Series WEIMAR BERLIN: BITTERSWEET METROPOLIS

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The Weimar Republic lasted less than 15 years. Created in 1919 in the wake of Imperial Germany’s collapse at the end of World War I, and destroyed in 1933 by the rise of Hitler and his Nazi Party, this fragile country was a political, economic and social disaster.
 
But culturally and intellectually, it was the opposite. For a fleeting moment, all over Germany, the arts and sciences erupted in a feverish explosion of invention and creativity. In Berlin especially, the old capital city of the Kaisers, the number of talents gathered in one city was astonishing.
 
High and low art, violence and sensuality, satire and sentimentality, ugliness and beauty all mingled together in the art of Weimar Berlin. Bizarre new styles of music, painting, theatre and cinema emerged alongside a rich new German literature, while physicists and mathematicians and philosophers busily reordered our understanding of the world.
 
In this colourful series, the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen celebrate a place and a time when the human imagination flourished in impossible ways that still delight, fascinate and influence us today. Salonen explores the familiar and the unfamiliar, the strange and the downright peculiar, and traces the human connections that linked so many of these artists and thinkers so intimately to one another.
 

Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

An introduction to the evening's programme. FREE admission


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Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Audra McDonald mezzo soprano



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Thursday 13 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor


Huppertz METROPOLIS: film screening with live orchestral accompaniment


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