Weill: Propheten, Whitman Songs / Hampson, Davies

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The score of The Prophets, intended as the last act of The Eternal Road, was the last that Kurt Weill composed in Europe and his last extensive setting in German, before he personally and professionally adopted the language of his new home, America. Musically, he drew on all his previous great works, from Mahagonny and the Seven Deadly Sins to his Second Symphony. At the same time, he foreshadowed some of his soon-to-be-written works for Broadway.

In 1998 David Drew devised the concert adaptation of this act, of which this is the premiere’s recording. The Four Walt Whitman Songs, meanwhile, were a product of the war years and reveal Weill at his most touchingly American, fusing American theater song with the German Lied, Berlin with Brooklyn.

Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 02, 2023

  • Catalog Number: C5500

  • UPC: 845221055008

  • Label: Capriccio

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Kurt Weill

  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Jeunesse-Chor, Michael Papst, Thomas Hampson, Wiener Motettenchor, Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen

  • Performer: Christian Horvath, Albert Dohmen, Kurt Azesberger, Gottfried Hornik, Bernd Frohlich, Ursula Fiedler, Anselm Lipgens, Georg Tsulufis, Karl Richter, Wolfgang Schneider, Sang-Kyu Lee, Josef Wagner, Johann Leutgeb, Rainer Frieb


  1. Propheten

    Composer: Kurt Weill

    Ensemble: Vienna Children's Choir, Vienna Weiner Motettenchor, Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen

    Performer: Albert Dohmen (Bass-Baritone), Kurt Azesberger (Tenor), Michael Pabst (Tenor), Gottfried Hornik (Baritone), Ursula Fiedler (Soprano), Georg Tsulufis (Voice), Anselm Lipgens (Voice)

  2. Whitman Songs

    Composer: Kurt Weill

    Ensemble: ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Thomas Hampson (Baritone)

    Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies