Frank Strobel, conductor
HUPPERTZ METROPOLIS: film screening with live orchestral accompaniment
Composer Gottfried Huppertz and film director Fritz Lang were frequent partners in the creation of German cinema of the Weimar period: their most famous collaboration was on Metropolis (1927), Lang's masterpiece of epic expressionist science-fiction storytelling.
Set in a city of the future (in 2026), Metropolis is lauded for its imaginative flair in depicting a nightmarish mechanized-industrial future. Its warning about society, equality and the nature of the city itself reflects the instability and concerns of the Weimar age.
For this live screening of Metropolis, Frank Strobel conducts Huppertz's original score for the film (arranged by Frank Strobel). Huppertz's music draws principally from Wagner and Richard Strauss, with flashes of modernism to represent its futuristic urban dystopia.
Film by courtesy of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung
Music by courtesy of EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE
Produced by ZDF/ARTE
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
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