Pure Romanticism: the Waldbühne, situated in an idyllic valley basin, forms the ideal backdrop for an atmospheric finale to our Welcome Back Week. Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker whisk us away to the magical world of the fairy king Oberon with music by Carl Maria von Weber, and present a masterpiece of Romanticism with Franz Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony. This concert marks the debut of our chief conductor at the Waldbühne. We are delighted to start the 2021/22 season with such a special evening and, above all, with you.
Tickets and programme
Tickets for the Welcome Back concert on 26 August can be purchased online via our event partners. You will also be informed here in good time about the necessary hygiene measures.
Carl Maria von Weber: Overture of Oberon
The king and queen of elves in a marital dispute, a stormy test of love and an adventurous journey – all resolved in a happy ending brought about by divine providence: with the overture to his opera Oberon, Carl Maria von Weber created a musical mini-drama that already contains many motifs of the work and gives a foretaste of the turbulent story at the end of which three pairs of lovers find each other. The fairy opera was Carl Maria von Weber’s last work, which he, already stricken with illness, completed in 1826.
Franz Schubert: “Great” Symphony No. 8 in C major
Franz Schubert himself never got to hear his Symphony in C major. He died before he found the opportunity for a first performance. Yet he had great ambitions for his symphony, which was to have a similar radiant power as Beethoven’s Ninth. We owe the first posthumous performance to Robert Schumann. He came across the manuscript through Schubert’s brother and campaigned for the work to be performed before an audience: “Clara, I was blessed today,” he wrote to his then fiancée. “A symphony by Franz Schubert was played in the rehearsal. [...] I cannot describe it to you. All the instruments are like so many human voices ... like a novel in four volumes ... I was utterly enraptured and only wished that you were my wife and that I could also write such symphonies.” The work received its premiere in 1839 under the direction of Felix Mendelssohn and was a great success.