Concert archive

Available soon:

Europakonzert from Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

Go to concert

30 concert with 1

  • Europakonzert from the Philharmonie Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

    Europakonzert from the Philharmonie Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Despite the corona crisis, the traditional Europakonzert was still able to take place almost 30 years after its inception. Members of the orchestra performed under the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko in an otherwise empty Philharmonie. After works by Arvo Pärt, György Ligeti and Samuel Barber, Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony was performed in a version for chamber orchestra with soprano Christiane Karg. “The Philharmoniker soloists exude dedication – and an inexhaustible world opens up in miniature” (Tagesspiegel).

    01 May 2020
    Europakonzert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Christiane Karg

    • Welcome

      Stanley Dodds

    • Arvo Pärt
      Fratres

    • György Ligeti
      Ramifications for strings

    • Samuel Barber
      Adagio for Strings, op. 11

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Olaf Maninger

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major (arr. for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein)

      Christiane Karg soprano

    Europakonzert from the Philharmonie Berlin with Kirill Petrenko Go to concert
  • Europakonzert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    Europakonzert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    This year’s Europakonzert at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris is is dedicated to Franco-German friendship. Daniel Harding, music director of the Orchestre de Paris, conducts works by Wagner, Berlioz and Debussy which shed light on the diverse cultural interconnections between the two musical nations. The soloist is the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel who appears again with the Philharmoniker for the first time in 18 years.

    01 May 2019
    Europakonzert from Paris

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Bryn Terfel

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Good Friday Music

    • Hector Berlioz
      Les Troyens: Royal Hunt and Storm

    • Claude Debussy
      Pelléas et Melisande (Concert Suite by Claudio Abbado, based on the Orchestral Suite, arranged by Erich Leinsdorf)

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

    • Hector Berlioz
      Roméo et Juliette, Symphonie dramatique, op. 17: Love scene

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre: Wotan’s Farewell and The Magic Fire (Concert Version)

      Bryn Terfel bass

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Liebestod

    Europakonzert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Go to concert
  • Europakonzert from Bayreuth with Paavo Järvi and Eva-Maria Westbroek

    Europakonzert from Bayreuth with Paavo Järvi and Eva-Maria Westbroek

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    An architectural gem is the venue for this Europakonzert: the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, one of the few originally preserved theatrical buildings of the Baroque. Paavo Järvi, who has caused a sensation particularly for his interpretations of Beethoven, conducts the composer’s Fourth Symphony, and of course Richard Wagner could not be missed out in a Bayreuth concert either. The soloist in his Wesendonck Lieder is Eva-Maria Westbroek.

    01 May 2018
    Europakonzert from Bayreuth

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Eva-Maria Westbroek

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Leonore Overture No. 3 in C major, op. 72

    • Richard Wagner
      Wesendonck Lieder (orch. by Felix Mottl and Richard Wagner)

      Eva-Maria Westbroek soprano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60

    Europakonzert from Bayreuth with Paavo Järvi and Eva-Maria Westbroek Go to concert
  • The 2017 Europakonzert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    The 2017 Europakonzert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    Photo: Martin Walz

    The 2017 Europakonzert 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
    Europakonzert 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

    The 2017 Europakonzert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2016 Europakonzert in Røros

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2016 Europakonzert in Røros

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    This Europakonzert from 2016 takes us to the beautiful Baroque church in the Norwegian mining town of Røros. Simon Rattle conducts works including Beethoven’s revolutionary Eroica and Mendelssohn’s noble, songful Violin Concerto in E Minor. The soloist, playing a home fixture, so to speak, is the virtuoso, sensitive and charming Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang.

