Kirill Petrenko conducts Weill and Stravinsky
Michael Spyres, Ekaterina Semenchuk
Symphony No. 1 “Berliner Symphonie”
Michael Spyres tenor (Oedipus), Ekaterina Semenchuk mezzo-soprano (Jocasta), Shenyang bass-baritone (Creon), Andrea Mastroni bass (Tiresias), Krystian Adam tenor (Shepherd), Derek Welton bass (Messenger), Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin
Philharmonic Biennale: Kirill Petrenko brings the 1920s to life again with an early work by Kurt Weill. The influence of Liszt, Mahler and Strauss on Weill can be heard in his rarely performed First Symphony. The music is captivating, brash and brilliant, but also features delicate, chamber music-like passages. After the interval, we hear Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus rex, composed in 1927 and set in ancient Greece. Its music is crystal-clear neoclassicism – how could it be otherwise? Two fascinating facets of the “Roaring Twenties”.