To close the Autumn Festival, two tales of morality told through markedly different voices. Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins crackles with superbly controlled frenzy. It is a satire of the petty bourgeois morals wherein the seven deadly sins transform into virtues in Weill’s unmistakable cabaret style.
Franz Liszt, a mystical dreamer, envisioned a “music of the future” that fused poetry and music. In the Dante Symphony he takes us through Hell to Paradise via Purgatory and then to the Magnificat, the ultimate “Vision” of Paradise with a choir of angels singing a hymn to the Virgin.