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  • Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle perform Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

    Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle perform Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

    As chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle has impressively shown again and again what variety and richness are couched in the term “modern music” – and he does so again at this concert. We hear three short premieres, enter the world of film and television with Robin Hood and Tom and Jerry, and experience Bernstein’s jazz-influenced Second Symphony, with world star Krystian Zimerman as piano soloist.

    16 Jun 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Simon Rattle

    Krystian Zimerman

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety for Piano and Orchestra

      Krystian Zimerman piano

    • Magnus Lindberg
      Agile for orchestra commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Première

    • Andrew Norman
      Spiral for orchestra commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Brett Dean
      Notturno inquieto commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Scott Bradley
      Tom and Jerry

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      The Adventures of Robin Hood Symphonic Portrait for Orchestra, arr. by John Mauceri (Excerpts)

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  • Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler’s Sixth

    Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler’s Sixth

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says, “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day.” Mahler’s multifaceted work was also on the programme when Sir Simon gave his last concert in the Philharmonie as the orchestra’s chief conductor. The wheel comes full circle.

    20 Jun 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann

    This concert is almost a condensed retrospective of the Rattle era. For example, Sir Simon’s enthusiasm for contemporary music is revealed in the premiere of a short work by Jörg Widmann; in Lutosławski’s Third Symphony, on the other hand, he once again shows what imaginative music the 20th century has left behind, and finally, Rattle’s continuous work on the great classics of the repertoire is represented by Brahms’s First Symphony.

    27 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jörg Widmann
      Tanz auf dem Vulkan, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Symphony No. 3

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

    • free

      Interview
      Jörg Widmann on Tanz auf dem Vulkan

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  • Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

    Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Simon Rattle is certain that if Anton Bruckner had lived only two months longer, he would have been able to complete the finale of his Ninth Symphony. In a sensational concert in 2011, Rattle presented a reconstruction of “monolithic, threatening presence” (Gramophone magazine), based on Bruckner’s extensive sketches. As a central work of the Rattle era, the completed symphony can now be heard again.

    26 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Three Pieces for Orchestra, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 with the completed performance version of the 4th Movement by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (1985-2008/rev. 2010)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner (2012)

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  • Simon Rattle conducts a hundred amateur musicians in the BE PHIL Orchestra

    Simon Rattle conducts a hundred amateur musicians in the BE PHIL Orchestra

    The performance by the BE PHIL Orchestra is one of the most moving projects of the Simon Rattle era. On 21 May 2018, amateur musicians from 30 countries played Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony under the direction of Sir Simon – with great musicality and, above all, unparalleled enthusiasm. For all of them, the concert was an unforgettable experience that once again demonstrated the power that music has to unite people from all over the world.

    21 May 2018

    BE PHIL Orchestra
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68

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      Impressions from the 2018 Open Day

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      The BE PHIL Orchestra – a project with amateur musicians from 30 countries

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  • Mikko Franck conducts Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”

    Mikko Franck conducts Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”

    It was one of the great choral works of the 19th century: Robert Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri. The piece has everything that makes up a grandiose, Romantic vocal work: effective choral scenes, lyrical, lieder-like solo numbers, and an instrumental ensemble that shows Schumann at the height of his orchestration skills. The Berliner Philharmoniker perform the work under the baton of Mikko Franck, who is standing in for Simon Rattle.

    19 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mikko Franck

    Sally Matthews, Mark Padmore, Anna Prohaska, Gerhild Romberger, Andrew Staples, Christian Gerhaher

    • Robert Schumann
      Paradise and the Peri, op. 50: Part 1 & 2

      Sally Matthews soprano (Peri), Mark Padmore tenor (Narrator), Anna Prohaska soprano (The Maiden), Gerhild Romberger contralto (The Angel), Andrew Staples tenor (The Young Man), Christian Gerhaher baritone (Gazna), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Robert Schumann
      Paradise and the Peri, op. 50: Part 3

      Sally Matthews soprano (Peri), Mark Padmore tenor (Narrator), Anna Prohaska soprano (The Maiden), Gerhild Romberger contralto (The Angel), Andrew Staples tenor (The Young Man), Christian Gerhaher baritone (Gazna), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Robert Schumann
      Paradise and the Peri, op. 50: Part 1 & 2 (english subtitles)

    • Robert Schumann
      Paradise and the Peri, op. 50: Part 3 (english subtitles)

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      Interview
      Mikko Franck in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Sing along and have fun!

    Sing along and have fun!

    In this concert, sitting still is not allowed! – for as soon as the music starts, the education programme’s vocal heroes choirs, under the direction of their choral conductors Carolin Strecker, Tobias Walenciak and Johannes Wolff, invite Berlin school classes to join them together in the Philharmonie – and everyone is expected to join in the fun! Sing along!

    18 May 2018

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Vocal Heroes

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      Vokalhelden-Schulklassenkonzert

      Vocal Heroes, Carolin Strecker Chorleitung, Tobias Walenciak Chorleitung, Johannes Wolff Chorleitung, Mark Wyand saxophone and clarinet, Peter Schindler piano, Arne Jansen guitar, Esko Laine double bass, Franz Schindlbeck drums

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  • Tugan Sokhiev and Yefim Bronfman perform Beethoven

    Tugan Sokhiev and Yefim Bronfman perform Beethoven

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Tugan Sokhiev, chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, conducts two of the most popular works of the Russian repertoire at this concert, which opens with Prokofiev’s ardent Symphony No. 1, inspired by the First Viennese School. In contrast, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition depicts Russian scenes and legends with incomparable atmospheric and musical intensity. The soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is Yefim Bronfman.

    12 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 1 in D major, op. 25 Symphonie classique

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C minor, op. 37

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Robert Schumann
      Arabesque in C major, op. 18

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)

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      Interview
      Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Amihai Grosz

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  • Paavo Järvi and Lisa Batiashvili with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

    Paavo Järvi and Lisa Batiashvili with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    “The first notes of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto rarely shine simultaneously as clearly and as focused as with Lisa Batiashvili,” was what Bayerischer Rundfunk said in its review. The Georgian violinist, who in this concert stands in for the indisposed Janine Jansen, presents the darkly timbred work, whose free, rhapsodic form requires most creative of skills. Paavo Järvi also conducts Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, which reflects the horrors of the Stalin era with brooding resignation and grotesque savagery.

    06 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Jean Sibelius
      Night Ride and Sunrise, Symphonic Poem, op. 55

    • Jean Sibelius
      Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47

      Lisa Batiashvili violin

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54

    • free

      Interview
      Paavo Järvi in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

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