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Lisa Batiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

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170 concert with Sir Simon Rattle

  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have already performed Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to great acclaim. With the Eighth there follows the composer’s most extensive work. It acquires its tremendous energy from the interplay of wave-like escalations – the piling up of monumental blocks of sound and falling back into melancholy brooding. The evening will open with a new short work by Simon Holt.

    06/05/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Simon Holt
      Surcos (première)

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Haas edition)

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    In Puccini’s Tosca, moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologising and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is acclaimed as a Puccini interpreter on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York.

    22/04/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Kristine Opolais, Stefano La Colla, Evgeny Nikitin

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Tosca (concert performance)

      Kristine Opolais Soprano (Floria Tosca), Stefano La Colla Tenor (Mario Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin Bass Baritone (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Tantsits Tenor (Spoletta), Douglas Williams Bass (Sciarrone), Maurizio Muraro Bass (Sacristan), Walter Fink Bass (Jailer), Giuseppe Mantello Boy Soprano (Shepherd Boy), Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Vinzenz Weissenburger Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin, David Jones Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Live Lounge 2017 from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

    18/03/2017

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • Maurice Ravel
      Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for voice and chamber ensemble

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza III for female voice

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

    18/03/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax, Rinat Shaham, Gábor Bretz

    • HK Gruber
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (German première)

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz 48 (concert performance)

      Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano, Gábor Bretz Bass, Ulrich Noethen Speaker

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      Interview
      HK Gruber in conversation with Knut Weber

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  • Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle will perform with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

    18/02/2017 – 19/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti
      Le Grand Macabre (revised 1996 version)

      Pavlo Hunka Baritone (Nekrotzar), Peter Hoare Tenor (Piet the Pot), Anthony Roth Costanzo Countertenor (Prince Go-Go), Anna Prohaska Soprano (Amanda), Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano (Amando), Heidi Melton Soprano (Mescalina), Frode Olsen Bass (Astradamors), Audrey Luna Soprano (Venus and Gepopo), Joshua Bloom Bass (Black-Party Minister), Peter Tantsits Tenor (White-Party Minister), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti's “Le Grand Macabre”

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  • Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The climax of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which stands out among the composer’s monumental works with a sunny amiability. The evening opens with the premiere of a short piece by Wolfgang Rihm, followed by György Ligeti’s violin concerto, a work that impresses soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with its “colourful, sometimes flickering and sometimes floating auditory impression”.

    11/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camilla Tilling

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Gruß-Moment 2 – in Memoriam Pierre Boulez (première)

    • György Ligeti
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Camilla Tilling Soprano

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      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja in conversation with Paolo Mendes

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  • Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    Maria Magdalena is one of the most fascinating female figures in the Bible. In The Gospel According to the Other Mary, composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars recount the Passion of Christ from her perspective. Just as multi-faceted as the story is Adams’s irresistible music, in which minimalism is mixed with imaginative orchestration and jazzy verve. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    28/01/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • John Adams
      The Gospel According to the Other Mary, A Passion Oratorio based on a Libretto compiled by Peter Sellars

      Kelley OʼConnor Mezzo-Soprano (Mary), Tamara Mumford Mezzo-Soprano (Martha), Daniel Bubeck Countertenor, Brian Cummings Countertenor, Nathan Medley Countertenor, Peter Hoare Tenor (Lazarus), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Daniel Reuss Chorus Master

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      Interview
      John Adams in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Berlin school orchestras

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this recording, Simon Rattle rehearses with more than 100 Berlin school pupils with a lot of humour and all the experience of his great conducting career. This 15th Berliner Philharmoniker school orchestra extravaganza takes as its theme music “from the New World” – with works by Leonard Bernstein, John Adams and, of course, an extract from Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony. Access to the recording is free of charge.

    28/01/2017
    School Orchestra Extravaganza

    Members of Berlin school orchestras
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Works by Leonard Bernstein, John Adams and Antonín Dvořák

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  • New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

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    Photo: Stefan Rabold

    He is “the most astounding young pianist of our age”, the London Times wrote when Daniil Trifonov presented his first Rachmaninoff recording. On New Year’s Eve, Trifonov will interpret the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3: many consider it the most difficult piano concerto of all time. Simon Rattle will also present Antonín Dvořák’s virtuoso Slavonic Dances and will lead us into the world of British humour with orchestra pieces from William Walton’s Façade.

    31/12/2016
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Colas Breugnon, op. 90: Overture

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

      Daniil Trifonov Piano

    • William Walton
      Façade: Orchestral pieces, arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances, op. 72: Selection

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      The Comedians: Comedians' Galop

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the New Year’s Concert 2016

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      Interview
      Daniil Trifonov in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It is almost a miniature opera: the first act of Richard Wagner’s Walküre, in which Siegmund, Sieglinde and Hunding encounter each other in tense and exciting scenes. Simon Rattle will present this musical chamber play with a first-class ensemble of singers experienced in Bayreuth, consisting of Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson. The evening will kick off with Wagner’s gossamer Siegfried Idyll.

    22/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon OʼNeill, Sir John Tomlinson

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 1 (concert performance)

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Simon OʼNeill Tenor (Siegmund), Sir John Tomlinson Bass (Hunding)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the first act of Wagner’s “Walküre”

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  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

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    Numerous times the enchanting soprano Barbara Hannigan together with Simon Rattle has already presented musical discoveries that are impressive for both their modernity and their intense sensuality. This Late Night concert consists of the song cycle Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey, a fragile, atmospheric music full of unworldly melancholy.

    10/12/2016

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Gérard Grisey
      Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 instruments

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

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    Brilliant, but non-sensuous: that is many concertgoers’ opinion about the music of Arnold Schönberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern. This concert, in which Simon Rattle presents orchestral pieces by the three composers, shows just how wrong they are: virtuoso music of overwhelming expressiveness. One important inspiration for Schönberg’s circle was Johannes Brahms, whose sun-drenched Second Symphony ends the concert.

    04/11/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Five Pieces for orchestra, op. 16

    • Anton Webern
      Six Pieces for orchestra, op. 6b (revised 1928 version)

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra, op. 6

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Brahms and the Second Viennese School

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  • From the Royal Albert Hall: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

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    Outside the UK, the Proms concerts in the huge Royal Albert Hall are associated with the delightfully over the top “Last Night”. A somewhat misleading impression as in reality, these London summer concerts are marked by top-class performances of classical and modern music. The Berliner Philharmoniker have appeared there regularly since 1991, and this year, under the direction of Simon Rattle, they are presenting Mahler’s Seventh Symphony.

    02/09/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Éclat (first version for 15 instruments from 1965)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

    From the Royal Albert Hall: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony Go to concert
  • Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    To open the 2016/2017 season, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Gustav Mahler’s grandiose Seventh Symphony. Mahler himself described the work as “predominantly of a cheerful character”, but the cheerfulness which the jubilant finale in particular fosters is always fragile, ambiguous, and on the verge of toppling into the abyss. The concert opened with Pierre Boulez’s Éclat – an extremely delightful, concentrated work of tonally sensual sophistication.

    26/08/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Éclat (first version for 15 instruments from 1965)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

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      Interview
      Welcome to the 2016/2017 season!

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  • Vocal Heroes choir project: The Two Fiddlers

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    When goblins grant a wish, things can only end badly – as the fiddler Gavin, the hero of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s children’s opera based on an ancient legend The Two Fiddlers , finds out to his cost. In addition to musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle, the performers are young instrumentalists and the Vocal Heroes project choir.

    19/06/2016
    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

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      Peter Maxwell Davies
      The Two Fiddlers, opera in two acts for young people to play and sing, libretto by the composer from a short story by George Mackay Brown

      Florian Hoffmann Storm, Günter Papendell Gavin, Iwona Sobotka Queen, Joaquín Riquelme García Tramp, Konrad Jarnot King, Vocal Heroes Trolls, Berliner Community Chor Villagers, Simon Halsey Artistic Direction Choirs, Raphael Haeger Rehearsal Orchestra, Tobias Walenciak Rehearsal Choirs

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  • Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax

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    “New worlds on earth, in the sky, or in the minds of men”: Edgar Varèse intended to convey all of that in his famous Amèriques. A similar intention is recognisable at this concert with Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax. Familiar works by Debussy, Ravel and Franck can be heard in a completely new light by being juxtaposed against discoveries by Betsy Jolas and Percy Grainger – an exciting musical journey.

    18/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

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

    • Betsy Jolas
      A Little Summer Suite (première)

    • César Franck
      Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      Miroirs: La Vallée des cloches (original version for piano)

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Percy Grainger
      In a nutshell: Excerpts

    • Maurice Ravel
      Miroirs: La Vallée des cloches (arr. for orchestra by Percy Grainger)

    • Edgard Varèse
      Amériques

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      Interview
      Betsy Jolas in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Elgar and a première

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker take a musical journey to neighbouring European countries. Simon Rattle conducts a work from his native England: Edward Elgar’s unusually orchestrated Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, followed by the Slavonic Dances by Antonín Dvořák. In addition, a series initiated by Sir Simon of world premieres of short works begins, under the title “Tapas”.

    10/06/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Edward Elgar
      Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, op. 47

      Daniel Stabrawa Violin, Thomas Timm Violin, Máté Szűcs Viola, Ludwig Quandt Cello

    • Julian Anderson
      Incantesimi (première)

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances, op. 46

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Elgar and a première Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle

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    In the world of music, people know Don Quixote primarily in Richard Strauss’s powerful interpretation. With Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro, our Late Night concert with Simon Rattle presents a portrayal more characterised by humour and Spanish atmosphere. Besides this work, there is chamber music by Claude Debussy and Betsy Jolas of a bittersweet mood similar to the story of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”.

    04/06/2016
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Máté Szűcs, Josep-Miquel Ramón, Florian Hoffmann, Silvia Schwartz

    • Claude Debussy
      Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

    • Betsy Jolas
      Épisode sixième for solo viola

      Máté Szűcs Viola

    • Betsy Jolas
      Ruht wohl for viola and piano

      Máté Szűcs Viola, Sir Simon Rattle Piano

    • Manuel de Falla
      El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show), opera

      Josep-Miquel Ramón Bass-Baritone (Don Quijote), Florian Hoffmann Tenor (Maese Pedro), Silvia Schwartz Soprano (Trujamán)

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  • Simon Rattle conducts a Beethoven evening in Taipei

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A particularly warm relationship has developed between the Taiwanese audience and the Berliner Philharmoniker since their first guest appearance in 2005. For this guest performance at the Taipei National Concert Hall in May 2015, the orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle present Beethoven’s First and Ninth Symphony – effectively a highly concentrated substratum of the celebrated Beethoven cycle that shaped the Philharmoniker’s entire 2015/2016 season.

    07/05/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Iwona Sobotka, Eva Vogel, Christian Elsner, Dimitry Ivashchenko

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Iwona Sobotka Soprano, Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano, Christian Elsner Tenor, Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass, BBC Singers, Taiwan National Chorus

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      Open-air audience in Taipei welcomes the Berliner Philharmoniker

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  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2016 European Concert in Røros

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    This European Concert from 2016 takes us to the beautiful Baroque church in the Norwegian mining town of Røros. Simon Rattle conducts works including Beethoven’s revolutionary Eroica and Mendelssohn’s noble, songful Violin Concerto in E Minor. The soloist, playing a home fixture, so to speak, is the virtuoso, sensitive and charming Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang.

    01/05/2016
    European Concert in Røros

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Edvard Grieg
      Lyric Pieces: No. 4 Evening in the Mountains (version for orchestra)

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 46

      Vilde Frang Violin

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

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  • “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton

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    No greater love is conceivable than that between Tristan and Isolde. But although Richard Wagner conveys yearning and ecstasy in unparalleled intensity in his opera, what’s lacking is any of the effortlessness of happiness – the tragic end is woven into the music right from the outset. After performances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Sir Simon Rattle presented the complex work with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton in the Berlin Philharmonie.

    03/04/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sarah Connolly, Stephen Milling, Michael Nagy, Roman Sadnik, Thomas Ebenstein, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Stricker, Simon Halsey, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stuart Skelton

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 (concert performance)

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Isolde), Stuart Skelton Tenor (Tristan), Sarah Connolly Mezzo-Soprano (Brangäne), Michael Nagy Bass-Baritone (Kurwenal), Stephen Milling Bass (König Marke), Roman Sadnik Tenor (Melot), Simon Stricker Baritone (Steersman), Thomas Ebenstein Tenor (Shepherd, Sailor), Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 2 (concert performance)

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Act 3 (concert performance)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”

    “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton Go to concert
  • Beethoven and Mozart with Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida at the Easter Festival

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Hardly any other work is more suitable for festive occasions than Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with its jubilant vision of a better world. After the Berliner Philharmoniker enjoyed success in Berlin and on tour with Beethoven's symphonies, they presented the pinnacle of the cycle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. The concert also included Mitsuko Uchida as the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto in E Flat Major K. 482.

