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Songs of Bertolt Brecht: Gisela May Sings Brecht

Year: 1972, 29 mins
Code: CAT-Son

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Gisela May, star of Bertolt Brecht's East German "Berliner Ensemble" theater, in a concert of his songs. The music is by several of the major composers who worked with him: Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler, Kurt Weill.
The songs are sung in the original German, each preceded by a brief English explanation or accompanied by subtitles. From "Die Dreigroschenoper" ("Threepenny Opera"): "Moritat" ("Mack the Knife"), and "Seerauber Jenny" ("Pirate Jenny"). From "Happy End" the song "Surabaya Johnny." From "Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder" ("Mother Courage"): "Lied des Solomons." From "Schweyk im zweiten Weltkrieg" ("Schweyk in the Second World War"): "Das Moldau Lied." From "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny" ("The Rise and Fall of Mahagonny"): "Alabama Song" (in English.) Also included here: "The Song of the Nazi Soldier's Wife," "Ballade von Marie Sanders," and "Zu Potsdam unter den Eichen."

Gisela May was a German actress and singer. In 1962, May moved to Bertolt Brecht's theatre group, the Berliner Ensemble, and stayed for 30 years. While there she played a variety of roles, including Madame Cabet in The Days of the Commune, Mrs Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Mrs Kopecka in Schweik in the Second World War, and Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children.

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