Special Concert

A concert of Musikfest Berlin / at the Philharmonie





“Thrilling, brilliant.. a gem of harmonious sound,” was the Berlin Tagesspiegel’s impression of the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin following its first performance at the Musikfest Berlin, part of the 2013 Berliner Festspiele. And this year Donald Runnicles and his ensemble will again be guesting at the Philharmonie. The matinee programme will feature two early works by two great composers and set an unusually peppy tone. Anton von Webern’s “Im Sommerwind” idyll, written in 1904 but not performed until 1962, exploits the full breadth of the large Late Romantic symphony orchestra to evoke the colours and verve of a summer’s day. As a companion piece, audiences will also be treated to Johannes Brahms’ rarely-heard first serenade, his initial orchestral response to the First Viennese school and a piece which melds the playfulness of Haydn’s later symphonies with a realm of romantic, pastoral sensations. As a contrast to these two early works the Orchestra will perform a lieder cycle by the Berlin composer Aribert Reimann, who has been returning to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for over half a century. Written between 1980 and 1982, the three songs for soprano and orchestra are based on poems by Edgar Allen Poe.


Anton von Webern (1883 – 1945)
„Im Sommerwind“
Idyll for orchestra
based on a poem by Bruno Wille (1904)

Aribert Reimann (*1936)
Three songs based on poems by Edgar Allan Poe
for soprano and orchestra (1980/82)
I Sonnet-Silence “There are some qualities...”
II Dream-Land “By a route obscure and lonely...”
III To “I heed not that my earthly lot...”

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Serenade No 1 D-Major op. 11 (1857/58)

A concert in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin