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  • 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”

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      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader

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  • Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Three particularly close and long-term friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker meet in this concert: the conductor Daniel Harding, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and the baritone Christian Gerhaher. The programme includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which combines tender cantabile from the soloist with vigorous symphonic power. Gustav Mahler’s songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, on the other hand, impress with their Romantic, folk-like tone, unfiltered melancholy and subtle humour.

    21 Dec 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Gerhaher

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphoniesatz Blumine

    • Gustav Mahler
      Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Selection)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

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      Interview
      Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Tobias Möller

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  • Christmas concert: “Merry QUIZmas!”

    Christmas concert: “Merry QUIZmas!”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, music lovers of all ages and quiz masters are called for! As part of their Education Programme, the Berliner Philharmoniker start off the Christmas season with a concert entitled Merry QUIZmas! There is an exciting competition between two audience teams, music from the horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and lots of surprises. The Christmas quiz will be presented in German by the horn player Sarah Willis and the actor, singer and children’s television presenter Malte Arkona. Access to the broadcast is free.

    15 Dec 2019

    Winds of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis, Malte Arkona

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      Merry QUIZmas

      Sarah Willis horn and presenter, Malte Arkona presentation

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  • Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    Jakub Hrůša presents enthralling settings of three dark tales. We experience Shakespeare’s Othello in the gripping tonal language of Antonín Dvořák, witness the last moments of Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’s eponymous psychological drama (soloist: Stéphanie d'Oustrac), and Béla Bartók tells with brutal energy the sinister story of The Miraculous Mandarin. Plus a discovery: the inexorable progress of the passacaglia Mysterium času (Mystery of Time) by Miloslav Kabeláč.

    14 Dec 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jakub Hrůša

    Stéphanie d’Oustrac

    • Miloslav Kabeláč
      Mysterium času (Mystery of Time), Passacaglia for large Orchestra, op. 31

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Concert Overture “Othello”, op. 93

    • Hector Berlioz
      Cléopâtre, Lyric Scene

      Stéphanie d’Oustrac mezzo-soprano

    • Béla Bartók
      The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73

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      Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Christian Thielemann, an outstanding interpreter of Strauss, dedicates an entire concert to the composer – with two discoveries and a crowd pleaser. The evening opens with the extremely charming Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1, followed by the equally sonorous and expressive Three Hymns, op. 71 (soloist: Anja Kampe). The finale of the concert is an instrumental suite from Strauss’s bittersweet opera Der Rosenkavalier: dramatic, melancholic, humorous but always overwhelmingly beautiful.

    07 Dec 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Anja Kampe

    • Richard Wagner
      Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

    • Richard Strauss
      Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1 in F major, WoO 135 “From the Workshop of an Invalid“

    • Richard Strauss
      3 Hymns, op. 71

      Anja Kampe soprano

    • Richard Strauss
      Der Rosenkavalier, Suite, op. 59

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      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Aleksandar Ivić

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  • Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem

    Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    The reviews were rapturous: when Teodor Currentzis conducted Verdi’s Requiem at the Elbphilharmonie in April, it had the high suspense of a psychological thriller. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Currentzis conducts the same work, in which Verdi describes the existential terrors of a human being in the face of death. And by bringing all his experience as an opera composer into play, he creates a unique fusion of liturgy and human emotion.

    30 Nov 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Teodor Currentzis

    musicAeterna chorus

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      Zarina Abaeva soprano, Annalisa Stroppa mezzo-soprano, Sergey Romanovsky tenor, Evgeny Stavinsky bass, musicAeterna chorus

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      Teodor Currentzis in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    The Berliner Philharmoniker and their honorary member Zubin Mehta are travelling to Japan – with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Zubin Mehta confesses to feeling particularly close to this mammoth work. Above all, the warm-sounding Adagio is “among the greatest Romantic movements, and when the cellos and violas sing out freely in the second theme, it breaks your heart”. Before setting off for Japan, the conductor and orchestra present their tour programme at the Berlin Philharmonie.

    08 Nov 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (2nd Version from 1890)

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      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Walter Küssner

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  • Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker present musical tales of heroes. On the one hand, there is the knight Don Quixote, who in his fanciful imagination experiences exciting adventures with giants, robbers and a flying horse – inspiring Richard Strauss to create a wonderfully effective score. In contrast, the hero in Beethoven’s Eroica remains anonymous – it is rather a principle that is celebrated here: the determined struggle for a better world.

    02 Nov 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Amihai Grosz, Ludwig Quandt

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Quixote, Symphonic Poem, op. 35

      Amihai Grosz viola, Ludwig Quandt cello

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 Eroica

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      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

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