In June and September 2019, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen current Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis at Southbank Centre, exactly where it is Resident Orchestra. This new collection is an formidable journey by the songs, science and tradition of a interval of extreme political turbulence and explosive creativeness in Germany and over and above.

Reflecting the hanging resemblance to the swift variations in political and inventive landscapes these days, the programme will deliver to lifestyle a vital moment in European cultural heritage, like an introduction to the new music of Weimar Germany a specifically-established cabaret clearly show at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Corridor adopted by a no cost extravaganza of modern day queer cabaret from across London a screening of Fritz Lang’s masterpiece Metropolis, with dwell orchestral accompaniment a partnership with BFI Southbank and talks and lectures with reside tunes. The programme marks 100 many years considering that the founding of the Weimar Republic.

As very well as the collection at Southbank Centre, in July the Orchestra and Salonen will execute Kurt Weill’s political-satirical opera The Increase and Tumble of the Town of Mahagonny at Pageant d’Aix-en-Provence. The opera, with libretto by Berthold Brecht, is a stinging assault on consumerism and is viewed as a central and catalytic do the job of the Weimar interval. Directed by Ivo van Hove, this new production functions soloists such as Karita Mattila, Alan Oke and Sir Willard White.

Principal Conductor & Inventive Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen explained: “Perhaps we are dwelling through a thing that is extremely comparable to the Weimar Republic devoid of being aware of it. We witnessed a quantity of yrs of relative prosperity, serene, rationality, optimism and growth. And really instantly issues started off unravelling, with the economical crash and increase of populist actions in Europe. Anything appeared to materialize in just a pretty limited timeframe, which makes you think about Europe in the 1930s.”

“I have been generally fascinated in the Weimar interval in phrases of the artistic creation and the general aesthetic, but now I sense it has new and urgent relevance.”

In London, Salonen conducts four programmes, like a live performance that introduces the music of Weimar Germany giants Berg, Hindemith and Weill (9 June) Berg’s Violin Concerto and Hindemith’s Symphony Mathis der Maler (26 September) and Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra and Berg’s Lulu Suite, with soprano Rebecca Nelsen (29 September). Violin virtuoso Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist for both equally concertos, and also joins Sequence Advisor Gavin Plumley for a musically illustrated exploration of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto in a free Insights celebration on 26 September (6pm).

Salonen conducts a lively, specially-developed cabaret programme at Queen Elizabeth Corridor (23 September) directed and curated by Gerard McBurney and starring German vocalist Dagmar Manzel. The exhibit characteristics songs by primary composers from Kurt Weill to Friedrich Hollaender, accompanied by relocating imagery. The Philharmonia and Raze Collective then present a free extravaganza of up to date queer cabaret from throughout London in a free party in the Queen Elizabeth Corridor foyer area.

The Philharmonia provides a screening, with stay orchestral accompaniment performed by Frank Strobel, of 1927 epic masterpiece of Expressionist science fiction Metropolis (13 June 2019), directed by Fritz Lang and with new music by Gottfried Huppertz. (The Orchestra also performs this live screening at Competition d’Aix-en-Provence on 14 July.)

A partnership with BFI Southbank (9 June) features audiences a entire day of action on the South Lender: a discuss and screening of The Threepenny Opera (1931) at BFI Southbank followed by an introduction to the series at Royal Pageant Corridor (6pm) with Gavin Plumley and opening live performance, The Appears of Change (7.30pm). The gatherings at BFI Southbank are section of their two-month season Past Your Wildest Dreams: Weimar Cinema 1919-1933 (1 May well – 30 June).

The sequence closes on 29 September with an in-depth Insights Day (12pm – 4pm) at the Stage 5 Operate Home at Royal Competition Corridor. Discussions led by Gavin Plumley will be interspersed with stay music from Philharmonia gamers and young artists. Plumley also presents a collection of movies about Weimar Germany, shot on site in Berlin, Weimar and Dessau, which will be produced by way of the Philharmonia’s preferred YouTube channel all through the collection.

Helen Sprott, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, claimed: “Esa-Pekka’s unique collection with the Philharmonia have been a hallmark of our programme with each other for the very last 10 many years, and Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis will offer London audiences a multi-faceted and immersive encounter. Jointly we will convey to daily life an amazing time and spot, furnishing insight into the politics, background, film, visible art and architecture, and literature of the interval, and – most importantly – execute extraordinary songs that deserves to be listened to and recognized in its context.”

Under Esa-Pekka Salonen a series of flagship, visionary tasks at Royal Festival Corridor – distinctive for equally their inventive scope and supporting reside and digital information – have been critically acclaimed. Assignments together with Town of Mild: Paris 1900-1950 (2015), Metropolis of Goals: Vienna 1900 -1935 (2009), Invoice Viola’s Tristan und Isolde (2010) and Infernal Dance: Inside the Environment of Béla Bartók (2011) were followed in 2016 by the important, five-live performance sequence Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals. The sequence won a South Bank Sky Arts Award, and prompted Fiona Maddocks to produce in the Observer: “[Esa-Pekka Salonen] is a single of the UK’s finest musical property – words not reported lightly.”

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