    21/03/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida, Genia Kühmeier, Sarah Connolly, Florian Boesch

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Genia Kühmeier Soprano, Sarah Connolly Mezzo-Soprano, Florian Boesch Bass, Steve Davislim Tenor, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir

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      Interview
      Live Lounge 2016 from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Beethoven and Mozart with Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida at the Easter Festival Go to concert
  • “Welcome among us”: Concert for refugees and helpers

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In March 2016, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductors welcomed people who have fled to Germany to escape war and distress in their home countries under the banner “Welcome among us”. The oft-quoted, miraculous ability of music to build bridges between people and cultures was impressively evident. The conductors are Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle.

    01/03/2016

    Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Iván Fischer, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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      Welcome message from Martin Hoffmann

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      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

      Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim Conductor and Piano

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      Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 1 in D major, op. 25 “Classique”

      Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Iván Fischer Conductor

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      Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92: 2. Allegretto · 4. Allegro con brio

      Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

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      Interview
      Statements by Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle

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  • Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Albert Roussel and Jean-Philippe Rameau – though born 200 years apart – were brothers in spirit: individual, surprising, with a unique sense of timbre. All these qualities manifest themselves in this concert with Roussel’s Le Festin de l’araignée and Rameau’s Les Boréades. In addition, Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa interpret Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, which shimmers wonderfully between Impressionism and Polish folk music.

    27/02/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniel Stabrawa

    • Albert Roussel
      Le Festin de l’araignée (The Spider’s Feast), Symphonic Fragments from the Ballet-Pantomime

    • Karol Szymanowski
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, op. 61

      Daniel Stabrawa Violin

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Les Boréades, orchestral pieces from the opera, arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    • free

      Interview
      Daniel Stabrawa in conversation with Rainer Seegers

    Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Stefan Dohr

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    Ironic, witty and surprising – that sums up the programme at this Late Night concert with Simon Rattle. For instance, the creation of the world is an exceptionally jazzy affair in Darius Milhaud’s La Création du monde; Igor Stravinsky makes cheerful use of Baroque models in his chamber concerto Dumbarton Oaks; and in Richard Ayres’s NONcerto for horn, even the title announces the humorous play with the audience’s expectations.

    20/02/2016
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stefan Dohr

    • Darius Milhaud
      La Création du Monde, op. 81, ballett

    • Richard Ayres
      NONcerto for horn and large ensemble

      Stefan Dohr Horn

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Concerto in E flat “Dumbarton Oaks” for chamber orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      Stefan Dohr on Richard Ayres’s NONcerto

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Stefan Dohr Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts a concert “à la française”

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    Although Maurice Ravel’s international fame is due principally to Boléro, the ballet Daphnis et Chloé is considered his real masterpiece. It seems full of sunlight and playful – and then again inscrutable and brutal. Sir Simon Rattle also presents two delightful rarities: Francis Poulenc’s cantata Figure humaine, filled with fragile beauty, and Charles Koechlin’s witty adaptation of the Jungle Book material.

    20/02/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars

    • Francis Poulenc
      Figure humaine, cantata for double mixed choir a capella

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    • Charles Koechlin
      Les Bandar-log (Scherzo des singes) after Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

    • György Kurtág
      Petite Musique solennelle en hommage à Pierre Boulez 90 (German première)

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Symphonie chorégraphique in three parts

      Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Francis Poulenc
      Figure humaine, (version for 12 cellos by David Riniker, recording from 19 Feb 2016)

      The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Simon Rattle conducts a concert “à la française” Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter

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    Photo: Holger Kettner

    For this New Year’s Eve Concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker presented themselves in French musical garb: Under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, the programme included orchestral works by Chabrier, Poulenc, Massenet and Ravel. With links to the Philharmoniker that go back over many years, star violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave sparkling performances of Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et Rondo capriccioso and the Tzigane by Maurice Ravel.

    31/12/2015
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    • Emmanuel Chabrier
      L’Étoile: Overture

    • Camille Saint-Saëns
      Introduction et Rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra in A minor, op. 28

      Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

    • Jules Massenet
      Le Cid, suite from pieces for orchestra

    • Maurice Ravel
      Tzigane, rhapsody for violin and orchestra

      Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

    • Francis Poulenc
      Les Biches, ballet suite

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Valse, Poème chorégraphique for orchestra

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

    • free

      Interview
      The Berliner Philharmonikers New Year’s Eve Party

    New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter Go to concert
  • “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Thriller, chamber play, romantic drama: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is all of this and much more. The New York Times wrote about this performance with Simon Rattle: “The result surpasses even the expectations raised by the Bach Passions . Mr. Sellars’s staging completely captures the human essence of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play. The singers are as fine as one could wish for.”

    20/12/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená, Christian Gerhaher, Bernarda Fink, Franz-Josef Selig, Gerald Finley, Elias Mädler, Peter Sellars

    • Claude Debussy
      Pelléas et Mélisande (semi-staged performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Mélisande), Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pelléas), Bernarda Fink Contralto (Geneviève), Franz-Josef Selig Bass Baritone (Arkel), Gerald Finley Bass Baritone (Golaud), Elias Mädler Boy Soprano, Soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor (Yniold), Jörg Schneider Bass (Doctor), Sascha Glintenkamp Bass-Baritone (Shepherd), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Nicolas Fink Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Sarah Willis

    “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It’s a moving moment in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and in the history of music overall: when the instruments audibly struggle for the right expression in the Finale, fail – and the jubilant singing of human voices is needed to convey Beethoven’s marvellous vision of a humane, joyful world. With this concert, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker wrap up their interpretation of all the Beethoven symphonies.

    16/10/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Annette Dasch, Eva Vogel, Christian Elsner, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Annette Dasch Soprano, Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano, Christian Elsner Tenor, Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Rattle talks about Beethoven’s symphonies

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Like a “slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants” – that’s the effect Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony made on Robert Schumann. However, this maiden is anything but harmless; she repeatedly shows a biting humour. This humour becomes still greater in the almost manic verve of the Seventh Symphony. At the same time, the work is steeped in a melancholy flavour that develops unchecked in the famous darkly striding Allegretto.

    15/10/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • free

      Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60

    • free

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

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 8

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Even though Beethoven often felt alien among his fellow humans, he was close to nature. He manifested his enthusiastic connection to life in the countryside most impressively in the colourful natural scenes of his Sixth Symphony. The humorous Eighth behaves in a less balanced way; its Finale gave Louis Spohr the impression that someone was sticking his tongue out in the middle of a conversation.

    14/10/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93

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

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 8 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 was composed at a time when the composer was expressing despondency about his increasing deafness in the famous Heiligenstadt Testament. Here too, the cheerfulness of the work keeps collapsing into an expression of shimmering agitation. In the Fifth Symphony, in contrast, we encounter a different Beethoven who addresses his destiny with forceful determination, all the way to the Finale that is sure of victory.

    13/10/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Leonore Overture No. 1 in C major, op. 138

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Performing all the Beethoven symphonies is always a unique project. After a first series in 2008, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle presented their interpretation once again in October 2015. The starting point is the First Symphony, whose dissonant opening chord already announces the exciting individuality of the cycle – before the fierce Eroica conclusively breaks with all musical standards of the time.

    12/10/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21

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

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Nielsen and Schoenberg

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The famous murder in the shower in Hitchcock’s Psycho would be only half as scary without Bernard Herrmann’s film music with its squeaking strings – a late blossoming of musical Expressionism. Sir Simon Rattle also conducts early creations in this style full of shattering intensity: Arnold Schoenberg’s The Hand of Fate and Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony, in which the composer captures in music “the unquenchable will to live”.

    20/09/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Gijs Leenaars, Florian Boesch, Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Bernard Herrmann
      Psycho: A Narrative for string orchestra

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Die glückliche Hand (The Hand of Fate), monodrama for baritone, chamber chorus and orchestra, op. 18

      Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Florian Boesch Bass Baritone, Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Carl Nielsen
      Pan and Syrinx, op. 49

    • Carl Nielsen
      Symphony No. 4, op. 29 “The Inextinguishable”

    • free

      Interview
      Tomi Mäkelä on Carl Nielsen and Arnold Schoenberg

    Simon Rattle conducts Nielsen and Schoenberg Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mozart and Haydn in Lucerne

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    Photo: Priska Ketterer / Lucerne Festival

    Join the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in Lucerne! In this recording from September 2015, the musicians present Mozart’s charming Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola (soloists: Daishin Kashimoto and Amihai Grosz), and an “imaginary orchestra journey” through the music of Joseph Haydn which combines the wittiest, most thoughtful and most eccentric moments from the composer’s gigantic oeuvre.

    02/09/2015
    From the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daishin Kashimoto, Amihai Grosz

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364

      Daishin Kashimoto Violin, Amihai Grosz Viola

    • Joseph Haydn
      An imaginary orchestral journey featuring excerpts from Symphonies Nos. 45, 64 and 90 as well as from the Creation and The Seven Last Words

    Simon Rattle conducts Mozart and Haydn in Lucerne Go to concert
  • Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Britten and Shostakovich

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    To open the 2015/2016 season, the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle presented two works that blend virtuosity with irony in very different ways. While Benjamin Britten lovingly portrays the character traits of his teacher Frank Bridge in his set of variations, the parody in Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony has a more serious background, reflecting the grotesque features of the Stalinist dictatorship.

    28/08/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Benjamin Britten
      Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for string orchestra, op. 10

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 4 in C minor, op. 43

    • free

      Interview
      Greeting the new season

    Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Britten and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts film scores at the Waldbühne

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    For this open-air concert at the Waldbühne, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle surrounded themselves with plenty of stars of the silver screen, including Indiana Jones, E.T., Robin Hood, Tom and Jerry, Ben Hur and the heroes of Star Wars. They were all brought to life musically when the orchestra struck up some of Hollywood’s most famous film music.

    28/06/2015
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Alfred Newman · Bronislau Kaper
      20th Century Fox Fanfare · Mutiny on the Bounty

    • David Raksin
      Laura

    • Jerome Moross
      The Big Country

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      The Adventures of Robin Hood

    • Scott Bradley
      Tom and Jerry

    • Miklós Rózsa
      Ben Hur Suite

    • John Williams
      Indiana Jones: Raiders March

    • John Williams
      E.T.: Flying Theme

    • John Williams
      Star Wars: Main Title

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Simon Rattle conducts film scores at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • Krystian Zimerman plays Brahms

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    Krystian Zimerman is someone who looks for the truth behind the notes with a ruthless unwillingness to compromise – which is why all of his recordings are a precious rarity. Here, we present his performance of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 from June 2015. The performance with Sir Simon Rattle is as multifaceted as Brahms’s work: floating poetically, spirited and forceful, but always infused with the dark introspection of late Romanticism.

    25/06/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan, Krystian Zimerman

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 80 in D minor

    • Unsuk Chin
      Le Silence des Sirènes for soprano and orchestra (German première)

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Krystian Zimerman Piano

    • free

      Interview
      Unsuk Chin and Barbara Hannigan about “Le Silence des Sirènes”

    Krystian Zimerman plays Brahms Go to concert
  • Vocal Heroes choir project: The Monster in the Maze

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Vocal Heroes: this is the title under which the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme gathers children to sing together in choirs founded expressly for that purpose. To end the season 2014/2015, there was a joint concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle and an exciting children’s opera. The Monster in the Maze is the title of the work composed by Jonathan Dove, which was premiered at this concert.

    21/06/2015
    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

    • free

      Jonathan Dove
      Was lauert da im Labyrinth? (The Monster in the Maze), text by Alasdair Middleton (German version by Arne Muus) (première)

      Florian Hoffmann Theseus (Tenor), Götz Schubert Minos (Actor), Eva Vogel Mother (Female Voice), Pavlo Hunka Daedalus (Bass Baritone), Pavlo Hunka Daedalus (Bass Baritone), Gabriel Frimpong Minotaurus (Dancer), Vocal Heroes, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    Vocal Heroes choir project: The Monster in the Maze Go to concert
  • Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff and Simon Rattle

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    Christian Tetzlaff is celebrated by the press as a “master violinist”, someone who is able to combine “dazzling technique and analytical acuity with overwhelming musicianship and a healthy dose of wit”. In the 2014/2015 season, he was Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. This concert with Brahms’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Simon Rattle marks the high point of his time with the orchestra.

    20/06/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Tetzlaff

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

      Christian Tetzlaff

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre

    • George Enescu
      Romanian Rhapsody in A major, op. 11 no. 1

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Tetzlaff on his season as Artist in Residence

    Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff and Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Barbara Hannigan and Simon Rattle with “Façade” by William Walton

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    What a programme Sir Simon Rattle and soprano Barbara Hannigan assembled for this Late Night: naughty, sophisticated, sexy and subversive – and also very British. William Walton’s 1923 “entertainment” Façade brought him overnight the reputation – deservedly – of an enfant terrible of modern English music.

    12/06/2015
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Kurt Weill
      “Youkali” · “Je ne t’aime pas” · “Lost in the Stars”

    • William Walton
      Façade for reciter and six instruments

    • free

      Interview
      Barbara Hannigan about Kurt Weill and William Walton

    Barbara Hannigan and Simon Rattle with “Façade” by William Walton Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2015 European Concert in Athens

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    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.

    01/05/2015
    European Concert in 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
  • “La Damnation de Faust” with Simon Rattle, Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    La Damnation de Faust is less about the philosophical dimension of the material than about passion, conflicts, and of course the protagonist’s dramatic damnation. With this work, the magician of sound Hector Berlioz created an evocative, imaginary opera, interpreted in our concert by Simon Rattle and two outstanding American singers: Joyce DiDonato as Marguerite and Charles Castronovo as Faust. The role of Mephisto is sung by Ludovic Tézier.

