Artists

  • Grafenegg Academy Orchestra
  • Thomas Hampson, speaker
  • Dennis Russell Davies, conductor

Programme

Kurt Weill:
Symphony No. 2

Arnold Schönberg:
«Ode to Napolen Bonaparte» Melodrama for Speaker, Piano and String Orchestra op. 41

Béla Bartók:
Concerto for Orchestra

Introduction/abstract

GRAFENEGG ACADEMY ORCHESTRA
THOMAS HAMPSON
DENNIS RUSSELL DAVIES

Weill, Schönberg, Bartók

Exile, displacement, survival, a desire for peace – the works presented in this concert were written before, during and after the Second World War and form a triad that reads as a declaration of musical and political intent. Kurt Weill began work on his second symphony during Hitler’s takeover of power; Béla Bartók received the commission to write his Concerto for Orchestra after having fled to the USA and it secured him a new livelihood; and 1942/43 Arnold Schönberg composed his «Ode to Napoleon» as an artistic attack on tyranny and an affirmation of democracy.

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