Picks and Pans Review: Riki Turofsky Sings Kurt Weill

updated 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/13/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Riki Turofsky

It's a mark of the genius of Weill's music that it thrives under such varying interpretations, from the rock star collection issued in 1985 to this far more formal set. The Toronto-born Turofsky, 44, is an opera-trained soprano and recorded this album with the Toronto Chamber Ensemble, so the jazz-inspired components of Weill's songs are subdued. Not that Turofsky is stuffy; she never sounds like an opera star singing down to a pop audience. She also chose a satisfying assortment of songs. They range from the familiar September Song, My Ship and Lost in the Stars to the too often neglected Speak Low, a great love song that Turofsky sings to a Latin beat, and the surprisingly perky (perky for Weill, anyway) Green-up Time. Weill's songs certainly don't need very much filling out when it comes to emotional content, but it's easy to believe that, as Turofsky has said, she sang them with particular feeling. She dedicated the album to her daughter Carrie, who had died in a car crash at 19, not long before recording began. (Fanfare)

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