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Mahagonny: Wiener Staatsoper (Dennis Russell Davies) (1998)

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2h 40min
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Synopsis:
Kurt Weill's complex score reigns supreme in Peter Zadek's 1998 Salzburg Festival staging of 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny', the collaboration with Brecht which became a target for Nazi insurrection on its 1930 premiere. The city itself is suggested by the attitudes and personalities of the singers rather than by Richard Peduzzi's Spartan sets. It's bleak stuff in many ways, not least in its vision of the human state: squaring up to corruption is a lonely and fatal business. But thanks to Weill's musical eclecticism, which ranges from barbershop to lieder, there are moments of intense beauty, not least in the duets between lumberjack Jimmy Mahoney and prostitute Jenny.
There are, too, flashes which anticipate Weill's American future on Broadway. The lilting "Alabama Song", that gift to every would-be cabaret artist in search of a Lotte Lenya moment, works wonderfully as an ensemble piece. Despite occasional inaudibility, the singing is often breathtaking. Gwyneth Jones is a majestic Begbick, Catherine Maltifano's voluptuous and earthy Jenny also has a rarely seen sweetness and Jerry Hadley's Jimmy Mahoney is ultimately almost unbearably moving. Food for thought, indeed.
Actors:
, Cornelius Smith, , , , Udo Holdorf, , , , Annabel von Arnim, June Card, , Stella Fürst, , , Jo Ann Pickens, Michaela Pilss, , Peter Becker, Mark Bleeke
Directors:
Writers:
Bertolt Brecht
Aka:
Aufstieg Und Fall Der Stadt Mahagonny: Wiener Staatsoper (Dennis Russell Davies)
Studio:
Arthaus Musik
Genres:
Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Special Interest
Countries:
Austria, Comedy, Drama, Music & Musicals, Performing Arts, Special Interest
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Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
160 minutes
Languages:
Dubbed, Dutch, English, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, French
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
Colour:
Colour

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