Music: Off the Record

Alban Berg died 17 years ago, but no U.S. opera company has yet found the means or the courage to mount his second opera. So Lulu, an even bloodier yarn than Berg's Wozzeck, is having its American premiere in the latest fashion this week—on records.

Berg worked out the libretto of Lulu from two plays by the German actor-writer Frank Wedekind. It is a thing of violence and sensuality, set out in the glares and black shadows of fin de siecle romanticism. Singing in clipped, high-tension German, lustful Lulu causes one violent death...

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