Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Oliver Helbig)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano

Allan Clayton tenor

Roderick Williams baritone

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Edward Elgar

The Dream of Gerontius, op. 38

Dates and Tickets

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Thu, 27 May 2021, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:10

Serie C

Fri, 28 May 2021, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:10

Serie D

Programme

Sir Simon Rattle returns to the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker with a major work by his countryman Edward Elgar. The oratorio The Dream of Gerontius describes the journey of the soul of a dead man on its way to the next world. The work was composed in 1900, one year after Sigmund Freud published his epochal The Interpretation of Dreams.The dream as the gateway to the subconscious. In Elgar’s version, which is deeply indebted to the fin de siècle, the dream appears in the form of a comforting meditation on death.

Sir Simon Rattle (photo: Oliver Helbig)