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  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Photo: Michael Trippel

    The culmination of this concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a both overpowering and vivid work, which also includes “the primitive nature of Russian song ... in its melodies” (A. Khachaturian). The French-Canadian Nézet-Séguin opens the concert with French repertoire: Maurice Ravel's charming Menuet antique and Claude Debussy's dazzling La Mer – a masterpiece of musical Impressionism.

    15 Feb 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Menuet antique (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, op. 100

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      Interview
      Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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  • New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim

    New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The conductor of this New Year’s Eve concert is Daniel Barenboim, one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s oldest friends. He also takes on the role of soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 – a work of sparkling beauty and nuanced expression. There are also four famous works by Maurice Ravel, which create an impressive synthesis of elegance and originality. The final highlight is the Boléro, perhaps the most stunning crescendo in music history.

    31 Dec 2018
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 26 in D major, K. 537 “Coronation”

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      Rapsodie espagnole (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Pavane pour une infante défunte (orchestral version)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Boléro

    • Georges Bizet
      Excerpts from Carmen

    • free

      Interview
      The 2018 New Year’s Eve Concert: an introduction

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  • Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The international press praised Marek Janowski’s complete recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies for its “verve” and “passion for detail”. In this concert, he turns to the Sixth whose appeal, in contrast to other Bruckner symphonies, lies less in metaphysical aspects than in its decisive forward drive. The concert also includes Bruckner’s E Minor Mass, whose orchestration consisting exclusively of wind instruments evokes an intriguingly archaic atmosphere.

    01 Feb 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 2 in E minor (2nd Version from 1882/1885)

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 6 in A major

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      Interview
      Marek Janowski in conversation with Rainer Seegers

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  • Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a work of compelling, pure beauty, and for its tone, which both sings and speaks, Lisa Batiashvili is the ideal interpreter. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor designate of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, also presents Richard Strauss’ Symphonia domestica in which the composer portrays his family both humorously and musically. Gilbert also presents the European premiere of Metacosmos by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

    26 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Anna Thorvaldsdottir
      Metacosmos (European première)

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op. 63

      Lisa Batiashvili violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Symphonia domestica, op. 53

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      Interview
      Lisa Batiashvili and Alan Gilbert in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

    Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    This concert with Mariss Jansons is in a sense a late-Romantic family reunion: Richard Wagner’s Rienzi overture will be presented alongside the triumphant First Piano Concerto by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt. His musical “descendant”, Richard Strauss, in turn, perfected the symphonic poem originally developed by Liszt, such as the famous Also sprach Zarathustra which is also performed in this concert. The evening’s soloist is Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our time.

    19 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Evgeny Kissin

    • Richard Strauss
      Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra), op. 30

    • Franz Liszt
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major

      Evgeny Kissin piano

    • Evgeny Kissin
      Dodecaphonic Tango

    • Richard Wagner
      Rienzi: Overture

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      Interview
      Evgeny Kissin in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    In this concert, Tugan Sokhiev, director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducts a Russian programme supported by the choir of his legendary opera house. While Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky are full of primitive power and recount historical Russian war heroes, Sergei Rachmaninov's operatic scene Spring takes an intimate private drama as its theme.

    12 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Vesna (Spring), cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra, op. 20

      Vasily Ladyuk baritone, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Alexander Borodin
      Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances (original version with choir)

      Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra, op. 78

      Agunda Kulaeva mezzo-soprano, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

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      Interview
      Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Working with the German National Youth Orchestra is something close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart, so on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary, the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join them for a jubilee concert. In addition to rousing compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky, the programme also includes a contemporary work: William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto with the Philharmoniker’s principal timpanist Wieland Welzel as the soloist.

    09 Jan 2019

    Bundesjugendorchester
    Kirill Petrenko

    Wieland Welzel

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      Leonard Bernstein
      West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

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      William Kraft
      Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra

      Wieland Welzel timpani

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      Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps

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  • Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The lieder of Hugo Wolf are unique in their clear-cut directness. Their aim is not the artistic sublimation of emotions, but real, unfiltered expression. Christian Gerhaher, the “foremost lieder singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selected settings by Wolf of Goethe and Mörike. Conductor Iván Fischer also presents Franz Schubert’s Great Symphony, with its shifts between the idyllic and the abyss.

    22 Dec 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Christian Gerhaher

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Legendes for Orchestra, op. 59: nos. 6 & 10

    • Hugo Wolf
      Lieder after poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Eduard Mörike

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 8 in C major, D 944

    • free

      Interview
      An introduction by Iván Fischer

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  • Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony is a work which exceeds all limits. The composition was intended to depict nothing less than the entire universe: the lofty and the humble, tradition and avant-garde, pastoral serenity and demonic grotesques, songs and chorales, and death and resurrection, all expressed in music that is correspondingly multifarious and grandiose. It is conducted here by Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

    15 Dec 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Lucy Crowe, Gerhild Romberger

    • Maija Einfelde
      Lux aeterna for mixed choir, chime bells and vibraphone

      MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig choir

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Lucy Crowe soprano, Gerhild Romberger contralto, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig choir, Risto Joost chorus master

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      Interview
      Andris Nelsons in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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