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  • Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

    18/03/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

    • HK Gruber
      Piano Concerto German Première

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard's Castle Sz 48 Concert Performance

      Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano, Gábor Bretz Bass, Ulrich Noethen Speaker

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      Interview
      HK Gruber in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

    18/03/2017

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • Maurice Ravel
      Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for voice and chamber ensemble

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza III for female voice

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape

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  • An invitation from the Vocal Heroes: Spring singalong concert

    An invitation from the Vocal Heroes: Spring singalong concert

    Photo: Daniel Wetzel

    The Vocal Heroes: they are the more than 200 young singers from the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. In the Digital Concert Hall, we are broadcasting the spring concert of the Vocal Heroes with a wide range of wonderful, fun children’s songs. Children from Berlin schools will be among the guests – and so can you! Simply download the sheet music so you can sing, hum, or whistle along, too. Simon Halsey guides us through the concert.

    06/03/2017
    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Vocal Heroes
    Simon Halsey

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • free

      Spring Singalong Concert

      Vocal Heroes Children’s Choirs, Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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  • Free of charge: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott

    Free of charge: the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Jonathan Nott

    Musical visions of death dominate this concert with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott. Gustav Mahler’s partly expressive, partly elegiac Kindertotenlieder are among the most harrowing vocal works in the repertoire. In his last symphony, Shostakovich grapples with the end of his own life: desperate and wild. Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales provide an elegant and witty contrast.

    12/03/2017

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jonathan Nott

    • free

      Maurice Ravel
      Valses nobles et sentimentales (Version for orchestra)

    • free

      Gustav Mahler
      Kindertotenlieder

      Michelle Breedt Soprano

    • free

      Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 15 in A major

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      Interview
      Michelle Breedt in conversation with David Panzer

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  • Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Joachim Gauck makes one of his final public appearances as German Federal President with the Berliner Philharmoniker – as the host of a benefit concert in aid of UNICEF. Two world stars have been invited: Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. The programme includes Tchaikovsky’s late Romantic Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s Violin Concerto, characterised by its emotional and modern tonal language. Access to the broadcast is free of charge.

    12/03/2017
    Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany in aid of UNICEF

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Pinchas Zukerman

    • National Anthem of Germany · Speeches by Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck and Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller

    • Edward Elgar
      Violin Concerto in B minor op. 61

      Pinchas Zukerman Violin

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64

    • free

      Interview
      Pinchas Zukerman in conversation with Aleksandar Ivić

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      Interview
      The concerts of the German Federal President – A success story since 1988

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  • Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

    05/03/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Anoushka Shankar

    • Ravi Shankar
      Concerto for sitar and orchestra No. 2 “Raga-Mālā”

      Anoushka Shankar Sitar

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for orchestra Sz 116

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      Interview
      Anoushka Shankar in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle will perform with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

    18/02/2017 – 19/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti
      Le Grand Macabre (revised version from 1996)

      Pavlo Hunka Baritone (Nekrotzar), Peter Hoare Tenor (Piet the Pot), Anthony Roth Costanzo Countertenor (Prince Go-Go), Anna Prohaska Soprano (Amanda), Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano (Amando), Heidi Melton Soprano (Mescalina), Frode Olsen Bass (Astradamors), Audrey Luna Soprano (Venus and Gepopo), Joshua Bloom Bass (Black-Party Minister), Peter Tantsits Tenor (White-Party Minister), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti's “Le Grand Macabre”

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  • Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The climax of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which stands out among the composer’s monumental works with a sunny amiability. The evening opens with the premiere of a short piece by Wolfgang Rihm, followed by György Ligeti’s violin concerto, a work that impresses soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with its “colourful, sometimes flickering and sometimes floating auditory impression”.

    11/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camilla Tilling

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Gruß-Moment 2 commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • György Ligeti
      Violin Concerto

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Camilla Tilling Soprano

    • free

      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja in conversation with Paolo Mendes

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    Maria Magdalena is one of the most fascinating female figures in the Bible. In The Gospel According to the Other Mary, composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars recount the Passion of Christ from her perspective. Just as multi-faceted as the story is Adams’s irresistible music, in which minimalism is mixed with imaginative orchestration and jazzy verve. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    28/01/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • John Adams
      The Gospel According to the Other Mary, A Passion Oratorio based on a Libretto compiled by Peter Sellars

      Kelley OʼConnor Mezzo-Soprano (Mary), Tamara Mumford Mezzo-Soprano (Martha), Daniel Bubeck Countertenor, Brian Cummings Countertenor, Nathan Medley Countertenor, Peter Hoare Tenor (Lazarus), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Daniel Reuss Chorus Master

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      Interview
      John Adams in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

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