The end of the season is in sight.
The number of concerts is dropping: it looks like mostly voice recitals this week. There are a few high-profile concerts coming up before May, but just a few. I still don’t understand this feast-or-famine approach. Why can’t the concerts be spread out more over the year? The Berlin concert season of October through April is referred to as the winter season; perhaps prolonging it would be like drawing out winter. Earlier there was a reason that had to do with temperature: the gas lighting made the halls too warm. But both the Philharmonie and the Singakademie replaced gas with electricity in 1888. And from what I’ve read, the Singakademie could be unbearably hot and stuffy any time of the year, even with electric lights.
Speaking of climate, this is Arthur Abell’s fanciful description of the week’s events in the Musical Courier: “Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Leroux were all in Berlin at the same time last week. The personality and the music of the famous Norseman, after the sultry, perfumed creations of Massenet and Leroux, redolent of the Monte Carlo Casino and the gentle Mediterranean zephyrs, had the effect of a bracing northern breeze, fresh from the fjords, full of ozone and electricity.”1Musical Courier LIV no.19 (May 8, 1907), p. 5.
Today is Sunday, which means double bills and popular concerts.
At noon there is a repeat of the Grieg concert at the Philharmonie. That orchestra gives a popular concert in the evening, as does the Mozart-Saal orchestra.
Margarete Josef and Ernst Grenzelbach are giving a Lieder and Duet Abend at the Hotel de Rome.
The Königliche Oper has resumed its schedule and next week will give a performance of the Ring cycle. Tonight is Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame.
ALSO IN THEATERS
Komische: Carmen/Hoffmanns Erzählungen
Lortzing: Der Troubador/Fidelio
Theater des Westens: Zigeuner Baron/Lustige Witwe
Central: Fledermaus/Wiener Blut
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Der Wildschütz/Mamselle Nitouche