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, while Thomas Hengelbrock addresses the topicality of Mozart's Figaro in the third episode and soprano Anna Prohaska discusses forest dieback, Gothic and Romanticism with literary scholar Stefan Willer in the fourth episode.

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 episode »Why classical music?« and look forward to the coming months!