Chamber concert 7


June 11, 2023
8 p.m.
Cologne Philharmonie

Veranstaltung in meinem
Kalender hinzufügen:

Karl Weigl

Three Intermezzi for string quartet (1941)

Anton Webern

Six Bagatelles op. 9 for string quartet (1911-13)

Three pieces for string quartet with voice (1913)

Karl Weigl

Three songs for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (1935/36)

György Kurtág

Arioso - Hommage à Walter Levin 85

Gustav Mahler

Five Songs from 1901 for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (arranged by Stefan Heucke)

Introduction 30 minutes before the concert with Norbert Hornig

Ostracized, persecuted, forgotten: The life and afterlife of Karl Weigl is one of the most tragic chapters in recent music history. The Viennese composer was a great success in the 1920s – he was friends with Schönberg, his works were performed by Furtwängler, and he received numerous awards. Then the Nazis took power in Austria, and Weigl, who had Jewish roots, fled to the USA. At 57, he was forced to start all over again in a foreign country, but he couldn’t gain foothold and his compositions piled up in the drawer. This concert strives to re-establish his esteem and juxtaposes Weigls music with that of two other composers from his living environments Austria and the USA: Anton Webern, who explores the new territory of twelve-tone music with his Bagatelles, and Samuel Barber, whose piece »Dover Beach« marks the beginning of his career – and a successful one at that.  

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