WORKS: The Seven Deadly Sins; Nannas Lied; Buddy on the Nightshift
PERFORMER: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano)NDR SO/John Eliot Gardiner
CATALOGUE NO: 439 894-2 DDD
There are now many exponents and interpreters of Weill’s extraordinary output, from his German roots, through his French exile to his American and Broadway successes. The repertoire chosen for this disc reveals the variety and flavour of Weill’s writing. Von Otter’s honeyed tone and her ability to stamp sharply observed characterisations on the songs make this recording highly individual compared to that of Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya or, more recently, Ute Lemper. This is vocalised, rather than angst-ridden cabaret-style Weill, though Von Otter certainly delivers the dramatic intensity.