classical music

Weimar Berlin: The Party's Over

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the close of Bittersweet Metropolis.

Experimental, radiant, colourful – Kurt Weill’s 1924 Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, influenced by Stravinsky and his teacher Busoni, bursts with life.

The 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.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Rebecca Nelsen soprano

Repertoire

Busoni: 2 Studies (Sarabande and Cortège) from Dr. Faustus
Weill: Concerto for violin & wind orchestra
Interval
Berg: Lulu Suite (Symphonic pieces from Lulu)
Hindemith: Dances from Das Nusch-Nuschi

Dates & times

29 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 125 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £45
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£12, £19, £28, £36, £45

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Ticketing
Get £10 off this event when you book the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Insights Day: The Weimar Republic (1919 - 33) at 12pm – 4pm, in the same transaction.
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Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.