Philharmonia Orchestra Audio Podcast

Gavin Plumley, Series Advisor to the Philharmonia Orchestra's series Weimar Berlin: Bittersweet Metropolis, presents another look at Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, demonstrating how the simple dedication, "To the memory of an angel," tells only part of the story. Written after the early death of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius's daughter, Manon, Plumley unearths some of the many "ghosts" lurking in the score and shares stories of love, betrayal and politics in Vienna high society. Recorded 26 Sept 2019, Royal Festival Hall, London. Please note that the first five minutes of the talk were not recorded after a technical fault.

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