The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (261): Stranger and stranger

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (261): Stranger and stranger


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2020

Not sure howthis can be sung without a cigarette in the corner of your mouth. Here’s the latest recording:


The orchestral version:




  • Daniel Kravetz says:

    The song was introduced by Mary Martin as a statue come to life in the 1943 Broadway musical ONE TOUCH OF VENUS. She probably sang it without a cigarette.

  • It is kind of you to make comparison between my wife and Teresa Stratas and Lotte Lenya. Praise indeed.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Rosalind Plowright is wonderful! Very chanteuse-like.
    Given her usual repertoire, it’s a pleasurable surprise to hear her sing this song.
    BTW, RP doesn’t really smoke that cigarette – she mostly holds an unlit one, and if my eyes aren’t deceiving me, that single puff of smoke at the beginning is CGI’d in.
    The fabulous Ute Lemper sang a great version of this song too, with John Mauceri conducting the RIAS Berlin Kammerensemble, on London CD 425-204-2, “Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill”. All Weill fans should hear this record, and if you haven’t, you’re really missing something.