Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Angela Denoke soprano

Berg Three Pieces from “Wozzeck”

Hindemith Concerto for Orchestra


Weill Suite from Threepenny Opera

Shostakovich The Golden Age: Revolutionary Finale

A snapshot of Germany in the 1920s, in a programme that draws from three hugely successful theatrical works. Shostakovich visited Berlin from the Soviet Union in 1927 and set his ballet The Golden Age in the Weimar Republic.

Shostakovich met both Hindemith and Weill during his Berlin trip and declared that Hindemith was his favourite contemporary composer. Hindemith’s virtuosic, muscular Concerto for Orchestra is juxtaposed here with an orchestral suite from Weill’s Threepenny Opera, best known for the song ‘Mack the Knife’. Back in Russia, Shostakovich attended the first Soviet performance of Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, and fondly greeted its composer, who had become an international star following the 1925 premiere in Berlin.



  • Prices: £58 (premium); £45; £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • BFI Southbank partnership: Insights Talk - Music meets Film in the Weimar Republic, 1.45pm, at BFI Southbank; Screening - The Threepenny Opera, 3.15pm, at BFI Southbank. More information at BFI Southbank
  • Running time: 110 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Staging: Surtitles will be displayed
  • Please note: Choir stalls are not on sale. This concert replaces the Cabaret programme and the performance of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins originally announced. We regret that Audra McDonald is no longer able to perform. 
  • Before the concert: FREE Insights Talk, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall

This concert is part of the Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis series