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Songs from a Hotel Bedroom, Linbury Studio

Songs from a Hotel Bedroom, Linbury Studio

Hit-and-miss Kurt Weill compilation revisits some great songs

Frances Ruffelle and Nigel Richards wax lyrical with Weill

Where has this idea come from that Kurt Weill somehow lost his edge or, worse yet, sold out when he headed Stateside? Have the people who perpetrate this nonsense actually heard the Broadway shows? The diversity of subject matter, the individuality of the melodic style, the willingness to be easily assimilated and to embrace and to challenge a tradition that was growing in ambition and sophistication – this was the American Weill. As his wife Lotte Lenya put it: there were never two Weills – “only one, or possibly a thousand”.

The emotional tug of this all-new drama lends one or two of these songs an element of sentimentality that they didn’t previously display

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Didn't Opera North do Love Life - and indeed most of the other American works? Wish I'd gone to see them then.

I know they did "One Touch of Venus", Anna, but not "Love Life" which is the most ambitious of all Weill's American shows.

Indeed, Edward, Love Life was done in 1996. Also Arms and the Cow later, which I guess is Der Kuhhlandel, so not American. James Holmes is the enthusiast there, isn't he?

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