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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 1

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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  • The 2017 European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    The 2017 European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    Photo: Martin Walz

    The 2017 European Concert took the Berliner Philharmoniker to Cyprus, more precisely: to the ancient port city of Pafos. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the orchestra played works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours. The conductor was Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades, and the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 was Andreas Ottensamer.

    01 May 2017
    European Concert from Cyprus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Andreas Ottensamer

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Oberon: Overture

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in F minor, op. 73

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Stephan Koncz
      Hungarian Fantasy on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88

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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

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms Go to concert
  • 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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  • Ludovic Morlot and Joyce DiDonato

    Ludovic Morlot and Joyce DiDonato

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Hector Berlioz’s cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre is a highly concentrated drama of sometimes delicate, sometimes overwhelming expressiveness. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sang the work in June 2017 and was acclaimed by the audience for her powerful stage presence. Conductor Ludovic Morlot also presented Maurice Ravel’s charming suite Ma Mère l’Oye and Igor Stravinsky’s pioneering ballet music The Firebird.

    17 Jun 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Ludovic Morlot

    Joyce DiDonato

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l’Oye, Suite for orchestra

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Mort de Cléopâtre, Lyrical Scene for soprano and orchestra

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet

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      Interview
      Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    Ludovic Morlot and Joyce DiDonato Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel also conducts John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.

    09 Jun 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Timothy McAllister

    • John Adams
      City Noir for orchestra

      Timothy McAllister Saxophone

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”

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      Interview
      Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9: an introduction by Susanne Stähr

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    “Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert from June 2017. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Powder Her Face Suite we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.

    03 Jun 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Imogen Cooper

    • Thomas Adès
      Powder Her Face Suite, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (WP)

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25 in C major, K. 503

      Imogen Cooper Piano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Chant funèbre German Première

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

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      Interview
      Imogen Cooper in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Stravinsky’s Chant funèbre

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps” Go to concert
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Although Sergei Rachmaninov was of a melancholic disposition, his Fourth Piano Concerto is full of colour and spontaneity, qualities that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes brings out in his transparent, sinewy performance from May 2017. The virtuoso programme also included Richard Strauss’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Making his debut conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker was Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

    20 May 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Richard Strauss
      Macbeth, op. 23

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G minor, op. 40

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • Jean Sibelius
      Romance in D-flat major, op. 24, No. 9

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

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      Interview
      Andrés Orozco-Estrada in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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  • Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Richard Strauss often came in for caustic criticism for his innovative music. He traces these conflicts in his tone poem Ein Heldenleben: biting, original, with an opulent orchestra sound. Dmitri Shostakovich’s battles in the dictatorship under Stalin were even more existential. Here too, there is an echo of this in the composer’s music, including in the First Cello Concerto – which can be heard here with Gautier Capuçon as the soloist. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

    13 May 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Gautier Capuçon

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major, op. 107

      Gautier Capuçon Cello

    • Pablo Casals
      El cant dels ocells

      Gautier Capuçon Cello

    • Richard Strauss
      Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), op. 40

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      Interview
      Gautier Capuçon in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony is not only the composer’s most extensive work, but also one of his most striking. Its tremendous energy derives from the interplay of wave-like climaxes – from the building up of monumental blocks of sound which subside into melancholic brooding. In 2017, Simon Rattle performed the symphony for the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert opened with a new short work by Simon Holt.

    06 May 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Simon Holt
      Surcos (première)

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Haas edition)

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert