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  • Simon Rattle with Mitsuko Uchida and Amihai Grosz

    Simon Rattle with Mitsuko Uchida and Amihai Grosz

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Delicate melancholy and lyrical sensuousness characterise the two solo concertos on this programme with Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Amihai Grosz. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart seems to reflect on his life in his last piano concerto, while William Walton’s Viola Concerto is dominated by the dark tone of the solo instrument. As a counterpoint, the concert closes with Zoltán Kodály’s humorously grotesque Háry János Suite.

    07 Oct 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida, Amihai Grosz

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, K. 595

      Mitsuko Uchida piano

    • William Walton
      Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (Revised Version from 1962)

      Amihai Grosz viola

    • Zoltán Kodály
      Háry János Suite

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      Interview
      Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Tobias Möller

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      Amihai Grosz in conversation with Tobias Möller

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  • Alain Altinoglu debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Alain Altinoglu debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    The transition to Modernism is one of the most exciting phases in musical history. In this concert, works by Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy and Albert Roussel reveal the richness of late Romanticism combined with originality and pioneering spirit. Alain Altinoglu, the “sensitive magician of timbre” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), makes his debut conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker with Máté Szűcs as the soloist in Bartók’s Viola Concerto.

    23 Sep 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alain Altinoglu

    Máté Szűcs

    • Maurice Ravel
      Rhapsodie espagnole

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Sz 120 (Restoration and Orchestration by Csaba Erdélyi, 2016 European Première)

      Máté Szűcs viola

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande

      Máté Szűcs viola

    • Claude Debussy
      Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande arranged in form of a suite by Alain Altinoglu Première

    • Albert Roussel
      Bacchus et Ariane, Orchestral Suite No. 2

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      Interview
      Alain Altinoglu in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

    Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony

    Marek Janowski is regarded as the perfect embodiment of the Kapellmeister tradition and a master of late-Romantic repertoire, and this programme with Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony and preludes from Pfitzner’s Palestrina emphasizes these qualities. The special charm of both works is the way they look to the past: Pfitzner evokes the world of the Renaissance, while Bruckner immerses himself in a medieval age full of knights and sounds of the forest.

    16 Sep 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    • Hans Pfitzner
      3 Orchestral Preludes from Palestrina

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

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      Interview
      Marek Janowski in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek

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  • Susanna Mälkki and Gil Shaham

    Susanna Mälkki and Gil Shaham

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The works of this evening with Susanna Mälkki look both back to the past and forward to the future. For example, Béla Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, with soloist Gil Shaham, is in the tradition of Beethoven and Brahms but also experiments with the twelve-tone technique. Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony, on the other hand, combines echoes of Tchaikovsky with innovative form, while Ferruccio Busoni’s Tanz-Walzer conjures up the atmosphere of a coffee house.

    10 Sep 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Susanna Mälkki

    Gil Shaham

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

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112

      Gil Shaham violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau

      Gil Shaham violin

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

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      Interview
      Susanna Mälkki in conversation with Matthew McDonald

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  • Season opening: Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s “Creation”

    Season opening: Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s “Creation”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Simon Rattle is one of the outstanding Haydn conductors of our time. To open his last season as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he presents Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, which combines groundbreaking harmonies, humorous tone painting and powerful choruses to form a spectacular cosmic panorama. The excellent ensemble of soloists includes tenor Mark Padmore – the orchestra’s Artist in Residence this season.

    25 Aug 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Elsa Dreisig, Mark Padmore, Florian Boesch

    • Georg Friedrich Haas
      ein kleines symphonisches Gedicht – für Wolfgang, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Joseph Haydn
      The Creation Hob. XXI:2

      Elsa Dreisig soprano, Mark Padmore tenor, Florian Boesch baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Haydn’s “Creation”

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      Mark Padmore in conversation with Stanley Dodds

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  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last rows of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

    01 Jul 2017
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    • Richard Wagner
      Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung): Orchestral Music

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod

    • Richard Wagner
      Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Photo: Holger Kettner

    Rarely is classical music as cheerful as in the serenades of the 18th century. Simon Rattle shows at this concert how ingeniously the genre was taken up in the late romantic era. Thus, for instance, Antonín Dvořák expanded traditional forms in his wind serenade to include Bohemian colours. Johannes Brahms, whose Serenade No. 2 has almost symphonic dimensions, went even one step further. There is also a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

    24 Jun 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Serenade for winds in D minor, op. 44

    • Mark-Anthony Turnage
      Remembering – In Memoriam Evan Scofield (German première)

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major for small orchestra, op. 16

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      Interview
      Mark-Anthony Turnage in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Vocal Heroes choir project: “A Trip to the Moon”

    Vocal Heroes choir project: “A Trip to the Moon”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Singing together and inspiring an interest in making music is the goal of our Education Programme’s Vocal Heroes project, and to achieve this, Vocal Hero choirs for children and young people have been founded all over in Berlin. Under the direction of Simon Rattle, they present Andrew Norman’s children’s opera A Trip to the Moon: a fantastical adventure in outer space whose themes include encountering strangers and overcoming prejudices.

    18 Jun 2017
    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

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      Andrew Norman
      A Trip to the Moon (première)

      Vocal Heroes, Ela Baumann Stage Direction, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

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