The Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny, Usher Hall, Edinburgh Festival

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The trouble with Kurt Weill's Mahagonny is that it is an American musical, curdled into irony and cynicism; a Bach passion, full of spare counterpoint; a barbershop number; a Brechtian Lehrstück, moralistic and intellectual. Its uneasy balance of genres requires exceptional performers.

This concert performance had a perfectly acceptable cast and a conductor, HK Gruber, who is known for his sense of humour. But they never got within a mile of bringing it off.