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In 1985, on the composer's 100th birthday, Alban Berg's Seven Early Songs, of "overflowing warmth of feeling" (Arnold Schönberg), were published. The compositions had once been dedicated to Helene Berg, carried tenderly by her through the storms of life until her death. Alexander Zemlinsky sings of another death, the heartrending death of the Little Mermaid after Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale of the same name, with the most beautiful, most moving music at his disposal. The spiritual and stylistic relationship of the three-movement tone poem "The Mermaid" (1902) to Gustav Mahler's "Klagendem Lied" and to Arnold Schoenberg's "Gurre-Lieder" is intentional.

Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend
Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend © visitBerlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin gives a guest performance at the Philharmonie under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.

Works performed:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385 "Haffner
  • Alban Berg Seven Early Songs (version for soprano and orchestra)
  • Johannes Schlaf Lyrics
  • Alexander Zemlinsky The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra

Additional information
Participating artists
Alban Berg (Komponist/in)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Komponist/in)
Alexander Zemlinsky (Komponist/in)
Siobhan Stagg
Vasily Petrenko
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin