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WEILL: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocturne

Composer(s):Weill, Kurt
Artist(s) Alsop, Marin, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557481
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

While he left an extensive and significant output of stage-works, the contribution of Kurt Weill to orchestral and instrumental genres was largely restricted to his formative years. The angular Symphony No. 1, completed in 1921, reflects something of the turmoil of post-World War I. In 1933, with Hitler in power, Weill escaped to Paris where he wrote Symphony No. 2, “one of the 20th century’s forgotten masterpieces”. The Symphonic Nocturne, adapted from the Broadway musical, Lady in the Dark, a 1940 collaboration between Weill, Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin, exhibits all the hallmarks of bitter-sweet lyricism of Weill’s theatrical works from his American years.


Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,January 2006

Long lost, the Second Symphony is the prize here, but the First is worth hearing. Marin Alsop leads persuasive performances by the Bournemouth orchestra, capably recorded.

Review By ,Scherzo,January 2006


Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,October 2005

Thanks to the controversial circumstances of her recent appointment as music director designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop has garnered more media attention in a few months than most conductors do in a lifetime. This has had the distressing effect of getting people to pay closer attention to her gender than her superior qualities as a conductor. Her recent recordings for Naxos, among which this is the prize, fortunately are putting matters in proper perspective. Kurt Weill's two symphonies have never quite caught on in the concert hall, even if they've fared respectably on record. That may be understandable in the case of the budding composer's First Symphony (1921), a rambling and derivative exercise that's clearly beholden to early Schoenberg, especially



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