The Kurt Weill Foundation presents an occasional list of recent publications in various media pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein. Please suggest additions and corrections to


Mahagonny: ein Songspiel. Critical edition prepared by Giselher Schubert. New York: Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and European American Music, 2016. (Kurt Weill Edition, Series I, volume 3.)

CD’s & LP’s

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[Music by Kurt Weill, Fiorenzo Carpi, and Nino Rota.] Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli. Decca 481 2693. Includes Kleine Dreigroschenmusik and instrumental arrangements of songs from Die Dreigroschenoper by Hartwig von Platen and Jerzy Fitelberg.

Boris Blacher: Klassik aus Berlin. Works by Blacher, Paul Dessau, Kurt Weill, and Hanns Eisler; various artists. Jazzwerkstatt Phil.harmonie 06029. Includes Sieben Stücke aus der Dreigroschenoper performed by Kolja Blacher (violin) and Özgür Aydin (piano).

The Cradle Will Rock. New York City Opera cast from 1960 performance conducted by Lehman Engel. Cantus Classics 5.01931.

Die sieben Todsünden. Re-issue of recordings by Gisela May from the 1960s; also includes Weill-Brecht songs. Brilliant Classics 95126.

Berlin – Paris – New York: Kurt Weill. Yumi Nara, soprano; Rikuya Terashima, piano. ALM Records ALCD 7189-90. (2-CD Set of Weill songs.)

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Yes! Julie Fuchs, soprano; Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Samuel Jean. Deutsche Grammophon 481 200-7. Includes “Chant de Barbara” and “Complainte de Mackie,” sung in French.

Lost in the Stars. Annaleigh Ashford with Will Van Dyke and the Whiskey 5. Live at 54 Below. Broadway Records CD 548 019. Includes “Lost in the Stars.”

Lachen und weinen. Katja Stuber, soprano; Boris Kusnezow, piano. Conditura Records conrec005. Includes “Complainte de la Seine,” “J’attends un navire,” “Je ne t’aime pas,” and “Youkali.”

At This Time . . . . Steve Kuhn Trio (Steve Kuhn, Steve Swallow, Joey Baron). Sunnyside SSC1436. Includes “This Is New.”

Was sagt man zu den Menschen wenn man traurig ist? Jasmin Tabatabai, vocals. Jadavi Records 4250095882234. Includes “Youkali.”

Forbidden but not Forgotten. Historical German recordings from the 1920s and 1930s; various artists. Intense Media 600252. Includes historical recordings of Die Dreigroschenoper and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. (10-CD set.)

Mack the Knife: Ella in Berlin. LP reissue of Ella Fitzgerald’s classic 1960 recording on 180-gram vinyl. Verve MG V-4041. Includes “Mack the Knife.”

Kindred Spirits: Live at Chan’s. Greg Abate and Phil Woods, saxophones, with the Tim Ray Trio. Whaling City Sound WCS 077. (Includes “Speak Low.”)

Speak Low. Lucia Cadotsch, vocals, Otis Sandsjö, saxophone, Petter Eldh, bass. Yellowbird Records YEB-7761. (Includes “Speak Low.”)


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Katz, Pamela. The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink. New York: Anchor Books, 2016. (Paperback edition.)

Grey, Joel. Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir. New York: Flatiron Books, 2016.

Wouk, Herman. Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old Author. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Franceschina, John. Music Theory through Musical Theatre: Putting It Together. Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press, 2015. Includes several examples from Weill’s Broadway musicals.

Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. New York: Harper, 2015. Includes quotations from Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s song “Lost in the Stars.”

Tucker, Shawn, ed. The Virtues and Vices in the Arts: A Sourcebook. Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Includes article on Die sieben Todsünden.


Breivik, Magnar. “Opfer og Einverständnis: Religiøse perspektiver på Brecht og Weills skoleopera Der Jasager.” In (Gen)Klange: Esssays om kunst og Kristendom tilegnet Nils Holger Petersen på 70-årsdagen. Ed. Kristoffer Garne and Lars Nørgaard. Copenhagen: Theological Faculty of Copenhagen University, 2016, pp. 158-166.

Graber, Naomi. Joint review of Weill’s Musical Theatre: Stages of Reform by Stephen Hinton and Johnny Johnson (Kurt Weill Edition Ser. I, vol. 13), edited by Tim Carter. In Journal of the Society for American Music, vol. 10, no. 1 (Feb. 2016), pp. 101-107.

Manitt, Russ. “Kurt Weill’s and Georg Kaiser’s Der Silbersee: Ein Wintermärchen: A Tall Tale of Protest.” In Protest Music in the Twentieth Century, ed. Roberto Illiano. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015, pp. 99-116.

July-December 2016