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Kurt Weill Revisited, Vol. 2

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The first volume of Ben Bagley's Revisited look at obscure Kurt Weill songs began with a medley of songs from the successful, but underrecorded musical One Touch of Venus; the second volume leads off with a medley from the outright flop Firebrand of Florence, and since the lyricist was Ira Gershwin, there are discoveries to be made there. Bagley assembled an unusually dramatic, if musically limited cast that included actresses Ellen Burstyn and Estelle Parsons, along with Nell Carter, Blossom Dearie, Tammy Grimes, and Jo Sullivan, women better known for their singing voices. The actresses came in handy for the European material featured on the disc, notably several songs with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, among them "Nana's Song," given its English language premiere, and "Ballad of the Nazi Soldier's Wife," Weill and Brecht's final collaboration. (Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited Vol. II was recorded in 1981 and initially released on LP as Painted Smiles 1376.)

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