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"Riding on a better tide
Has his sails of my spirit boat,
And now leaves behind him such grim waves.
To the second realm his course goes,
Where the spirits float to the purification,
To then approach the kingdom of heaven with dignity."

 

Dante Alighieri | Purgatorium | 1. Canto


In his album INFERNO KRISCHAN musically led us into another famous story of the literary world - Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia - the "Divine Comedy". More than 700 years ago, the poet wrote an impressive vision of the afterlife as the author's journey in the first person through the three realms of the afterworld. The Divina Commedia is considered the most important poetry in Italian literature and at the same time was the first to establish the Italian language as a written language.

Dante is accompanied by the Roman poet Vergil, who leads him through the inferno and purgatory, in search of his "ideal wife" Beatrice, who ultimately shows him the way to paradise.This symphonic poem runs through all pieces on KRISCHAN's work! Follow him through dark forests, pursued by dark beings and figures, on unreal rivers through the different segments of the nine circles of hell to the center of the earth in this unique way of expression, which KRISCHAN has always manifested as one of his essential theses.

 

... and the journey continues ...

Also in the second part of the incredible journey through the worlds beyond, KRISCHAN leads us musically into the PURGATORIUM. It was conceived by Dante as an inverted funnel, a rising mountain with a forecourt, seven terraces connected by rock steps, and the summit ...

In the forecourt, the delinquent sinners, who have repented only at the last moment of life, transform the mountain of purification. In the seven circles, the proud, the envious, the angry, the lazy, the miserly, the miserly, the gluttonous, the lustful repent; but they repent joyfully in hope, awaiting divine grace and redemption, and Dante joins their ranks as a fellow-penitent. Step by step he overcomes; with each step one of the seven P (peccata, mortal sins), which the cherub wrote on his forehead with the tip of his sword at the entrance, goes out - and with each step the ascent becomes easier.

Here, too, the penitent souls speak to him, and here, too, we listen to the dystopian musical variety that KRISCHAN adds to the various scenes.

 

„At the midpoint on the journey of life,

I found myself in a dark forrest.

For the straight forward pathway

Has been lost …

 

Ah me! How hard a thing it is to say

What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,

Which in the very thought renews the fear.

 

So bitter is it, death is little more;

but of the good to treat, which there I found,

Speak will I of the other things

I saw there …"