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Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis

The Weimar Republic (1919-33), which emerged from the chaos of Imperial Germany’s defeat in the First World War, may have opened the door to the rise of Nazism. But it also provoked an astonishing explosion of invention and innovation from the outstanding creative talents of the time.

Centred on Berlin, previously the capital of the Kaisers, a generation of composers, writers, dramatists, poets, painters and film-makers emerged whose often collective efforts would influence the whole course of Western culture in the 20th century.

In this series, the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen – who has long been fascinated by the garish and exuberantly original artistic volcano that erupted during the Republic – bring to life the world-famous and familiar, and the strange and peculiar, and trace the connections that link many of these artists so closely and personally to one another.

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Gavin Plumley, series advisor, introduces the Orchestra’s new colourful series

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Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor and composer

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7:30 pm
Sun 09 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 09 Jun 2019
classical music
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, featuring theatrical works by Berg, Weill and Shostakovich
Film still from Metropolis

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7:30 pm
Thu 13 Jun 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 13 Jun 2019
classical music
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Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's score
Watch Fritz Lang's sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis accompanied live by Gottfried Huppertz's...
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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7:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Mon 23 Sep 2019
classical music
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Be transported back to the cabaret of 1920s Berlin with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Christian Tetzlaff, violinist

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7:30 pm
Thu 26 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Thu 26 Sep 2019
classical music
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
The creative ferment of the Weimar Republic inspires the Philharmonia Orchestra
Violinist playing in Royal Festival Hall
12:00 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
12:00 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Find out more about this intriguing period in the history of Germany with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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7:30 pm
Sun 29 Sep 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 29 Sep 2019
classical music
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Travel from the early years to the tragic end of the Weimar Republic with the Philharmonia Orchestra