Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov
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16 Jan 2021

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare

  • Sergei Rachmaninov
    Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Poem, op. 29

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Francesca da Rimini, Fantasy for Orchestra, op. 32

  • Interview
    approx. 15 min before the concert: Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Dominik Wollenweber

In this concert, Kirill Petrenko presents three impassioned symphonic poems from Russia. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is represented by two tragic love stories: the fantasy overture Romeo and Juliet – the 29-year-old composer’s first masterpiece – and the symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini. Unfortunately, Sergei Rachmaninov’s opera on the same subject, which was originally planned for this concert, cannot be performed due to the corona pandemic; in its place, we will hear the composer’s mysterious and sombre Isle of the Dead.

Since the 2019/20 season, Kirill Petrenko has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He received his training first in Russia, then in Austria. The international music world first became aware of him when he premiered Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung at the Meiningen Theater in 2001, directed by Christine Mielitz and designed by Alfred Hrdlicka, performed on four consecutive days. He conducted the cycle for the second time twelve years later at the Bayreuth Festival. At the same time, Kirill Petrenko took up his post as general music director of Bayerische Staatsoper, his third leading position at an opera house after Meiningen and the Komische Oper Berlin. He also made guest appearances at the world’s top opera houses (from the Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden in London and the Opéra National in Paris to the Metropolitan Opera in New York) as well as with the great international symphony orchestras – in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Chicago, Cleveland and Israel. He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2006. Kirill Petrenko also appears with the Berliner Philharmoniker outside of Berlin – on tour and of course in the Digital Concert Hall. Selected performances are also available as recordings; most recently released was an edition with symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schmidt and Rudi Stephan.

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