Musical Journey to the Golden Twenties

19. 02. 2021

The Berliner Philharmoniker organised an online two-week long »The Golden Twenties« Online Festival, which started on 13 February and will last until the 27 February. The Festival is dedicated to the music from the 1920s and the Orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic will perform under the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Thomas Søndergård and Marie Jacquot, joined by actress Dagmar Manzel, soprano Diana Damrau and Berlin Radio Choir.

Particular attention is paid to the music of Kurt Weill, who in that period advanced from an unknown graduate of the Berlin Musikhochschule to a celebrated composer. Discover his rise, from his First Symphony, written while still studying in Ferruccio Busoni’s master class, to his great successes with music from the Threepenny Opera and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, to his Second Symphony, which he completed while already in exile in France. You can also hear works by composers such as Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith, Franz Schreker and Richard Strauss, who also had a decisive influence on the musical discourse of the Weimar Republic.

Concerts, which will still be streamed live:

20. 2. at 7.00 pm Concert with conductor Thomas Søndergård
S. Prokofiev, J. Sibelius, K. Weill

23. 2. at 7.00 pm Concert at the Café Moka Efti with Dagmar Manzel
K. Weill, S. Wolpe, M. Seiber

27. 2. at 7.00 pm Concert with the conductor Christian Thielemann
P. Hindemith, F. Busoni, J. Strauss II, R. Strauss

The concerts from the 13 (Kirill Petrenko & Stravinsky) and 16 February (Marie Jacquot and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy) will be available soon in the Berliner Philharmoniker Online Archive.

Apart from »The Golden Twenties« Festival also don’t miss:

Tomorrow, 20 February, at 7.00 pm maestro Kirill Petrenko will conduct an Academy Concert of the Bayerische Staatsoper. The programme includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor op. 10. The concert will be broadcast free of charge and live on