Kurt Weill’s »The Seven Deadly Sins«

12. April 2024
New York City, NY (US) - Carnegie Hall
Kurt Weill's »The Seven Deadly Sins«
Kurt Weill’s »The Seven Deadly Sins«

Ensemble Modern

Wallis Giunta Mezzo-Sopran

Wolfram Lattke –
Robert Pohlers –
Frank Ozimek –
Holger Krause –

HK Gruber Leitung



HINDEMITH Kammermusik No. 1, Op. 24

KORNGOLD Much Ado about Nothing Suite

SCHOENBERG Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene(arr. Johannes Schöllhorn)

WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins (text by Bertolt Brecht; version for 15 players by HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel)


The Weimar Republic’s urgent blend of desperate defiance and vast artistic possibility come together in this Ensemble Modern performance. It opens with Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1, a masterstroke of postmodernism. Erich Korngold’s hit suite from Much Ado About Nothing offers an early glimpse at his wildly successful partnership with Max Reinhardt, more than a decade before they fled Europe and made Hollywood history. Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene is—almost certainly intentionally—not so much a film “accompaniment” as it is a full-fledged main attraction. Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta joins in HK Gruber and Christian Muthspiel’s brand-new arrangement of The Seven Deadly Sins, a biting satire composed the same year Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s works were banned in their native Germany.