Sunday, February 10, 2008


I have no excuse. I write nothing about Lotte Lenya's Kurt Weill. She is definitive, after all. It's not like I don't have it. I have no excuse.

She is best in German. It is amusing to hear her pronounce the American place names in “Die Sieben Todsuenden” or Seven Deadly Sins. Sometimes it approaches Sprechstimme. Her German is impeccable. I hear clearly when she tells us that Anna I and Anna II share the same savings account book.

I've never cared for her voice. Listening now I completely don't remember why. This is simply how Weill is supposed to sound. The others are imitations.

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