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Composer of the Week: Kurt Weill


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(1900-50).This week Donald Macleod looks at the life and career of Kurt Weill.
Weill's wife Lotte Lenya said: "I'm not sure that I ever really knew him, even after 24 years of marriage and the two years we lived together before that. And when he died, I looked at him and asked myself, did I ever really know him?" Weill remains an enigmatic character for many of us - on the one hand he was the militant collaborator with the Marxist playwright Berthold
Brecht, and on the otherthe composer of popular Broadway shows. Donald Macleod begins his survey with a look at Weill's early days in Dessau, his Jewish background, his move to Berlin, and the influence of Busoni.
Im Volkston Steven Kimbrough (baritone), Dalton Baldwin (piano)
String Quartet No 1, Op 8 Brodsky Quartet Symphony No I
BBCSO, conductor Gary Bertini


Unknown: Donald MacLeod
Unknown: Kurt Weill.
Unknown: Lotte Lenya
Unknown: Donald MacLeod
Baritone: Volkston Steven Kimbrough
Piano: Dalton Baldwin
Conductor: Gary Bertini

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Composer of the Week: Kurt Weill

BBC Radio 3, 4 September 2000 9.00

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