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Episode 2

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 16 April 2013

The Rest is Noise. With Louise Fryer. A week with the BBC Concert Orchestra from the year-long festival on London's South Bank.

Today "The Seven Deadly Sins" - Berlin in the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

The BBC Concert Orchestra and André de Ridder perform works by three composers labelled as "degenerate" by the Nazis in 1930s Germany.

Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins" was his last pre-war collaboration with Berthold Brecht after the successes of the "Threepenny Opera" and "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny", which the Nazis defined as "degenerate" art. Weill escaped Germany in 1933, settling for a while in Paris, where the "Seven Deadly Sins" had its premiere; then Weill moved westward, first to London and later New York.

With the label "degenerate" around his neck, Hindemith knew his opera "Mathis der Maler" (Mathis the Painter) was not going to be performed in pre-war Germany, but he'd synthesised some of the musical ideas into a symphony, which was peformed in Berlin in 1934. Still, he was never accepted by the Nazis and fled west, becoming a US citizen in 1948.

Schoenberg didn't need an official denouncement for him to be sure he wasn't going to be welcome at home once Hitler came to power, and by 1941 he too, was a US citizen, based on the West Coast.

Plus complementary music from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins
Shara Worden (vocalist)
Synergy Vocals
BBC Concert Orchestra
André de Ridder (conductor)

Hindemith: Symphony "Mathis der Maler"
BBC Concert Orchestra
André de Ridder (conductor)

Schoenberg: Accompaniment to a Film Scene, Op. 34
BBC Concert Orchestra
André de Ridder (conductor)

Busoni: Turandot (1917)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Gourlay (conductor)

Bartok: Divertimento for strings
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Douglas Boyd (conductor).

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