sung by Katharine Mehrling and read by Tilmar Kuhn
Werner Richard Heymann (1896-1961), the best-known UFA composer of his time, left behind a large body of work that goes far beyond his popular film hits (“Somewhere in the World”, “It Only Happens Once”).
It includes symphonies, chansons for cabaret, operettas, music for the stage, for silent films and the sound film operettas of the 1930s ("The Three from the Gas Station", "The Congress Dances") as well as film compositions in Hollywood, among others. to Lubitsch's “Ninotschka” and “To be or not to be”.
Heymann tells of his rich and eventful LIFE in his autobiography - read by Tilmar Kuhn. Original audio documents and historical music examples complement the selected episodes from childhood in Königsberg, the turbulent cultural life of the Weimar Republic in Berlin, from exile in Paris and Hollywood and the return to Germany.
The very personal interpretations of selected SONGS - sung by Katharine Mehrling - open up a completely new approach to Heymann's musical cosmos.
She sings rarely played songs from the 1920s or from French and American exile, right up to “The Game Begins,” a collaboration between Heymann and Gilbert from 1959, which was recorded for the first time ever.
The combination of reading and music about Werner Richard Heymann's life and work creates a lively insight into an important chapter in the cultural history of the 20th century.
A special event on the occasion of the release of the double CD “Werner Richard Heymann - Life and Songs”.
Band: Ferdinand von Seebach - piano Alexey Krupsky - guitar Olaf Casimir - bass Andrej Sur - violin