    11/04/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Joyce DiDonato, Florian Boesch, Charles Castronovo, Ludovic Tézier

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Damnation de Faust, Dramatic Legend, op. 24

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano (Marguerite), Florian Boesch Bass, Charles Castronovo Tenor (Faust), Ludovic Tézier Bass (Méphistophélès), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Tobias Möller

    “La Damnation de Faust” with Simon Rattle, Joyce DiDonato and Charles Castronovo Go to concert
  • Conclusion of the Sibelius cycle with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Complete symphonic performances are always a special event for the Berliner Philharmoniker. That includes this Sibelius cycle from 2015, which culminated in Simon Rattle conducting three symphonies in a row. Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7 fuse the qualities of the preceding works: the effusive Nordic tone of the first two symphonies, and the experimental form language and harmonies of Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.

    07/02/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, op. 82

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 6 in D minor, op. 104 · Symphony No. 7 in C major, op. 105

    Conclusion of the Sibelius cycle with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • A Sibelius evening with Simon Rattle and Leonidas Kavakos

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    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”.

    06/02/2015

    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
  • Simon Rattle conducts Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    “Clear-sighted and fervent” was how the press described the interpretation of all Sibelius’s symphonies presented by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle in February 2015. On this first night of the cycle, the programme included the First and the Second Symphonies – decidedly late Romantic works whose expressiveness is likely to have been inspired by Tchaikovsky’s only slightly older Pathétique.

    05/02/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Rattle in conversation with Vesa Sirén

    Simon Rattle conducts Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

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    Hardly a work is closer to Simon Rattle’s heart than Gustav Mahler’s monumental Second Symphony, which he conducted in a student performance when he was only a teenager. The press wrote about this 2015 performance that it was “philosophically underpinned and intoxicating at the same time, colourful, overwhelming”. In addition, we take a trip through the magical sound spaces of Helmut Lachenmann’s Tableau for orchestra.

    31/01/2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Magdalena Kožená, Kate Royal

    • Helmut Lachenmann
      Tableau for orchestra

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Kate Royal Soprano

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony Go to concert
  • Violins of Hope

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    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.

    27/01/2015
    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

    • free

      Interview
      Amnon Weinstein on the Violins of Hope

    Violins of Hope Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle and Menahem Pressler

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    Photo: Holger Kettner

    The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014! Including Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 488 and the legendary Menahem Pressler. The Financial Times wrote: “Pressler breathes the air of a different era, where each note is articulated like a spoken word, and each phrase communicates more than language.” There are also sparkling colours and dance-like energy in works by Rameau, Kodály and Dvořák.

    31/12/2014
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Menahem Pressler

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Les Indes galantes, suite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major, K. 488

      Menahem Pressler Piano

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances: Selection

    • Zoltán Kodály
      Háry János Suite: Excerpts

      Luigi Gaggero cimbalom

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Gayane Suite No. 1: 8. Lezginka

    New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle and Menahem Pressler Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Yefim Bronfman

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    One of the most yearning compositions ever written opens this concert from December 2014: Wagner’s Tristan prelude. The main works of this evening conducted by Simon Rattle are Jean Sibelius’s mystical tone poem The Swan of Tuonela and his austere Nordic Fifth Symphony, plus the premiere of the piano concerto Trauermarsch by Jörg Widmann, one of the most interesting composers of the younger generation, with Yefim Bronfman as the soloist.

    20/12/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1

    • Jörg Widmann
      Trauermarsch for piano and orchestra (première)

      Yefim Bronfman Piano

    • Jean Sibelius
      Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22: No. 2 The Swan of Tuonela

      Bruno Delepelaire Cello, Dominik Wollenweber Cor Anglais

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, op. 82

    • free

      Interview
      Jörg Widmann
      Jörg Widmann in conversation with Dominik Wollenweber

    Simon Rattle and Yefim Bronfman Go to concert
  • Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Christian Elsner and Simon Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle sees Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise as a major inspiration for later composers such as Mahler and Schoenberg. In its subjective yet sensitive treatment, Hans Zender’s adaptation of the work for voice and 24 instrumentalists brings out the modern aspects of Schubert’s music. In November 2014, Rattle, the tenor Christian Elsner and students of the Orchestra Academy performed Zender’s 1993 “composed interpretation”.

    29/11/2014
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Elsner

    • Hans Zender
      Schuberts “Winterreise”, eine komponierte Interpretation

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Schubert’s “Winterreise”

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Elsner on Schubert’s “Winterreise”

    Schubert’s “Winterreise” with Christian Elsner and Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Berlin school orchestras

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    Photo: Emile Holba

    Many young musicians dream of having the chance to play once in their lives in the Berlin Philharmonie. For the participants of our School Orchestra Extravaganza, this is a dream that regularly comes true. In November 2014, the programme included a very special repertoire: three film scores that probably everyone knows and which were rehearsed under the direction of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

    29/11/2014
    School Orchestra Extravaganza

    Members of Berlin school orchestras
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • free

      Film scores from The Magnificent Seven, Indiana Jones and E.T.

      Malte Arkona Presentation, Sarah Willis Presentation

    Simon Rattle conducts Berlin school orchestras Go to concert
  • Concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The Berlin Wall fell on 9 November 1989. 25 years later, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle commemorated this historical date with this special concert. What work could be more suitable for this purpose than Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with its message of freedom and fraternity? The victims of the division of Berlin and the world were also remembered in a performance of Karol Szymanowski’s poignant Stabat mater.

    09/11/2014
    25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sally Matthews, Bernarda Fink, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Christian Elsner

    • Karol Szymanowski
      Stabat mater for soloists, choir and orchestra, op. 53

      Sally Matthews Sopran, Bernarda Fink Contralto, Hanno Müller-Brachmann Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Sally Matthews Soprano, Bernarda Fink Contralto, Christian Elsner Tenor, Hanno Müller-Brachmann Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      The Fall of the Berlin Wall - Memories of Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • free

      Interview
      The Fall of the Berlin Wall - Memories of Sir Simon Rattle

    Concert celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Go to concert
  • Fourth concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The Fourth symphonies of Brahms and Schumann embody excitingly contrasting worlds. On the one hand Brahms’s masterful late work, advancing inexorably, on the other, the effervescent symphony of the young Schumann – heard here in an early version, which for Simon Rattle is superior to the established later version because of its extra “lightness, grace and beauty”.

    26/09/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 (first version from 1841)

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

    • free

      Interview
      Winrich Hopp in conversation with Benedikt von Bernstorff

    Fourth concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Third concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The third symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann which Simon Rattle conducts in this 2014 concert demonstrate that Romanticism was not only a period of reflection but also of optimism. The Brahms work, which was sometimes compared to Beethoven’s Eroica, comes across as powerful and optimistic, while Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony shows an unusually exuberant side of the composer.

    25/09/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

    • free

      Interview
      Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the Brahms/Schumann cycle

    Third concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Second concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this recording from September 2014, Sir Simon Rattle pairs the second symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. Just the juxtaposition of these works reveals much of the inner working of the two composers: On the one hand, the masterfully gripping work by Brahms, on the other, Schumann’s Second, which he wrote while suffering excruciating auditory hallucinations.

    19/09/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

    • free

      Interview
      Introducing Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings – The label of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Second concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • First concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Complete performances of the symphonies of Brahms and Schumann have been among the most outstanding events of the Simon Rattle era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In September 2014, the orchestra and conductor directly juxtaposed the symphonies of both composers, creating an intriguing double portrait. This concert, with Brahms’s and Schumann’s symphonic debuts, marks the beginning of the cycle.

    18/09/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, op. 38 “Spring”

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle about the Brahms/Schumann cycle

    First concert in the Brahms/Schumann cycle with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Rachmaninov and Stravinsky

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    Photo: Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    They were contemporaries and fellow countrymen – and yet could not have been more different: Igor Stravinsky, who took the world by storm with his stunning ballets, and the phlegmatic Sergei Rachmaninov, who many regarded as “the last of the Romantics”. With this concert of Stravinsky’s Firebird and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Sir Simon Rattle opened the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2014/2015 season.

    30/08/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet

    • free

      Interview
      Greeting the new season

    Simon Rattle conducts Rachmaninov and Stravinsky Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim play Brahms

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this special concert from June 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Daniel Barenboim celebrate the 50th anniversary of their work together with a performance of Brahms’s both technically and musically demanding Piano Concerto No. 1. The soloist is Daniel Barenboim with Sir Simon Rattle conducting. The programme also includes Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question and Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

    18/06/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Charles Ives · Richard Strauss
      The Unanswered Question · Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Daniel Barenboim Piano

    • free

      Interview
      “The Unanswered Question” – A musical introduction

    • free

      Interview
      Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker about Daniel Barenboim

    Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim play Brahms Go to concert
  • Memorial concert for Claudio Abbado with Simon Rattle and Frank Peter Zimmermann

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert from May 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker remember their former chief conductor Claudio Abbado who died 4 months earlier on 20 January. In remembrance of this sad loss, Frank Peter Zimmermann plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major without conductor. In the second part of the concert, Sir Simon Rattle performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

    17/05/2014
    In memory of Claudio Abbado

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • Franz Schubert
      Rosamunde, incidental music, D 797: No. 5 Entr’acte

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, K. 216

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    • free

      Interview
      Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember Claudio Abbado

    Memorial concert for Claudio Abbado with Simon Rattle and Frank Peter Zimmermann Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut”

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    Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is a shocking tale, told in softly melting vocal lines and seductive orchestral colours. Following staged performances at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, the audience of the Philharmonie had the opportunity to enjoy a concert version in April 2014. Sir Simon Rattle conducts an illustrious ensemble of singers with the magnificent Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role.

    26/04/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Massimo Giordano, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Lester Lynch, Bogdan Mihai

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Part 1 (concert performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li (Bass) Geronte de Ravoir, Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Part 2 (concert performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li (Bass) Geronte de Ravoir, Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master

    Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Henze’s Requiem

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    With the death of Hans Werner Henze on 27 October 2012, the music world lost one of its most versatile and influential contemporary composers. In this Late Night concert, Sir Simon Rattle and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker pay their homage: on the programme is Henze’s Requiem, a series of sacred concerti for solo piano, concertante trumpet and large chamber orchestra.

    25/04/2014
    Late Night at the Philharmonie: A tribute to Hans Werner Henze

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Gábor Tarkövi, Ohad Ben-Ari

    • Hans Werner Henze
      Requiem, Nine Sacred Concertos for piano solo, trumpet concertante and large chamber orchestra

      Gábor Tarkövi Trumpet, Ohad Ben-Ari Piano

    Simon Rattle conducts Henze’s Requiem Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Sol Gabetta

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    The Easter Festival has always been an occasion for the Berliner Philharmoniker to work with young, aspiring soloists for the first time. This was also the case at the 2014 Baden-Baden Festival, where cellist Sol Gabetta made her Philharmoniker debut in a performance of Edward Elgar’s virtuoso and elegiac Cello Concerto. Sir Simon Rattle also conducts works by Ligeti and Wagner, plus Stravinsky’s revolutionary Le Sacre du printemps.

    20/04/2014
    From the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sol Gabetta

    • György Ligeti · Richard Wagner
      Atmosphères · Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

    • Edward Elgar
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, op. 85

      Sol Gabetta Cello

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

    Simon Rattle and Sol Gabetta Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” at the Easter Festival

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The eponymous heroine of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut shifts constantly between true love and her lust for luxury, and inspired the composer to create music full of passion and drama, ravishing melodies and seductive instrumental colours. This highlight of the second Easter Festival in Baden-Baden is conducted by Simon Rattle with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role in a production by Sir Richard Eyre.

    16/04/2014
    From the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Massimo Giordano, Eva-Maria Westbroek

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 1

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 2

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 3

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Manon Lescaut: Act 4

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Musician), Massimo Giordano Tenor (Renato Des Grieux), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Manon Lescaut), Liang Li Bass (Geronte de Ravoir), Lester Lynch Baritone (Lescaut), Reinhard Dorn Bass (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Bogdan Mihai Tenor (Edmondo), Arthur Espiritu Tenor (Lamp Lighter), Krešimir Špicer Tenor (Dancing Master), Philharmonia Chor Wien, Johannes Kammler Bass (Sergeant of the Royal Archers), Walter Zeh Chorus Master, Sir Richard Eyre Staging

    • free

      Interview
      Live Lounge from the 2014 Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Simon Rattle conducts “Manon Lescaut” at the Easter Festival Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

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    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.

    01/03/2014

    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

    • free

      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
  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Debussy and Haas

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Anyone who thinks of Impressionism in music thinks of Claude Debussy’s multi-coloured, shimmering tone poem La Mer. In this concert from February 2014, Sir Simon Rattle contrasts this with Johannes Brahms’s Third Symphony whose many beauties include the theme of the Allegretto, possibly the most yearning melody of all time. This concert also includes the world premiere of a new work by Georg Friedrich Haas.

