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Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Explore Kurt Weill's Weimar Republic

Mar. 01, 2020

Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Explore Kurt Weill's Weimar Republic

Esa-Pekka Salonen led the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a series of notable concerts in February 2020 that explored the Weimar Republic and its contemporary resonance. Staged by Simon McBurney and his brother Gerard McBurney, striking video images of Weimar history were displayed during performances of Die sieben Todsünden and Das Berliner Requiem, indicating the turbulent divisions during the era. A review from the Los Angeles Times stated, “… Salonen could only scratch the surface of the Weimar Republic, but he made it bleed. And the LA Phil made it matter.”


(Das Berliner Requiem/Kurt Weill/Berthold Brecht, text/The London Sinfonietta/David Atherton, director)

Salonen will continue his Weill streak by conducting Die sieben Todsünden and Das Berliner Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony in 2021. Last year, Salonen conducted Weill’s Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra and Kleine Dreigroschenmusik with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, as well as a new production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.


(Exerpt from Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny/Oper Köln/
Katharina Thalbach, director/Lothar Koenigs, conductor)

To learn more about Kurt Weill, visit kwf.org or schott-music.com 


Kurt Weill
Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) (1933)
ballet chanté in nine scenes
lyrics (Ger) by Bertolt Brecht


for soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass, dancer and corps de ballet
2(2pic).1.2.1-2.2.1.1-timp.perc-hp.pno.bnj(gtr)-str


35'  

Das Berliner Requiem (1928)
Cantata for tenor, baritone, three-part male chorus and wind orchestra
Text by Bertolt Brecht
0.0.2.2asax(tsax).2-2.2.2.1(ad lib.)-timp.perc(cym, s.d)-gtr.banjo-org or harm
21'

Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12 (1924)
2(pic).1.2.2-2.1.0.0-timp.perc-4 double basses
33’  

Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Little Threepenny Music) (1929)
suite from "Die Dreigroschenoper" for wind orchestra
2(pic).2.asax.tsax.sax(ssax).2-2.0.1.1-timp.perc-bnj.gtr(or harp).acc.pno
22’

Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1927/29)
opera in three acts
text (Ger) by Bertolt Brecht
English translation by Jeremy Sams
S, Mz, 3T, 2Bar, B; chorus and orchestra
2(2pic)1.1.ssax.asax.tsax.2(cbsn)-2.3.2.1-perc.timp-pno.harm ad lib.banjo.bass gtr.bandoneon-str
Stage orchestra: 2(2pic).2.3sax(ssax, asax, tsax).2-2.2.2.1-perc-pno.zither or xyl.banjo.bandoneon-3 vn
full evening

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