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Arthur Lourié on Berlin as musical capital

Here are a few excerpts about Berlin at the beginning of the twentieth century from the book Sergei Koussevitzky and his Epoch by Arthur Lourié (1892-1966). The author of the second biography of Koussevitzky described this book in his preface: “There was available an earlier biography of Koussevitzky by his friend Arthur Lourié. The value of […]

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26 April 1907

There are two concerts tonight: soprano Lula Myz-Gmeiner‘s Lieder-Abend with Eduard Behm at the piano is finally happening after being postponed twice, and the Mozart-Saal Orchestra is giving a popular Waltz and Operetta Abend. Opera/Operetta Königliche Oper: Salome, Strauss conductingKomische Oper: Don JuanCentral: Der Lustige KriegLortzing: Fra DiavoloTheater des Westens: Eichelberg Konservatorium, Opera scenesDeutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle […]

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30 March 1907

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. What better way to end the Königliche Kapelle’s season? Felix Weingartner intended to leave last year, and there are rumors it will really happen this time. (He does, replacing Mahler at the Vienna Hofoper.) Weingartner’s first year with this ensemble was back in 1891. He is a beloved conductor here in Berlin. […]

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Concerts in March and April 1907

March Highlights In March there were 135 concerts, of which there were 25 piano, 19 orchestral, 16 chamber, 9 violin, and 33 voice recitals. There were 16 choral concerts, more than usual because of Easter on March 31. During Holy Week there were performances of both Mendelssohn oratorios and both Bach Passions. There were four […]

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The Berlin Philharmonic’s Popular Concerts, 1882-1934

From the beginning, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra distinguished between their main offerings and their “popular” concerts. Popular was the general term for cheaper concerts, and these were usually priced at 1 M., at least before World War One. Besides being cheap, these concerts were also tremendously popular for over fifty years. The concerts were held […]

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