HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Kurt Weill – Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)

Many thanks to our friend Jean-Luc for this
For those who have not found a copy of this now difficult to find CD of an early recording of Kurt Weill’s DIE DREIGROSHENOPER with the finest cast ever assembled for the work, take advantage of Amazon’s search machine and add this gold standard recording to your permanent collection post haste! This is one of those rare recordings that withstands time and scientific advances in recording techniques and remains absolutely perfect.

# Composer: Kurt Weill
# Performer: Lotte Lenya
# Orchestra – Sender Freies Berlin
# Conductor – Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
# Vinyl (1958)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Columbia
# DR-Analysis: DR: 15
# Size: 1.49 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Kurt Weill was once quoted as saying “there are only two kinds of music – good music and bad music”. This is great music whipped into a frenzy – the Threepenny Opera as true opera and not as a musical play. The casting is superb, a direct reflection of Lotte Lenya’s musical supervision of the project. It is one of the few complete recordings of the work, including both the “Jealousy Duet”, often omitted because of the vocal demands placed on the performers, and the Ballad of Sexual Dependency, usually omitted because of its frank content.
Lotte Lenya steals the show. Pirate Jenny has an almost maniacal lilt in the final verse. The Tango Ballade hits its full stride only after Lenya’s voice takes over the lead. Her delivery of, perhaps, Brecht’s most famous line; “erst kommt das fressen, dann kommt die moral” in the Ballad “What Keeps Mankind Alive” is as authoritative as Brecht could ever hope it to be. Lenya’s exploitation of the musical interval of a tritone at “Rocke heben” adds a lifetime of experience and conviction to the work.
Not to be overlooked is the excellent musical direction of Wilhelm Bruckner-Ruggeberg of the musicians and singers. Trude Hesterburg as Frau Peachum delivers a delightful performance of the Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and the Peachum family triumphs in the finale to Act I, the Uncertainty of Human Conditions. A true virtuoso performance all around.
Kurt Weill suceeded beyond his wildest dreams – he truly was the poor man’s Verdi.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Weill – Die Dreigroschenoper
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR14        -0.83 dB     -19.21 dB     sideA.wav
 DR17        -0.90 dB     -22.85 dB     sideB.wav
 DR13        -1.52 dB     -19.03 dB     sideC.wav
 DR15        -0.83 dB     -21.09 dB     sideD.wav
 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:    DR15


  • Artwork [Cover] – Ben Shahn
  • Chorus Master – Günther Arndt
  • Composed By – Kurt Weill
  • Conductor – Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg
  • Lyrics By – Bertolt Brecht
  • Orchestra – Sender Freies Berlin
  • Vocals [Frau Peachum] – Trude Hesterburg*
  • Vocals [Gangster 1] – Kurt Hellwig
  • Vocals [Gangster 2] – Paul Otto Kuster
  • Vocals [Gangster 3] – Joseph Hausmann
  • Vocals [Gangster 4] – Martin Hoepper
  • Vocals [Herr Peachum] – Willy Trenk-Trebitsch
  • Vocals [Jenny], Producer, Supervised By – Lotte Lenya
  • Vocals [Lucy] – Inge Wolffberg
  • Vocals [Macheath] – Erich Schellow
  • Vocals [Moritatensänger] – Wolfgang Neuss
  • Vocals [Polly Peachum] – Johanna Von Kóczian*
  • Vocals [Tiger Brown] – Wolfgang Grunert*
Recorded at the Afifa Studio in Templehof Berlin, January 11-15, 1958. Entire production supervised by Lotte Lenya. Sung in German.


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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9 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Columbia) Kurt Weill – Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera)

  1. Noch einmal, vielen vielen Dank !! Wann ich denke in alles dass ich habe in diese Blog gehört und gelernt nur kann ich sage dass danke zu Sie heute ich habe eine große wissen über die klasik Music. Eine interessant Komposition diese Drei Groschen. Ich habe alles Theaterstück von Brecht aber ich hatte keine Idee über diese Oper. Vielen Dank Rach und auch zu Jean-Luc

  2. Shame on me, I really had no recording of the Dreigroschenoper until today. How can that be? No explanation.

    Thanks a lot Padrone!

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