“Two Lives to Live” is the title of Angela Denoke’s Lieder recital dedicated to the work of Kurt Weill. By reinventing himself musically, Bertolt Brecht’s musical comrade-in-arms and the congenial composer of the Three Penny Opera started a very successful career after emigrating from Germany to the US. On this concert, the soprano will present Weill’s two musical worlds.
Two Lives to Live
Kurt Weill in Germany and in the USA
Die Ballade von der sexuellen Hörigkeit, Alabama Song, Surabaya Johnny, September Song, Is It Him Or Is It Me?, I Am A Stranger Here Myself and other compositions
Introduction: 7:00 pm
One composer, two completely divergent musical worlds: Two Lives to Live is the title of Angela Denoke’s evening of lieder consisting of works by Kurt Weill. Weill was one of the Jewish composers whose promising artistic career came to an abrupt end when the Nazis seized power in Germany in 1933. Many emigrated abroad, preferably to the United States; only a few were able to gain a foothold in their new country. Not so for Kurt Weill, who was able to establish a wildly successful second career. “What’s interesting about Kurt Weill is that he was very adaptable in certain ways,” the soprano explains. Unlike in Germany, where he had developed a laconic, cabaret style as musical comrade-in-arms to Bertolt Brecht and congenial composer of the Three Penny Opera, in the United States he adapted to the jazz and big band sound. He composed music and songs for numerous Broadway shows. “They became jazz classics,” says Denoke, “so that you forget that Kurt Weill composed them.”
Angela Denoke juxtaposes the American and German sides of Kurt Weill in her recital. With this programme, she aims to create a concert that showcases the composer’s versatility. But that’s not all: the soprano herself – accompanied by Tal Balshai (piano) and Norbert Nagel (saxophone and flute) – will also present her versatile skills, between dramatic soprano, as she is known to a classical audience from her many concert and opera performances, to the “lighter” genre of chanson and jazz singer.