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A Kurt Weill Cabaret

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A Kurt Weill Cabaret was an off-Broadway revue featuring Kurt Weill's songs from Threepenny Opera, Le Roi d'Aquitaine, Der Silbersee, Lady in the Dark, Happy End, and Lost in the Stars, as performed by Martha Schlamme and Will Holt. This was the second of two LPs of the pair built on Weill's songs to be issued (the previous year had seen the issue of The World of Kurt Weill in Song). The performances are impeccable, and helped to keep Weill's music before the public in yet another venue at the time, redefining Holt's career (previously based in folk) at the time as well. Schlamme later brought the work back to the New York stage with Alvin Epstein, but this is the only document of the piece in its original form. Alas, MGM Records, which was to find extraordinary success with its recording of the off-Broadway piece The Fantasticks across the decades, never enjoyed comparable sales on this album, which -- as of 2009 -- had not seen release on compact disc. This and the early Weill album would make a perfect Hip-O Select reissue.