Fri 26 November 2021 - 8 pm | Philharmonie Berlin

Speak of the devil…

Vladimir Jurowski & Stuart Skelton

The demonic can be so beautiful, beauty that bring us to our knees. Franz Liszt knows how to seduce, to the point of aural ecstasy

from € 20 Symphony concert Concert with the chief conductor


Richard Wagner “Eine Faust-Ouvertüre” d-Moll WWV 59

Franz Liszt Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus “Faust” (“Der nächtliche Zug” und “Tanz in der Dorfschänke” – “Mephisto”-Walzer Nr. 1)

Franz Liszt “Eine Faust-Sinfonie”
in drei Charakterbildern nach Goethe
für Tenor, Männerchor und Orchester


Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor

Stuart Skelton - Tenor

Herren des Rundfunkchores Berlin

Justus Barleben - Chorus Master

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Concert with

Speak of the devil…

Faustian motifs span the entire history of music, even if only implicitly. Not only Goethe’s drama or Lenau’s poetry, but the very first, “original Faust” story, the principle of “recognise, intervene, dominate” at any cost, probably harking back to the Fall of humanity – Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise. And what has become of society of today?

Franz Liszt, a Weimar resident by choice, was among those who neither cared about following in Goethe’s footsteps nor shied away from the demonic in dealing with the topic of the devil’s bargainer. Liszt, who became, dressed and identified as an Abbot in his later years, had no fear of confronting evil. On the contrary, the once legendary pianist, a seducer on the keyboard of life par excellence, left us with a “Faust” symphony whose musical intensity is imbued with unbelievable beauty. The resemblance to Richard Wagner’s seductive sonorities? Surely no coincidence!



Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Pauly

Vladimir Jurowski


Stuart Skelton © Guðmundur Ingólfsson

Stuart Skelton


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Fri 26 November 2021 - 8 pm Philharmonie Berlin

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