New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

31 Dec 2019

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko

Diana Damrau

  • George Gershwin
    Overture to the musical Girl Crazy (6 min.)

  • Richard Rodgers
    “If I loved you” from Carousel (5 min.)

    Diana Damrau soprano

  • Leonard Bernstein
    “I feel pretty” from West Side Story (4 min.)

    Diana Damrau soprano

  • Leonard Bernstein
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (25 min.)

  • Kurt Weill
    “Foolish Heart” from One Touch of Venus (3 min.)

    Diana Damrau soprano

  • Kurt Weill
    Symphonic Nocturne (Suite, arr. Robert Russell Bennett) from Lady in the Dark (16 min.)

  • Stephen Sondheim
    “Send in the clowns” from A Little Night Music (6 min.)

    Diana Damrau soprano

  • Harold Arlen
    “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz (6 min.)

    Diana Damrau soprano

  • George Gershwin
    An American in Paris (20 min.)

  • Frederick Loewe
    “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady (4 min.)

    Diana Damrau

  • Franz Waxman
    “The Ride of the Cossacks” from Taras Bulba (6 min.)

  • free

    Interview
    Craig Urquhart in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley (5 min.)

  • free

    Interview
    Diana Damrau in conversation with Albrecht Mayer (5 min.)

  • free

    Interview
    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Raphael Haeger (5 min.)

A lively way to see out the year with the orchestra’s new leader: on this programme Kirill Petrenko presented himself to the Berlin Philharmonic’s audience from a new musical angle – as an interpreter of catchy Broadway melodies. Diana Damrau, performing with the Philharmoniker for the first time, accompanied him on his excursion into the field of musicals. She has, however, already worked with Petrenko a number of times and she raves about his conducting style: “He’s a magician!” The soprano, who established her international fame with the virtuoso role of the Queen of the Night in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute, is considered one of the leading singers in the lyric and coloratura repertoire. She gave her stage debut in a completely different genre, however: as Eliza in Frederick Loewe’s musical My Fair Lady in Würzburg in 1995.

Diana Damrau shows she is consummately proficient in the musical genre on this programme with hits by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen and Kurt Weill, composer of the Threepenny Opera, who emigrated to the US in the 1930s after the National Socialists took power, and began a major Broadway career. In addition, she assumes the role of Maria in Leonard Bernstein’s successful musical West Side Story with the song I feel pretty. The work is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in New York, in which two rival youth gangs destroy the love between a boy from the Bronx and a Puerto Rican girl. Bernstein succeeded in this work in bringing about a fascinating synthesis of classical music, jazz and Latin American dance rhythms. Three years after the acclaimed premiere, the composer compiled the zippiest dance movements into a symphonic suite.

George Gershwin’s symphonic poem An American in Paris can by all means be understood as musical autobiography. In it, the composer portrays impressions he got as a young American student in Paris: the street noise, the moods on the street, in bars and cafés, his own homesickness, ultimately driven away by enthusiasm about the French “savoir vivre”.

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© 2019 EuroArts Music International

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