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Concert archive

Our latest 10 concerts:

  • New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko was at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which revealed a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You can also hear star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating songs from musicals.

    31 Dec 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Diana Damrau

    • George Gershwin
      Overture to the musical Girl Crazy

    • Richard Rodgers
      “If I loved you” from Carousel

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Leonard Bernstein
      “I feel pretty” from West Side Story

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    • Kurt Weill
      “Foolish Heart” from One Touch of Venus

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Kurt Weill
      Symphonic Nocturne (Suite, arr. Robert Russell Bennett) from Lady in the Dark

    • Stephen Sondheim
      “Send in the clowns” from A little Night Music

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Harold Arlen
      “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • George Gershwin
      An American in Paris

    • Frederick Loewe
      “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Franz Waxman
      “The Ride of the Cossacks” from Taras Bulba

    • free

      Interview
      Craig Urquhart in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • free

      Interview
      Diana Damrau in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Raphael Haeger

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    To help contain the coronavirus, the Philharmonie has been closed since 11 March. A last concert under the direction of Simon Rattle could still be given – but without an audience in the auditorium, exclusively and free of charge for visitors of the Digital Concert Hall. It opened with Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, which plays creatively with sounds, noises and language. The highlight of the programme is Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which shifts between melancholy and vigorous rebellion.

    12 Mar 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • free

      Interview
      Andrea Zietzschmann and Simon Rattle on a concert without an audience

    • Luciano Berio
      Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra

      Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Rattle on Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In his Oboe Concerto, Richard Strauss magically succeeded in composing in the spirit of Mozart and Schubert without denying his own artistic identity. Simon Rattle performs the work with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Jonathan Kelly. He then presents Beethoven’s oratorio Christus am Ölberge, which conveys less spiritual devotion than operatic expressiveness, such as in a dramatically escalating scene depicting the arrest of Jesus.

    07 Mar 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Jonathan Kelly

    • Richard Strauss
      Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra, AV 144 / TrV 292

      Jonathan Kelly oboe

    • Benjamin Britten
      Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, op. 49: Pan

      Jonathan Kelly oboe

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85

      Franz Xaver Huber, Iwona Sobotka soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, David Soar baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    • free

      Interview
      Jonathan Kelly in conversation with Tobias Möller

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Mahler’s Third Symphony with Elīna Garanča and Lorenzo Viotti

    Mahler’s Third Symphony with Elīna Garanča and Lorenzo Viotti

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    In his Third Symphony, Gustav Mahler gives musical form to elemental symbols of nature – including stories of flowers and animals – with which he creates a gigantic world panorama, culminating in a hymn of overwhelming beauty. In this performance we hear Lorenzo Viotti, who steps in for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Elīna Garanča, who not only has “beauty of voice, but also that indefinable magic called charisma” (The Telegraph).

    29 Feb 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Lorenzo Viotti

    Elīna Garanča

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano, Women of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

    • free

      Interview
      Elīna Garanča in conversation with Julia Gartemann

    Mahler’s Third Symphony with Elīna Garanča and Lorenzo Viotti Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The music of the 20th century is often considered inaccessible. Kirill Petrenko shows how wrong this prejudice is with three works written between 1940 and 1950 which differently convey sensuousness and energy. We experience rhythmic power in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, the combination of innovation and Brazilian flair in Zimmermann’s Alagoana and finally, the voluptuous melancholy of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.

    15 Feb 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in Three Movements

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros, Ballet Suite

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

    Photo: Michael Trippel

    The first opera in the Philharmonie Berlin led by Kirill Petrenko: Giacomo Puccini’s drama Suor Angelica, which takes place in a convent and tells the moving story of a young nun. Even if the period and setting have little to do with the realities of life today, the message of the opera is more current than ever: it concerns humanity in an inhuman environment and the struggle for one’s own dignity. In this production, it is given a contemporary setting by director Nicola Hümpel and performed by up-and-coming singers, the choir of the Vocal Heroes choral programme, and the Karajan Academy.

    01 Feb 2020

    Karajan Academy
    Kirill Petrenko

    Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel, Ann Toomey, Katarina Dalayman

    • free

      Giacomo Puccini
      Suor Angelica

      Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel direction and costumes, Oliver Proske stage conception and video technology, Ann Toomey soprano, Katarina Dalayman soprano, Daniela Vega mezzo-soprano, Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano, Sarah Laulan mezzo-soprano, Aurora Marthens soprano, Qing Wang soprano, Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano, Alessia Schumacher soprano, Ekaterina Bazhanova mezzo-soprano, Yeo-Jung Ha soprano, Bernadeta Astari soprano, Yui Kawaguchi dance and choir choreography, Matan Porat piano and composition of prologue

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko on Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi and Stefan Dohr

    Paavo Järvi and Stefan Dohr

    Photo: Stefan Rabold

    Romanticism was not only an epoch of sensibility, but also of radical concepts. No work shows this more clearly than Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. It portrays a drug-induced frenzy, a murder of passion, an execution and a witch’s Sabbath. No less exciting is Berlioz’ sound world: excessive, glaring, brutal – and then again enchantingly graceful. Paavo Järvi also conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is Stefan Dohr.

    31 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Stefan Dohr

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Scherzo fantastique, op. 3

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra − commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the NTR Zaterdag Matinee, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Premiere

      Stefan Dohr french horn

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    • free

      Interview
      Stefan Dohr, Paavo Järvi and Hans Abrahamsen in conversation

    Paavo Järvi and Stefan Dohr Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, Kirill Petrenko presents himself with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an interpreter of Mahler. The Sixth Symphony is one of the composer’s most disturbing works, bringing together turmoil and idyll, triumph and catastrophe, nature, and life and death. It conveys a world panorama as well as an intimate insight into Mahler’s inner world. For as his widow Alma explained, “No work has flowed from his heart as directly as this”.

    25 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Martin Menking

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes

    A medieval city, a knight on horseback, and the sound of the forest were atmospheric inner images that inspired Anton Bruckner to create his mysteriously luminous Fourth Symphony. The conductor of this performance is Herbert Blomstedt, one of the foremost interpreters of Bruckner. In Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 – which audibly picks up on the soundscape of the opera Le nozze di Figaro which he wrote at the same time – we also hear Leif Ove Andsnes, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Pianist in Residence for 2010/2011.

    18 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 22 in E flat major, K 482

      Leif Ove Andsnes piano

    • Edvard Grieg
      Lyric Pieces, op. 54: No. 2 Gangar

      Leif Ove Andsnes piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (2nd version from 1878/1880)

    • free

      Interview
      Herbert Blomstedt on Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

    Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Kirill Petrenko, the new man at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, encounters a decades-long friend of the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim. Together, they present Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, whose appeal lies in its self-assured showmanship and distinctive C Minor colouring. The music of Josef Suk, which has received far too little attention, is also a matter close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart. Here we hear his Second Symphony, an expressive work full of pain and sonority.

    11 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Franz Schubert
      Impromptu in A flat major, D 935 no. 2

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Josef Suk
      Symphony in C minor, op. 27 “Asrael”

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert