Our playlist shows how unconventional composition was in the 1920s: Kurt Weill wrote a song about the oil industry, Arnold Schoenberg wrote the music for a film that didn't even exist, and Paul Hindemith put to paper what the overture to The Flying Dutchman might sound like in a performance by a bad spa band in the early morning. Pieces by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg and Ferruccio Busoni complete this colourful selection for the online festival “The Golden Twenties”.
The third and final part of Eric Schulz’s film series Philharmoniker – Unsere Geschichte deals with the late years of the Karajan era when, despite great success, conflicts between chief conductor and orchestra began to emerge. The separation from Karajan and the fall of the Berlin Wall occurred almost simultaneously. Historical recordings show once again how moving and unforgettable the first concert shortly afterwards was for everyone involved.
Contemporary witnesses of the Berliner Philharmoniker look back: on the history of their orchestra, on former chief conductors, on the development of musical performance. The first episode of this series, produced exclusively for the Digital Concert Hall, deals with the early years, the first recordings under the direction of Arthur Nikisch and, above all, Wilhelm Furtwängler. How did this conductor create his unique dramatic arcs? And what changed with the beginning of the Karajan era?
The restrictions to the 2020/21 season caused by the pandemic have led to various programme changes in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert planning. All live broadcasts currently scheduled in the Digital Concert Hall can be found in our overview.