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13 concert with Andris Nelsons

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

    Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” at Musikfest Berlin

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    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 Sep 2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

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

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

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” at Musikfest Berlin Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner

    Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Ever since he appeared at the Bayreuth Festival, Andris Nelsons has been considered one of the outstanding interpreters of Richard Wagner. In this concert, he presents the prelude and the Karfreitagszauber from Parsifal to the Berliner Philharmoniker audience. This is followed by Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, dedicated to Wagner “with the most profound respect”, in which Bruckner’s individual sound, inspired by the organ, unfolds its full potential for the first time.

    29 Apr 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1 and Good Friday Spell from Act 3

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1889 version)

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      Interview
      Andris Nelsons in conversation with Gunars Upatnieks

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      Interview
      Wagner and Bruckner: an introduction by Susanne Stähr

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      Interview
      Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker talk about Anton Bruckner

    Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony”

    Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Richard Strauss’ spectacularly orchestrated Alpine Symphony, a showpiece of the Berliner Philharmoniker since the days of Herbert von Karajan, was given its premiere in Berlin on 28 October 1915. The orchestra celebrated the 100th anniversary of this event with a colourful and expressive performance under the baton of Andris Nelsons. The programme also includes Shostakovich’s disturbing, virtuoso Violin Concerto No. 1 with Baiba Skride as the soloist.

    30 Oct 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Baiba Skride

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, op. 99 (op. 77)

      Baiba Skride Violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

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      Interview
      Baiba Skride in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss’s “Alpine Symphony” Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    When people think of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, they think of the Adagietto – at least ever since the movement was used as the soundtrack to Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice, making a significant contribution to the morbid charm of the Thomas Mann adaptation. In addition to Mahler’s music, Andris Nelsons also offers an exciting discovery in this concert: HK Gruber’s Trumpet Concerto Aerial which shifts between wistful jazz and ironic dance music. The soloist is Håkan Hardenberger.

    25 Apr 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Håkan Hardenberger

    • HK Gruber
      Aerial, Concerto for trumpet and orchestra

      Håkan Hardenberger Trumpet

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5

    • free

      Interview
      Andris Nelsons and Håkan Hardenberger in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Emanuel Ax perform Mozart and Strauss

    Andris Nelsons and Emanuel Ax perform Mozart and Strauss

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The epitome of classical music par excellence: the opening fanfare from Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra. In this concert from October 2014, Andris Nelsons combines the powerful work with Strauss’s witty Burleske for piano and orchestra. The soloist is Emanuel Ax, who also plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 449, about which the composer himself said it was “of a very special kind”.

    18 Oct 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Emanuel Ax

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 14 in E flat major, K. 449

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Richard Strauss
      Burleske in D minor for piano and orchestra

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Frédéric Chopin
      Waltz in A minor, op. 34 no. 2

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Richard Strauss
      Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), op. 30

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      Interview
      Emanuel Ax in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    Andris Nelsons and Emanuel Ax perform Mozart and Strauss Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan

    Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan

    In addition to the German repertoire, the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons’s favourite compositions include works from north-east Europe. This preference is also reflected in Nelsons’s concert from December 2013 with Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, and two wistfully sensuous contemporary works by the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks and the Danish-born Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is the soprano Barbara Hannigan.

    21 Dec 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Pēteris Vasks
      Cantabile for strings

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Let me tell you for soprano and orchestra (première)

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

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

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      Interview
      Barbara Hannigan in conversation with Hans Abrahamsen and Paul Griffiths

    Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart, Wagner and Shostakovich

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart, Wagner and Shostakovich

    Here, Andris Nelsons presents an impressively multifaceted programme which ranges from the Classical balance of Mozart's Symphony no. 33 and the evocative music of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, to Shostakovich’s sometimes garish, sometimes brooding Sixth Symphony. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung praised in particular the “moving calmness” of the concert: “No climax was forced, everything developed organically.”

    08 Mar 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 33 in B flat major, K. 319

    • Richard Wagner
      Tannhäuser: Overture

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 54

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mozart, Wagner and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Christian Tetzlaff

    Andris Nelsons and Christian Tetzlaff

    The works in this concert with Andris Nelsons portray movement in all its forms. Whether the anxious pacing of Britten’s Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, the giddy gyrations of La Valse by Ravel or the play of the waves in Debussy’s La Mer, they all display a dynamism of unmistakable character. The soloist in Jörg Widmann’s elegiac, singing Violin Concerto is Christian Tetzlaff.

    26 Oct 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Christian Tetzlaff

    • Benjamin Britten
      Peter Grimes, op. 33: Passacaglia

    • Jörg Widmann
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

      Christian Tetzlaff Violin

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques for orchestra

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Valse, Poème chorégraphique for orchestra

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      Interview
      Andris Nelsons in conversation with Esko Laine

    Andris Nelsons and Christian Tetzlaff Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky at the Waldbühne

    Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky at the Waldbühne

    Passion, tragedy and brilliance are the hallmarks of Tchaikovsky’s musical world. And for his guest appearance at the Waldbühne in 2012, Andris Nelsons devoted a complete programme to the Russian composer. In addition to brilliant orchestral heavyweights – the Fifth Symphony and the “1812” Overture – the sensitive side of Tchaikovsky was also to be heard in pieces for violin solo performed by the Philharmoniker’s concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto.

    24 Jun 2012
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Daishin Kashimoto

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

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Sérénade mélancolique, op. 26

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Valse-Scherzo in C major, op. 34

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Souvenir d’un lieu cher, op. 42: Mélodie

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Ouverture solennelle “1812”, op. 49

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Andris Nelsons conducts Tchaikovsky at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Matthias Goerne with works by Tchaikovsky and Mahler

    Andris Nelsons and Matthias Goerne with works by Tchaikovsky and Mahler

    In his Fifth Symphony, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky uses grand gestures to portray his personal psychological drama. Andris Nelsons fully savours the emotional and tonal power of the music – and juxtaposes it intriguingly with Gustav Mahler’s songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Here, there are also fearful chasms, but they occur subliminally, in a seemingly simple folk-song style. The soloist is the outstanding lieder singer Matthias Goerne.

    22 Jun 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Matthias Goerne

    • Gustav Mahler
      Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Selection

      Matthias Goerne Baritone

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

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      Interview
      Andris Nelsons on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Andris Nelsons and Matthias Goerne with works by Tchaikovsky and Mahler Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Guy Braunstein with works by Brahms and Strauss

    Andris Nelsons and Guy Braunstein with works by Brahms and Strauss

    It was Hans von Bülow, the one-time chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker who said that Johannes Brahms’s Violin Concerto is a “concerto against the violin” – simply because the soloist is given little opportunity for virtuoso showmanship. In this recording, the Berliner Philharmoniker, soloist Guy Braunstein and conductor Andris Nelsons set about to uncover the evident as well as the hidden charms of the work.

    02 Feb 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Guy Braunstein

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

      Guy Braunstein Violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), op. 40

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      Interview
      Guy Braunstein on Brahms’s Violin Concerto

    Andris Nelsons and Guy Braunstein with works by Brahms and Strauss Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts sumptuous works of the 20th century

    Andris Nelsons conducts sumptuous works of the 20th century

    In this ingenious programme, Andris Nelsons presents composers from the early 20th century who were creatively and innovatively inspired by music of the past – such as Gregorian chant, revitalised by Hans Pfitzner in his prelude to Palestrina, Baroque music in Heinrich Kaminski’s Dorian Music, and the Viennese waltz in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Wolfgang Rihm’s Marsyas, in contrast, is thoroughly modern yet always melodious.

    11 Sep 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Jan Schlichte, Gábor Tarkövi

    • Hans Pfitzner
      Palestrina: Prelude to Act 2

    • Heinrich Kaminski
      Dorian Music

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Marsyas, Rhapsody for trumpet with percussion and orchestra (second version)

      Jan Schlichte Percussion, Gábor Tarkövi Trumpet

    • Richard Strauss
      Der Rosenkavalier, suite

    • free

      Interview
      Dr. Winrich Hopp in conversation with Dr. Helge Grünewald

    Andris Nelsons conducts sumptuous works of the 20th century Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Baiba Skride make their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Andris Nelsons and Baiba Skride make their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    With two debuts in one evening, this concert from October 2010 had the up-and-coming generation of musicians at its heart. As the main work of the evening, Andris Nelsons conducted Dmitri Shostakovitch’s Eighth Symphony – according to one review, a “sensational concert” and a “brilliant debut”. No less praise was there for Baiba Skride’s “simple and harmonious” interpretation as the soloist in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto.

    16 Oct 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Baiba Skride

    • Alban Berg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “To the Memory of an Angel”

      Baiba Skride Violin

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor, op. 65

    • free

      Interview
      Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    Andris Nelsons and Baiba Skride make their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert