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The Threepenny Opera (1994 London Donmar Warehouse Cast) Cast Recording


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1. Overture
2. Peachum's Morning Song (Morning Chorale)
3. Kids Today
4. Gang Song (Wedding Song)
5. Pirate Jenny
6. Squaddies Song (Cannon Song)
7. Love Duet
8. Barbara Song
9. Life's A Bitch (Dreigroschenfinale)
10. Melodrama/Polly's Song
11. The Ballad Of Sexual Imperative
12. Knocking Shop Tango
13. The Flick Knife Song (Moritat)
14. Easy Life (Ballade)
15. Jealousy Duet
16. What Keeps A Man Alive? (II Dreigroschenfinale)
17. What's The Point? (LIed.17)
18. The Socrates Song (Solomonsong)
19. A Call From The Grave
20. Ballad In Which Macheath Begs All Mens' Forgiveness (Grabschrift)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Jay Records
  • ASIN: B000005BGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are looking for Brecht in its rawest, most meaningful form, it's on this cd.
"thesnark"
In these days of digital music and downloadable tracks it is rare to listen to an album all the way through.
Jacob King
I listen to Weill quite a bit - this is the best English version of ThreePenny I've heard.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "lytlprinse" on September 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a marvelous recording of threepenny opera, moslty due to the wonderful new lyrics - which manage to capture all the grit and vulgarity of the characters that Brecht was trying to capture in the orignal German-language production.
I've read several customer reviews of this recording, and people seem to be missing the point of the show entirely. People are lamenting the loss of the romance and beauty of the show - unfortunatly this show is about murderers, whores and businessmen and is not meant to be a musicalization of a Bronte novel. Brecht was making strong political points with these characters, so strong a point that the show ran until the Nazi's closed it, and manged to destroy most of the prints of (horrible) film-version.
I'm not too familiar with the Blitzstein translation, but what I have heard of it is flat, colourless and boring - sans all the vulgarity of the characters singing the songs. This version (thank god!) uses the "f-word" (among others) to great affect. I actually happened to see an american company do this version. While the modernazation of the peice was pointless (and moslty unnoticable) the production stands up better when we hear "The Life's a Bitch Song" sound like life's a bitch. (In this particular performance there was an improved reference to Monica Lewensky - which, though completely inapproriate, was deliciously funny.)
Also, the Ballad of Mack the Knife (here, "The Flick-Knife Song") has been reassigned to Jenny Diver (at last we hear her last name pronounced correctly) - and it ended the first half. It was DELICIOUS to hear, and the perfect character in the show to sing it, too, who knows Mackie better than Jenny?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Sean on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Brecht and Weill would be proud of this recording, particularly Brecht. It captures all of the unsentimental nuances of the original work. This version of the "Moritat von Mackie Messer" (here, "The Flick-Knife Song") differs from all other versions, in as far as it doesn't have the air of fun to it that all of the other versions of this song have had. The English lyrics to this song (and most of the other songs) bear no relation to the original German text, however, they do capture Brecht's intentions. Mack's crimes were bloody, heartless, and with an "intention" that only he saw (indeed, Mack the Knife is not Robin Hood). This Polly can get very awful in the noises she makes, but Brecht wasn't known for casting good singers (in fact, he was known for quite the opposite), so it's okay. The "Jealousy Duet" here is hilarious. The orchestra has that "threepenny quality" that it needs, and I'm sure that this was a stupendous production. There are a few things about this recording that bug me, among them the tempos and some musical deletions, but this recording was done more as a presentation of the production, as opposed to a representation of the score. The highlight of this recording is Jenny, who is a marvel on everything she does ("The Knocking-Shop Tango," "The Flick-Knife Song," and "The Socrates Song"). She is accompanied by a very able Macheath, and a very funny Mrs. Peachum, and an accomplished Mr. Peachum.
So, over all, buy this to get a taste for this production, but not if you are looking for a straight-forward presentation of the real Brecht-Weill masterpiece, THE THREEPENNY OPERA.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Donmar Warehouse's recording of "The Threepenny Opera" is really the ONLY English-language version of the play that comes close to Brecht's true intensions - to present social comment and criticism in a totally-theatrical, non-illusionistic way. This is the "problem" with most people's understandings of Brecht, and "Threepenny" in particular. When watching Brecht, you should be thinking, "What is Brecht trying to say to us? What is he trying to tell us by showing this story?" You shouldn't empathise with the characters - you should learn something about what they do and how it relates to you. It may sound cold or uncaring or not very dramatically engaging, but that's what Brecht was interested in experimenting with and presenting. (It must be noted, too, that "Threepenny" is an early "experiment" of Brecht's in epic, social theater, and is FAR from being a perfect theatrical experience.)
Audiences who are familiar with the old off-Broadway revival recording will notice that the romance and milieu of the story are gone - romance and milieu were NOT Brecht's goal. These were introduced by shoddy English translations of the original German. The most notorious of these translations is, ironically, the one best known - Eric Bentley's sugar-coated, illusionistic version. The only version truly authorized by Brecht's estate was penned by Mannheim and Willett, whose work can be heard on the Richard Foreman revival recording of the show starring Raul Julia and Ellen Green. Even the original G.W. Pabst film of "Threepenny" missed the point, and was disavowed by Brecht since it fell into the trap of being an illusionistic story - ie.
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