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A Schönberg Celebration and a Lieder Matinée

After a tour to New York with some unusual repertoire for the Vienna Philharmonic which included Schönberg, Webern, and Boulez, Daniel Barenboim returns to his own Staatskapelle Berlin this weekend to conduct an all-Schönberg concert. What may at first sound difficult to digest is in fact a well-balanced, rounded program that begins with two hyper-romantic early works: Pelléas und Mélisande and the string orchestra version of Transfigured Night, which was originally composed for string sextet. The program concludes with the Variations for Orchestra Op. 31. All of these works are now standard repertoire for the Staatskapelle Berlin, thanks to Barenboim's devotion to the Second Viennese School and Schönberg in particular. They will perform the program on January 24th in the Konzerthaus Berlin and on January 25th in the Berlin Philharmonie.

On the morning of January 24th, Barenboim continues his matinée cycle at the Staatsoper Berlin, which ranges from chamber music with orchestra members to Lieder with renowned singers. This Sunday, he is joined by soprano Dorothea Röschmann, in a program that includes Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben.

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