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Friday, September 21, 2018

David Bowie: The Berlin Trilogy – Brian Eno, Kurt Weill, Lou Reed, Ralf Hütter, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop – Jennie Abrahamson, Moto Boy, Magnus Carlson, Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Hans Ek (HD 1080p)

A celebration of David Bowie, based on the albums of the Berlin Trilogy: "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger".

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Magnus Carlson, Jennie Abrahamson, Moto Boy, Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör and the Swedish conductor Hans Ek perform David Bowie's classic songs from his successful career, with a natural finale in Where Are We Now from 2013, where Bowie looks back on his time in Berlin.

Music made with producer Brian Eno in a creative explosion where the Berlin Wall became a symbolic watershed for David Bowie's creativity, going from punchy pop tunes to symphonically coloured, electronic music. Heroes gave a whole generation a voice, and became a powerful battle cry for all those who wanted to shape their lives on their own terms.

Hans Ek is the initiator and has orchestrated this tribute concert.

Recorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall, on October 8, 2016.

David Bowie (1947-2016)

The Berlin Trilogy

David Bowie

1. Low Suite (1977)

i. Introduction
ii. Subterraneans / Some are / Subterraneans
iii. Always Crashing in the Same Car
iv. Weeping Wall
v. Sound and Vision
vi. Be my Wife
vii. Art Decade
viii. Word on a Wing

David Bowie & Brian Eno (b. 1948)

ix. Warszawa

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

2. Ballade of the Drowning Girl (from "Das Berliner Requiem")

Lou Reed (1942-2013)

3. Berlin (1973)

Ralf Hütter (b. 1946)

4. Trans-Europe Express (1977)

David Bowie & Brian Eno

5. Heroes (1977)

Philip Glass (b. 1937)

6. First movement from Symphony No.4 "Heroes" (1996, based on the album "Heroes" by David Bowie)

David Bowie

7. Blackout (1977)
8. Sense of Doubt (1977)
9. Sons of the Silent Age (1977)

David Bowie & Brian Eno

10. Fantastic Voyage (1979)

David Bowie

11. African Night Flight (1979)

David Bowie & Brian Eno

12. Look Back in Anger (1979)
13. Ashes to Ashes (1980)

Iggy Pop (b. 1947) 

14. The Passenger (1988)

Brian Eno

15. Under Stars (1983)

David Bowie 

16. Blackstar (2016)

Magnus Carlson, soloist
Moto Boy, soloist
Jennie Abrahamson, soloist

Göteborgs Symfoniska Kör

Jonas Östholm, keyboard
Oskar Nilsson, bass
Niklas Lind, drums

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Arranged and conducted by Hans Ek

Gothenburg Concert Hall, October 8, 2016

(HD 1080p)

The History of David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy: "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger"

By 1976, David Bowie's life in Los Angeles was in free fall. Though "Fame" and "Golden Years" were Top 10 hits the year before, Bowie was lost in a haze of cocaine addiction. To escape the drug scene in L.A., Bowie and wife Angela headed for Europe; after stops in Switzerland and France, Bowie settled in Berlin, a city then still divided by the Berlin Wall. The next three years would be one of Bowie's most productive periods, as he recorded a trio of albums that became known as his Berlin Trilogy. Low and Heroes debuted in 1977, with Lodger arriving two years later.

"Life in L.A. had left me with an overwhelming sense of foreboding", Bowie told Uncut. "I had approached the brink of drug-induced calamity one too many times, and it was essential to take some kind of positive action. For many years Berlin had appealed to me as a sort of sanctuary-like situation. It was one of the few cities where I could move around in virtual anonymity. I was going broke; it was cheap to live. For some reason, Berliners just didn't care. Well, not about an English rock singer, anyway."

Angela Bowie, in Backstage Passes: Life on the Wild Side with David Bowie, said that "Berlin called to him in other ways. He chose to live in a section of the city as bleak, anonymous, and culturally lost as possible: Schoneberg, populated largely by Turkish immigrants. He took an apartment above an auto parts store and ate at the local workingmen's cafe. Talk about alienation".

Bowie was joined in Berlin by Iggy Pop, who was battling his own issues with heroin. Bowie would produce Iggy's solo albums "The Idiot" and "Lust for Life" in 1977. Brian Eno of Roxy Music and longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti also came to Berlin; they would contribute to all three of Bowie's subsequent Berlin projects.

"Working with Bowie is much more than going to a studio", Visconti said in an interview with Sound on Sound. "It's a social event, too. We would eat together, go to shows together, go to clubs together, and really soak in the local culture. That was always his way of working".

Source: Frank Mastropolo, 2016 (ultimateclassicrock.com)

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