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  • A Czech evening at the Waldbühne

    A Czech evening at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Czech music represents passion, verve and colour – and is thus ideally suited to get the audience in the right mood at a Waldbühne summer concert. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, one of the world stars of the younger generation of conductors, will present Antonín Dvořák’s sunny and folkloric Sixth Symphony, as well as Bedřich Smetana’s famous Moldau. In another piece by Dvořák, his violin concerto, we encounter the wonderful violinist Lisa Batiashvili.

    26/06/2016
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Bedřich Smetana
      River Moldau from Má Vlast (My Country)

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

      Lisa Batiashvili Violin

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    At this concert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, encounters Lisa Batiashvili – a violinist both virtuoso and sensitive, and thus the ideal interpreter of Bartók’s yearning Violin Concerto No. 1, in which the composer came to terms with an unrequited love. Following this, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony: a staggering accusation against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.

    23/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 1

      Lisa Batiashvili Violin

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor Babi-Yar

      Mikhail Petrenko Bass, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

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      Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax

    Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax

    “New worlds on earth, in the sky, or in the minds of men”: Edgar Varèse intended to convey all of that in his famous Amèriques. A similar intention is recognisable at this concert with Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax. Familiar works by Debussy, Ravel and Franck can be heard in a completely new light by being juxtaposed against discoveries by, say, Betsy Jolas and Percy Grainger – an exciting musical journey.

    18/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à lʼaprès-midi dʼun faune

    • Betsy Jolas
      A Little Summer Suite Première of a work commisioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • César Franck
      Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Vallée des cloches from Miroirs (original version for piano)

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Percy Grainger
      In a nutshell (Excerpts)

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Vallée des cloches from Miroirs (arr. for orchestra by Percy Grainger)

    • Edgard Varèse
      Amériques

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      Betsy Jolas in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Children’s opera with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes

    Children’s opera with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    When goblins grant a wish, things can only end badly – as the fiddler Gavin, the hero of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ children’s opera based on an ancient legend The Two Fiddlers , finds out to his cost. In addition to musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the performers are young instrumentalists and the Vocal Heroes project choir. Access to the live broadcast is free.

    19/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Peter Maxwell Davies
      The Two Fiddlers Opera in two acts for young people to play and sing, libretto by the composer from a short story by George Mackay Brown

      Florian Hoffmann Storm, Günter Papendell Gavin, Iwona Sobotka Queen, Joaquín Riquelme García Tramp, Konrad Jarnot King, Vocal Heroes Level 2 Trolls, Berliner Community Chor Villagers, Simon Halsey Artistic Direction Choirs, Raphael Haeger Rehearsal Orchestra, Tobias Walenciak Rehearsal Choirs

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Elgar and a première

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Elgar and a première

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker take a musical journey to neighbouring European countries. Simon Rattle conducts a work from his native England: Edward Elgar’s unusually orchestrated Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, followed by the Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák. In addition, a series of world premieres of short works begins, which the conductor and the orchestra will present as of this season under the title “Tapas”.

    10/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Edward Elgar
      Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra

      Daniel Stabrawa Violin, Thomas Timm Violin, Máté Szűcs Viola, Ludwig Quandt Cello

    • Julian Anderson
      Incantesimi, commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Première

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances op. 46

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  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle

    In the world of music, people know Don Quixote primarily in Richard Strauss’s powerful interpretation. With Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro, our Late Night concert with Simon Rattle presents a portrayal more characterised by humour and Spanish atmosphere. Besides this work, there will be chamber music by Claude Debussy and Betsy Jolas of a bittersweet mood similar to the story of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”.

    04/06/2016
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Máté Szűcs, Josep-Miquel Ramón, Florian Hoffmann, Silvia Schwartz

    • Claude Debussy
      Sonata for flute, viola and harp

    • Betsy Jolas
      Épisode sixième for solo viola

      Máté Szűcs Viola

    • Betsy Jolas
      Ruht wohl for viola and piano

      Máté Szűcs Viola, Sir Simon Rattle Piano

    • Manuel de Falla
      El retablo de maese Pedro

      Josep-Miquel Ramón Bass-Baritone (Don Quijote), Florian Hoffmann Tenor (Maese Pedro), Silvia Schwartz Soprano (Trujamán)

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  • John Eliot Gardiner conducts Stravinsky

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts Stravinsky

    After 14 years of absence, Sir John Eliot Gardiner will return to the Berliner Philharmoniker with a Stravinsky evening. The focus is on the neoclassical opera oratorio Oedipus Rex, whose archaic force unmistakeably inspired Carl Orff in composing his Carmina Burana. The ballet Apollon musagète also harks back to older music – but in its bright Baroque grace conjures up an entirely different world of sound.

    04/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Andrew Staples, Jennifer Johnston, Ashley Riches, Gianluca Buratto, Alex Ashworth, Gareth Treseder, Bruno Ganz, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Apollon Musagète (revised version from 1947)

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Oedipus Rex

      Andrew Staples Tenor (Oedipus), Jennifer Johnston Mezzo-Soprano (Iokaste), Ashley Riches Bass Baritone (Kreon), Gianluca Buratto Bass (Tiresias), Alex Ashworth Baritone (Messenger), Gareth Treseder Tenor (Shepherd), Bruno Ganz Speaker, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin (Priests, Guards, Folk), Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

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      John Eliot Gardiner in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

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  • Juanjo Mena makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Juanjo Mena makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, has brought a Spanish and Latin American programme along for his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. While Claude Debussy in Ibéria conveys a dreamy summer image of Spain, Manuel de Falla’s ballet music The Three-Cornered Hat vibrates with Mediterranean energy. And then there’s the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera, whose harp concerto combines southern folklore with new sounds in an appealing way.

    28/05/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Juanjo Mena

    Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Raquel Lojendio

    • Claude Debussy
      Ibéria from Images pour orchestre

    • Alberto Ginastera
      Harp Concerto op. 25

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Prélude

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp

    • Manuel de Falla
      El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Ballet Music

      Raquel Lojendio Soprano

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      Introduction by Marie-Pierre Langlamet

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      Joaquín Riquelme García in conversation with Juanjo Mena

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  • Simon Rattle conducts a Beethoven evening in Taipei

    Simon Rattle conducts a Beethoven evening in Taipei

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A particularly warm relationship has developed between the Taiwanese audience and the Berliner Philharmoniker. For this guest performance at the Taipei National Concert Hall, the orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle present Beethoven’s First and Ninth Symphony – effectively a highly concentrated substratum of the celebrated Beethoven cycle that has shaped the Philharmoniker’s entire 2015/2016 season.

    07/05/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Iwona Sobotka, Christian Elsner, Eva Vogel, BBC Singers, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Taiwan National Chorus

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 1 in C major

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor with Final Chorus Ode to Joy

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      Open-air audience in Taipei welcomes the Berliner Philharmoniker

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