Concert archive

8 concert with Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    A double reunion: for the first time since the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme features one of the most sensational productions of those years: Bach’s St. John Passion in the production of Peter Sellars, which uses intensive imagery to accentuate the meditative as well as the dramatic dimensions of the work. The singers include the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a top-class ensemble of soloists.

    16 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Peter Sellars

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano, Camilla Tilling soprano, Georg Nigl baritone (Petrus), Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist), Roderick Williams baritone (Jesus), Andrew Staples tenor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master, Peter Sellars staging

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2

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      Interview
      Peter Sellars talks about Bach’s “St John Passion”

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 European Concert in Athens

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 European Concert in Athens

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert 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
    European Concert 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 European Concert in Athens Go to concert
  • A Sibelius evening with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos

    A Sibelius evening with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos

    On the second night of their performance of all of Sibelius’s symphonies in February 2015, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker played the Third and the Fourth symphonies which both represent a fusion of Nordic melody and a pioneering concept. The soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto is the Greek star violinist Leonidas Kavakos who, to quote the press, played “with an admirable slender tone”.

    06 Feb 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Leonidas Kavakos

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 3 in C major, op. 52

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

      Leonidas Kavakos Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau

      Leonidas Kavakos violin

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 4 in A minor, op. 63

    A Sibelius evening with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos Go to concert
  • Violins of Hope

    Violins of Hope

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A special concert for a special occasion: In January 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker played on violins which had once belonged to victims of the Holocaust. This project was made possible by the Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein who has collected and restored these instruments over many years.

    27 Jan 2015
    Concert on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle, Ulrich Matthes, Guy Braunstein, Zvi Plesser, Duncan Ward

    • Speech by the German Federal Foreign Minister, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

      Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5: Adagietto

      Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

    • Ulrich Matthes speaks about the “Violins of Hope”

      Ulrich Matthes Speaker

    • Joseph Achron
      Hebrew Melody, op. 33 (arr. for harp and string ensemble by Ohad Ben-Ari)

      Guy Braunstein Violin

    • Max Bruch
      Kol Nidrei, op. 47 (arr. for harp, cello and string ensemble by Ohad Ben-Ari)

      Zvi Plesser Cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A minor, BWV 1041: 2. Andante

      Guy Braunstein Violin

    • Samuel Adler
      Elegy for string orchestra

      Duncan Ward Conductor

    • Ulrich Matthes reads from the memoirs of Eli Wiesel

      Ulrich Matthes

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Romance for violin and orchestra No. 2 in F major, op. 50 (arr. for violin and string ensemble by Ohad Ben-Ari)

      Guy Braunstein Violin

    • Anonymus
      Avinu, Malkenu for violin, cello and strings

      Guy Braunstein Violin, Zvi Plesser Cello

    • Ulrich Matthes reads from the memoirs of Henry Meyer

      Ulrich Matthes

    • Ohad Ben-Ari
      Violins of Hope for violin, cello and string ensemble (première)

      Guy Braunstein Violin, Duncan Ward, Zvi Plesser Cello

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      Interview
      Amnon Weinstein on the "Violins of Hope"

    Violins of Hope Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Following their acclaimed performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars also presented a staged version of the St John Passion in February 2014. The concert, which struck a balance between contemplation and dramatic power, received standing ovations and was judged by the press to be a “new Easter miracle”. Mark Padmore as the Evangelist heads a spectacular ensemble of singers.

    01 Mar 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist), Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias), Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus), Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars in conversation with Andy King-Dabbs

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the staging by Peter Sellars is one of the landmarks of the Simon Rattle era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this haunting version, Bach’s monumental work is not only explored from a new perspective; in a way never seen before, the Philharmonie itself proved to be a great venue for staged performances. This recording comes from the second series of performances in October 2013.

    19 Oct 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore, Topi Lehtipuu, Christian Gerhaher, Eric Owens, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey, Peter Sellars

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part 1

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist), Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias), Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Christ), Eric Owens Baritone (Arias), Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin Chorus Master, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part 2

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist), Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias), Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Christ), Eric Owens Baritone (Arias), Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion": an introduction by Simon Halsey

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      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Mark Padmore

    Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Tama Meyer / EuroArts

    “Be embraced, you millions!” says Ludwig van Beethoven rapturously to the whole of mankind in his Ninth Symphony. This global message is particularly impressively conveyed in this 2013 concert from the Berlin Waldbühne – in front of an audience of over 20,000 people. Simon Rattle conducted this memorable evening, and the soloist in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is Christian Tetzlaff.

    22 Jun 2013
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Tetzlaff, Camilla Tilling, Nathalie Stutzmann, Joseph Kaiser, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Violin Concerto in E minor

      Christian Tetzlaff Violin

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

      Christian Tetzlaff Violin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor with Final Chorus “Ode to Joy“

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Joseph Kaiser Tenor, Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Sir Sir Simon Rattle left no doubt: For him the performance of the St. Matthew Passion, which he realised with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in early 2010, was “the most important thing we’ve ever done here”. Critics around the world agreed with him and praised both the semi-staged production by the American star director Peter Sellars and the outstanding musical performances.

    11 Apr 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part 1

      Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist), Christian Gerhaher Bass (Jesus), Camilla Tilling Soprano, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias), Thomas Quasthoff Baritone (Arias), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Part 2

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      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Simon Halsey

    Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert