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  • Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Horn player Sarah Willis is the popular presenter of the annual traditional Family Christmas Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. This year, she showcases her own instrument, the French horn, and together with her colleagues from the Philharmoniker’s horn section, presents a varied programme full of beautiful, funny, surprising and, of course, seasonal music.

    04/12/2016
    Family Christmas Concert

    Horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis, Franz Schindlbeck

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      Ho, Ho, Horn!

      Sarah Willis Presentation and Concept, Franz Schindlbeck Percussion

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  • Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Modern music of the fleet-footed type characterises the beginning of this concert: with Béla Bartók’s youthfully animated Second Violin Concerto and the ingenious, jazzy minimalism of John Adams. The main symphonic work of the evening is a contrast: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with its powerful world-weary sounds. Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloist is the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

    03/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • John Adams
      Lollapalooza for orchestra

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 4 in F minor op. 36

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      Alan Gilbert in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Brilliant, but non-sensuous: that is many concertgoers’ opinion about the music of Arnold Schönberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern. This concert, in which Simon Rattle presents orchestral pieces by the three composers, shows just how wrong they are: virtuoso music of overwhelming expressiveness. One important inspiration for Schönberg’s circle was Johannes Brahms, whose sun-drenched Second Symphony ends the concert.

    04/11/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Five Pieces for orchestra op. 16

    • Anton Webern
      Six Pieces for large orchestra op. 6b

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra op. 6

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73

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      Sir Simon Rattle on Brahms and the Second Viennese School

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  • Iván Fischer and Christiane Karg

    Iván Fischer and Christiane Karg

    Mozart’s qualities as a music dramatist also manifest themselves in his Prague Symphony, whose operatic contrasts conjure up the world of Don Giovanni and of Figaro time and again. In addition, conductor Iván Fischer will present selected Mozart arias with soprano Christiane Karg. This is preceded by a work by Béla Bartók as visionary as it is captivating: the innovatively instrumented Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

    28/10/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Christiane Karg, Felix Derveaux

    • George Enescu
      Prélude à l'unisson, 1st Movement from the Suite for orchestra No. 1 in C major op. 9

    • Béla Bartók
      Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz. 106

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Mitridate, re di Ponto, K. 87: “Lungi da te, mio ”

      Christiane Karg Soprano, Felix Derveaux Horn

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      “Misera, dove son!” – “Ah! non son’io che parlo”, K. 369

      Christiane Karg Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 38 in D major K. 504 Prague

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      Iván Fischer in conversation with Stephan Koncz

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  • Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

    Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

    Russian music should be melancholy and voluminous – or at least that’s the cliché. Tugan Sokhiev, Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, provides proof of the contrary. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade develops oriental magic and impressionist richness of colour, while a tongue in cheek charm repeatedly shines through in Rachmaninov’s Paganini Rhapsody, regardless of its tremendous virtuosity. Nikolai Lugansky will debut as piano soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    15/10/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Nikolai Lugansky

    • César Franck
      Le Chasseur maudit

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra op. 43

      Nikolai Lugansky Piano

    • Nikolai Medtner
      Canzona Serenata, op. 38 No. 6

      Nikolai Lugansky Piano

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite op. 35

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      Nikolai Lugansky in conversation with Christoph Igelbrink

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    They are among the most expressive symphonic works ever: Mahler’s Lied von der Erde and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. An exciting conceptual parallel can be drawn by juxtaposing them: in both cases, fragile folksy gaiety suddenly changes into sheer despair. Besides Bernard Haitink, who is especially highly esteemed as a Mahler interpreter, you can experience tenor Christian Elsner and baritone Christian Gerhaher.

    08/10/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Christian Elsner, Christian Gerhaher

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 7 in B minor D 759 Unfinished

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das Lied von der Erde

      Christian Elsner Tenor, Christian Gerhaher Baritone

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      Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne

    Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne

    The orchestral songs by Richard Strauss are gems in which the intimacy of the Lied is combined with virtuoso mastery of the orchestral sound. Besides the Strauss songs, Conductor Manfred Honeck and baritone Matthias Goerne, who is in demand around the world, will present Schubert Lieder in new orchestra arrangements. On the second half of the concert, you can hear Dvořák’s Eighth, a symphony which can be described as “in good spirits” – quite a rarity in the late Romantic era.

    01/10/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Manfred Honeck

    Matthias Goerne

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Rusalka Fantasy, arr. by Manfred Honeck, orch. by Tomas Ille

    • Franz Schubert · Richard Strauss
      Orchestral Songs

      Matthias Goerne Baritone

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

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      Manfred Honeck in conversation with Martin Menking

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  • Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism

    Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism

    Few works have so profoundly shaped our image of French music as Claude Debussy’s La Mer with its impressionist images of nature. At his guest appearance, Daniele Gatti, chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, will also show other facets of French style: Henri Dutilleux’s sublimely sparkling Métaboles and Arthur Honegger’s expressive Symphonie liturgique, which reflects the horrors of the Second World War.

    24/09/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniele Gatti

    • Arthur Honegger
      Symphonie liturgique (Symphony No. 3)

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Métaboles

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer

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      Daniele Gatti in conversation with Bruno Delepelaire

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  • John Adams conducts John Adams at Musikfest Berlin

    John Adams conducts John Adams at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Margaretta Mitchell

    John Adams is considered one of the most prominent composers of minimal music – though he repeatedly breaks up their aesthetics with a decidedly sonorous, sometimes almost late Romantic musical language. John Adams, who in this season is the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Composer in Residence, gives his debut as conductor of the orchestra at this concert. The programme consists of his famous Harmonielehre and the violin concerto Scheherazade.2. The soloist is Leila Josefowicz.

    17/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    John Adams

    Leila Josefowicz

    • John Adams
      Harmonielehre for orchestra

    • John Adams
      Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for violin and orchestra German Première

      Leila Josefowicz Violin

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      John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • The Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko at Musikfest Berlin

    The Bayerisches Staatsorchester and Kirill Petrenko at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Wilfried Hösl

    In addition to Ligeti’s mystical and floating Lontano, this concert presents two symphonic portraits: Bartók’s wistful Violin Concerto No. 1, in which the composer created a lasting monument to his childhood sweetheart, and Sinfonia domestica, with which Richard Strauss paints a loving picture of his family. The Bayerisches Staatsorchester plays under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, who will become chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2019. The soloist is Frank Peter Zimmermann.

    14/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Bayerisches Staatsorchester
    Kirill Petrenko

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • György Ligeti
      Lontano for large orchestra

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 1 Sz 36

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Allegro from the Sonata in A minor for violin solo, BWV 1003

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Sinfonia domestica op. 53

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude

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