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  • Daniel Barenboim and Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1

    Daniel Barenboim and Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    “When I think of Brahms, I think of natural landscapes, mountains and beautiful panoramas, of this incredible grandeur,” says Yefim Bronfman, who has been one of the piano world’s elite for many years. He performs the composer’s monumental First Piano Concerto. Brahms actually wanted to write his First Symphony instead of the concerto. But it took another two decades before he actually succeeded. It is conducted here by the Philharmoniker’s honorary conductor Daniel Barenboim.

    24 Apr 2021

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Yefim Bronfman piano

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

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      Interview
      Yefim Bronfman in conversation with Hande Küden

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      Daniel Barenboim in conversation with Hande Küden

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  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner and Messiaen

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner and Messiaen

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    A century separated Olivier Messiaen and Anton Bruckner, but they had a lot in common: both were among the leading organists of their time, and both were deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. Zubin Mehta combines Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a memorial to the dead of both world wars, with Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. It is not only the summation of the Austrian composer’s work but also a personal farewell to this world.

    17 Apr 2021

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Olivier Messiaen
      Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum for wind orchestra and percussion

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor

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      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Stanley Dodds

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Rachmaninov's late-Romantic Second Symphony is filled with the wistful melancholy typical of the composer. Today it is one of the Russian composer’s most popular works, and the symphony also has a special significance for Kirill Petrenko: having chosen the Second for his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2006, he conducted it again 15 years later as the orchestra’s chief conductor. It was preceded by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.

    20 Mar 2021

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

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

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

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      Interview
      Emmanuel Pahud in conversation with Daniel Stabrawa

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  • Semyon Bychkov and Lisa Batiashvili perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

    Semyon Bychkov and Lisa Batiashvili perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

    Photo: Lena Laine

    With its its beguiling, heartfelt melodies, its captivating dance-like rhythms and its highly virtuosic solo part, Tchaikovsky’s opus 35 is considered the epitome of the Romantic violin concerto. Ideal for a violinist like Lisa Batiashvili, who – according to the Guardian – knows how to interpret this piece in an intense, radiant and heartfelt way. Semyon Bychkov, a long-standing associate of the Berliner Philharmoniker, also conducts Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony.

    11 Mar 2021

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

      Lisa Batiashvili violin

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

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      Interview
      Lisa Batiashvili in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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      Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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  • Paavo Järvi and Igor Levit perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5

    Paavo Järvi and Igor Levit perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    Igor Levit describes Beethoven’s radiant E flat major concerto as a work that “makes you really happy”. Following Levit’s debut with the orchestra at the 2015 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, he appeared for the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie Berlin under the baton of Paavo Järvi. Another item on the programme is Prokofiev’s Symphony in E flat minor. Its opus number – a reference to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 111 – reflects Prokofiev’s admiration for the First Viennese School composer.

    06 Mar 2021

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Igor Levit

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

      Igor Levit piano

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, op. 111

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      Interview
      Paavo Järvi and Igor Levit in conversation

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      Paavo Järvi in conversation with Raphael Haeger

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  • “The Golden Twenties”: Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss and Busoni

    “The Golden Twenties”: Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss and Busoni

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    Christian Thielemann presents three contrasting musical worlds during our online festival “The Golden Twenties”: that of Paul Hindemith, who brilliantly combined his music with jazz elements in his parodistic opera Neues vom Tage (News of the Day), that of Ferruccio Busoni, the bridge builder between Romanticism and Modernism, and the musical world of Richard Strauss, who cultivated a rich late Romantic musical language in his orchestral songs and the cycle Die Tageszeiten (The Times of Day).

    27 Feb 2021
    Online festival: The Golden Twenties

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Camilla Nylund

    • Paul Hindemith
      Neues vom Tage (News of the Day), Overture from the Opera with Concert Ending

    • Ferruccio Busoni
      Tanz-Walzer for orchestra, op. 53

    • Johann Strauss II
      Künstlerleben, Waltz, op. 316

    • Richard Strauss
      6 Orchestral Songs

      Camilla Nylund soprano

    • Richard Strauss
      Die Tageszeiten, song cycle for male choir and orchestra, op. 76

      Rundfunkchor Berlin

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      Interview
      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Oliver Hilmes

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  • “The Golden Twenties”: A night at the Moka Efti

    “The Golden Twenties”: A night at the Moka Efti

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    One night in the legendary coffee house Moka Efti! Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker play dance music of the 1920s – foxtrots and shimmies, tangos and blues ballads. Kurt Weill is represented with three works, among them the Kleine Dreigroschenmusik. Stefan Wolpe’s Suite from the Twenties and Mátyás Seiber’s Two Jazzolettes reflect the jazz craze of the time. Between the works, Dagmar Manzel reads texts by Trude Hesterberg, Lotte Lenya and Josephine Baker.

    23 Feb 2021
    Online festival: The Golden Twenties

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Michael Hasel

    Dagmar Manzel

    • Introduction

      Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • Kurt Weill
      Berlin Lit Up · Panamanian Suite

      Dagmar Manzel singer

    • Josephine Baker: Memories

      Dagmar Manzel narrator

    • Mátyás Seiber
      Two Jazzolettes

    • Trude Hesterberg: What I was about to say

      Dagmar Manzel narrator

    • Stefan Wolpe
      Suite from the Twenties

    • Lotte Lenya: Getting to know Bertolt Brecht

      Dagmar Manzel narrator

    • Kurt Weill
      Little Threepenny Music

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  • “The Golden Twenties”: Thomas Søndergård conducts Prokofiev, Sibelius and Weill

    “The Golden Twenties”: Thomas Søndergård conducts Prokofiev, Sibelius and Weill

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    Kurt Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny confronts us with the darker side of humanity and society. Written at the end of the 1920s, Weill wanted to create a work with this opera “that will deal with the utterly different expressions of life in our time in an appropriate form”. Thomas Søndergård, who is making his Berliner Philharmoniker debut, conducts compositions by Prokofiev and Sibelius in addition to the suite from the opera.

    20 Feb 2021
    Online festival: The Golden Twenties

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Thomas Søndergård

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      The Love for Three Oranges: Suite, op. 33bis

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 6 in D minor, op. 104

    • Kurt Weill
      The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny: Suite (arr. Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg)

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  • “The Golden Twenties”: Marie Jacquot conducts the Karajan Academy

    “The Golden Twenties”: Marie Jacquot conducts the Karajan Academy

    Photo: Christian Jungwirth

    A film that was intended to shock and shake up its viewers: Kuhle Wampe (Empty Stomach) from 1932 depicts the bitter fate of a working-class family during the Great Depression. The music is by Hanns Eisler, who compiled a concert suite with a “best of” selection from the film. Music that was in step with the times: kinetic, exciting, stirring. Kurt Weill’s name is associated first and foremost with the Threepenny Opera. He worked in many different genres, however, as his Violin Concerto and Second Symphony demonstrate.

    16 Feb 2021
    Online festival: The Golden Twenties

    Scholars of the Karajan Academy
    Marie Jacquot

    • Hanns Eisler
      Suite for Orchestra No. 3, op. 26 “Kuhle Wampe”

    • Kurt Weill
      Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, op. 12

      Kolja Blacher violin

    • Kurt Weill
      Symphony No. 2

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      Interview
      Kolja Blacher in conversation with Oliver Hilmes

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      Interview
      Marie Jacquot in conversation with Oliver Hilmes

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