Kurt Weill & Schumann: Essen


On tour

Mon 2 May 2022 8.00pm - 9.30pm
Philharmonie Essen

Kurt Weill The Seven Deadly Sins
Schumann Symphony No 2

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Magdalena Kožená Anna
Andrew Staples father
Alessandro Fisher 
Ross Ramgobin 
Florian Boesch
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Essen Philharmonie website.

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and 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 in 2022. Magdalena Kožená sings Weill’s insidiously catchy melodies, music that evokes a world of satire, sleaze and naked self-indulgence. Social comment has never been so shamelessly entertaining.

We end with Schumann’s most personal (some might say greatest) symphony, which includes musical love-notes to his wife Clara that Schumann threaded throughout.