Blue Man Group Plays Weill


Everybody from Frank Sinatra to The Doors has covered Kurt Weill (at last count, “September Song” alone has been crooned by 50 singers). But the original operas, with growly diva Lotte Lenya as the early leading lady, can’t be matched for their rawness and brutal tin-can classicism. This all orchestral recording, by Siegrfried Landau and the Westechester Symphony Orchestra, pairs suites from The Three Penny Opera with renditions of Kurka’s Weill-esque anti-war satire. The cover art depicts a quintet of Weimar-era jazzmen who, but one, are for some reason painted a shade of aquamarine.

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