Concert archive

11 concert with Bernard Haitink

  • Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    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 Oct 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

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It’s always a magic moment for Bruckner fans when Bernard Haitink conducts. In this concert, the programme consists of the work with which Bruckner bade farewell to the world: his Ninth Symphony, dedicated “to the beloved God”. Till Fellner debuts as the soloist in Mozart’s gentle and melancholy Piano Concerto K. 503. A free, singing pianistic tone is ensured, as is acute, precise musical modulation.

    06 Dec 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Till Fellner

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25 in C major, K. 503

      Till Fellner Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor

    • free

      Interview
      Till Fellner in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Shostakovich

    Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Shostakovich

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Dmitri Shostakovich’s last symphony is a masterpiece of ambiguity. Through his use of quotations from his own compositions and from works by Wagner and Rossini, he combines an autobiographical record with a walk through the history of music. Bernard Haitink conducted the work in May 2015 with, to quote the press, “unsurpassable precision”. Also on the programme: Franz Schubert’s Fifth Symphony.

    30 May 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 15 in A major, op. 141

    • free

      Interview
      Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember Lorin Maazel

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  • A Beethoven evening with Bernard Haitink and Isabelle Faust

    A Beethoven evening with Bernard Haitink and Isabelle Faust

    In this concert from March 2015, Bernard Haitink conducts two of Beethoven’s most popular works. In the Pastorale, the composer shows an unusually relaxed side of himself: the focus is not on drama and conflict but rather human sensations in the face of nature. In the Violin Concerto performed in the first half, the soloist is Isabelle Faust, whose tone captivates in equal measure with “passion, grit, warmth and sweetness” (The New York Times).

    06 Mar 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Isabelle Faust

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61

      Isabelle Faust Violin

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

    • free

      Interview
      Isabelle Faust in conversation with Wieland Welzel

    • free

      Interview
      Bernard Haitink in conversation with Klaus Wallendorf

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4

    Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4

    On 12 March 1964, Bernard Haitink made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Works by Anton Bruckner were on the programme of many of his unforgettable concerts with the orchestra, so it was only natural for Haitink to celebrate his 50th Philharmoniker anniversary with a performance of Bruckner's Romantic symphony. The soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 is also a long-time associate of Haitink, Emanuel Ax.

    15 Mar 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Emanuel Ax

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 9 in E flat major, K. 271 “Jenamy”

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic”

    • free

      Interview
      Bernard Haitink in conversation with Peter Brem

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Beethoven and Wagner

    Bernard Haitink conducts Beethoven and Wagner

    The heroic in Beethoven’s Eroica is often expressed with ostentatious urgency – Bernard Haitink’s interpretation from October 2012 by contrast, has a different energy which is fed by inner peace and effortlessness. The beginning of the concert shows us two different sides of Richard Wagner: lyrical in the Siegfried Idyll, and uncertain yet full of passion in the Wesendonck Lieder. The soloist is Mihoko Fujimura.

    06 Oct 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Mihoko Fujimura

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll (version for 13 instruments)

    • Richard Wagner
      Wesendonck Lieder (orchestrated by Felix Mottl and Richard Wagner)

      Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano

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

    • free

      Interview
      Bernard Haitink in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Bernard Haitink and Leif Ove Andsnes perform Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto

    Bernard Haitink and Leif Ove Andsnes perform Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto

    In this recording from March 2011, Leif Ove Andsnes, the Philharmoniker’s then Pianist in Residence, performs Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with Bernard Haitink. For many, the work is the epitome of heavyweight late Romanticism – but in Andsnes’s hands, a delicate tone emerges from the thunderous keyboard playing. Plus, we hear Witold Lutosławski’s Fourth Symphony: a work of imaginative genius and atmospheric intensity.

    18 Mar 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Funeral Music for string orchestra

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Symphony No. 4

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 83

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • free

      Interview
      Bernard Haitink and Leif Ove Andsnes about making music in the name of Fukushima

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    In this recording from 2011, the great Bruckner conductor Bernard Haitink performs his Fifth Symphony. The appeal of the Fifth lies in its ingenious polyphony with which Bruckner wanted to persuade the last doubters of his abilities. Wonderfully floating, transcendental choral melodies form a counter-world to the bright construction. The message of the deeply religious Bruckner is clear: that there is something higher than all earthly endeavours.

    12 Mar 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

    Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony Go to concert
  • Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Bernard Haitink

    Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Bernard Haitink

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It is actually astonishing that Brahms’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most popular as it forgoes any play on the tension between soloist and orchestra; the effect is rather one of mutual support for each other. In 2010, Frank Peter Zimmermann presented the work “with warmth and intensity” in a “sensational” performance, as the press described it. To close the concert, Bernard Haitink conducted Bartók’s sharply contoured Concerto for Orchestra.

    23 Jan 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • György Kurtág
      Stele for large orchestra, op. 33

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

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    • free

      Interview
      Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

    Shadowy night scenes, an aggressively jubilant finale: Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is a work of extreme expressive diversity. Bernard Haitink is one of its most competent interpreters, as this recording from 2009 shows. “Mahler’s Seventh baffles many conductors,” a critic wrote. “Not Bernard Haitink, who approaches this immense, difficult work with verve, out of love, and is not content with mere virtuosity.”

    17 Jan 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony Go to concert
  • The 1999 European Concert in Krakow with Bernard Haitink, Emanuel Ax and Christine Schäfer

    The 1999 European Concert in Krakow with Bernard Haitink, Emanuel Ax and Christine Schäfer

    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 European Concert 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
    European Concert 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”

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