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12 concert with Christian Thielemann

  • Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It’s always a source of celebration for friends of Bruckner when Christian Thielemann conducts the composer. Not many others have been given the gift to make the dark glow and the broad arches of this music resound so impressively. At this concert, Thielemann will interpret Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, which once marked his breakthrough as a composer. In addition, we encounter Rudolf Buchbinder as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

    17 Dec 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, op. 15

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      7 Bagatelles, op. 33: No. 5 in C major

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

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      Interview
      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer

    Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer

    After a break of almost ten years, Gidon Kremer is returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme starts with Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens, in which an ethereal and filigree solo part excitingly encounters an energetic orchestral sound. Conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann will then present the composer’s Mass in f minor, a monumental work audibly inspired by Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

    10 Dec 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Gidon Kremer

    • Sofia Gubaidulina
      In tempus praesens, concerto for violin and orchestra

      Gidon Kremer Violin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 3 in F minor

      Anne Schwanewilms Soprano, Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto, Michael Schade Tenor, Franz-Josef Selig Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Gidon Kremer in conversation with Walter Küssner

    Christian Thielemann and Gidon Kremer Go to concert
  • Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maurizio Pollini and Christian Thielemann

    Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maurizio Pollini and Christian Thielemann

    No music collection should be without Maurizio Pollini’s legendary Chopin recordings. In this concert, he presents the First Piano Concerto with Christian Thielemann in the Philharmonie. In other ways as well, the evening revolves around the Romantic era: with Schumann’s Genoveva overture, Aribert Reimann’s Schumann fragments and symphonic interludes from Strauss’s opera Intermezzo that virtuosically oscillate between luscious late Romantic sound and pioneering originality.

    16 Jan 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Maurizio Pollini

    • Robert Schumann
      Genoveva, op. 81: Overture

    • Frédéric Chopin
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E minor, op. 11

      Maurizio Pollini Piano

    • Aribert Reimann
      Sieben Fragmente für Orchester in memoriam Robert Schumann (Seven Fragments for orchestra, in memoriam Robert Schumann)

    • Richard Strauss
      Intermezzo: Four symphonic interludes

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maurizio Pollini and Christian Thielemann Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann conducts a concert “à la française”

    Christian Thielemann conducts a concert “à la française”

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    This French programme with conductor Christian Thielemann presents itself as delicate and passionate. Ernest Chausson’s sumptuous song cycle Poème de l’amour et de la mer with mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch is followed by Debussy’s graceful dances for harp and strings. The climax is the soft, even charming Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, which culminates in a touchingly optimistic vision of the hereafter.

    09 Jan 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Sophie Koch, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Christiane Karg, Adrian Eröd

    • Ernest Chausson
      Poème de lʼamour et de la mer for voice and orchestra, op. 19

      Sophie Koch Mezzo-Soprano

    • Claude Debussy
      Danse sacrée et danse profane for harp and string orchestra

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Messe de Requiem in D minor, op. 48

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Christiane Karg Soprano, Adrian Eröd Baritone, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Gijs Leenaars in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Christian Thielemann conducts Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem”

    Christian Thielemann conducts Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    With the Deutsches Requiem, Johannes Brahms established his reputation as the leading composer of his time. Despite its monumental structure, the work’s message is humane: the focus is not on otherworldly salvation, but rather on temporal solace for the bereaved. The conductor in this recording from 2015 is Christian Thielemann, an outstanding interpreter of late Romantic music. The soloists are Siobhan Stagg and Christian Gerhaher.

    24 Jan 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Siobhan Stagg, Christian Gerhaher

    • Johannes Brahms
      A German Requiem, op. 45

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Siobhan Stagg Soprano, Christian Gerhaher Bass, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Gerhaher, Gijs Leenaars and Christian Thielemann about Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem”

    Christian Thielemann conducts Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem” Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Eroica”

    Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Eroica”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The history of the symphony entered a new phase with Beethoven’s “Eroica”. The symphony was no longer just playing with themes and instruments, but rather dedicated to an idea – the idea of the heroic, which lends the work an incomparable dynamism. In addition to the symphony, conductor Christian Thielemann presents works by Franz Liszt and Hans Werner Henze that also follow poetic concepts, each in its own way.

