Dagmar Manzel (photo: Janine Guldener)

Philharmonie »Late Night«

Online festival: The Golden Twenties

“Late Night” concert: An evening at the Moka Efti

The Philharmonie is transformed into the legendary coffee house Moka Efti for one night, when members of the Berliner Philharmoniker play dance music of the 1920s – foxtrots and shimmies, tangos, marches and blues ballads. Kurt Weill is represented with three works, among them the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. Stefan Wolpe’s Suite from the Twenties evokes the jazz craze of the time, while Mátyás Seiber’s exuberant, breathless and wonderfully unconventional Two Jazzolettes seem to literally trip over their own feet. Between the individual works, Dagmar Manzel reads autobiographical texts by Trude Hesterberg, Lotte Lenya and Josephine Baker.

Dagmar Manzel speaker

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Michael Hasel conductor

“A night at the Moka Efti”

Autobiographical Texts by Trude Hesterberg, Lotte Lenya and Josephine Baker

Kurt Weill

Berlin Lit Up

Kurt Weill

Little Threepenny Music

Kurt Weill

Panamanian Suite

Stefan Wolpe

Suite from the Twenties

Mátyás Seiber

Two Jazzolettes

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What the three composers on the programme have in common is not only that, as Jewish artists, they were driven into exile by National Socialism, but also that their works combined an interest in the musical avant-garde with an open-mindedness towards contemporary light and dance music: Stefan Wolpe impressively mixed jazz and atonality in the pieces of the Suite from the Twenties, while in his Two Jazzolettes,Mátyás Seiber produced an encounter between blues and swing with twelve-tone rows.

This evening marks the conclusion of the festival’s focus on Kurt Weill. Whereas the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik is limited to wind instruments, the Suite panaméenne also features a small string ensemble. In the latter work, based on Weill’s stage work Marie galante, which he wrote while in exile in France, a tango, a march and a foxtrot frame the instrumental version of the famous song Youkali. In this concert, the authentic Berlin tone is completed by the participation of Dagmar Manzel, one of the city’s best-known film, theatre and television actors who has enjoyed great success in various productions at the Komische Oper.

Dagmar Manzel (photo: Janine Guldener)