Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

(Leipzig Radio Symphony conducted by Herbert Kegel, with Gisela May, Peter Schreier, and others; Deutsche Grammophon 139308). The last of the BrechtWeill collaborations has a terseness and purity that sharpen the point of its irony. Although it was written originally as a ballet score, this catalogue of human shortcomings and shenanigans has plenty of pith without visual aids. Gisela May sounds like a young Lotte Lenya in the central role. This is one of the best Weill recordings ever made.