Radio as a source of inspiration

A glimpse of the RSB anniversary season 2023/2024 is offered by two concerts at the Haus des Rundfunks, which bring the history of radio, music and orchestras to life in a sensual way by presenting music that was composed or specially arranged for the new medium almost one hundred years ago. The fascination for many artists at that time, especially for musicians, was to be able to reach thousands of listeners at the same time without them having to go to the same place. In addition to the self-imposed obligation to address a broad audience in an entertaining way, it was a particular challenge that everything that could be perceived with the eyes in an opera or a concert now had to be conveyed exclusively through hearing. As a result, so-called broadcast plays and radio plays were created, which supplemented the – always central – music with spoken text or sounds.

We will revive such formats in our concerts. In addition, we will also play music composed later on, as long as it also follows the principle of making images perceivable audibly, such as excerpts from – at that time also new and experimental – film music.

Thursday, 2.3.2023, 7.30 p.m.
Haus des Rundfunks

Soloists of the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Kurt Weill
„Berlin im Licht“ for mezzo-soprano
and orchestra (text by Bertolt Brecht,
orchestral version by Otto Lindemann)
Hanns Eisler
Suite No. 2 for orchestra op. 24
of the soundtrack of „Niemandsland“
Alfred Schnittke
Suite for orchestra of the soundtrack of
„Die Glasharmonika“
Paul Hindemith
„Neues vom Tage“ – overture
Kurt Weill
„Die Dreigroschenoper“ (excerpts)

Friday, 2.6.2023, 7.30 p.m.
Haus des Rundfunks

Bigband of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Pavel Haas
Radio overture for für men’s quartet,
recitation and orchestra op. 11
Paul Hindemith
A musical radio play for solos,
speakers and small orchestra
Mischa Spoliansky
Charleston Caprice
(concert version for orchestra
arranged by Ernst Theis)
Eduard Künneke
Dance suite for jazz band
and large orchestra op. 26