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Details

Barbican Hall
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS
England


Programme

Kurt WeillLittle Threepenny Music
Kurt WeillDeath in the Forest
Kurt WeillStreet Scene: 'Lonely House'
Kurt Weill4 Walt Whitman songs
Kurt WeillThe Seven Deadly Sins

Performers

Sir Simon Rattle – Conductor
Magdalena Kozená – Soprano
Andrew Staples – Tenor
Alessandro Fisher – Tenor
Ross Ramgobin – baritone
Florian Boesch – Bass

London Symphony Orchestra

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Programme Note

Satire and sleaze in Weimar Berlin, as Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená explore the dark secrets and memorable melodies of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins.

Pride is for the wealthy – if you want to succeed, you put it aside and give them what they want. When time are tough, there’s only one way to get ahead; Bertolt Brecht knew that back in 1933, and Kurt Weill set it to music that stings, even through every fabulously memorable tune. 

This is The Seven Deadly Sins, born in the dying days of Weimar Berlin, premiered in Paris and yet somehow just as urgent right here in London in 2022. Social comment has never been so shamelessly entertaining: Magdalena Kožená sings Weill’s insidiously catchy melodies, and Sir Simon Rattle conducts two further, unforgettable bulletins from a city on the edge – the lethally tuneful satire of the Little Threepenny Music, and the ice-cold anger of Death in the Forest. 

 

Magdalena Kozená – Soprano

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