    22/02/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

    • Georg Friedrich Haas
      dark dreams (première)

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer, trois esquisses symphoniques for orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      Georg Friedrich Haas in conversation with Götz Teutsch

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Debussy and Haas Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    This juxtaposition of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 and Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques shows that grace and seriousness are not mutually exclusive, with both works demonstrating a light playfulness and profound substance in a performance by Mitsuko Uchida. To end with, conductor Simon Rattle presents a surprising “eccentric journey through Haydn”!

    15/02/2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B flat major, K. 456

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • Olivier Messiaen
      Oiseaux exotiques for piano and small orchestra

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • Joseph Haydn
      An imaginary orchestral journey featuring excerpts from Symphonies Nos. 45, 64 and 90 as well as from the Creation and The Seven Last Words

    • free

      Interview
      Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts a “Late Night” concert à la française

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    An exquisite French programme shimmering with delicate colours awaits you in this Late Night concert: Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker perform works by Maurice Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Delage and Jacques Ibert under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle who also takes to the piano in Ravel’s Chansons madécasses. The soloists are the soprano Susan Gritton and the cellist Solène Kermarrec.

    11/01/2014
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Laura Aikin, Solène Kermarrec

    • Maurice Ravel
      Chansons madécasses for soprano, flute, cello, and piano

      Laura Aikin Soprano

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello

      Solène Kermarrec Cello

    • Maurice Delage
      Quatre Poèmes hindous for soprano and instrumental ensemble

    • Jacques Ibert
      Divertissement

    Simon Rattle conducts a “Late Night” concert à la française Go to concert
  • 2013 New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle

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    Photo: Holger Kettner

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts swirling dances with an unmistakeable East European flavour in this 2013 New Year’s Eve concert. It opens with Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances with their often surprising shifts of mood between wild passion and gentle musing. The dances from Aram Khachaturian’s Gayaneh on the other hand, are austere and occasionally ferocious and convey a vivid atmosphere of Armenian folklore.

    31/12/2013
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in G minor, op. 46 no. 8

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in B major, op. 72 no. 1

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in E minor, op. 72 no. 2

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in C major, op. 72 no. 7

    • Paul Hindemith
      Symphonic Dance No. 3

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Gayane Suite No. 3: 5. Sabre Dance

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Gayane Suite No. 3: 2. Dance of the Young Kurds

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Gayane Suite No. 1: 7. Adagio Gayane

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Gayane Suite No. 1: 8. Lezginka

    2013 New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Katia and Marielle Labèque

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    In this Philharmoniker Late-Night concert, the musical “crossovers” Leonard Bernstein, Osvaldo Golijov and Gonzalo Grau are in the hands of Katia and Marielle Labèque, whose telepathically connected playing has made them one of the world’s foremost piano duos. In their late evening programme, they appear together with Sir Simon Rattle and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    21/12/2013
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Andreas Ottensamer, Katia and Marielle Labèque

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Ebony Concerto for solo-clarinet and jazz-ensemble

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Osvaldo Golijov
      Nazareno for 2 pianos and orchestra (arr. by Gonzalo Grau)

      Katia and Marielle Labèque Piano

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Katia and Marielle Labèque Go to concert
  • The Berliner Philharmoniker in Taipei

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    “We are probably the luckiest musicians on the planet,” Sir Simon Rattle shouted to the enthusiastic crowd who cheered the Berliner Philharmoniker and its chief conductor on the square in front of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in November 2013. The overwhelming reception followed a concert with performances of Boulez’ Notations and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major.

    08/11/2013
    From the National Concert Hall, Taipei

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Notations for orchestra: I, VII, IV, III, II

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    The Berliner Philharmoniker in Taipei Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Prokofiev

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    In his First and Fourth symphonies, we see Robert Schumann at his happiest. In this concert with Simon Rattle from November 2013, the Fourth is heard in the seldom-performed original of 1841. Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, strongly inspired by the First Viennese School, is also a cheerful work. The soloist is Daishin Kashimoto, 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    02/11/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daishin Kashimoto

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 (first version from 1841)

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in D major, op. 19

      Daishin Kashimoto Violin

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, op. 38 “Spring”

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle talks about Schumann’s symphonies

    Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Prokofiev Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Gurre-Lieder”

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    Arnold Schoenberg is primarily known as the founder of 12-tone music. However, with his 1899 Gurre-Lieder, based on a wild and romantic folk tale, he showed himself to be a master of the voluminous musical style of late Romanticism. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented the work in October 2013 as the finale to the Philharmonie’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

    27/10/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Soile Isokoski, Karen Cargill, Stephen Gould, Burkhard Ulrich, Lester Lynch, Thomas Quasthoff

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Gurre-Lieder

      Soile Isokoski Soprano (Tove), Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano (Wood Dove), Stephen Gould Tenor (Waldemar), Burkhard Ulrich Tenor (Klaus-Narr), Lester Lynch Baritone (Peasant), Thomas Quasthoff (Speaker, Kor Vest Bergen, Rundfunkchor Berlin, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, Nicolas Fink Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Thomas Quasthoff in conversation with Christoph Franke

    Simon Rattle conducts “Gurre-Lieder” Go to concert
  • Anniversary concert “50 years of the Berlin Philharmonie”

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    The Berlin Philharmonie is an icon of classical music – a wonderful auditorium with outstanding acoustics, whose visionary architect inspired many subsequent concert halls all over the world. In October 2013, the Philharmonie celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening. The Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and a host of celebrity guests celebrated this anniversary with a spectacular gala concert on the theme of “spatial music”.

    20/10/2013
    Gala Concert: 50 years of the Philharmonie – Spatial Sounds

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mitsuko Uchida

    • Giovanni Gabrieli
      Canzon septimi et octavi toni a 12 (1597)

    • Greeting words

      Klaus Wowereit Governing Mayor of Berlin, Manfred Erhardt Chairman of the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V., Martin Hoffmann General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      IN-SCHRIFT 2 (première)

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams
      Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27 no. 2 “Sonata quasi una fantasia”: 1. Adagio sostenuto · Kurtág: ... quasi una fantasia ... for piano and instruments dispersed in space

      Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mitsuko Uchida Piano, Duncan Ward Rehearsal Conductor

    • Hector Berlioz
      Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, op. 15

    • free

      Interview
      The opening of the Berlin Philharmonie in 1963 - recollections of Rudolf Weinsheimer

    Anniversary concert “50 years of the Berlin Philharmonie” Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

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    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.

    19/10/2013

    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

    • free

      Interview
      Introduction by Simon Halsey

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Mark Padmore

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

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    Primitive power as if from a wild, faraway past mixes with the vibrancy of the modern in Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass. An eye to the past and the future is also evident in Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen which combine innovative expression with a Romantic, folk-like sound. The soloist is Christian Gerhaher, and the conductor is Simon Rattle who also performs Witold Lutosławski’s Second Symphony.

    08/09/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Luba Orgonášová, Mihoko Fujimura, Stuart Skelton, Christian Gerhaher, Christian Schmitt, Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Symphony No. 2

    • Gustav Mahler
      Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

      Christian Gerhaher Baritone

    • Leoš Janáček
      Glagolitic Mass

      Luba Orgonášová Soprano, Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano, Stuart Skelton Tenor, Christian Gerhaher Baritone, Christian Schmitt Organ, Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno, Petr Fiala Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle talks about Witold Lutosławski

    Simon Rattle and Christian Gerhaher Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41

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    In their radiance, elegance and drama, Mozart creates almost a résumé of his worlds of expression in his last three symphonies, Simon Rattle opened the 2013/14 season with these works and reveals by way of example the Mozart style of the Berliner Philharmoniker at that time, in which transparency as well as warm sonority are given full scope. As one critic wrote, “Simon Rattle draws the full depth from the Mozart symphonies”.

    23/08/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K. 543

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”

    • Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle talks about the new season

    Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 & 41 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Madrid

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    In the Digital Concert Hall, experiencing the Berliner Philharmoniker outside their home base – the Philharmonie – always has a special appeal. In this recording, we take our visitors to the impressive Teatro Real in Madrid where in the summer of 2013 Sir Simon Rattle conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. “A miracle,” was how the newspaper El País described the concert before immediately correcting itself: “No, reality in its most beautiful form.”

    28/06/2013
    From the Teatro Real Madrid

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Coro del Teatro Real

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 “Choral”

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass, Joseph Kaiser Tenor, Coro del Teatro Real

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Madrid Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Britten’s “War Requiem”

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    Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem has a unique place in the history of music. Rather than an abstract, liturgical work, it directly conveys the horrors and devastating grief unleashed by war. In 2013, the year in which the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth was celebrated, Simon Rattle performed the Requiem for the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to the Rundfunkchor Berlin, the singers included an outstanding ensemble of soloists.

    15/06/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emily Magee, John Mark Ainsley, Matthias Goerne, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Benjamin Britten
      War Requiem, op. 66

      Emily Magee Soprano, John Mark Ainsley Tenor, Matthias Goerne Baritone, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with James Jolly

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Britten’s “War Requiem” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7

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    Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is one of the few works by the composer which was received with tremendous applause during his lifetime. This was due, for example, to the gloriously melodious first movement and the Adagio, whose escalating waves of sound are almost physically palpable. In this concert, Simon Rattle also performs a selection from Pierre Boulez’ Notations, orchestral miniatures whose range is spectacularly expressive.

    31/05/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Notations: Selection

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    • free

      Interview
      Albrecht Dümling on Boulez' Notations

    • free

      Interview
      Albrecht Dümling on Bruckners Symphony No. 7

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time”

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    It is one of the most significant oratorios of the 20th century: Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time. Based on a story from the Nazi era, the work is a call for humanity and justice. The concert also includes the premiere of Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates – another innovative work whose aim is to breathe new life into the genre of the oratorio. Simon Rattle conducts.

    27/04/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Brett Dean
      The Last Days of Socrates for bass baritone, choir and orchestra

      Sir John Tomlinson Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Michael Tippett
      A Child of Our Time, oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestra

      Sally Matthews Soprano, Sarah Connolly Contralto, Matthew Polenzani Tenor, Sir John Tomlinson Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Brett Dean
      Brett Dean: Composing Socrates

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on Michael Tippett's "A Child of Our Time"

    Simon Rattle conducts Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Noye’s Fludde”

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    In 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker celebrated the tenth anniversary of their Education Programme with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde. And there was a lot to cheer about, such as Britten’s sprightly score, full of catchy tunes but never simplistic. Then there was the imaginative staging which included an ark made from shopping bags – and of course the fantastic musicians conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

    21/04/2013
    10 years of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Benjamin Britten
      Noye’s Fludde, children’s opera

      Students of Berlin Elementary and High Schools, Professional and Amateur Musicians, Simon Halsey Artistic Direction Choir, Jasmina Hadziahmetovic Stage Direction, Raphael Haeger Artistic Direction Amateur Orchestra, Soloists of the Berlin Staats- und Domchor and the Children's Choir of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Thomas Quasthoff Speaker (Voice of God), Günter Papendell Bass Baritone (Noye), Judith Simonis Alto (Noye's Wife)

    Simon Rattle conducts “Noye’s Fludde” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony and Modernist concertos

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    “Finest drawing, subtle humour, heartfelt singing, and when they needed to let rip, they really let it rip,” was how one critic praised Simon Rattle’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Pastoral in April 2013. In addition, the concert includes Lutosławski’s Double Concerto and Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto with the mysterious title The Tree of Dreams with Leonidas Kavakos as the soloist – exceptional works of the 20th century full of brilliance and magic.

    20/04/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Jonathan Kelly, Leonidas Kavakos

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Double Concerto for Oboe, Harp and String Orchestra

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp, Jonathan Kelly Oboe

    • Henri Dutilleux
      L’Arbre des songes, concerto for violin and orchestra

      Leonidas Kavakos Violine

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

    • free

      Interview
      Leonidas Kavakos on Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony and Modernist concertos Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Martin Löhr

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    A first glimpse at this programme is sure to elicit a grin: the Overture to “The Flying Dutchman”, as sight-read by a second-rate spa ensemble at the fountain at 7 am. There are also many other surprises in this Late Night concert with Simon Rattle, including just how fresh and up-to-date a prelude and fugue can sound when it comes from such an ingenious innovator of sound as Witold Lutosławski.

    13/04/2013
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Paul Hindemith
      Ouvertüre zum “Fliegenden Holländer”, wie sie eine schlechte Kurkapelle morgens um 7 am Brunnen vom Blatt spielt for string quartet

    • Paul Hindemith
      Kammermusik No. 3, op. 36 no. 2, “Cello Concerto”

      Martin Löhr Cello

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Martin Löhr Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

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    Mozart’s Magic Flute was the highlight of the first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in April 2013. Following the festival, the musicians also gave a concert performance of the production in which the singers enchanted the audience with both their vocal and dramatic skills. Simon Rattle also revealed himself to be an excellent interpreter of Mozart, bringing out the whole transparency, tonal beauty and drama of the score.

