Bentley on Brecht: Songs and Poems of Bertolt Brecht

Bentley on Brecht: Songs and Poems of Bertolt Brecht

Eric Bentley FW05434 / FH 5434

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was an important German poet and playwright in the second quarter of the 20th century. This recording of selected poems and songs is performed by theater critic, singer, and teacher Eric Bentley, who is considered to be a preeminent expert on Brecht. Eighteen of the 19 selections in this recording were translated and adapted by Bentley, who also plays piano and harmonium. Of interest are the performances of two songs from “The Threepenny Opera”, perhaps Brecht’s best known musical: “Mack the Knife” (the last three stanzas only) and “Ballad of Sexual Submissiveness”, sometimes known as the “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”.

The liner notes include texts and musical notation.

Year Released 1965
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1965 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Drama; Historical Song; Poetry
Country(s) Germany
Culture Group(s) German
Subject(s) Instructional; Motion picture soundtracks; Protest songs; Spoken word; Theater

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101 About Poor B.B. Eric Bentley 3:19
102 Ballad of the Dead Soldier Eric Bentley 5:24
103 Memory of Marie Eric Bentley 3:34
104 Doomed Generations Eric Bentley 1:10
105 A Visit to the Exiled Poets Eric Bentley 2:43
106 Easter Sunday, 1935 Eric Bentley 1:37
107 The Ballad of Marie Sanders Eric Bentley 2:31
108 To the Little Radio Eric Bentley 1:59
109 To My Countrymen Eric Bentley 2:32
201 Hymn of the Great Baal and Orge's Hymn Eric Bentley 4:16
202 A Man's a Man Eric Bentley 3:09
203 Mack the Knife Eric Bentley 1:57
204 Ballad of Sexual Submissiveness Eric Bentley 2:36
205 Supply and Demand Eric Bentley 4:12
206 That's How It Should Be Eric Bentley 1:41
207 Song of a German Mother Eric Bentley 2:52
208 Song of Mother Courage Eric Bentley 2:22
209 Ballad of the Wise Woman and the Soldier Eric Bentley 4:56
210 Keiner Oder Alle! Eric Bentley 3:12
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