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Angels and Demons

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in music from the torrid but culturally rich years of Weimar Berlin which followed the First World War.

Weimar Berlin: the Philharmonia Orchestra explore music written in the aftermath of the First World War.

In a typically provocative programme, Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in music which takes us from the louche world of Berlin cabaret to the Lutheran certainties of Bach's chorales. Schoenberg filters Bach through his own febrile ear. 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 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 and Komm, Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist BWV.667
Berg: Violin Concerto

8.10pm Interval: Esa-Pekka Salonen reflects on the cultural melting pot that was the Weimar Republic. Plus a quartet movement by Zemlinksy father-figure to many of the composers of the Weimar Republic and an erstwhile friend of Alma Schindler-Mahler. And a motet by Heinrich Isaac, a contemporary of Matthias Grünewald whose Choralis Constantinus was edited by the young Anton Webern.

8.30pm
Hindemith: Symphony (Mathis der Maler)

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Image credit: Philharmonia Orchestra / Harrison Agency

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Music Played

  • Paul Hindemith

    Ragtime For Orchestra [1921]

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Schmucke dich, O liebe Seele - chorale-prelude, orch. Schoenberg [orig. for organ, BWV.654]

    Music Arranger: Arnold Schoenberg. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Komm, Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist - chorale-prelude BWV.667 for organ

    Composer: Arnold Schoenberg. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Alban Berg

    Concerto For Violin And Orchestra

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky

    String Quartet No.2 Op. 15 ii Adagio

    Ensemble: Quatuor Arod.
    • The Mathilde Album.
    • Erato.
    • 7.
  • Heinrich Isaac

    Introitus Resurrexi a 4 (Choralis Constantinus)

    Choir: Ensemble Officium. Director: Wilfried Rombach.
    • Missa paschalis a 6.
    • Christophorus.
    • 13.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Symphony (Mathis Der Maler)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Leopold Mozart

    Concerto for two horns in E flat major

    Performer: Carsten Duffin. Performer: Philipp Römer. Orchestra: Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • L. Mozart: Orchestral Works.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 10.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet No 4 in C major, K 157

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto No 2 in E major, BWV 1053

    Performer: Christophe Rousset. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Bach: Harpsichord Concertos: Rousset/AAM/Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 1.

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