Concert
Berlin-based Orchestras

Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle

The works were composed between 1934 and 1940 – musical messages from a dark Europe, written in different places, with different intentions. Music from the underground, music of resistance – an outcry reverberating for a long time – and, as its centrepiece, a symphony that presents, in a series of opposing sound scenes, its inner nature to its epoch. For his Fourth, Shostakovich demands a huge orchestra – gigantic, like everything that was considered modern in the Soviet Union. He divides the one-hour work into three movements – like the acts of a drama – which know no areas of rest; even when they quieten down and slowly move on, the tension remains. He writes music with physical presence, including scene-changes, cuts, and (cross-) fades: a drama as an audio film.

Concert Programme

Alban Berg [1885–1935]
Adagio
from: Symphonic Pieces from the Opera »Lulu« [1934]

Paul Dessau [1894–1979]
Les Voix
based on a poem by Paul Verlaine
for soprano, obligatory piano and orchester [1939/40]

Dmitri Schostakovich [1906–1975]
Symphony No. 4 in C minor op. 43 [1935–36/61]

Konzertprogramm

Alban Berg [1885–1935]
Adagio
aus: Symphonische Stücke aus der Oper »Lulu« [1934]

Paul Dessau [1894–1979]
Les Voix
nach einem Gedicht von Paul Verlaine
für Sopran, obligates Klavier und Orchester [1939/40]

Dmitri Schostakowitsch [1906–1975]
Symphonie Nr. 4 c-Moll op. 43 [1935–36/61]

An event of the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker in cooperation with the musikfest berlin | Berliner Festspiele