Claude Monet, Le Pont de l’Europe-Gare-Lazare, 1877, detail

Claude Monet, Le Pont de l’Europe-Gare-Lazare, 1877, detail

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Talk, Reading & Concert

Soiree with Volker Hagedorn and Alexander Melnikov

Pre-echo Musikfest Berlin 2019

Works by Fréderic Chopin, Franz Liszt and Jacques Fromental Halévy
Reading from “Der Klang von Paris” and talk

On the occasion of the publication of its programme, Berliner Festspiele’s Musikfest Berlin will host a literary and musical soiree at Villa Elisabeth.

In his new book “Der Klang von Paris”, the author, journalist and musician Volker Hagedorn explores Europe’s musical metropolis of the 19th century. A musical life between revolution and electricity, railway and empire; its protagonists – Berlioz, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Wagner, Offenbach, Pauline Viardot, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire and many more – gave the city a glamour that still fascinates us today. On the occasion of the publication of its programme, Berliner Festspiele’s Musikfest Berlin will host a literary and musical soiree at Villa Elisabeth: Volker Hagedorn will read from his new book “Der Klang von Paris” and the music journalist of SR 2 KulturRadio Nike Keisinger will talk with the author. Pianist Alexander Melnikov will play music by Chopin and Liszt on an Érard grand piano.

Programme

Frédéric Chopin
Préludes op. 28 (excerpts)

Volker Hagedorn in conversation with Nike Keisinger

Franz Liszt
Waldesrauschen in D flat major
From Zwei Konzertetüden

Reading from the new book “Der Klang von Paris” by Volker Hagedorn

Jacques Fromental Halévy
Ouverture from La Reine de Chypre
Piano score by Richard Wagner

Alexander Melnikov piano
Nike Keisinger moderation

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event in cooperation with Kulturbüro Elisabeth