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  • Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening

    Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the foremost violinists of our time and a great admirer of Bohuslav Martinů’s rarely played Violin Concerto No. 1, a both sonorous and expressive work, which he presents in this concert. Jakub Hrůša, chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and a guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, also presents Dvořák’s symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janáček’s Rhapsody Taras Bulba.

    13 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jakub Hrůša

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • Antonín Dvořák
      The Golden Spinning-Wheel, op. 109

    • Bohuslav Martinů
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Prélude in G minor, op. 23 no. 5 (arr. Ernst Schliephake)

    • Leoš Janáček
      Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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      Interview
      Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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  • Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Two fabulous, mythical travel stories from Scandinavia are on the programme in this concert: Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Jean Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite. Between these two works will be the European premiere of the Cello Concerto by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers of our time and former violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor is Sakari Oramo, who currently heads the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The soloist is Alban Gerhardt.

    06 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sakari Oramo

    Alban Gerhardt

    • Edvard Grieg
      Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46

    • Brett Dean
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (European première)

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Prélude

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Jean Sibelius
      Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

    • free

      Interview
      Sakari Oramo in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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      Interview
      Brett Dean in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque

    Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque

    Photo: Umberto Nicoletti

    In this concert, conductor Semyon Bychkov and the famous piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque make the case for a wonderful rarity: Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos which captivates with its sparkling virtuosity and a warm, orchestral sound reminiscent of Brahms. The other works of the evening were also inspired by Brahms: Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony and Detlev Glanert’s orchestral piece Weites Land.

    29 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque

    • Detlev Glanert
      Weites Land for orchestra

    • Max Bruch
      Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, op. 88a

      Katia Labèque piano, Marielle Labèque piano

    • Philip Glass
      Four Movements for Two Pianos: Movement IV

      Katia Labèque piano, Marielle Labèque piano

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

    • free

      Interview
      Katia and Marielle Labèque in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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  • Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Posterity has given Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony the most varied soubriquets, from the "Tragic", the "Faustian", and the "Catholic", while the composer himself spoke of his "Fantastic" Symphony. Above all, it demonstrates the variety of worlds of expression that can be found in this monumental work – from ruminative whispering to incandescent displays of bravura. The concert is conducted by Daniel Harding.

    22 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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      Interview
      Daniel Harding on Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

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  • François-Xavier Roth and Carolin Widmann

    François-Xavier Roth and Carolin Widmann

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    François-Xavier Roth, Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne, presents an evening of fascinating contrasts. He interweaves movements from Debussy’s vividly iridescent Images with the spherical soundscapes of György Ligeti’s famous works Lontano and Atmosphères. In addition there is Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s colourful Violin Concerto with Carolin Widmann as the soloist – the “most headstrong violinist of her generation” (Die Zeit).

    15 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    François-Xavier Roth

    Carolin Widmann

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphonies d’instruments à vent (1947 version)

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

      Carolin Widmann violin

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 1 Gigues

    • György Ligeti
      Lontano for large orchestra

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 3 Rondes de printemps

    • György Ligeti
      Atmosphères

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 2 Ibéria

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      Interview
      François-Xavier Roth in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Sir George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    George Benjamin has made a name for himself as the creator of powerful, multi-layered works, and this season is the Berliner Philharmoniker’s composer in residence. On this occasion in the role of conductor, he presents music by Boulez, Ravel and Ligeti, which show musical Modernism from its most original side. We also hear Benjamin’s own Palimpsests – a work that is “full of contrasts. In just eight minutes, it packs in as much as some entire symphonies” (The Guardian).

    09 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir George Benjamin

    ChorWerk Ruhr, Cédric Tiberghien

    • Pierre Boulez
      Cummings ist der Dichter for 16 solo voices or mixed choir and instruments

      ChorWerk Ruhr

    • Maurice Ravel
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major for the left hand

      Cédric Tiberghien piano

    • György Ligeti
      Clocks and Clouds for 12-part female choir and orchestra

      ChorWerk Ruhr

    • Sir George Benjamin
      Palimpsests for orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      Sir George Benjamin in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A special concert at a special location: the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko, their chief conductor designate, perform Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and tone poems by Richard Strauss in the reconstructed Berlin Palace. The building, which was badly damaged during the Second World War and demolished in 1950, does not reopen until 2019, so this open-air concert in the splendid Baroque Schlüterhof allows us a first glimpse.

    25 Aug 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

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  • Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In a way, this concert looks ahead to a new era. One year before Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s new chief conductor, he conducts the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season. At the same time, he presents his interpretation of core works of the Philharmoniker’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung.

    24 Aug 2018
    Opening of the 2018/2019 season

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

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  • Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne

    Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A celebratory finale to an era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. With this concert at the Waldbühne, Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra ends after 16 years. It is a colourful, sparkling farewell – with works by Gershwin, Fauré, Khachaturian and Respighi. The star guest is Sir Simon’s wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, who sings excerpts from Joseph Canteloube’s charming Chants d’Auvergne.

    24 Jun 2018
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • George Gershwin
      Cuban Overture

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Pavane

    • Joseph Canteloube (de Malaret)
      Chants d’Auvergne (Selection)

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 3: No. 2 Dance of the Young Kurds

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 1: No. 7 Adagio of Gayane

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 1: No. 8 Lezginka

    • Ottorino Respighi
      Pini di Roma

    • Claudio Monteverdi
      “Si dolce è’l tormento”, madrigal for solo voice and basso continuo, SV 332

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

    • Edward Elgar
      Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39: March No. 1

    • John Philip Sousa
      The Liberty Bell

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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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

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

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