Thursday | 07.03.2019
7.30 p.m., Concert in the
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
The Modernist Sound
To commemorate the destruction of Dessau on 7 March 1945
Kurt Weill: 2nd Symphony
Paul Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 4
Franz Schubert: Symphony in B Minor, D. 759, "The Unfinished"
Violine: Friedemann Eichhorn
Conductor: GMD Markus L. Frank
Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra Dessau
The first part of this concert recalls the vigorous musical life of 1920s Dessau, when conductors such as Franz von Hoeßlin and Artur Rother challenged audiences with avant-garde compositions. In September 1925, local concertgoers were treated to the premiere of a new work by Hindemith, Kammermusik No. 4, performed by the violinist Licco Amar and the orchestra of the Friedrich Theater under Hoeßlin.
As long as the worsening political conditions did not prevent it, works by the cantor’s son Kurt Weill were also heard. His Symphony No. 2, written after his emigration and premiered in 1934 at the renowned Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, was first performed in Dessau in 1977, a city that had suffered a hailstorm of bombs on 7 March 1945, and where, at the first post-war symphony concert on 25 November 1945, works by Beethoven were accompanied by the two tragic movements of Franz Schubert’s B Minor Symphony, the so-called “Unfinished”.
A concert by the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
again on 08.03.2019 - V18