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15 concert with Kirill Petrenko

  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The music of the 20th century is often considered inaccessible. Kirill Petrenko shows how wrong this prejudice is with three works written between 1940 and 1950 which differently convey sensuousness and energy. We experience rhythmic power in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, the combination of innovation and Brazilian flair in Zimmermann’s Alagoana and finally, the voluptuous melancholy of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.

    15 Feb 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in Three Movements

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros, Ballet Suite

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Christoph Streuli

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

    Photo: Michael Trippel

    The first opera in the Philharmonie Berlin led by Kirill Petrenko: Giacomo Puccini’s drama Suor Angelica, which takes place in a convent and tells the moving story of a young nun. Even if the period and setting have little to do with the realities of life today, the message of the opera is more current than ever: it concerns humanity in an inhuman environment and the struggle for one’s own dignity. In this production, it is given a contemporary setting by director Nicola Hümpel and performed by up-and-coming singers, the choir of the Vocal Heroes choral programme, and the Karajan Academy.

    01 Feb 2020

    Karajan Academy
    Kirill Petrenko

    Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel, Ann Toomey, Katarina Dalayman

    • free

      Giacomo Puccini
      Suor Angelica

      Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel direction and costumes, Oliver Proske stage conception and video technology, Ann Toomey soprano, Katarina Dalayman soprano, Daniela Vega mezzo-soprano, Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano, Sarah Laulan mezzo-soprano, Aurora Marthens soprano, Qing Wang soprano, Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano, Alessia Schumacher soprano, Ekaterina Bazhanova mezzo-soprano, Yeo-Jung Ha soprano, Bernadeta Astari soprano, Yui Kawaguchi dance and choir choreography, Matan Porat piano and composition of prologue

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko on Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, Kirill Petrenko presents himself with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an interpreter of Mahler. The Sixth Symphony is one of the composer’s most disturbing works, bringing together turmoil and idyll, triumph and catastrophe, nature, and life and death. It conveys a world panorama as well as an intimate insight into Mahler’s inner world. For as his widow Alma explained, “No work has flowed from his heart as directly as this”.

    25 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Martin Menking

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  • Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Kirill Petrenko, the new man at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, encounters a decades-long friend of the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim. Together, they present Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, whose appeal lies in its self-assured showmanship and distinctive C Minor colouring. The music of Josef Suk, which has received far too little attention, is also a matter close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart. Here we hear his Second Symphony, an expressive work full of pain and sonority.

    11 Jan 2020

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Franz Schubert
      Impromptu in A flat major, D 935 no. 2

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Josef Suk
      Symphony in C minor, op. 27 “Asrael”

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader

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  • New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko was at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which revealed a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You can also hear star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating songs from musicals.

    31 Dec 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Diana Damrau

    • George Gershwin
      Overture to the musical Girl Crazy

    • Richard Rodgers
      “If I loved you” from Carousel

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Leonard Bernstein
      “I feel pretty” from West Side Story

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    • Kurt Weill
      “Foolish Heart” from One Touch of Venus

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Kurt Weill
      Symphonic Nocturne (Suite, arr. Robert Russell Bennett) from Lady in the Dark

    • Stephen Sondheim
      “Send in the clowns” from A little Night Music

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Harold Arlen
      “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • George Gershwin
      An American in Paris

    • Frederick Loewe
      “I could have danced all night” from My Fair Lady

      Diana Damrau soprano

    • Franz Waxman
      “The Ride of the Cossacks” from Taras Bulba

    • free

      Interview
      Craig Urquhart in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • free

      Interview
      Diana Damrau in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Raphael Haeger

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  • Live at the Brandenburg Gate: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

    Live at the Brandenburg Gate: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time ever: Berliners were introduced to Kirill Petrenko, the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, at an open-air concert. The scene was the Brandenburg Gate: an international symbol for overcoming differences and borders. With its humanistic message of the brotherhood of all mankind, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony breathes the same spirit.

    24 Aug 2019
    Open-air from the Brandenburg Gate

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman, Benjamin Bruns, Kwangchul Youn, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 with Final Chorus “Ode to Joy”

      Marlis Petersen soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, Kwangchul Youn bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

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  • Inaugural concert: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

    Inaugural concert: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Finally the time has come! This evening, Kirill Petrenko will stand before the Berliner Philharmoniker as their new chief conductor for the first time. It is a spectacular season opening concert with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony whose overwhelmingly joyful finale is perfect for the festive occasion. The concert also presents – in both Beethoven’s Symphony and Berg’s expressive Lulu Suite – the soprano Marlis Petersen as Artist in Residence of the new 2019/2020 season.

