8-CD/1-DVD (NTSC) boxed set (LP-format) with 172-page hardcover book, 230 tracks. Playing time approx. 631 mns.
Gisela May has been known for decades as the best known and most competent Brecht interpreter. She has been called 'The First Lady of Political Songs'. She describes herself, according to a definition from Brecht, as a 'singing actress'.
Appearances all over the world led her from Amsterdam to New York, from Sidney to Paris, from Vienna to Oslo and to La Scala in Milan.
For 30 years she belonged to the Berliner Ensemble, where for a decade she was particularly celebrated for her role as 'Mother Courage'. She also shone as a star of musical theatre in 'Hello Dolly' and became well known through numerous films and television productions.
Her phonograph records have been on the market since the Fifties. Time and again it was the Brecht songs set to music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau, upon which she left her own personal, unmistakeable stamp.
As a chanson singer she felt particularly beholden to the works of Kurt Tucholsky, Erich Kästner and Jacques Brel.
Now Bear Family offers a representative selection of Gisela May’s song recordings from five decades in an extensive eight CD box: 'DIE MAY'.
Included are the famous songs from the 'Threepenny Opera', from 'Happy End', 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny' and the 'Seven Deadly Sins', new and old cabaret chansons, political songs, recitals of prose and poetry, musical theatre hits, movie hits, ballads and street ballads.
Gisela May’s acoustic life’s work is complemented by a never-seen-before first publication.