    07/04/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Dimitry Ivashchenko, Kate Royal, Michael Nagy, Pavol Breslik

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K. 620: Act 1 (concert performance)

      Dimitry Ivashchenko Baritone (Papageno), José van Dam, Andreas Schager, Jonathan Lemalu Bass Baritone (2nd Priest), Ana Durlovski Tenor (Monostatos), Kate Royal (5.4.) Tenor (Tamino), Annick Massis Sopran (1st Lady), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady), Regula Mühlemann Bass Baritone (2nd Armoured Man), Michael Nagy Soprano (The Queen of the Night), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino), James Elliott Soprano (Papagena), Benjamin Hulett (5.4.) Tenor (Tamino), David Jerusalem Tenor (1st Armoured Man), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K 620: Act 2 (concert performance)

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

    Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s “Magic Flute” Go to concert
  • Mozart’s “Magic Flute” from Baden-Baden

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    With a memorable performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Sir Simon Rattle opened the first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in March 2013. The Financial Times spoke of a “top-drawer cast”: “Pavol Breslik is all you could wish for in a Tamino, Michael Nagy’s Papageno is charismatic and lithe, Kate Royal gives Pamina subtle complexity as well as grace.”

    01/04/2013
    From the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Dimitry Ivashchenko, Pavol Breslik, Kate Royal, Michael Nagy

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      The Magic Flute, K. 620

      Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass Baritone (Sarastro), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Tamino), José van Dam Baritone (Speaker), Andreas Schager Tenor (1st Priest), Jonathan Lemalu Bass (2nd Priest), Ana Durlovski Soprano (The Queen of Night), Kate Royal Soprano (Pamina), Annick Massis Soprano (1st Lady), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (2nd Lady), Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto (3rd Lady), Regula Mühlemann Soprano (Papagena), Michael Nagy Baritone (Papageno), James Elliott Tenor (Monostatos), Benjamin Hulett Tenor (1st Armoured Man), David Jerusalem Bassbariton (2nd Armoured Man), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Robert Carsen Director, Petra Reinhardt Costumes, Michael Levine Set Design, Peter van Praet and Robert Carsen Light Design

    • free

      Interview
      Introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

    • free

      Interview
      Robert Carsen on the staging of The Magic Flute

    • free

      Interview
      Behind the scenes

    Mozart’s “Magic Flute” from Baden-Baden Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle and Miklós Perényi

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    The 20th century was rich in ingeniously conceived music. However, there were fewer works whose substance unfolds in a playful rather than intellectual way which, although intellectually stimulating, also sound sensuous and spontaneous. Simon Rattle presents two such sumptuous creations in this recording: Dutilleux' Métaboles and Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with Miklós Perényi as the soloist. The concert closes with Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony.

    22/02/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Miklós Perényi

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Métaboles for large orchestra

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

      Miklós Perényi Cello

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61

    • free

      Interview
      Miklós Perényi on Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto

    Sir Simon Rattle and Miklós Perényi Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Berlin school orchestras

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    The School Orchestra Extravaganzas of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s education programme are always a big event, and this year’s meeting in February was no different. Six Berlin school orchestras had rehearsed excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites for the big day under the guidance of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the conductor of the public performance in the Philharmonie was none other than Sir Simon Rattle.

    17/02/2013
    School Orchestra Extravaganza

    Members of Berlin school orchestras
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Edvard Grieg
      Peer Gynt Suites, op. 46 & op. 55: Excerpts

      Sarah Willis Presenter

    Simon Rattle conducts Berlin school orchestras Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Dutilleux

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    Hopeful enthusiasm and flashes of disturbance and depression: the fusion of these contradictory states characterise Robert Schumann, not only as a man but also as a composer. They are also evident in both his “Rhenish” Symphony and the overture to the opera Genoveva which Simon Rattle conducts in this concert. Plus, soloist Barbara Hannigan sings Henri Dutilleux’s mystical, filigree song cycle Correspondances.

    16/02/2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Robert Schumann
      Genoveva, op. 81: Overture

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Correspondances for soprano and orchestra

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    • free

      Interview
      Barbara Hannigan on her work with Henri Dutilleux

    Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Dutilleux Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and a new masterpiece

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    For Simon Rattle, Georg Friedrich Haasʼ in vain is “one of the first masterpieces of the 21st century.” It is mysterious, multiperspectival music that in some way resembles the images of M. C. Escher. The effect is strengthened by the lighting directions given by the composer which create a wide variety of atmospheres. Simon Rattle performs the work with students of the Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy.

    18/01/2013
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Georg Friedrich Haas
      in vain for 24 instruments

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle talks about in vain by Georg Friedrich Haas

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and a new masterpiece Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

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    Barbara Hannigan has endeared herself to Berlin audiences on many occasions with her stunning voice, stage presence and taste for bizarre humour. These qualities also come to bear in this Late Night concert with Simon Rattle, in which, among other things, she performs William Walton’s experimental and whimsical Façade in which we see Sir Simon in a very unusual role.

    15/12/2012
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Paul Hindemith
      Kammermusik (Chamber music) No. 1, op. 24 no. 1

    • Hans Werner Henze
      Being Beauteous, cantata for coloratura soprano, harp and 4 cellos

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

    • William Walton
      Façade for reciter and six instruments: Excerpts

      Barbara Hannigan Speaker

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan Go to concert
  • “40 Years of the Orchestra Academy” Gala Concert with Simon Rattle

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    Ten double basses, twelve French horns, sextuple woodwind: the orchestra with which Simon Rattle performed Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony on 2 December 2012 was certainly ample. But what was more remarkable was not its size, but the origins of the orchestral musicians. They were all former or current students of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy and came together for this concert to celebrate the 40th birthday of this renowned institution.

    02/12/2012
    “40 Years of the Orchestra Academy” Gala Concert

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Benedict Mason: Musik für die Philharmonie · Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

    “40 Years of the Orchestra Academy” Gala Concert with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Schumann, Wagner, Ravel, Debussy and Ligeti

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    This programme of this concert under the direction of Simon Rattle could be headlined “magical sounds”. The works in the first part all soar high above the temporal world: Ligeti’s atmosphères, Wagner’s Lohengrin prelude, Debussy’s Jeux and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. The concert closes with Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony, a work of energetic urgency, but here too there are many ambiguities and shifts in emotion.

    13/11/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti · Richard Wagner
      Atmosphères · Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

    • Claude Debussy
      Jeux, Poème dansé

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    Simon Rattle conducts Schumann, Wagner, Ravel, Debussy and Ligeti Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

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    In the anxious years before the First World War, many composers sought a foothold in the past and tradition – while others pounced on the promise of the 20th century. With its emotional warmth, Rachmaninov’s The Bells belongs to the former category, while Stravinksky’s Le Sacre du printemps in its day pushed the boundaries of classical music. Simon Rattle conducts the works in an exciting juxtaposition.

    09/11/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Kolokola (The Bells) for vocal soloists, choir and orchestra, op. 35

      Luba Orgonášová Soprano, Dmitry Popov Tenor, Mikhail Petrenko Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Roi des étoiles

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

    • free

      Interview
      Interviews with Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey

    Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven, Haydn and Widmann

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    Gloom and exuberance – these emotional extremes are to be found in both Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 – one of the few orchestral works by the composer in a minor key – and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony with its famous Allegretto. Between these two classics, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker perform Jörg Widmann’s Flûte en suite, infused with Baroque charm, with Emmanuel Pahud as the soloist.

    23/09/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emmanuel Pahud

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 95 in C minor

    • Jörg Widmann
      Flûte en suite for flute and orchestra groups (European première)

      Emmanuel Pahud Flute

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

    • free

      Interview
      Jörg Widmann in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven, Haydn and Widmann Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Porgy and Bess”

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    A love story as poignant as any Puccini opera, immortal melodies plus pulsating, swinging “street life”: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is the perfect fusion of musical and dramatic depth and entertainment. In what the reviews called an “exceptional event beyond compare”, Simon Rattle conducted the work in September 2012 with a first-class ensemble of singers headed by Willard White and Latonia Moore.

    17/09/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Willard White, Latonia Moore

    • George Gershwin
      Porgy and Bess (concert performance)

      Sir Willard White Bass-Baritone (Porgy), Andrea Baker Soprano (Serena, His Wife), Howard Haskin Tenor (Sportin' Life), Latonia Moore Soprano (Bess), John Fulton Tenor (Robbins, A Young Fisherman), Lester Lynch Baritone (Crown), Angel Blue Soprano (Clara, His Wife), Rodney Clarke Baritone (Jake, Fisherman), Michael Redding Baritone (Jim), Tichina Vaughn Mezzo-Soprano (Maria), Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus (Residents of Catfish Row), Albert Horne Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Willard White in conversation with Sarah Willis

    • free

      Interview
      Behind the scenes of “Porgy and Bess”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Porgy and Bess” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Yefim Bronfman open the 2012/2013 season

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    In the words of one critic, the performance of Witold Lutoławski’s Third Symphony, with which Simon Rattle opened the season 2012/2013 was a “pleasure”. And in fact, this is a wonderful case of uncompromisingly modern music which at the same time excites with its atmosphere and vitality. The concert opens with Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with Yefim Bronfman who brings out both the powerful and the delicate sides of the work.

    24/08/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Yefim Bronfman

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

      Yefim Bronfman Piano

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Symphony No. 3

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Witold Lutosławski

    Simon Rattle and Yefim Bronfman open the 2012/2013 season Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre”

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    Die Walküre is undoubtedly the most popular part of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen – perhaps because the mighty gods here struggle with very human feelings. In 2012, Simon Rattle presented the work at the Philharmonie – full of “expressive power” and “overwhelmingly beautiful”, in the words of the critics. Also taking part are Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde, Terje Stensvold as Wotan, Christian Elsner as Siegmund and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde.

    27/05/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Elsner, Terje Stensvold, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Evelyn Herlitzius

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 1 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 2 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Act 3 (concert performance)

      Christian Elsner Tenor (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko Bass (Hunding), Terje Stensvold Bass (Wotan), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano (Brünnhilde), Lilli Paasikivi Mezzo-Soprano (Fricka), Susan Foster Soprano (Helmwige), Joanna Porackova Soprano (Gerhilde), Anna Gabler Soprano (Ortlinde), Julianne Young Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute), Heike Grötzinger Mezzo-Soprano (Siegrune), Anette Bod Mezzo-Soprano (Rossweisse), Eva Vogel Mezzo-Soprano (Grimgerde), Andrea Baker Mezzo-Soprano (Schwertleite)

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 1

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 2

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre” Go to concert
  • Dance project: “Carmen”

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    Few choreographers have had a greater influence on modern dance theatre than Sasha Waltz. All the greater then was the response to her interpretation of the Carmen story as part of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Dance Project in 2012. This Carmen, however, plays out on the streets of Berlin. The dancers in this performance conducted by Simon Rattle all came from Berlin schools and approached the theme in their very own way.

    26/05/2012
    Dance Project from the Arena, Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sasha Waltz

    • free

      Rodion Shchedrin
      Carmen Suite

      Sasha Waltz Choreographer

    Dance project: “Carmen” Go to concert
  • “Carmen” with Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Jonas Kaufmann

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    Probably no other opera contains so many “hits” as Carmen. Yet despite its popularity, there is always something new to be discovered in the work – which is also the case in this 2012 performance from the Philharmonie. Here, Simon Rattle presents Carmen not as an overblown grand opera, but brings out the many nuances of the score, its lightness and refinement. The main roles are sung by Magdalena Kožená and Jonas Kaufmann.

    21/04/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená, Jonas Kaufmann

    • Georges Bizet
      Carmen, reconstruction of the original version by Fritz Oeser (concert performance)

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann Tenor (Don José), Genia Kühmeier Soprano (Micaëla), Kostas Smoriginas Baritone (Escamillo), Christian van Horn Bass Bariton (Zuniga), Andrè Schuen Bass-Baritone (Moralès), Christina Landshamer Soprano (Frasquita), Rachel Frenkel Mezzo-Soprano (Mercédès), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Tenor (Remendado), Simone del Salvio Bariton (Dancaïro), Children’s choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Vinzenz Weissenburger Chorus Master, Eberhard Friedrich Chorus Master

    • Carmen (video with English and German subtitles)

    • free

      Interview
      “Carmen” at the Berlin Philharmonie

    “Carmen” with Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Jonas Kaufmann Go to concert
  • Murray Perahia and Simon Rattle with Schumann’s Piano Concerto

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    Murray Perahia is one of the great poets among pianists, as this performance of Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto reveals. Its qualities – melodic playing, gentle story-telling and Romantic rhapsodising – are brilliantly realised by Perahia. Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is a similarly sensitive work: a funeral mass of almost serene tranquillity. Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

    14/04/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Murray Perahia, Kate Royal, Christian Gerhaher, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Luciano Berio
      E vó for soprano and instruments

      Barbara Kind Soprano

    • Robert Schumann
      Nachtlied, op. 108

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Robert Schumann
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 54

      Murray Perahia Piano

    • Luciano Berio
      O King for mezzo-soprano and five players

      Kate Royal Soprano

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Messe de Requiem in D minor, op. 48 (1900 version)

      Kate Royal Soprano, Christian Gerhaher Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Murray Perahia on his thoughts and feelings about music

    Murray Perahia and Simon Rattle with Schumann’s Piano Concerto Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

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    It was a concert with Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony that inspired the 12-year-old Simon Rattle to become a conductor. Explaining his continued fascination with the work, Rattle said, “Mahler aimed to put the entire world into a symphony. And this world goes from the death rites of some hero through a memory of what life was in both its beauty and its horror and final redemption.” This recording documents a performance by Rattle from 2012.

