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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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  • The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and Gustavo Dudamel at Musikfest Berlin

    The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar and Gustavo Dudamel at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Gerardo Gómez

    Spiritedness, sensuality, an astonishing style of playing and enthusiasm – these are the qualities for which the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela is prized around the world. “Music has changed our life – music is our life”, says its director Gustavo Dudamel. At Musikfest Berlin the orchestra and the conductor will perform Messiaen’s monumental Turangalîla Symphony and deliver South American flair in Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2.

    13/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Heitor Villa-Lobos
      Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2

    • Olivier Messiaen
      Turangalîla-Symphonie for piano, ondes martenot and large orchestra

      Jean-Yves Thibaudet Piano, Cynthia Millar Ondes Martenot

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      Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Walter Küssner

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  • The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott at Musikfest Berlin

    The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Achim Reissner

    The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott are presenting two works that marked new chapters in music history: Beethoven’s unprecedentedly emotional Eroica and Edgard Varèse’s Déserts, a work that fundamentally expanded the range of sounds of music in the concert hall by using taped recordings. Pekka Kuusisto can be experienced as the soloist in György Ligeti’s varied and virtuoso Violin Concerto.

    11/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jonathan Nott

    Pekka Kuusisto, Paul Jeukendrup

    • Edgard Varèse
      Déserts für 15 Instrumentalisten, Schlagzeuger und Tonband

    • György Ligeti
      Violin Concerto

      Pekka Kuusisto Violin

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

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      Pekka Kuusisto in conversation with David Panzer

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  • Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” at Musikfest Berlin

    Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    Fanatical love, drug rapture, execution: there’s hardly an extreme experience that Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique leaves out. At the same time, the feverish expressivity is based on a cleverly calculated use of a tremendously large orchestra. In addition, Andris Nelsons and the Berliner Philharmoniker are presenting Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Edgard Varèse’s orchestral work Arcana, which conjures up cosmic forces, on this French programme.

    10/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à lʼaprès-midi dʼun faune

    • Edgard Varèse
      Arcana for large orchestra (revised version from 1960)

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique op. 14

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  • The Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Iván Fischer at Musikfest Berlin

    The Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Iván Fischer at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Felix Broede

    Hans Werner Henze’s Vitalino raddoppiato for solo violin and chamber orchestra, inspired by the Baroque master Tommaso Vitali, radiates Italian lightness. Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 follows, which oscillates between sophisticated construction and Romantic dazzling. Chief conductor Iván Fischer conducts the Konzerthausorchester Berlin; the soloist of the evening is the violinist Julia Fischer.

    08/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Konzerthausorchester Berlin
    Iván Fischer

    Julia Fischer

    • Hans Werner Henze
      Il Vitalino raddoppiato, Ciacona per violino concertante ed orchestra da camera

      Julia Fischer Violin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

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  • The Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev at Musikfest Berlin

    The Münchner Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Valery Alberto Venzago

    It is hard to imagine a sharper contrast: On the one hand, an outburst of violence and pain in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, on the other complete spiritual immersion in the Third Symphony by Galina Ustvolskaya, Shostakovich’s pupil. At this guest concert at Musikfest Berlin, Valery Gergiev conducts the Münchner Philharmoniker; he has now been their musical director for a year.

    06/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Münchner Philharmoniker
    Valery Gergiev

    • Galina Ustvolskaya
      Symphony No. 3 Jesus Messiah, Save Us for speaker and orchestra

      Alexei Petrenko Speaker

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 4 in C minor op. 43

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  • The John Wilson Orchestra presents film musicals at Musikfest Berlin

    The John Wilson Orchestra presents film musicals at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Chris Christodoulou

    For his projects, shows and concerts, the young charismatic conductor brings together top musicians from the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Under the title “A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals”, they present a select choice of the most popular titles from the golden 30s, 40s and 50s of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film musical productions – milestones that have written film and music history.

    04/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    The John Wilson Orchestra
    John Wilson

    Scarlett Strallen, Richard Morrison, Matt Ford, Louise Dearman

    • A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals · Part I

      Scarlett Strallen Soprano, Richard Morrison Baritone, Matt Ford Vocalist, Louise Dearman Vocalist

    • A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals · Part II

      Scarlett Strallen Soprano, Richard Morrison Baritone, Matt Ford Vocalist, Louise Dearman Vocalist

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      John Wilson in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding at Musikfest Berlin

    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Daniel Harding at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Harald Hoffmann

    The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Daniel Harding opens Musikfest Berlin with a bang. Tutuguri, a poème dansé by young Wolfgang Rihm, is unique in the composer’s oeuvre. Nowhere else did he unleash such unrestrained elementary forces, nowhere else do rhythm and percussion become such a focal point and goal of the music as in this score.

    03/09/2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Daniel Harding

    Graham Forbes Valentine, 6 Percussionists of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Tutuguri, Poème dansé for large orchestra, percussion, choir from tape and speaker · Part I

      Graham Forbes Valentine Speaker, 6 Percussionists of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Tutuguri, Poème dansé Part II

      Graham Forbes Valentine Speaker, 6 Percussionists of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk

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      Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Winrich Hopp

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