20:00 Philharmonie Berlin
20:00 Konzerthaus Berlin

Vasily Petrenko & Siobhan Stagg

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sinfonie D-Dur KV 385 (“Haffner”)

Alban Berg

Sieben frühe Lieder für hohe Stimme und Orchester

Alexander Zemlinsky

“Die Seejungfrau” – Fantasie für Orchester
(Deutsche Erstaufführung der revidierten Partiturausgabe von 2013)

Vasily Petrenko


Siobhan Stagg


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Deaths of love

Music has the ability to disarm death, especially the death of love, by keeping alive what is supposed to have died. Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs, of “overflowing warmth of feeling” (Arnold Schönberg), were published late, in 1985, on Berg’s 100th birthday. The compositions had once been dedicated to Helene Berg, who carried them tenderly through the storms of life until her death. Alexander Zemlinsky sings of another death, the heartrending death of the Little Mermaid after Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the same name, with the most beautiful, most moving music available to him. The spiritual and stylistic relationship of the three-movement tone poem “The Mermaid” (1902) to Gustav Mahler’s “Klagendem Lied” and to Arnold Schönberg’s “Gurre-Lieder” is as ear-catching as it is intentional.

Concert introduction: 7.10 p.m., South Foyer, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi

Concert introduction: 7.10 p.m., Ludwig van Beethoven Hall, concert introduction by Steffen Georgi

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