Korneev brings the universal language of Weill’s music into the here and now.
It sometimes seems like it’s impossible to have Kurt Weill without Bertolt Brecht. However, the creative work of the Jewish composer who was born in Dessau, matured to become an artist in 1920s Berlin, and fled from the Nazis is much broader than The Threepenny Opera or Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. In America, where Weill lived from 1935 until his death in 1950, he wrote musicals and celebrated successes on Broadway that were filmed in Hollywood.
Vladimir Korneev honours Weill’s life’s work with his new programme YOUKALI – named after the play Weill wrote in exile about a utopian land in which everyone is respected, loved and allowed to feel free.
With “an unbelievably nuanced voice over several octaves” (Berliner Morgenpost), the Georgian-born singer and actor brings the universal language of Weill’s music into the here and now. In addition to his kindred spirit, concert pianist and arranger Liviu Petcu, he is also accompanied by accordion, bass and percussion.