classical music

Weimar Berlin: The Sounds of Change

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, in a programme that draws from three hugely successful theatrical works. Shostakovich visited Berlin from the Soviet Union in 1927 and set his ballet The Age of Gold in the Weimar Republic.

Shostakovich met both Hindemith and Weill during his Berlin trip and declared that Hindemith was his favourite contemporary composer. Hindemith’s virtuosic, muscular Concerto for Orchestra is juxtaposed here with an orchestral suite from Weill’s Threepenny Opera, best known for the song ‘Mack the Knife’.

Back in Russia, Shostakovich attended the first Soviet performance of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, and fondly greeted its composer, who had become an international star following the 1925 premiere in Berlin.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Angela Denoke soprano


Berg: 3 Fragments from Wozzeck for soprano & orchestra
Hindemith: Concerto for Orchestra, Op.38
Weill: Suite from The Threepenny Opera
Shostakovich: Finale from The Age of Gold

Dates & times

9 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 115 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Please note
Please note the change of repertoire and cast from the programme originally advertised.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Introducing the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis, series advisor Gavin Plumley talks to writer and broadcaster Philipp Blom, author of Fracture: Life and Culture in the West 1918 – 1938, about the Weimar Republic and its enduring echoes. Admission free.

Clore Ballroom at 5pm: Young players from the Hounslow Music Service and Members of the Philharmonia present The Brazen Roar, a performance inspired by themes from the Weimar period. Admission free.

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).