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  • Marek Janowski conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Marek Janowski conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Photo: Felix Broede

    Verdi’s Requiem is unique in music history. The intention of the Italian opera composer was not to convey otherworldly transcendence, but rather an emotional assault, as in his great stage works. The work is now to be performed in the Philharmonie under the baton of Marek Janowski. Standing in for an indisposed Riccardo Chailly, he returns to the conductor’s desk of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time since 1994.

    14/01/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      María José Siri Soprano, Daniela Barcellona Mezzo-Soprano, Roberto Aronica Tenor, Riccardo Zanellato Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

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      Marek Janowski in conversation with Christoph Stadelmann

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  • New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    Photo: Stefan Rabold

    He is “the most astounding young pianist of our age”, the London Times wrote when Daniil Trifonov presented his first Rachmaninoff recording. On New Year’s Eve, Trifonov will interpret the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3: many consider it the most difficult piano concerto of all time. Simon Rattle will also present Antonín Dvořák’s virtuoso Slavonic Dances and will lead us into the world of British humour with orchestra pieces from William Walton’s Façade.

    31/12/2016
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Overture to Colas Breugnon op. 90

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30

      Daniil Trifonov Piano

    • William Walton
      Orchestral Pieces from Façade arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances (Selection) op. 72

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Comedians' Galop from The Comedians

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

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      Introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

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      Daniil Trifonov in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It is almost a miniature opera: the first act of Richard Wagner’s Walküre, in which Siegmund, Sieglinde and Hunding encounter each other in tense and exciting scenes. Simon Rattle will present this musical chamber play with a first-class ensemble of singers experienced in Bayreuth, consisting of Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson. The evening will kick off with Wagner’s gossamer Siegfried Idyll.

    22/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon OʼNeill, Sir John Tomlinson

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre, Act I

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Simon OʼNeill Tenor (Siegmund), Sir John Tomlinson Bass (Hunding)

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      Introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

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  • Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It’s always a source of celebration for friends of Bruckner when Christian Thielemann conducts the composer. Not many others have been given the gift to make the dark glow and the broad arches of this music resound so impressively. At this concert, Thielemann will interpret Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, which once marked his breakthrough as a composer. In addition, we encounter Rudolf Buchbinder as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

    17/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      7 Bagatelles, op. 33: No. 5 in C major

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

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      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

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  • Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer

    Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer

    After a break of almost ten years, Gidon Kremer is returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme starts with Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens, in which an ethereal and filigree solo part excitingly encounters an energetic orchestral sound. Conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann will then present the composer’s Mass in f minor, a monumental work audibly inspired by Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

    10/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Gidon Kremer

    • Sofia Gubaidulina
      Violin Concerto In tempus praesens

      Gidon Kremer Violin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 3 in F minor

      Anne Schwanewilms Soprano, Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto, Michael Schade Tenor, Franz-Josef Selig Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

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      Gidon Kremer in conversation with Walter Küssner

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  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    Numerous times the enchanting soprano Barbara Hannigan together with Simon Rattle has already presented musical discoveries that are impressive for both their modernity and their intense sensuality. This Late Night concert consists of the song cycle Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey, a fragile, atmospheric music full of unworldly melancholy.

    10/12/2016

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Gérard Grisey
      Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 instruments

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

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  • Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The horn is the star in this Christmas concert. As always, horn player Sarah Willis is our charming and funny host who, together with her colleagues, presents the distinctive, warm tone of the instrument in music from opera and film, and from the Classical, Romantic and jazz repertoire. Plus there is a special surprise at the end: one hundred professional and amateur horn players from Berlin who bring the concert to a full-toned, Christmassy finish.

    04/12/2016
    Family Christmas Concert

    Horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis, Franz Schindlbeck

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      Ho, Ho, Horn!

      Sarah Willis Presentation and Concept, Franz Schindlbeck Percussion

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  • Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Modern music of the fleet-footed type characterises the beginning of this concert: with Béla Bartók’s youthfully animated Second Violin Concerto and the ingenious, jazzy minimalism of John Adams. The main symphonic work of the evening is a contrast: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with its powerful world-weary sounds. Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloist is the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

    04/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • John Adams
      Lollapalooza for orchestra

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 4 in F minor op. 36

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      Alan Gilbert in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Brilliant, but non-sensuous: that is many concertgoers’ opinion about the music of Arnold Schönberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern. This concert, in which Simon Rattle presents orchestral pieces by the three composers, shows just how wrong they are: virtuoso music of overwhelming expressiveness. One important inspiration for Schönberg’s circle was Johannes Brahms, whose sun-drenched Second Symphony ends the concert.

    04/11/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Five Pieces for orchestra op. 16

    • Anton Webern
      Six Pieces for large orchestra op. 6b

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra op. 6

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73

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      Sir Simon Rattle on Brahms and the Second Viennese School

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