    01 May 2016
    Europakonzert from Røros

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vilde Frang

    • Edvard Grieg
      Lyric Pieces: No. 4 Evening in the Mountains (version for orchestra)

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 64

      Vilde Frang Violin

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

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2016 Europakonzert in Røros Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 Europakonzert in Athens

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 Europakonzert in Athens

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Europakonzert could hardly have been more European, taking the orchestra to Greece, the country the name “Europe” comes from, and the cradle of democracy. In the Athens concert hall Megaron, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a programme which takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Europe with works by Gioacchino Rossini, Robert Schumann and Jean Sibelius. The soloist is the Greek star violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

    01 May 2015
    Europakonzert from Athens

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      Semiramide: Overture

    • Jean Sibelius
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, op. 47

      Leonidas Kavakos Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: Largo

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 Europakonzert in Athens Go to concert
  • Daniel Barenboim conducts the 2014 Europakonzert in Berlin

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the 2014 Europakonzert in Berlin

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    For their Europakonzert, the Berliner Philharmoniker perform at a venue of cultural significance every year. This doubtlessly includes the Philharmonie which celebrated its 50th birthday in the 2013/2014 season and was therefore an excellent choice of venue. The programme, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, has an international flavour with the overture to Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Elgar’s Falstaff and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

    01 May 2014
    Europakonzert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    • Otto Nicolai
      Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor): Overture

    • Edward Elgar
      Falstaff, Symphonic Study in C minor, op. 68

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

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the 2014 Europakonzert in Berlin Go to concert
  • Europakonzert from Prague with Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/8d35babd40681da0c6c039ff6c470fd3.jpg

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    On 1 May 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker – as in 1991 and 2006 – held their traditional Europakonzert in Prague. The venue on this occasion was the Czech capital’s famous medieval castle. Conducted by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, they performed Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, a work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Antonín Dvořák’s Biblical Songs with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in the castle’s sumptuous “Spanish Hall”.

    01 May 2013
    Europakonzert from Prague

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams
      Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Biblical Songs, op. 99 (excerpts)

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 6 in F major op. 68 “Pastoral Symphony”

    Europakonzert from Prague with Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená Go to concert
  • Europakonzert 2012 from Vienna with Gustavo Dudamel and Gautier Capuçon

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/c17d764610384389a37098e0a394bde4.jpg

    The Spanish Riding School in Vienna houses one of the world’s most unique institutions within a magnificent Baroque setting. The Berliner Philharmoniker gave their annual Europakonzert here in 2012 under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel – with music from Austria, of course. The main work was Beethoven’s revolutionary Fifth Symphony, while the brilliant soloist in Haydn’s First Cello Concerto was Gautier Capuçon, making his Philharmoniker debut.

    01 May 2012
    Europakonzert from Vienna

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Gautier Capuçon

    • Johannes Brahms
      Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, op. 56a

    • Joseph Haydn
      Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1

      Gautier Capuçon violoncello

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

    Europakonzert 2012 from Vienna with Gustavo Dudamel and Gautier Capuçon Go to concert
  • Europakonzert 2011 from Madrid with Simon Rattle and Cañizares

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/ab51a1baf5675f8de603d6c15ce6d2a9.jpg

    In this 2011 Europakonzert from the Teatro Real in Madrid, Simon Rattle generates a lot of Spanish heat with works including Emmanuel Chabrier’s exuberant rhapsody España and Joaquín Rodrigo’s world famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the flamenco virtuoso Cañizares as the soloist. In an appealing contrast to these works, we also hear Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, a piece full of Slavonic melancholy and an entrancingly wistful Adagio movement.

    01 May 2011
    Europakonzert from Madrid

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Cañizares

    • Emmanuel Chabrier
      España

    • Joaquín Rodrigo
      Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra

      Cañizares Guitar

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

    Europakonzert 2011 from Madrid with Simon Rattle and Cañizares Go to concert
  • Europakonzert from Oxford with Daniel Barenboim and Alisa Weilerstein

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/f11ab013c9688db0a37bc70e881e13e1.jpg

    For their 20th Europakonzert in 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker were guests of the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, where they had last performed under Herbert von Karajan in 1978. This time the conductor was Daniel Barenboim with a programme including the Prelude to Act 3 of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Brahms’s First Symphony and Elgar’s soulful Cello Concertowith the young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein as the soloist.