    18/02/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Camilla Tilling, Bernarda Fink, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Hugo Wolf
      3 Choruses: Elfenlied · Der Feuerreiter · Frühlingschor

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Bernarda Fink Contralto, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony and his friendship with Hugo Wolf

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony Go to concert
  • Symphonic pictures with Sir Simon Rattle

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    In this concert, Simon Rattle guides us through a gallery of symphonic pictures: a delicate scene from antiquity in Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; colourful, fairy-tale illustrations in Dvořák’s Golden Spinning Wheel, and an Expressionist drama in Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. The concert closes in the portrait gallery with Elgar’s Enigma Variations, a series of highly original and affectionate portrayals of the composer’s friends.

    16/02/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

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

    • Antonín Dvořák
      The Golden Spinning-Wheel, op. 109

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op. 4 (1943 version for string orchestra)

    • Edward Elgar
      Enigma, Variations on an Original Theme, op. 36

    Symphonic pictures with Sir Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner

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    Although Anton Bruckner died while working on the finale of his Ninth Symphony, he left countless sketches behind. In 2012, Simon Rattle conducted the work in a fascinating reconstruction. The completed movement reveals many disturbing moments as well as Bruckner-like grandeur. But, as Simon Rattle says, “everything that is strange about this finale is 100% Bruckner. And one can see the terror and the fear and the passion which he was going through in his life at that time.”

    09/02/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor in the performing edition of the 4th movement completed from the manuscripts by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (1985-2008/revised 2010)

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner

    Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená with songs by Dvořák and Mahler

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    Delicate melancholy characterises this concert with Simon Rattle. Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sings songs by Dvořák and Mahler which find the greatest intensity of expression through concentration and restraint. The same applies to Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, which combines mourning with Baroque grace. A similar approach but with a more voluminous sound is to be found in Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony with its intense world-weariness.

    27/01/2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená, Olaf Maninger

    • Maurice Ravel
      Le Tombeau de Couperin

      Klaus Wallendorf Presentation

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Biblical Songs, op. 99

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Gustav Mahler
      Rückert-Lieder

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D 759 “Unfinished”

    • Luciano Berio
      Ritorno degli snovidenia for cello and 30 instruments

      Olaf Maninger Violoncello, Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Maurice Ravel
      Shéhérazade, song cycle after Tristan Klingsor

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • free

      Interview
      Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle in conversation and in rehearsal

    Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená with songs by Dvořák and Mahler Go to concert
  • The 2011 New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle and Evgeny Kissin

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    To mark the end of 2011 in the Berlin Philharmonie, Simon Rattle conducted dance music of a particularly discerning kind by Dvořák, Grieg, Ravel, Strauss, Stravinsky and Brahms. There was also a highlight for all piano fans: Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Evgeny Kissin – one of the great musical personalities of the present day who combines the sonority and soul of the old Russian piano school with taut vigour and intelligent shaping.

    31/12/2011
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Yevgeny Kissin

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in C major, op. 46 no. 1

    • Edvard Grieg
      Symphonic Dance in A major, op. 64 no. 2

    • Edvard Grieg
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 16

      Yevgeny Kissin Piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      Alborada del gracioso

    • Richard Strauss
      Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), suite

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in C major, op. 72 no. 7

    The 2011 New Year’s Eve Concert with Simon Rattle and Evgeny Kissin Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”

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    In December 2011, Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker brought their performance of all of Gustav Mahler’s major orchestral works to a close with Das Lied von der Erde. Mahler himself described it as “probably the most personal work I have written so far”. And indeed, Mahler, already terminally ill at the time of composition, eulogises here the departure from life with a sincerity that still moves us today.

    17/12/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Gerald Finley, Anne Sofie von Otter, Stuart Skelton

    • Leoš Janáček
      The Cunning Little Vixen: Final Scene

      Gerald Finley Bass-Baritone

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das Lied von der Erde

      Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo-Soprano, Stuart Skelton Tenor

    • free

      Interview
      Anne Sofie von Otter in conversation with Christoph Hartmann

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Andreas Buschatz

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    This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle is an irresistible combination of music and vocal acrobatics. In Györgi Ligeti’s Aventures, for example, three singers snort, cackle and babble their way through all human emotions imaginable. In contrast, Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel is based on the written word. However, the texts are jumbled together, resulting in intriguing art idioms: a wonderful nocturnal pleasure.

    10/12/2011
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sarah Sun, Andreas Buschatz

    • György Ligeti
      Aventures for three singers and seven instrumentalists

      Sarah Sun Soprano, Truike van der Poel Mezzo-Soprano, Guillermo Anzorena Baritone

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza VIII for violin

      Andreas Buschatz Violin

    • Unsuk Chin
      Akrostichon-Wortspiel for soprano and ensemble

      Sarah Sun Soprano

    • György Ligeti
      Nouvelles Aventures for three singers and seven instrumentalists

      Sarah Sun Soprano, Truike van der Poel Mezzo-Soprano, Guillermo Anzorena Baritone

    “Late Night” concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Andreas Buschatz Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner, Ravel and Hosokawa in Taiwan

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    In this guest apperance in Taiwan from November 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle demonstrate the full range of their qualities. Following colourful works by Maurice Ravel and Toshio Hosokawa, the concert culminates in a powerful performance of Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in which the full, velvety strings of the orchestra are able to unfold, as can the sonorous and brilliant sound of its wind section.

    19/11/2011
    From the National Concert Hall, Taipei

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stefan Dohr

    • Maurice Ravel
      Alborada del gracioso

    • Toshio Hosokawa
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra “Moment of Blossoming”

      Stefan Dohr Horn

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner, Ravel and Hosokawa in Taiwan Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in Taiwan

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    When Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker played in Taiwan in 2011, their concerts were seen not only in the auditorium of the National Concert Hall, but also at six public screenings. In addition to their performance of Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, this live recording also documents the moving encounter between the musicians and the audience at the public relays.

    18/11/2011
    From the National Concert Hall, Taipei

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 9

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in Taiwan Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

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    The Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle perform Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. Many regard this work as a kind of musical harbinger of death – partly because Mahler died a year after its completion, but principally because the character of the symphony is determined by disintegration and dissolution. One reviewer wrote that the orchestra was “rarely to be heard as well-balanced and dedicated” as in this concert.

    05/11/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Helmut Lachenmann
      Tableau for orchestra

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 9

    • free

      Interview
      Helmut Lachenmann in conversation with Catherine Milliken

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Olaf Ott

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    With this concert from 2011, Simon Rattle launched the Philharmoniker’s Late Night series. A nocturnal mood is created in particular by de Falla’s Impressionist vocal scene Psyché and Dallapiccola’s Piccola musica notturna – whose title means nothing other than “Little Night Music”. The two works by Luciano Berio, in contrast, the Sequenza V for solo trombone with Olaf Ott and the Folk Songs with Magdalena Kožená, are colourful and lively.

    29/10/2011
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená, Olaf Ott

    • Manuel de Falla
      Psyché for mezzo-soprano, flute, harp, violin, viola and cello

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luigi Dallapiccola
      Piccola musica notturna

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza V for trombone

      Olaf Ott Trombone

    • Luciano Berio
      Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and seven instruments

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    “Late Night” concert with Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Olaf Ott Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Weltethos” by Jonathan Harvey and Hans Küng

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    “There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions.” – This basic principle of the Swiss theologian Hans Küng also forms the basis of his libretto to the choral work Weltethos. The piece is set to music by Jonathan Harvey – in the words of Simon Rattle, “probably the most spiritual of our British composers”. Weltethos was given its premiere in this concert from October 2011 under the direction of Simon Rattle.

    15/10/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Dale Duesing, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Jonathan Harvey
      Weltethos for speaker, choir, children’s chorus and large orchestra.(première)

      Dale Duesing Speaker, Kinderchor des Händel-Gymnasiums Berlin, Jan Olberg Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master and Co-Conductor, Hans Küng Concept and text

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on the premiere of Weltethos by Jonathan Harvey

    Simon Rattle conducts “Weltethos” by Jonathan Harvey and Hans Küng Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand”

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    The choirs stretched into the audience galleries when Simon Rattle conducted a much applauded and cheered performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand in 2011. Even the premiere in 1910 attended by Siegfried Wagner, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, Bruno Walter, Stefan Zweig and Thomas Mann was the most triumphant success in the life of Mahler. And the composer himself felt the symphony to be “the grandest thing I have done yet”.

    18/09/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

    • Antonio Lotti
      Crucifixus in C minor for chorus of eight voices

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Thomas Tallis
      “Spem in alium”, 40-part motet

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”

      Erika Sunnegårdh Baritone, Susan Bullock Soprano, Anna Prohaska Soprano, Lilli Paasikivi Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Johan Botha Bass, David Wilson-Johnson Baritone, John Relyea Baritone, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Howard Arman Chorus Master, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mahlers Symphony No. 8

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle opens the 2011/12 season with Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

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    With this “unrelentingly brilliant” (Berliner Morgenpost) performance of Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, Simon Rattle opened the Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season. The most striking movement of the work is undoubtedly the overwhelming, celebratory finale. More nuanced, on the other hand, are the middle movements which conjure up a unique nocturnal atmosphere, full of poetry and nature, with a ghostly scherzo at its centre.

    26/08/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

    • free

      Interview
      The Berliner Philharmoniker prepare for the 2011/12 season

    Simon Rattle opens the 2011/12 season with Mahler’s Seventh Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

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    “A more awake, sharp, or meaningful Mahler is unlikely to be found at the moment,” was one critic’s view of this 2011 performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with Simon Rattle. This work certainly gives orchestras the opportunity to show their full potential. Mahler breaks new ground in orchestration, for example in the finale with its legendary hammer blows. But also in terms of intensity of expression, Mahler demands everything from his interpreters.

    02/06/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra, op. 6

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • European Concert 2011 from Madrid with Simon Rattle and Cañizares

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    In this 2011 European Concert from the Teatro Real in Madrid, Simon Rattle generates a lot of Spanish heat with works including Emmanuel Chabrier’s exuberant rhapsody España and Joaquín Rodrigo’s world famous Concierto de Aranjuez with the flamenco virtuoso Cañizares as the soloist. In an appealing contrast to these works, we also hear Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, a piece full of Slavonic melancholy and an entrancingly wistful Adagio movement.

    01/05/2011
    European Concert from Madrid

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Cañizares

    • Emmanuel Chabrier
      España

    • Joaquin Rodrigo
      Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra

      Cañizares Guitar

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

    European Concert 2011 from Madrid with Simon Rattle and Cañizares Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

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    Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony owes its popularity to its Adagietto, a movement full of tenderness, dreaming and hopeful longing. Yet it is easy to overlook the many facets of the other movements: the vehemence of the second and third movements, and the exuberant high spirits of the finale. The press described this performance from 2011 with Simon Rattle simply as “breath-taking” and “deeply moving”.

    07/04/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Henry Purcell
      Funeral Music for Queen Mary

      RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 2)

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony Go to concert
  • UNICEF concert for Japan with Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim

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    Both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Staatskapelle Berlin have been regular guests in Japan for many years. Following the devastating earthquake and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in March 2011, the two orchestras gave a joint UNICEF benefit concert for the victims a few weeks later, with Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim conducting a programme of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony.

    29/03/2011
    UNICEF concert for Japan

    Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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

      Daniel Barenboim Conductor, Staatskapelle Berlin

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

      Berliner Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Schneider (UNICEF Germany) in conversation with Andreas Wittmann

    UNICEF concert for Japan with Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Salome”

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    The oppressive, dark eroticism of Richard Strauss’s Salome has always delighted and disturbed opera fans. Often the wealth of nuance contained in the opera, from the finely balanced orchestration to the multifaceted character of the eponymous heroine is overshadowed. A masterpiece of atmospheric and dramatic intensity, Simon Rattle presented the work in the Philharmonie in 2011. The title role was sung by Emily Magee.

    28/03/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stig Andersen, Hanna Schwarz, Emily Magee, Iain Paterson, Pavol Breslik

    • Richard Strauss
      Salome (concert performance)

      Stig Andersen Tenor (Herod), Hanna Schwarz Mezzo-Soprano (Herodias), Emily Magee Soprano (Salome), Iain Paterson Bass Baritone (Jochanaan), Pavol Breslik Tenor (Narraboth), Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano (Page), Burkhard Ulrich Tenor (First Jew), Bernhard Berchtold Tenor (Second Jew), Timothy Robinson Tenor (Third Jew), Marcel Beekman Tenor (Fourth Jew), Richard Wiegold Bass (Fifth Jew), Reinhard Hagen Bass (First Nazarene), Andrè Schuen Bass Baritone (Second Nazarene, Cappadocian), Gábor Bretz Bass (First Soldier), Wilhelm Schwinghammer Bass (Second Soldier)

    Simon Rattle conducts “Salome” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

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    The sound of sleigh-bells at the beginning make it clear from the outset: Mahler's Fourth Symphony does not want to show off, but to take us to a magical kingdom. Mahler himself said, “It is the serenity of a higher, unknown world”, which, as he adds, “holds something gruesome and ghastly for us”. In this recording from 2011, Simon Rattle combined the work with Stravinsky's graceful ballet music Apollon musagète. The soloist is Christine Schäfer.

