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Publisher: G. Schirmer

Symphony No. 2 (1934)
Publisher
Heugel
Category
Orchestra
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
1934
Duration
25 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kurt Weill Symphony No. 2 (1934)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses programming Weill's Symphony No. 2 on a Philadelphia Orchestra concert
Kurt Weill composed Symphony No. 2 in1933-34 on a commission from the Princesse de Polignac (Winnaretta Singer, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune and an arts patron). The Concertgebouw premiered it in Amsterdam in October 1934 under the baton of Bruno Walter. Walter gave the US premiere with the New York Philharmonic in two months later. The symphony has become a familiar face in the twentieth-century symphonic line-up.

In 2000, David Schiff remarked in Atlantic Monthly that it "sums up the musical revolution that Weill had begun as an enfant terrible in the mid-twenties."

The symphony is in three movements: Sostenuto - Allegro molto; Largo; Allegro vivace - Presto.


Additional information at the Kurt Weill Foundation

  • Ensemble
    L'Orchestre Metropolitan
    Conductor
    Yannick Nezet-Seguin
    Atma Classique:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 DEC 2018
    Auditorium Bordeaux, France
    Orchestre National de Bordeaux
    Roberto Fores-Veses, conductor

    Other Dates:
    14 December - Espace Culturelle Pierre Jéliote Oloron Saintes-Marie, France
  • 28 FEB 2019
    Barbican Centre, London, UK
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Simon Trpčeski, piano; Lahav Shani, conductor

Reviews
...the Second Symphony is Weill’s orchestral masterpiece, one of the great neo-classical essays in the form from the first half of the 20th century.
David Hurwitz, classicstoday.com,01/01/0001
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