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Songs and Poets: „Entartete Kunst“

Song recitals in the foyer
Mon 22.10.2018 - 20:00 h
€ 16,– / concs.: € 8,–*

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Informationen zum Werk

Between art songs and cabaret: Works by Bruno Walter, Ignatz Waghalter, Ernst Krenek, Erwin Schulhoff and Kurt Weill

90 mins / 1 interval

About the performance

The first edition of “Songs and Poets” in the new season is devoted to composers whose work was suppressed during the National Socialist period, having been labelled “degenerate”. As such, the evening is a window on the wonderfully diverse music scene of the 1920s, with songs ranging from Late Romantic works to an attempted synthesis of classical and jazz elements by way of an exploration of Arnold Schönberg’s twelve-tone technique. John Parr, the creator of the series, has assembled a programme that, alongside works by Kurt Weill, Ernst Krenek and Erwin Schulhoff, includes pieces by two artists sharing a special association with the Deutsche Oper Berlin: the famous conductor Bruno Walter, represented here with two Eichendorff lieder, and the German-Polish composer and conductor Ignatz Waghalter, five of whose songs are juxtaposed to texts by Hermann Hesse and Reinhard Völker, were both General Music Directors of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Poet for the evening is Kerstin Hensel (born 1961 in Karl-Marx-Stadt), whose latest volume, “Schleuderfigur” (Luchterhand Literaturverlag 2016), has proven a critical success. Her response to the lieder programme is made up of poems by Bertolt Brecht, Mascha Kaléko, Theodor Kramer and Nelly Sachs interspersed with a selection of her own works.


Classical art songs and modern poetry – lieder recital meets poetry reading in this series of events organised jointly with the Haus für Poesie Berlin. Each of the four evening events held in the foyer of the Deutsche Oper Berlin will feature a poet reading original works whose themes complement the songs on the programme.

Bruno Walter (1876 – 1962)
Musikantengruß (Joseph von Eichendorff)
Der Soldat (Joseph von Eichendorff)

Ignatz Waghalter (1881 – 1949)
Ruhe (Reinhard Volker)
Reiter Tod (Reinhard Volker)
Bitte (Hermann Hesse)
Verstoben und verschäumt
Im Schlitten (Reinhard Volker)

*** Lecture ***

Ernst Krenek (1900 – 1991)
Drei Lieder aus op.71 „Gesänge das späten Jahres“ nach Gedichten von Ernst Krenek
Wanderlied im Herbst
Mauern wachsen
Der Genuss des Unendlichen

*** Interval ***

Erwin Schulhoff (1894 – 1942)
Vier Lieder nach Gedichten aus „Die Garbe“ von Hans Steiger für Bariton und Klavier op. 9
Freude hab ich geschürft
Wir gehn im lauten Novemberwind
Tiefblaue funkelnde Sommernacht
Das alles wieder

*** Lecture ***

Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950)
Surabaya Johnny (Bertolt Brecht)
Speak Low (Ogden Nash)
September Song (Maxwell Anderson)
There's nowhere to go but up (Maxwell Anderson)
My Ship (Ira Gershwin)
Lost in the Stars (Maxwell Anderson)

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