    23 Aug 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Marlis Petersen, Elisabeth Kulman, Benjamin Bruns, Kwangchul Youn, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Alban Berg
      Lulu Suite

      Marlis Petersen soprano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 with Final Chorus “Ode to Joy”

      Marlis Petersen soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, Kwangchul Youn bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    • free

      Interview
      Berg and Beethoven: an introduction by Malte Krasting

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  • Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, Kirill Petrenko made his last appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker before taking up office as their chief conductor. First, soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja showed how much virtuosity and expressive variety there is in Arnold Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto. Then came Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fifth Symphony in a performance full of power and dedication, “with a final passage like a casting out of devils .... The hall was completely breathless with enthusiasm and anticipation of what the future holds” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

    09 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 36

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Duo No. 1 for violin and cello

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Bruno Delepelaire cello

    • Darius Milhaud
      Jeu for violin and clarinet

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Andreas Ottensamer clarinet

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

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      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Stanley Dodds

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Working with the German National Youth Orchestra is something close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart, so on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary, the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join them for a jubilee concert. In addition to rousing compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky, the programme also includes a contemporary work: William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto with the Philharmoniker’s principal timpanist Wieland Welzel as the soloist.

    09 Jan 2019

    National Youth Orchestra of Germany
    Kirill Petrenko

    Wieland Welzel

    • free

      Leonard Bernstein
      West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

    • free

      William Kraft
      Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra

      Wieland Welzel timpani

    • free

      Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A special concert at a special location: the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko, their chief conductor designate, perform Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and tone poems by Richard Strauss in the reconstructed Berlin Palace. The building, which was badly damaged during the Second World War and demolished in 1950, does not reopen until 2019, so this open-air concert in the splendid Baroque Schlüterhof allows us a first glimpse.

    25 Aug 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

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

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace Go to concert
  • Season opening 2018: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Season opening 2018: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In a way, this concert looks ahead to a new era. One year before Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s new chief conductor, he conducts the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season. At the same time, he presents his interpretation of core works of the Philharmoniker’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung.

    24 Aug 2018
    Opening of the 2018/2019 season

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

    • free

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

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Season opening 2018: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Yuja Wang

    Kirill Petrenko and Yuja Wang

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker, presents two sonorous rarities: Paul Dukas’s iridescent tone poem La Péri and Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony. The latter is a gently flowing work in the tradition of Anton Bruckner with a powerful funeral march as the highlight. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, on the other hand, played here by Yuja Wang, is a cheerful and virtuoso work.

    13 Apr 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Yuja Wang

    • Paul Dukas
      La Péri, Poème dansé

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C major, op. 26

      Yuja Wang piano

    • Franz Schmidt
      Symphony No. 4 in C major

    • free

      Interview
      Yuja Wang in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    With Kirill Petrenko conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time since the orchestra elected him their future chief conductor two years ago, anticipation and expectations were high. The programme included Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and John Adams’ The Wound-Dresser. Petrenko brought out the most subtle of nuances as vividly as a great psychological drama, rightfully receiving standing ovations: “A triumph” (Kulturradio).

    23 Mar 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Georg Nigl

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

    • John Adams
      The Wound-Dresser for baritone and orchestra

      Georg Nigl Baritone

    • free

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

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Olaf Maninger

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Scriabin, Stravinsky and Stephan

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Scriabin, Stravinsky and Stephan

    It is one of the most exciting periods of musical history: the transition from the opulent music of late-Romanticism to early Modernism with its concentrated energy. Kirill Petrenko portrayed this era with works by Rudi Stephan, Alexander Scriabin and Igor Stravinsky in this concert from 2012, the highlight of which was Scriabin’s monumental Poème de l’extase in which, according to one critic, Pertrenko presented “an alert mind and his famous will for clear contours”.

    21 Dec 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony of Psalms

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Kaspars Putninš Chorus Master

    • Rudi Stephan
      Music for Violin and Orchestra

      Daniel Stabrawa Violin

    • Rudi Stephan
      Music for Orchestra in one movement

    • free

      Alexander Scriabin
      Le Poème de l’extase, op. 54

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      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Scriabin, Stravinsky and Stephan Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Elgar

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Elgar

    When Kirill Petrenko conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the second time in 2009, a critic wrote presciently it would be “exciting to see the dimensions Petrenko’s career takes on”. It was not only the extraordinary abilities of the conductor that were clear that evening, but also his special relationship with the orchestra. The programme included Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with Lars Vogt as the soloist and Elgar's Second Symphony.

    10 May 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Lars Vogt

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

      Lars Vogt Piano

    • free

      Edward Elgar
      Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, op. 63

    • free

      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko and Lars Vogt in conversation with Sarah Willis

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