Thursday 26 Sep 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

Hindemith Rag Time (well-tempered)

Bach arr. Schoenberg Two Chorale Preludes

Berg Violin Concerto


Hindemith Symphony: Mathis der Maler


A riveting programme of music from Weimar-era composers that both looks back to history for inspiration and draws connections with the art of the period. 

Composers, artists and writers were intimately connected in the creative ferment of the Weimar Republic. Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus School in 1919, had a daughter – Manon. When she died of polio, aged just 18, Alban Berg was spurred to dedicate his new Violin Concerto, with its haunting chorale by J.S. Bach, ‘to the memory of an angel’.
Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) reaches even further back into the past. Inspired by the sometimes-demonic 16th century tableaux of Matthias Grünewald, Hindemith’s Symphony echoes the work of visual artists from his own period, like Otto Dix, who drew on the style and techniques of the giants of Renaissance German art, including Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer.



  • Prices: £45 (premium); £36; £28; £19; £12
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; £8 tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Running time: 100 minutes, including 20-minute interval
  • Before the concert: FREE Insights Talk, 6pm, Royal Festival Hall - Gavin Plumley instroduces the evening's programme


This concert is part of the Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis series