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Online Festival:
“The Golden Twenties” in the Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall
Berliner Philharmoniker’s Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties” in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall

The nineteen-twenties were a time of contradictions and contrasts, of hopes and missed opportunities, of optimism and fear. At the same time, extremes were being pushed to the limit in literature, art and music.

In the midst of this world in upheaval lay Berlin — a metropolis of contrasts, and epicenter of Modernism in the arts. Housing shortages and abject poverty, bold dreams of modernity, pleasure-seeking, nostalgia and violence all collided.

Together with chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and guests such as Donald Runnicles, Christian Thielemann and Dagmar Manzel, the Berliner Philharmoniker will bring the 1920s to life in an online festival in the Digital Concert Hall from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27. The music of Kurt Weill, whose works have shaped the sound of the metropolis of Berlin well beyond its borders, is a particular focus of attention.

The focus starts with an orchestra concert under the direction of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko on 13 February with Igor Stravinsky’s Oedipus rex and Kurt Weill’s First Symphony, also known as the “Berliner Sinfonie.” The Berliner Philharmoniker will perform together with the men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin (chorusmaster: Gijs Leenars) and an international ensemble of soloists.

On Feb. 20, Donald Runnicles will be the orchestra’s guest conductor. In addition to works by Eugen d’Albert and Franz Schreker, he will conduct Alban Berg’s Three Fragments from the opera Wozzeck and the suite from Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

The concert on Feb. 27 will be conducted by Christian Thielemann. It includes works by Johann and Richard Strauss, Paul Hindemith and Ferruccio Busoni, with soprano Diana Damrau as the soloist and the men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

On Feb. 16, under the direction of Marie Jacquot, the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Hanns Eisler’s Suite for Orchestra No. 3 “Kuhle Wampe”, Kurt Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra op. 12 with soloist Kolja Blacher, and Kurt Weill’s Symphony No. 2.

The concert on Feb. 23 is a special chamber music event: members of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Michael Hasel invite us to the legendary coffee house “Moka Efti” with dance music of the 1920s, including foxtrots and shimmies, tangos, marches and blues ballads. Kurt Weill is represented with three works, among them the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. Stefan Wolpe’s Suite from the 1920s evokes the jazz craze of the time, while
átyás Seiber’s exuberant and unconventional Two Jazzolettes seem to literally trip over their own feet. Between the individual works, Dagmar Manzel reads autobiographical texts by Trude Hesterberg, Lotte Lenya and Josephine Baker.

The third concert of the Workshop.Dialog.Music. chamber music series in cooperation with Deutsche Bank at the PalaisPopulaire on 18 February is also dedicated to the 1920s. Cornelia Gartemann, Julia Gartemann and Solène Kermarrec play works by Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler and Jean Cras. The concert will be streamed live on the page of the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker. Berlin, Feb. 3, 2021

On Feb. 5, 2021 the third and final part of Eric Schulz’s film series The Philharmoniker — Our story, which deals with the late years of the Karajan era, will be released in the Digital Concert Hall. Tours to China, Japan and Russia proved to be great successes, but conflicts between the chief conductor and the orchestra also intensified during this period. The year 1989 saw not only the departure of Karajan and his death, but also the fall of the Berlin Wall. Historical recordings and memories of former orchestra members show how moving and unforgettable the first concert was for the East German fellow citizens.

Following the directive of the German federal and state governments of Jan. 5, both halls of the Philharmonie Berlin (the main auditorium and the chamber music hall) will remain closed up to and including March 31, 2021. The daily guided tours of the Philharmonie and the free lunch concerts will also not take place during this time.

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties”

Feb. 13, 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditiorium
Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Ekaterina Semenchuk mezzo-soprano (Jocasta)
Derek Welton bass (Creon and Messenger)
Andrea Mastroni bass (Tiresias)
Krystian Adam tenor (Shepherd)
Bibiana Beglau speaker
Rundfunkchor Berlin

Kurt Weill Symphony No. 1 “Berliner Sinfonie”
Igor Stravinsky Oedipus rex

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties”

Feb. 16, 2021, 20:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Marie Jacquot conductor
Kolja Blacher violin

Hanns Eisler Suite für Orchester Nr. 3 op. 26 “Kuhle Wampe”
Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, op. 12
Kurt Weill Symphony No. 2

Feb. 18, 2021, 19:00, PalaisPopulaire
The Golden Twenties

Cornelia Gartemann violin
Julia Gartemann viola
Solène Kermarrec cello

Paul Hindemith String Trio, op. 34, Movements 1-3
Hanns Eisler Scherzo for String Trio
Jean Cras String Trio, Movements 1,2 and 4

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties”

Feb. 20, 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Berliner Philharmoniker
Donald Runnicles conductor
Irene Roberts soprano

Eugen d’Albert Tiefland: Symphonic Prelude, op. 34
Franz Schreker Der Schatzgräber: Symphonic Interlude
Alban Berg Three Fragments from Wozzeck (reduced version)
Kurt Weill The Rise and fall of the City of Mahagonny: Suite (arr. Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg)

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties”

Feb. 23, 2021, 20:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Michael Hasel conductor

“An Evening in Moka Efti”

Kurt Weill Berlin im Licht
Kurt Weill Kleine Dreigroschenmusik
Kurt Weill Suite panaméenne
Stefan Wolpe Suite from the Twenties
Mátyás Seiber Two Jazzolettes

Online festival: “The Golden Twenties”

Feb. 27, 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Berliner Philharmoniker
Christian Thielemann conductor
Diana Damrau soprano
Rundfunkchor Berlin

Paul Hindemith Neues vom Tage, Overture from the Opera with Concert Ending
Ferruccio Busoni Tanz-Walzer for orchestra op. 53
Johann Strauss II Künstlerleben, Waltz op. 316
Richard Strauss Das Rosenband op. 36 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Ständchen op. 17 No. 2 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Freundliche Vision op. 48 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Wiegenlied op. 41 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Allerseelen op. 10 No. 8 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Zuneigung op. 10 No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)
Richard Strauss Morgen op. 27 No. 4 (Version for Singing Voice and Orchestra)
Richard Strauss Die Tageszeiten, song cycle for male choir and orchestra op. 76

Link to the Digital Concert Hall

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