    01 May 2010
    Europakonzert from Oxford

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    Alisa Weilerstein

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg): Prelude to Act 3

    • Edward Elgar
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, op. 85

      Alisa Weilerstein Cello

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

    Europakonzert from Oxford with Daniel Barenboim and Alisa Weilerstein Go to concert
  • The 2009 Europakonzert in Naples

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/70ec78ea55abe6e0144eb8d85b026d02.jpg

    It was after an absence of seventeen years that Riccardo Muti returned to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker on 1 May 2009. The programme of the Europakonzert that was held in the magnificent setting of the newly restored Teatro di San Carlo in Naples featured Schubert’s Symphony in C major (“Great”), a Verdi overture and Giuseppe Martucci’s song cycle La canzone dei ricordi, a genuine rarity that is all too infrequently heard today.

    01 May 2009
    Europakonzert from Naples

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Riccardo Muti

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      La forza del destino. Overture

    • Giuseppe Martucci
      La Canzone dei ricordi (orchestra edition)

      Violeta Urmana Contralto

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 8 in C major, D 944 “The Great”

    The 2009 Europakonzert in Naples Go to concert
  • Europakonzert 2008 from Moscow with Simon Rattle and Vadim Repin

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/d47ca9cd58070f67829b0acdfe4c565d.jpg

    There was a wealth of German-Russian encounters in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2008 Europakonzert from Moscow. In the venerable Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Sir Simon Rattle juxtaposed Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. Plus Vadim Repin was the soloist in Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, a work full of boundless, late-Romantic emotionalism.

    01 May 2008
    Europakonzert from Moscow

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in Three Movements

    • Max Bruch
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, op. 26

      Vadim Repin Violin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

    Europakonzert 2008 from Moscow with Simon Rattle and Vadim Repin Go to concert
  • 2007 Europakonzert from Berlin with Simon Rattle, Lisa Batiashvili and Truls Mørk

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/053d7b795f4fd15f9f574503cfaaf332.jpg

    To celebrate the orchestra’s 125th anniversary in 2007, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Simon Rattle travelled through time to the years the orchestra was founded: with works from the time by Brahms and Wagner against the backdrop of an impressive cable factory, one of Berlin’s most important industrial monuments of the late 19th century. The soloists were the violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the cellist Truls Mørk.

    01 May 2007
    Europakonzert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Truls Mørk, Lisa Batiashvili

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 102

      Truls Mørk Cello, Lisa Batiashvili Violin

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98

    2007 Europakonzert from Berlin with Simon Rattle, Lisa Batiashvili and Truls Mørk Go to concert
  • Daniel Barenboim conducts Mozart at the 2006 Europakonzert from Prague

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/c9dec601ae12d57e9216bbea56d8d87f.jpg

    In 2006 – the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth – the Berliner Philharmoniker travelled to Prague to perform an all-Mozart programme at the famous Estates Theatre. Daniel Barenboim not only conducted the Haffner and Linz Symphonies but was also the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 22. In the First Horn Concerto the brilliant soloist was Radek Baborák, who was then the orchestra’s principal horn player.

    01 May 2006
    Europakonzert from Prague

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    Radek Baborák

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra in D major K. 412 (386b)

      Radek Baborák Horn

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 “Linz”

    Daniel Barenboim conducts Mozart at the 2006 Europakonzert from Prague Go to concert
  • 2005 Europakonzert from Budapest with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/2ca9fb30745b642c59c671190b5e05eb.jpg

    It was only to be expected that the 2005 Europakonzert in Budapest would include a work from the rich musical tradition of Hungary. Leonidas Kavakos as the soloist in Béla Bartók’s late Violin Concerto No. 2 revealed how the work combines delicate fragility with unrestrained energy. Conductor Simon Rattle also presented Stravinsky’s Firebird, a no less spectacular orchestral piece in the Russian tradition.

