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Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Lady in the Dark - Symphonic
Nocturne. Naxos 8.557481


Composer: Kurt Weill

Conductor: Marin Alsop

Performed by: Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


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.

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

IF they haven't already, conductors looking for relatively unknown,
audience-friendly orchestral music of quality might take a look at Kurt
Weill's Second Symphony. It's part of a Weill disc from Naxos that includes
the First Symphony and the “Symphonic Nocturne,” an instrumental suite based
on the Broadway show “Lady in the Dark” as arranged by Robert Russell
Bennett.

The American conductor Marin Alsop has stirred up news after her mixed
reception as the next music director of the Baltimore Symphony. Britain, where
she has been principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony since 2002, has
been friendlier all along,

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