Musikfest Berlin

Kirill Petrenko and Christian Gerhaher

Christian Gerhaher (photo: Sony Classical / Gregor Hohenberg)

A concert full of orchestral power and sonority: Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Gesangsszene from Sodom and Gomorrah – written in 1962/63 against the backdrop of the arms race between the superpowers – creates an apocalyptic vision of the end of the world. Kirill Petrenko performs the colossal work with baritone Christian Gerhaher, a regular and acclaimed guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Iannis Xenakisʼ Jonchaies and György Kurtág’s Stele are also expressive and dramatic, making full use of all the possibilities of an orchestra. Plus, there is the world premiere of a new work by Martón Illés.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Iannis Xenakis

Jonchaies for orchestra

Karl Amadeus Hartmann

Gesangsszene based on words from Sodom und Gomorrah by Jean Giraudoux

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Márton Illés

Lég-szín-tér (Premiere), commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

György Kurtág

Stele for large orchestra, op. 33

In cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

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