Podcast »Des Pudels Kern« on our Digital Stage

Unusual encounters with classical music

In the new series of talks by and with Elisa Erkelenz and David-Maria Gramse, unusual connections of classical music with philosophy, science, (martial) arts and pop are brought to light and thus »the pudel's core« of that genre is explored from a variety of perspectives. The podcast is released on the first of every month and is also available on our Digital Stage.

The new podcast not only borrows its title »Des Pudels Kern« [»the pudel's core«] from Goethe's Faust; rather, it is the scholar's wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary approach with which the great topic of classical music is approached here as well. In order to find out what we actually need classical music for, we obviously don't need a musicological analysis, but rather the thoughts of space researcher Felix Kubin, singer Anna Lucia Richter, sociologist Hartmut Rosa and Ralf Köster from the Golden Pudel Club - as heard in the first episode of the podcast format. Dramaturg and freelance journalist Elisa Erkelenz and violinist David-Maria Gramse started their new series of talks on 1 September and will publish more unusual encounters on the first of each month. It continues in a curiously exciting way: Violist Tabea Zimmermann and aikido master Rüdiger Keller explore the connections between bowing and martial arts. Since the 1st of November the third episode can be heard: Thomas Hengelbrock gets askes every day at the festival Aix en Provence about the topicality of Mozart's Figaro. In the fourth episode, it is all about concert halls – the present ones and those of the future.  The fifth episode traces the monstrous, the insane and the strange in music.

Some of the podcast guests have already been guests at the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. And that's no coincidence: Alongside the Kölner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Heidelberger Frühling and the Mozartfestival Würzburg, the Ludwigsburg Festival is founding partners of the series. Listen to the first five episodes and look forward to the coming months!