• Oct 10, 2019     

    Weimar Berlin: To the Cabaret! review exploring a seamier side to Weimar culture

    Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1

    Blink and you might have missed the Philharmonia's Weimar series. If it has felt scattergun that's partly because the project began in June just before the orchestra's 2018-19 season ended, and now it's all restarting, only to charge into this week's finale, which is subtitled "The Party's Over. What? Some of us only just bought the balloons.

    Party time it was, then, in Monday night's programme, devised by Gerard McBurney for the orchestra and its chief conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, to explore a seamier side to Weimar culture, with music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Frederick Hollander, Erwin Schulhoff and others.