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 Songspiel vocal score cover

Mahagonny: ein Songspiel. Vocal score based on the Kurt Weill Edition. Vienna: Universal Edition, c2015 (UE 36 629; ISMN: 979-0-008-08698-4).

CD’s & LP’s

Plays and Operas for the Radio, Staatsoperette Dresden, Ernst Theis, cond. CPO 777 839-2 (includes Das Berliner Requiem).

Thousands of Miles, Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano; Baptiste Trotignon, piano. Alpha Classics ALPHA 272. (Fourteen Weill songs.)

Wanted: Songs of Kurt Weill. Dagmar Pecková with Jiří Hájek, vocals; Epoque Quartet and Orchestra, Miroslav Hloucal Jazz Band; Jan Kučera, piano and conductor. Supraphon SU 4226-2. (Fifteen Weill songs.)

Bremner Sings Kurt Weill, Vol. 2: Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed. Bremner Duthie, vocals, David Patrick, piano, et al. Private issue. (Fourteen Weill songs.)

Johnny Johnson and Der Zar lässt sich photographieren. Re-issue of 1956 MGM recording, and first release of 1960 RAI broadcast of Der Zar in Italian. Cantus Classics 5.01992.

Happy End, Down in the Valley, Lady in the Dark. Re-issues of 1960 Columbia recording with Lotte Lenya, 1950 recording with NBC-Television cast (Marion Bell, William McGraw, et al.), and 1954 NBC-Television cast (Ann Sothern, Carleton Carpenter, et al.), respectively. Cantus Classics 5.01978.

Regina (Blitzstein). Re-issue of 1958 New York City Opera recording (Brenda Lewis, George Irving, et al.). Cantus Classics 5.01983.

CPO 777 839-2 CD cover

For Seasons, Daniel Hope, violin, Zürcher Kammerorchester. Deutsche Grammophon 479 6922 (includes “September Song” arranged for violin and chamber orchestra).

Story Songs, Betty Buckley, vocals, Christian Jacob, music director. Palmetto Records PM 2185 (includes “September Song”).

Kurt Weill: A Portrait from Berlin to New York, Torsten Mossberg, et al., vocals, Anders Karlqvist, piano, with ensemble. Sterling CDA 1820/1821-2 (2- CD set).

In Search of Freedom, Berlage Saxophone Quartet. MDG 903 1999-6 (includes “Kanonen-Song,” Ballade vom angenehmen Leben,” “Zuhälterballade,” “Pollys Lied.”)

Dance of Time, Eliane Elias, vocals. Concord Jazz CJA00027 (includes “Speak Low”).

Speak Low. Joyce van de Pol and Trio. A1 Records (includes “Speak Low”).


Schmid-Reiter, Isolde and Aviel Cahn, eds. Judaism in Opera = Judentum in der Oper. Regensburg: Con Brio, 2017. Includes articles by Ruth HaCohen and Erik Levi.

Rosenblatt, Richard David. On Borrowed Time. Maximilian Books, 2017.


Die Dreigroschenoper. Feature film (1963) directed by Wolfgang Staudte; starring Curd Jürgens, Hildegarde Knef, et al. PAL system. Filmjuwelen 6416965.


Whitfield, Sarah, “‘Next You’re Franklin Shepard Inc.?’: Composing the Broadway Musical, a Study of Kurt Weill’s Working Practices,” Studies in Musical Theatre 10.2 (2016): 163-176.

Eisler, Garrett, “Brecht’s Broadway Debut: The Faithful Failure of 3-Penny Opera, 1933,” New England Theatre Journal 27.1 (2016): 1-25.

Marx, Wolfgang, “Brecht and Weill’s Berliner Requiem as a Necropolitical Statement,” published in Who Telleth a Tale of Unspeaking Death?, ed. Wolfgang Marx (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2017), pp. 147-168.

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