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Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Hindemith and Berg

Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts Hindemith and Berg

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Summary

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in an exploration of music written in the aftermath of the First World War, including pieces by Hindemith, Schoenberg and Berg. The programme takes listeners from the louche world of Berlin cabaret to the Lutheran certainties of Bach's chorales. Schoenberg filters Bach through his own febrile ear, while Alban Berg includes a quotation from a Bach chorale in his concerto dedicated to the memory of the 18-year-old daughter of Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius after her tragic death. After the interval, Hindemith seeks inspiration in the late Medieval world of painter Matthias Grünewald and his apocalyptic altarpieces. Hindemith: Rag Time (well-tempered). Bach arr Schoenberg: Two Chorale Preludes - Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 654; Komm, Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667. Berg: Violin Concerto. 8.10 Interval: Esa-Pekka Salonen reflects on the cultural melting pot that was the Weimar Republic. Plus, a quartet movement by Zemlinsky, father-figure to many of the composers of the Weimar Republic, and a motet by Heinrich Isaac, a contemporary of Matthias Grünewald. 8.30 Hindemith: Symphony (Mathis der Maler). Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
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