By Alexander Yudenkov, Anja Silja, Bernhard Hartmann, Julius Pfeifer, SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern, and Torsten Muller. By Kurt Weill. Classical. CD. Naxos #SWR19519CD. Published by Naxos (NX.SWR19519CD).
UPC: 747313951987. Conducted by Grzegorz Nowak.
The Seven Deadly Sins is a satirical parable and the last co-operation between Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht. The present album is a re-release of the SWRmusic bestseller 93.109 having the outstanding Anja Silja as Anna. The 'sung ballet' is in nine movements, and was written in 1933 as Weill watched the Nazis seize power following the Reichstag fire of February 1933. Both Brecht and Weill knew that as Jewish men, Berlin could no longer be their home. He obtained the commission for Seven Deadly Sins while in Paris. The scenario of the libretto mirrors Brecht's own travels after fleeing Germany, expanded to one-year sojourns in each of seven cities.