    18/02/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christine Schäfer

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Apollon musagète, ballet in two tableaux (revised 1947 version)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Christine Schäfer Soprano

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 1)

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Haydn, Schubert and Hosokawa

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    With Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 and Schubert’s Great C major Symphony, we can follow the both tonally beautiful yet dramatic path from the First Viennese School to Romanticism. Toshio Hosokawa’s Horn Concerto, on the other hand – given its premiere here – is a work of our time. However, it is still infused with delicate echos of Romantic music. Sir Simon Rattle conducts this recording from 2011 with Stefan Dohr as the horn soloist.

    12/02/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stefan Dohr

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 99 in E flat major

    • Toshio Hosokawa
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra “Moment of Blossoming”

      Stefan Dohr Horn

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 8 in C major, D 944 “The Great”

    • free

      Interview
      Toshio Hosokawa on his career and the images in his music

    • free

      Interview
      Stefan Dohr on Toshio Hosokawa and his Horn Concerto

    Simon Rattle conducts Haydn, Schubert and Hosokawa Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

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    "To me, a symphony means constructing a world with all the technical means at one’s disposal." – no other work illustrates this quote by Mahler more impressively than his Third Symphony. Raw power and lyrical simplicity, scenes of nature and an orchestral final chorus of ethereal beauty all add up to a multifarious yet coherent whole. In 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle performed the symphony for the first time together.

    05/02/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Nathalie Stutzmann

    • Johannes Brahms
      “Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang”, op. 17 no. 1

      Damen des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Hugo Wolf
      Elfenlied

      Anke Herrmann Soprano, Damen des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Damen des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Fauré

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    Robert Schumann wrote his Second Symphony while suffering mental health problems. And – according to the composer – “It seems to me that one can hear this in the music.” In 2011, Simon Rattle conducted this work alongside Gabriel Fauré’s tone poem Pelléas et Mélisande which wins audiences over with its warm fairytale-like tone. For the press, this concert showed “that no other conductor exploits the potential of this orchestra with more imagination”.

    21/01/2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Pelléas et Mélisande, orchestra suite, op. 80

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61

    Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Fauré Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Rachmaninov

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    Mahler was only in his mid-twenties when he wrote his First Symphony, which makes the masterful way in which he employs such vast orchestral forces all the more surprising. The second work of this concert with Simon Rattle contrasts this expression of freshness and new departures: the Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninov: the composer’s final work, in which he – while in exile in America – invokes the musical language of his Russian homeland.

    05/11/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

    • free

      Interview
      An introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

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    In 1973, a student at the London Academy of Music persuaded his fellow students to perform Mahler’s Second Symphony under his direction. The acclaimed concert drew attention to the young conductor for the first time: Simon Rattle. In this recording from 2010, Rattle performs the work with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme also includes Schoenberg’s harrowing melodrama A Survivor from Warsaw.

    30/10/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Kate Royal, Magdalena Kožená

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      A Survivor from Warsaw, op. 46

      Hanns Zischler Speaker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Kate Royal Soprano, Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      An introduction by Simon Halsey

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky and Berio

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    Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is perhaps the most charming fusion of Baroque music and classical Modernism. Following this performance with Simon Rattle, one critic wrote that the conductor was “in his element, working with virtuosity as the Russian sharpens rhythms and raises energy levels”. Luciano Berio’s Coro, where the new and the old are also brought together – if in a totally different way, forms an ingenious contrast.

    12/09/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Luciano Berio
      Coro for 40 voices and instruments

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, James Wood Chorus Master

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Pulcinella, ballet

      Stella Doufexis Mezzo-Soprano, Burkhard Ulrich Tenor, Ildebrando d'Arcangelo Bass

    • free

      Interview
      Winrich Hopp in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky and Berio Go to concert
  • The Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle and Karita Mattila at the “Proms”

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    “Britain’s favourite musical son was back where he belonged,” was how The Independent described the three concerts given by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at the BBC “Proms” in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2010. The intriguing programme ranged from the voluptuous sounds of late Romanticism to the pioneering expressiveness of the Schoenberg school. The soloist in Richard Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder was Karita Mattila.

    04/09/2010
    From the Royal Albert Hall, London

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Karita Mattila

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

    • Richard Strauss
      Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)

      Karita Mattila Soprano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Five Pieces for orchestra, op. 16 (original version for large orchestra from 1909)

    • Anton Webern
      Six Pieces for orchestra, op. 6b (revised 1928 version)

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra, op. 6

    • free

      Interview
      Intermission documentary: “Schoenberg and his circle”

    The Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle and Karita Mattila at the “Proms” Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Beethoven

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    With this performance of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony from 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle started a performance of all of the composer’s symphonies, marking both the 150th anniversary of Mahler’s birthday on 7 July 2010 and the 100th of his death on 18 May 2011. What is of particular interest in this cycle, is that each Mahler symphony is paired with another major work – in this case, Beethoven’s Fourth.

    27/08/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, op. 60

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle introduces Beethoven's Symphony No. 4

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle introduces Mahler's Symphony No. 1

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Dance Project: Swing Symphony

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    They are now regular highlights of the Berliner Philharmoniker season – but still always fresh and surprising: the dance projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. For 2010, the orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle came up with something very special: a joint performance with the legendary trumpet player Wynton Marsalis.

    13/06/2010
    Dance Project from the Arena, Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Rhys Martin

    • free

      Wynton Marsalis
      Swing Symphony

      Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Rhys Martin Choreographer

    Dance Project: Swing Symphony Go to concert
  • Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5–7 / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle finishes his “grandiose Sibelius cycle” (Der Tagesspiegel) with Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

    22/05/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, op. 82

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 6 in D minor, op. 104 · Symphony No. 7 in C major, op. 105

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Harri Kuusisaari

    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 5–7 / Rattle Go to concert
  • Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

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    The critics’ reviews of this St Matthew Passion in the Philharmonie were full of superlatives. The radio station RBB Kultur considered it to be “a moment of glory for Rattle! And one of the best evenings with the Philharmoniker for years.« Media praise didn’t stop at the Berliner Philharmoniker and their principal conductor but extended to what is called the “ritualization” by American star director Peter Sellars.

    11/04/2010

    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

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

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Simon Halsey

    Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Beethoven cycle 4 / Uchida · Rattle

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    The Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and Mitsuko Uchida give a concert for the benefit of UNICEF’s emergency assistance for children in Haiti.

    20/02/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida

    • György Ligeti
      San Francisco Polyphony

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, op. 58

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

    • free

      Interview
      The Berliner Philharmoniker support UNICEF's Haiti emergency assistance – a round table discussion

    Beethoven cycle 4 / Uchida · Rattle Go to concert
  • Beethoven cycle 3 / Uchida · Rattle

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    In his Fifth Piano Concerto we experience Beethoven’s perhaps most pugnacious side. This evening, the piece is performed by Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle.

    14/02/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida

    • György Kurtág
      Grabstein für Stephan, op. 15c

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

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • free

      Interview
      “It's a Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Piano Concertos Part II

    Beethoven cycle 3 / Uchida · Rattle Go to concert
  • Beethoven cycle 2 / Uchida · Rattle

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    This evening, Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle interpret two of Beethoven’s piano concertos: No. 2 and No. 3. Also included in this concert, Sibelius’s Third Symphony, performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker for the very first time.

    10/02/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

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

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

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • free

      Interview
      “A Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Concertos Part I

    Beethoven cycle 2 / Uchida · Rattle Go to concert
  • Beethoven cycle 1 / Uchida · Rattle

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    The opening evening of the Beethoven piano concerto cycle: Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle perform the complete piano concertos by this great classical composer. This evening: Piano Concerto No. 1.

    04/02/2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida, Barbara Hannigan

    • György Ligeti
      Atmosphères

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

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • György Ligeti
      Mysteries of the Macabre (version for coloratura soprano and orchestra)

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39

    • free

      Interview
      Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Gerhard Forck

    Beethoven cycle 1 / Uchida · Rattle Go to concert
  • Schoenberg · Brahms / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle presents Schoenberg’s sensuous side: in the monodrama Erwartung, in the oppressive Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene and in his effusive adaptation of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1.

    07/11/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Evelyn Herlitzius

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene (Accompaniment to a Film Scene), op. 34

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Erwartung (Expectation), monodrama, op. 17

      Evelyn Herlitzius Soprano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schönberg)

    • free

      Interview
      John Carewe talking about Schoenberg's “Erwartung” (Expectation)

    Schoenberg · Brahms / Rattle Go to concert
  • Schoenberg · Brahms · Krása / Rattle

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    The Berliner Philharmoniker und Sir Simon Rattle present two works from their forthcoming USA tour: Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1.

    31/10/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Eva Vogel

    • Hans Krása
      Symphony for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra

      Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Eva Vogel Contralto

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major (version for large orchestra, op. 9b)

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

    Schoenberg · Brahms · Krása / Rattle Go to concert
  • Schostakowitsch 4 / Rattle

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    The centrepiece of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4. The Berliner Philharmoniker also play works by Alban Berg and Paul Dessau.

    13/09/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Angela Denoke, Lars Vogt

    • Alban Berg
      Lulu Suite: Adagio

      Angela Denoke Soprano

    • Paul Dessau
      Les Voix for soprano, piano and orchestra

      Lars Vogt Piano, Angela Denoke Soprano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 4 in C minor, op. 43

    • free

      Interview
      Angela Denoke and Lars Vogt in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    Schostakowitsch 4 / Rattle Go to concert
  • Haydn: The Seasons / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons, with soloists Christiane Oelze, John Mark Ainsley and Thomas Quasthoff.

    09/09/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christiane Oelze, John Mark Ainsley, Thomas Quasthoff

    • Joseph Haydn
      The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3

      Christiane Oelze Soprano, John Mark Ainsley Tenor, Thomas Quasthoff Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey talking about Haydn's “The Seasons”

    Haydn: The Seasons / Rattle Go to concert
  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Rattle

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    A gala concert to open a new season with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and a première by Kaija Saariaho.

    28/08/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Benjamin Britten
      The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34

    • Kaija Saariaho
      Laterna Magica (première)

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Claus Spahn

    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Rattle Go to concert
  • Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung

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    Live from the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence: Richard Wagner's Ring der Nibelungen

    03/07/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Ben Heppner, Katarina Dalayman, Anne Sofie von Otter

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 1

      Ben Heppner Siegfried, Gerd Grochowski Gunther, Dale Duesing Alberich, Mikhail Petrenko Hagen, Katarina Dalayman Brünnhilde, Emma Vetter Gutrune, Anne Sofie von Otter Waltraute, Maria Radner First Norn, Lilli Paasikivi Second Norn, Miranda Keys Third Norn, Anna Siminska Woglinde, Eva Vogel Wellgunde, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Thibault Vancraenenbroeck Costumes, Marion Hewlett Lighting, Stéphane Braunschweig Stage Director and Set Design

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 2

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Act 3

    Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Russian rhythms” at the Waldbühne

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    In 2009, like every year, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle ended their season with an open-air concert at the Waldbühne. With the theme of “Russian rhythms”, wintry sounds from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker contrasted with the summer atmosphere. Yefim Bronfman gave a resounding interpretation of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, before Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps brought the evening to a vigorous close.

    21/06/2009
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op. 71: Excerpts

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor, op. 30

      Yefim Bronfman Piano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op. 71: Pas de deux (Intrada)

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Simon Rattle conducts “Russian rhythms” at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • Matthus · Wagner / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle conducts excerpts from "Götterdämmerung" with Katarina Dalayman as Brünnhilde and a world premiere by Siegfried Matthus. .

    28/05/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Katarina Dalayman

    • Siegfried Matthus
      Concerto for Five for wind quintet and orchestra (première)

      Andreas Blau Flöte, Radek Baborák Horn, Wenzel Fuchs Clarinet, Albrecht Mayer Oboe, Stefan Schweigert Bassoon

    • free

      Arie Malando
      Ole Guapa

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Excerpts from Acts 1 and 3

      Katarina Dalayman Soprano (Brünnhilde), Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano (Waltraute)

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      Interview
      Siegfried Matthus in conversation with Tobias Möller (in German only)

    Matthus · Wagner / Rattle Go to concert
  • Schumann · Zimmermann / Uchida · Rattle

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    Schumann's Piano Concerto featuring Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle

    13/02/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Mitsuko Uchida

    • Robert Schumann
      Concert Piece for four horns and large orchestra in F major, op. 86

      Stefan Dohr Horn, Radek Baborák Horn, Stefan de Leval Jezierski Horn, Sarah Willis Horn

    • Robert Schumann
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 54

      Mitsuko Uchida Piano

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Symphony in one movement (second version from 1953)

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120 (first version from 1841)

    • free

      Interview
      Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Schumann · Zimmermann / Uchida · Rattle Go to concert
  • Schumann: Das Paradies und ... / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann – with a high class vocal ensemble at his side

    08/02/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sally Matthews, Kate Royal, Bernarda Fink, Andrew Staples, Topi Lehtipuu, Christian Gerhaher

    • Robert Schumann
      Paradise and the Peri, op.50

      Sally Matthews Soprano, Kate Royal Soprano, Bernarda Fink Contralto, Andrew Staples Tenor, Topi Lehtipuu Tenor, Christian Gerhaher Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey talks about Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”

    Schumann: Das Paradies und ... / Rattle Go to concert
  • Brahms · Dvořák / Rattle

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    Live concert celebrating the launch of the Digital Concert Hall

    06/01/2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dance in G minor, op.46 no. 8

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

    Brahms · Dvořák / Rattle Go to concert
  • Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 + 4 / Rattle

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    In the 2008/2009 season, Sir Simon Rattle conducted an acclaimed Brahms cycle. This concert contains two of the symphonies: No. 3 and No. 4.