    17 Jan 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    • Franz Liszt
      Orpheus, Symphonic Poem No. 4

    • Hans Werner Henze
      Sebastian im Traum for large orchestra

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

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Amadeus Heutling

    Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Eroica” Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann and Maurizio Pollini with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21

    Christian Thielemann and Maurizio Pollini with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21

    Maurizio Pollini, grand segnieur of the piano, here plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 – as the press wrote – with his “familiar finesse, dexterity and virtuoso brilliance”. Christian Thielemann also conducts two popular works by Franz Listz – Les Préludes and Mazeppa – plus the rarely played Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Listz’s final and surprisingly chamber music-like tone poem.

    15 Dec 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Maurizio Pollini

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt (Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage), overture in D major, op. 27

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 21 in C major, K. 467

      Maurizio Pollini Piano

    • Franz Liszt
      Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No. 6

    • Franz Liszt
      Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, Symphonic Poem No. 13

    • Franz Liszt
      Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3

    Christian Thielemann and Maurizio Pollini with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 Go to concert
  • A Verdi evening with Christian Thielemann

    A Verdi evening with Christian Thielemann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Christian Thielemann devotes this concert entirely to the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Subtle beauty is to be discovered in three ballets: the understated passion in the “Ballo della Regina” from Don Carlos, the dynamic Otello ballet, and the dances from Macbeth that capture all the dark edginess of the opera. The main work of the concert is the moving Quattro pezzi sacri, created by Verdi at the end of a long life as a composer as a kind of musical and religious conclusion.

    08 Dec 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Quattro pezzi sacri

      Sibylla Rubens Soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Michael Gläser Chorus Master

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Ballet music from Macbeth, Don Carlo and Otello

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

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  • Christian Thielemann conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”

    Christian Thielemann conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”

    According to Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, he “wept bitterly” while composing his poignant Pathétique. Whereby it probably needs a minimum of serenity in order to create such an ingeniously constructed work in which there is, for example, a waltz in the complicated 5/4 time. Christian Thielemann makes space for both of the symphony’s worlds, its emotion and its skilful structure. The remainder of the concert is devoted to works of French music by Debussy and Messiaen.

    11 Mar 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    RIAS Kammerchor, Jane Archibald

    • Claude Debussy
      Nocturnes

      RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann Chorus Master

    • Olivier Messiaen
      Poèmes pour Mi

      Jane Archibald Soprano

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 “Pathétique”

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann on passion and nobility in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony

    Christian Thielemann conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann and Albrecht Mayer with works by Strauss and Bruckner

    Christian Thielemann and Albrecht Mayer with works by Strauss and Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Christian Thielemann’s international fame rests not least on his highly acclaimed interpretations of Bruckner. In this concert, he conducts the composer’s most popular work, the Fourth Symphony. As the epithet Romantic implies, Bruckner here creates a vision of a better past. Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto which opens the concert has a similarly nostalgic flavour. The soloist is Albrecht Mayer.

    04 Mar 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Albrecht Mayer

    • Richard Strauss
      Concerto for Oboe and small Orchestra in D major, o. op. AV 144

      Albrecht Mayer Oboe

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Cantata, BWV 156: Sinfonia

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (1878/80 version)

    • free

      Interview
      Albrecht Mayer on the oboe concerto by Richard Strauss

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann on Strauss’s Oboe Concerto and Bruckner’s Fourth, including excerpts from rehearsals

    Christian Thielemann and Albrecht Mayer with works by Strauss and Bruckner Go to concert
  • A Richard Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson

    A Richard Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson

    Christian Thielemann once said that with Richard Strauss, he tries “to balance two aspects which seem to be mutually exclusive: transparency and richness”. This recording of an all-Strauss concert from 2011 shows how he masters this balancing act. The soloists in a selection of sumptuous orchestral songs and excerpts from the charming opera Arabella are guest artists Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson.

    07 May 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson

    • Richard Strauss
      Festmusik der Stadt Wien, o. op. AV 133

    • Richard Strauss
      Orchestral songs: Traum durch die Dämmerung · Hymnus · Notturno · Gesang der Apollopriesterin · Pilgers Morgenlied · Winterliebe · Waldseligkeit

      Renée Fleming Soprano, Thomas Hampson Baritone

    • Richard Strauss
      Arabella: Prelude to Act 3 · Duet “Sie woll’n mich heiraten” · Duet “Und du wirst mein Gebieter sein”

      Renée Fleming Soprano, Thomas Hampson Baritone

    • Richard Strauss
      Festliches Präludium, op. 61

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson on Richard Strauss

    • free

      Interview
      Thomas Hampson on classical music in digital media

    A Richard Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson Go to concert
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Christian Thielemann is without question one of the great Bruckner interpreters of our time. In this concert he conducts the Eighth Symphony.

    13 Dec 2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 / Thielemann Go to concert