    01 May 2005
    Europakonzert from Budapest

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Leonidas Kavakos

    • Hector Berlioz
      Le Corsaire, overture, op. 21

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112

      Leonidas Kavakos Violine

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird, complete ballet

    2005 Europakonzert from Budapest with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos Go to concert
  • 2004 Europakonzert from Athens with Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/e99432dd573b2c0db9e3aa051e62826a.jpg

    At the foot of the Acropolis in Athens lies one of the most beautiful theatres of ancient Greece, and it was here, in the open air, that the 2004 Europakonzert was held. An added musical highlight was that it marked the first joint appearance of Daniel Barenboim on piano and Simon Rattle conducting. On the programme were Brahms’s First Piano Concerto and First Piano Quartet, the latter in an orchestral arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg.

    01 May 2004
    Europakonzert from Athens

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Daniel Barenboim Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

    2004 Europakonzert from Athens with Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • 2003 Europakonzert from Lisbon with Pierre Boulez and Maria João Pires

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/1fc56d4b19403a5f3dc29b8447f284b3.jpg

    Pierre Boulez was an outstanding interpreter of Bartók and Ravel, making this film document of the 2003 Europakonzert with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin all the more precious. This recording from the spectacularly beautiful Mosterio dos Jerónimos near Lisbon also provides the rare opportunity to experience Boulez conducting Mozart in the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 20, with Lisbon-born Maria João Pires as the soloist.

    01 May 2003
    Europakonzert from Lisbon

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Pierre Boulez

    Maria João Pires

    • Maurice Ravel
      Le Tombeau de Couperin

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

      Maria João Pires Piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    • Claude Debussy
      Nocturnes: 2. Fêtes

    2003 Europakonzert from Lisbon with Pierre Boulez and Maria João Pires Go to concert
  • 2002 Europakonzert from Palermo with Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/cc98fb465722547f5e2db26c60cb161a.jpg

    Rapturous applause tinged with a little sadness characterise this Europakonzert from the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, which was the first stop on Claudio Abbado’s final tour at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002. The concert features committed performances of great works of the Romantic period: the profound emotion of Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as the soloist, and Dvořák’s Symphony From the New World with its ingenious combination of American and Bohemian elements.

    01 May 2002
    Europakonzert from Palermo

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Gil Shaham

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Egmont, op. 84: Overture

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 77

      Gil Shaham Violin

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

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Les Vêpres siciliennes: Overture

    2002 Europakonzert from Palermo with Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham Go to concert
  • Europakonzert from Istanbul with Mariss Jansons and Emmanuel Pahud

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/8376a16a9b61d02f9baf0b029f554374.jpg

    In 2001 the Berliner Philharmoniker gave their annual Europakonzert at the easternmost tip of the Continent in the venerable Hagia Irene in Istanbul. The conductor was Mariss Jansons and the programme comprised Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony and Mozart’s Second Flute Concerto, with Emmanuel Pahud as the soloist, together with a key work of Romantic programme music, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

    01 May 2001
    Europakonzert from Istanbul

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Emmanuel Pahud

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 94 in G major “Surprise”

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Flute and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, K. 314

      Emmanuel Pahud Flute

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Europakonzert from Istanbul with Mariss Jansons and Emmanuel Pahud Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the 2000 Europakonzert from Berlin

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/f361f31d4c84685d300e8dc1838ac581.jpg

    Many performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony are intended to give musical expression to a festive event. One such occasion was the 2000 Europakonzert from Berlin, conducted by Claudio Abbado – the tenth event of its kind. A stark contrast to Beethoven’s final symphony is provided by his Piano Concert in B-flat major – Beethoven’s first major orchestral work – with Mikhail Pletnev as the soloist.

