The “Lost Generation”

A programmatic focus recalls forgotten composers between late Romanticism and modernism

Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley gives a brief insight into the season's focus “Lost Generation”.

The encounter with unfamiliar masterpieces is a special experience. Our own horizons expand, and we discover the richness of music anew. That is particularly true when a group of such finds that are connected with each other in a variety of ways are discovered at the same time. During the 2021/22 season we want to open up such new perspectives under the theme “Lost Generation”.

This phrase originated with the writer Gertrude Stein, who used it to refer to a group of American intellectuals that moved to Paris after World War I to escape the provincialism at home. We have borrowed the term from her and applied it to music. Our focus is on composers whose works were once part of the repertoire of the Berliner Philharmoniker but were more or less forgotten over the years. These include, for example, the Danish composer Rued Langgaard, whose name appeared on the programme of the Philharmoniker for the first time in 1913, and the Italian Leone Sinigaglia, whose Rapsodia piemontese was performed in Berlin in January of 1907. Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko presents this work for the second time in the orchestra’s history – 115 years later.

 

Many of the composers were victims of the National Socialists or did not find their way back to concert life again after 1945.

Persecuted, exiled or murdered

Many members of the “lost generation” were persecuted, exiled or murdered after the Nazi takeover in 1933. Works such as Gideon Klein’s Partita for String Orchestra and Pavel Haas’s Wind Quintet were literally composed in the face of death; both composers were killed in Auschwitz. Erwin Schulhoff was also a victim of the National Socialists when he died in a concentration camp in 1942.

Exile in the USA

The Austrian Alexander Zemlinsky, who made his conducting debut with the Philharmoniker in 1923, managed to flee to the US at the end of 1938. His countryman Ernst Toch was able to escape to America three years earlier. Other musicians, such Busoni’s student Philipp Jarnach, remained in the country but often fell silent artistically and did not find their way back to concert life again after 1945. As different as their lives were, this unique “lost generation” forms a connecting link between the final years of late Romanticism and new music after the Second World War. Our season focus is intended to highlight these unjustly forgotten composers and bring these splendid works to the concert hall again.


Abo Series: Season focus “Lost Generation”

Discover the interesting composers of the Lost Generation in our concert series.

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Concerts

Friday,

17 Sep 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: K

Fri, 17 Sep 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Igor Stravinsky

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Saturday,

18 Sep 2021,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: H

Sat, 18 Sep 2021, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Igor Stravinsky

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Tuesday,

05 Oct 2021,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: Q

Tue, 05 Oct 2021, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Works by Franz Schreker, Egon Wellesz and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Thursday,

09 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: L

Thu, 09 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Andris Nelsons conductor

Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Igor Stravinsky

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Friday,

10 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: M

Fri, 10 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Andris Nelsons conductor

Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Igor Stravinsky

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Saturday,

11 Dec 2021,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: E

Sat, 11 Dec 2021, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Andris Nelsons conductor

Håkan Hardenberger trumpet

Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Igor Stravinsky

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Wednesday,

15 Dec 2021,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: Q

Wed, 15 Dec 2021, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Hande Küden violin

Kotowa Machida violin and viola

Allan Nilles viola

Knut Weber cello

Gunars Upatnieks double bass

Mor Biron bassoon

Jelka Weber flute

Wenzel Fuchs clarinet

Jan Schlichte drums

Works by Pavel Haas, Ernst Toch and Hanns Eisler

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Wednesday,

29 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Wed, 29 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Janine Jansen violin

Works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, Fritz Kreisler and Maurice Ravel

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Thursday,

30 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Thu, 30 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Janine Jansen violin

Works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, Fritz Kreisler and Maurice Ravel

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Friday,

31 Dec 2021,
17:30

Philharmonie

Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 17:30
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Janine Jansen violin

Works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, Fritz Kreisler and Maurice Ravel

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Wednesday,

26 Jan 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: C

Wed, 26 Jan 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Witold Lutosławski and Johannes Brahms

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Thursday,

27 Jan 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: F

Thu, 27 Jan 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Witold Lutosławski and Johannes Brahms

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Friday,

28 Jan 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: M

Fri, 28 Jan 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Witold Lutosławski and Johannes Brahms

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Tuesday,

22 Feb 2022,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: Q

Tue, 22 Feb 2022, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Simon Roturier violin

Angelo de Leo violin

Micha Afkham viola

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Works by Viktor Ullmann, Erwin Schulhoff and Franz Schubert

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Tuesday,

15 Mar 2022,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: Q

Tue, 15 Mar 2022, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Antje Weithaas violin

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by Gideon Klein, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Béla Bartók

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Saturday,

23 Apr 2022,
19:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music

Sat, 23 Apr 2022, 19:00
Kammermusiksaal

Simon Roturier violin

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Ludwig Quandt cello

Raphael Haeger drums

Works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Philipp Jarnach, Paul Dessau, Erwin Schulhoff and Mauricio Kagel

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Sunday,

08 May 2022,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: Q

Sun, 08 May 2022, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Brahms Ensemble Berlin

Anna Vinnitskaya piano

Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms

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Thursday,

12 May 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: G

Thu, 12 May 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Roberto Gerhard and Antonín Dvořák

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Friday,

13 May 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: B

Fri, 13 May 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Roberto Gerhard and Antonín Dvořák

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Saturday,

14 May 2022,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: N

Sat, 14 May 2022, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Works by Roberto Gerhard and Antonín Dvořák

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Sunday,

15 May 2022,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: T

Sun, 15 May 2022, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Antonín Dvořák

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Tuesday,

07 Jun 2022,
20:00

Kammermusiksaal

Chamber Music | Serie: V

Tue, 07 Jun 2022, 20:00
Kammermusiksaal

Jakub Józef Orliński Countertenor

Michał Biel piano

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Thursday,

09 Jun 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: I

Thu, 09 Jun 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Lise Davidsen soprano

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Leone Sinigaglia and Alexander Zemlinsky

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Friday,

10 Jun 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: B

Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Lise Davidsen soprano

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Leone Sinigaglia and Alexander Zemlinsky

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Saturday,

11 Jun 2022,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: N

Sat, 11 Jun 2022, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Lise Davidsen soprano

Christian Gerhaher baritone

Works by Erwin Schulhoff, Leone Sinigaglia and Alexander Zemlinsky

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