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Weimar Berlin: The Party's Over
Royal Festival Hall

Weimar Berlin: The Party's Over

Date: 29 Sep
Time: 19:30
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Rebecca Nelsen, soprano

BUSONI Two Studies for Doktor Faust
WEILL Concerto for Violin, Wind Orchestra and Double Bass
BERG Lulu Suite
HINDEMITH Dances from Das Nusch-Nuschi

Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis closes with a programme spanning the early years and the tragic end of the Weimar Republic.

Experimental, radiant, colourful - Kurt Weill's 1924 Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, influenced by Stravinsky and his teacher Busoni, bursts with life. Tonight's soloist is Christian Tetzlaff, "the finest violinist performing before the public today" (New Yorker).

In 1934, when he was composing his opera Lulu, Alban Berg was flirting with danger, adapting what the Nazis termed a 'degenerate' text by Frank Wedekind and composing in a modernist style. His music was later banned and, fearful that his new opera would never be performed, Berg adapted its material as the Lulu Suite, for soprano and orchestra. The fallout from the world premiere of this luxurious, jazz-infused score was immediate for both performers and reviewers alike.

The party atmosphere of the Weimar Republic years was now over. But we finish this series with a glance back to the hope and freedom at its beginnings, a glorious, defiant dance from Paul Hindemith's one-act opera Das Nusch-Nuschi of 1922.

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Royal Festival Hall

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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