    01 May 2000
    Europakonzert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Mikhail Pletnev

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

      Mikhail Pletnev Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Swedish Radio Choir, Karita Mattila Soprano, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste Chorus Master, Thomas Moser Tenor, Violeta Urmana Contralto, Eike Wilm Schulte Baritone

    Claudio Abbado conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the 2000 Europakonzert from Berlin Go to concert
  • The 1999 Europakonzert in Krakow with Bernard Haitink, Emanuel Ax and Christine Schäfer

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/686b6cbee22f4cfc8df98a765c025049.jpg

    Photo: EuroArts

    To mark the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death in 1999, the orchestra travelled to Poland where, under the direction of Bernard Haitink, they held their ninth Europakonzert in the magnificent setting of Krakow’s Gothic St Mary’s Basilica. The soloist in the Second Piano Concerto by Poland’s national composer was Emanuel Ax. Plus, there was music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – with Christine Schäfer as the soloist – and Robert Schumann’s Spring Symphony.

    01 May 1999
    Europakonzert from Krakow

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      “Exsultate, jubilate”, K. 165

      Christine Schäfer

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Mass in C minor, K. 427: “Et incarnatus est”

      Christine Schäfer

    • Frédéric Chopin
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor, op. 21

      Emanuel Ax

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, op. 38 “Spring”

    The 1999 Europakonzert in Krakow with Bernard Haitink, Emanuel Ax and Christine Schäfer Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts works with a maritime theme at the 1998 Europakonzert from Stockholm

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/2b4bd6ceb0ab50d99daaa852476c55cf.jpg

    For the Europakonzert of 1998, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado were joined by a silent, but no less impressive soloist: The 1627-built three-masted ship Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage. In the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, specially built for this ship, the musicians performed maritime-themed works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Debussy that portray water, wind and sky.

    01 May 1998
    Europakonzert from Stockholm

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir

    • Richard Wagner
      Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman): Overture

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Tempest, Symphonic Fantasy after Shakespeare

    • Claude Debussy
      Nocturnes

      Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Quattro pezzi sacri

      Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Maria Wieslander Chorus Master

    Claudio Abbado conducts works with a maritime theme at the 1998 Europakonzert from Stockholm Go to concert
  • Daniel Barenboim conducts the 1997 Europakonzert from Versailles

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/f7ab53e88516a6cd790939df54de080e.jpg

    The Palace of Versailles is the very epitome of Baroque magnificence. In 1997 it was the scene of the Europakonzert given annually by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor was Daniel Barenboim, who was also the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13. The programme additionally featured Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and, as a tribute to the venue, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a delightful homage to François Couperin, who was once court composer in Versailles.

    01 May 1997
    Europakonzert from Versailles

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    • Maurice Ravel
      Le Tombeau de Couperin

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Piano Concerto in C major, K. 415

      Daniel Barenboim piano

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

    Daniel Barenboim conducts the 1997 Europakonzert from Versailles Go to concert
  • 1996 Europakonzert from St. Petersburg with Claudio Abbado

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/d63ffa97c32214da304c464b0e079c65.jpg

    There are not many opera houses that deserve the attribute “legendary”, but the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg is certainly one of them. In 1996, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado held their Europakonzert there, presenting a Russian-German programme full of colour and verve – which included Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet (which had received its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre) and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

    01 May 1996
    Europakonzert from St. Petersburg

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Anatoli Kotcherga, Kolja Blacher

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Romeo and Juliet, ballet, op. 64: The Montagues and the Capulets · Dance of the five couples · Masks · Dance of the maids with lilies · Death of Tybalt

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Aleka, opera: Cavatina “Vyes’ tabor spit”

      Anatoli Kotcherga Bass

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Romances for violin and orchestra No. 1 in G major, op. 40 and No. 2 in F major, op. 50

      Kolja Blacher Violin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op.71: Waltz of the Flowers

    1996 Europakonzert from St. Petersburg with Claudio Abbado Go to concert
  • The 1995 Europakonzert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/9e8e6a35d786e168b0abd2b13b9bb685.jpg

    The Maggio Musicale in Florence is one of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, and it was there that the Berliner Philharmoniker elected to perform their 1995 Europakonzert. The Festival’s artistic director Zubin Mehta conducted a varied programme in the city’s Palazzo Vecchio, including Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a score notable for its shifting perspective between modernity and nostalgia. The guest soloist in the highly virtuosic opening movement of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto was the fourteen-year-old Sarah Chang.

