BREMNER SINGS KURT WEILL
'A fresh, dark take on music from 1930s Berlin and Broadway, bitingly contemporary and often surprising.' -- Music and Media Magazine
Bremner's first recording was devoted to his own personal obsession, the extraordinary songs of Kurt Weill. Bremner recorded sparse, heartfelt versions of Weill's repertoire, which stretches from the streets of 1920's Berlin to the dazzling lights of Broadway.
Eclectic. Diverse. Brilliant. Kurt Weill wrote extraordinary songs. Songs of desire and love. Songs of hatred and anger. Songs of repulsion, irony, ambition. Songs of hope and renewal.
Why such eclectic brilliance? Unlike Gershwin or Porter or Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kurt Weill was forever marked by life in Germany in the 1920's, when that country was ripped apart by politics, racism and economic strife. In response, theatre, music and art tried to strip emotions raw and question everything. As a result, Weill could shift between the sublime and the shocking in a heartbeat. Weill wrote the most fragile, tender 'farewell' song ever sung: 'Speak Low'. He wrote a song that is a scream of raw, outraged anger at watching young men march to war: 'Cannon Song'. He wrote a song that is a frolic of delight at simply being alive: 'One Life To Live'.
"I've been entranced by the music of Kurt Weill throughout my adult life. I've sung his songs in lovely concert halls and in dark, dilapidated saloons. I've sung his music accompanied by rock bands and with classical string quartets. I've never grown tired of his music. When I met pianist David Patrick (my partner in crime in this concert) and discovered his own obsession with Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' (an obsession which drove him to transcribe the entire work for a Jazz Septet!), I knew I had found a collaborator who could do justice to Mr. Kurt Weill's extraordinary music.
Bremner Sings Kurt Weill shares my delight in the marvelous complexity of Kurt Weill’s music. Every moment spent with his work is a moment of discovery: Weill forces us to open up our hearts, to hear and see the world anew."