersee - Ein Wintermärchen (excerpts) 12'36
01 Overture 2'49
02 No. 3. ‘Der Bäcker backt ums Morgenrot’ 3'32
03 Spoken introduction to 'Was zahlen Sie...' 0'51
04 No. 7. ‘Was zahlen Sie für einen Rat’ 5'24
  Berliner Sinfonie (Symphony No. 1)
05 Symphonie in einem Satz 19'09
  Fantaisie symphonique (Symphony No. 2) 26'54
06 I. Sostenuto - Allegro molto 8'44
07 II. Largo 10'57
08 III. Allegro vivace - Presto 7'13
  Album total 58'43
OrchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra (Svenska Kammarorkestern)
ConductorGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
ComposerWeill, Kurt
VoiceGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl

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