    01 May 1995
    Europakonzert from Florence

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Fidelio: Overture, op. 72b

    • Boris Blacher
      Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Nicolò Paganini, op. 26

    • Niccolò Paganini
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in D major, op. 6: Allegro maestoso

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Petrushka

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in G minor, op. 46 no. 8

    The 1995 Europakonzert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang Go to concert
  • 1994 Europakonzert from Meiningen with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/cf759315626be1304262e099cea45dc5.jpg

    Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim were friends from their student days. This recording from 1994 documents a joint performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 given in the beautifully restored Staatstheater in Meiningen. Hans von Bülow was once Kapellmeister there before he, as first chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, created the basis of the orchestra's international reputation.

    01 May 1994
    Europakonzert from Meiningen

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

      Daniel Barenboim Piano

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

    1994 Europakonzert from Meiningen with Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • 1993 Europakonzert from London with Bernard Haitink and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/346988054de676e68229a4e29821a010.jpg

    London’s monumental Royal Albert Hall is one of the most impressive concert venues in Europe, and it was here, on 1 May 1993, that the Berliner Philharmoniker presented their third Europakonzert. On this occasion their musical partners were Bernard Haitink, who was then the music director of the city’s Royal Opera House, and – as the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 – Frank Peter Zimmermann. The high point of the evening was Stravinsky’s visionary ballet music to Le Sacre du printemps.

    01 May 1993
    Europakonzert from London

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture after Shakespeare

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, K. 216

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op. 71: Flower Waltz

    1993 Europakonzert from London with Bernard Haitink and Frank Peter Zimmermann Go to concert
  • Daniel Barenboim and Plácido Domingo at the 1992 Europakonzert in the Escorial

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/core/8c665c3c49947ccd2e3541974fdfee8a.jpg

    With its combined function of monastery and royal palace, the Basilica of the Escorial near Madrid is the largest Renaissance building in the world. It was here that Daniel Barenboim conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker at the orchestra’s 1992 Europakonzert, with Schubert’s Unfinished as the main symphonic work on the programme. A further highlight was the appearance of star tenor Plácido Domingo, who made his Philharmoniker debut in works by Verdi, Berlioz and Wagner

    01 May 1992
    Europakonzert from El Escorial

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    Plácido Domingo

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      La forza del destino: Overture

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Don Carlo: “Io l’ho perduta! … Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso”

      Plácido Domingo tenor

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Damnation de Faust, op. 24

      Plácido Domingo tenor

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

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude to Act I

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre: “Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”

      Plácido Domingo tenor

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung

    Daniel Barenboim and Plácido Domingo at the 1992 Europakonzert in the Escorial Go to concert
  • Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart at the 1991 Europakonzert from Prague

    //www.digitalconcerthall.com/cms/thumbnails/440x293/images/concert/0c7b9c3a06fdb722edba8754ed87da54.jpg

    This was the concert with which the Berliner Philharmoniker founded the tradition of the Europakonzert. The first of these performances took the orchestra and its chief conductor to Prague in 1991, where an all-Mozart programme marked the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In addition to Symphonies Nos. 29 and 35, the concert included virtuoso arias with the soprano Cheryl Studer who at that time was at the peak of her career.

    01 May 1991
    Europakonzert from Prague

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Claudio Abbado

    Cheryl Studer, Bruno Canino

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Don Giovanni: Overture · “Crudele! Ah no, mio bene!” – “Non mi dir, bell’idol mio”

      Cheryl Studer Soprano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” – “Non temer, amato bene”, scena and rondo, K. 505

      Cheryl Studer Soprano, Bruno Canino Piano

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner”

    Claudio Abbado conducts Mozart at the 1991 Europakonzert from Prague Go to concert