    14/11/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

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

    Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 + 4 / Rattle Go to concert
  • Brahms / Vogt · Rattle

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    This evening is a highlight for all Brahms fans. Sir Simon Rattle conducts his Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor with Lars Vogt as soloist, and his Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

    08/11/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Lars Vogt

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Lars Vogt Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

    Brahms / Vogt · Rattle Go to concert
  • Haydn 92 · Brahms 1 / Rattle

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    Hardly any other conductor of our time has championed the works of Haydn more vehemently than Sir Simon Rattle. In this concert he conducts his “Oxford” Symphony and Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony.

    01/11/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 92 in G major “Oxford”

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68

    Haydn 92 · Brahms 1 / Rattle Go to concert
  • Ravel: L’Enfant et les ... / Rattle

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    Discover Ravel’s most charming side! Sir Simon Rattle conducts the magical children’s opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges with a top-class ensemble of singers and the ballet music Ma Mère l’Oye.

    27/09/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l’Oye, ballet

    • Maurice Ravel
      L’Enfant et les sortilèges, opera in one act

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano, Annick Massis Soprano, Mojca Erdmann Soprano, Sophie Koch Mezzo-Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Tenor, François Le Roux Baritone, José van Dam Bariton, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    Ravel: L’Enfant et les ... / Rattle Go to concert
  • Bruckner Symphony No. 9 / Rattle

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    Sir Simon Rattle conducts what is probably Anton Bruckner’s most personal work, his Ninth Symphony, which he dedicated “To God the Beloved.” The concert begins with a small treasure: Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony.

    15/09/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Franz Schreker
      Chamber Symphony

      Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor

    Bruckner Symphony No. 9 / Rattle Go to concert
  • Messiaen · Wagner / Rattle

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    An evening with excerpts from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and one of the most powerful sounding works of the 20th century: Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    11/09/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tristan Murail

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act 1 and Liebestod

    • Olivier Messiaen
      Turangalîla-Symphonie for piano, ondes martenot and large orchestra

      Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano, Tristan Murail Ondes Martenot

    Messiaen · Wagner / Rattle Go to concert
  • Brahms 3 · Shostakovich 10 / Rattle

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    Opening concert of the 2008/2009 season with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Sir Simon Rattle conducts Johannes Brahms’ Third Symphony and the Tenth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich.

    29/08/2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op. 93

    Brahms 3 · Shostakovich 10 / Rattle Go to concert
  • European Concert 2008 from Moscow

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    In May 2008, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle gave their annual European Concert at the legendary Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. The programme included Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Vadim Repin, as well as symphonic works by Beethoven and Stravinsky.

    01/05/2008
    European Concert from Moscow

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in Three Movements

    • Max Bruch
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, op. 26

      Vadim Repin Violin

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

    European Concert 2008 from Moscow Go to concert
  • Dance project: Surrogate Cities

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    The city, with its vibrant energy and its dangers, has always fascinated artists of all disciplines. One of the most exciting musical representations on this theme is Heiner Goebbels’s 1994 piece Surrogate Cities. In February 2008, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle presented this composition as a multifaceted dance project.

    03/02/2008
    Dance Project from the Arena, Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    David Moss, Jocelyn B. Smith, Mathilde Monnier

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      Heiner Goebbels
      Surrogate Cities for big orchestra, speaker, mezzo-soprano and sampler

      David Moss Vocals, Jocelyn B. Smith Vocals, Children, Youths, Adults and Seniors from Berlin and Potsdam, Benjamin Kobler Sample, Mathilde Monnier Choreographer

    Dance project: Surrogate Cities Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2007 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    To usher in the New Year, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker chose some of the best-known orchestral works by Alexander Borodin and Modest Mussorgsky for their New Year’s Eve Concert in 2007, including the famous Pictures at an Exhibition.

    31/12/2007
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Alexander Borodin
      Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

    • Alexander Borodin
      Symphony No. 2 in B minor

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      Khovanshchina, opera: Prelude

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      The Golden Age, ballet suite, op. 22a: Dance

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2007 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Waldbühne 2007: Rhapsodies

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    The rhapsody is a very special musical genre: its main principle being its lack of principles – unbound by any formal requirements, a composer can indulge himself, dream away, and be as poetic as he pleases. Three years ago, 20,000 Berliner Philharmoniker fans were there to see Sir Simon Rattle conduct some of the best examples of the genre at the Berlin Waldbühne.

    17/06/2007
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stephen Hough, Wenzel Fuchs

    • Emmanuel Chabrier
      España

    • Frederick Delius
      Brigg Fair, an English Rhapsody

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra, op. 43

      Stephen Hough Piano

    • Federico Mompou
      Jeunes Filles au Jardin

      Stephen Hough Piano

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Rhapsody in D major, op. 45 no. 1

    • Claude Debussy
      Première Rapsodie for clarinet and orchestra

      Wenzel Fuchs Clarinet

    • George Enescu
      Romanian Rhapsody in A major, op. 11 no. 1

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      The Love for Three Oranges: The Prince and the Princess

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      The Love for Three Oranges: March

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Waldbühne 2007: Rhapsodies Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts the 2007 European Concert

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    The backdrop for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2007 European Concert was the hugely impressive Oberspree Cable Works, one of Berlin’s most important industrial monuments of the late 19th century. The works on the programme were pieces by Wagner and Brahms dating from the early years of the orchestra.

    01/05/2007
    European Concert from Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Truls Mørk, Lisa Batiashvili

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 102

      Truls Mørk Cello, Lisa Batiashvili Violin

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

    Simon Rattle conducts the 2007 European Concert Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts a Mozart Gala at the 2005 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    The 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth fell on 27 January 2006. In order to pre-empt the occasion Sir Simon Rattle had prepared an all-Mozart programme for the New Year’s Eve Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker on 31 December 2005. He and his orchestra were aided and abetted by a team of internationally acclaimed vocal soloists and by the American star pianist Emanuel Ax.

    31/12/2005
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax, Christiane Oelze, Magdalena Kožená, Camilla Nylund, John Relyea, Gerald Finley

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Overture

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

      Emanuel Ax Klavier

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague”

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492: Finale

      Christiane Oelze Soprano (Susanna), Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-soprano (Cherubino), Camilla Nylund Soprano (Countess Almaviva), John Relyea Baritone (Figaro), Burkhard Ulrich Bass (Basilio), Gerald Finley Baritone (Count Almaviva), Gerald Finley Baritone (Count Almaviva), Konstantin Wolff

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Ave verum corpus, K. 618

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts a Mozart Gala at the 2005 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Katia and Marielle Labèque at the Berlin Waldbühne

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    To end the 2004/05 concert season the Berliner Philharmoniker gave their traditional open-air concert at the city’s Waldbühne. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the varied programme was made up of works by French composers. And in order to ensure the greatest possible authenticity, the orchestra had invited the sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque to join them.

    26/06/2005
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Katia and Marielle Labèque

    • Hector Berlioz
      Le Carnaval romain, Ouverture caractéristique, op. 9

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

    • Paul Dukas
      L’Apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)

    • Francis Poulenc
      Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor

      Katia and Marielle Labèque Piano

    • Camille Saint-Saëns
      Le Carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)

      Katia and Marielle Labèque Piano

    • Maurice Ravel
      Boléro

    • Erik Satie
      Gymnopédie No. 1

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2: Danse générale

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Simon Rattle and Katia and Marielle Labèque at the Berlin Waldbühne Go to concert
  • The 2005 European Concert in Budapest

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    On 1 May 2005, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle gave their 15th Europa Concert at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest. As a homage to the host nation, the programme featured Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto performed by the Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The second half of the concert comprised Stravinsky’s The Firebird, a no less spectacular orchestral piece.

    01/05/2005
    European Concert in Budapest

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Leonidas Kavakos

    • Hector Berlioz
      Le Corsaire, overture, op. 21

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112

      Leonidas Kavakos Violine

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird, complete ballet

    The 2005 European Concert in Budapest Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts “Carmina Burana”

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    What could be more obvious than to ring in a new year with an appeal to the goddess Fortuna? And this is precisely what happened at the New Year’s Eve Concert on 31 December 2004, when Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana – a bright musical panorama whose verve and range of colour have turned this into one of the most frequently performed works of the 20th century.

    31/12/2004
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Leonora Overture No. 3 in C major, op. 72a

    • Carl Orff
      Carmina burana

      Sally Matthews Sopran, Lawrence Brownlee Tenor, Christian Gerhaher Baß, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

    • George Frideric Handel
      Messiah: “Halleluja”

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts “Carmina Burana” Go to concert
  • The 2004 European Concert from Athens

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    Not for the first time, this Europa Concert in Athens involved Daniel Barenboim, who has been closely associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1964. This, however, was the first time he had appeared in the same concert as Sir Simon Rattle. On the programme was Brahms’ First Piano Concerto and First Piano Quartet, the latter in an orchestral arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg.

    01/05/2004
    European Concert from Athens

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Daniel Barenboim Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schönberg)

    The 2004 European Concert from Athens Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle and Dianne Reeves at the 2003 New Year’s Eve Concert

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    The fact that the music of Ravel and Gershwin can effortlessly coexist was made abundantly clear by a direct juxtaposition of them at the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve Concert in 2003 with Simon Rattle conducting. Gershwin’s songs were thrillingly interpreted by the fabulous jazz diva Dianne Reeves.

    31/12/2003
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Pavane, op. 50

    • George Gershwin
      By Strauss · How Long Has This Been Going On · Nice Work If You Can Get It

      Peter Martin Piano, Dianne Reeves Vocals, Gregory Hutchinson Drums, Reuben Rogers Double Bass

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Valse, Poème chorégraphique for orchestra

    • George Gershwin
      Embraceable You · ’S Wonderful · A Foggy Day

      Peter Martin Piano, Dianne Reeves Vocals, Gregory Hutchinson Drums, Reuben Rogers Double Bass

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

    Sir Simon Rattle and Dianne Reeves at the 2003 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Dance Project: “Le Sacre du printemps”

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    It marked the launch of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s highly acclaimed education programme: Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, danced by over 250 young people between the ages of 8 and 22, with the music provided by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. With a team led by the English choreographer Royston Maldoom, the rehearsals were documented in the film Rhythm Is It! by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch – an international, multi award-winning success in cinemas.

    28/01/2003
    Dance Project from the Arena, Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Royston Maldoom

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

      Royston Maldoom Choreographer

    Dance Project: “Le Sacre du printemps” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle rehearses “Le Sacre du Printemps”

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    Sir Simon Rattle once described Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps as “prehistoric jazz”. The archaic and the modern do indeed come together in this composition, written as a ballet score, but long established in the concert hall as symphonic music. The action of the ballet takes place in “prehistoric” times: various tribes gather to select a sacrifice for the upcoming spring. In the end, a young girl dances herself ecstatically to death. The elemental power – even violence – of the subject is clear in Stravinsky’s music in moments in which the entire orchestra seems to transform itself into a single rhythm machine. There are also subtle uses of Russian folk tunes which bear no resemblance to cosy folklore. Polytonal and polyrhythmic passages in which different harmonic or time structures are layered on top of each other are particularly trendsetting. The Sacre is a unique document of early musical modernism mainly because it freed rhythm from the corset of regular measures with a symmetrical beat. Its shocking modernity remains to this day.

    27/01/2003

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

    Simon Rattle rehearses “Le Sacre du Printemps” Go to concert
  • The 2002 New Year’s Eve Concert with Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town”

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    When he conducted his first New Year’s Eve Concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle delighted his audience with Bernstein’s musical Wonderful Town featuring dance music of the finest kind performed by soloists with experience of Broadway.

    31/12/2002
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Candide: Overture

    • George Gershwin
      Porgy and Bess: “My man’s gone now”

      Wayne Marshall Piano, Audra McDonald Vocalist

    • George Gershwin
      “Ask me again”

      Wayne Marshall Piano, Audra McDonald Vocalist

    • George Gershwin
      Fascinating Rhythm

      Wayne Marshall Piano, Audra McDonald Vocalist

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Wonderful Town: Excerpts

      Audra McDonald Vocalist, Kim Criswell Vocalist, Brent Barrett Vocalist, Michael Dore Vocalist, Timothy Robinson Tenor, Thomas Hampson Baritone, Karl Daymond Baritone, Wayne Marshall Piano, Ian Wood Trumpet, Andreas van Zoelen Saxophone, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Candace Allen Choreography, European Voices, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    The 2002 New Year’s Eve Concert with Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle’s inaugural concert from 2002

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    In 1999, by a large majority, the Berliner Philharmoniker chose Sir Simon Rattle to succeed Claudio Abbado as their chief conductor and artistic director. With this brilliant inaugural concert in September 2002, their three-year pre-nuptial engagement came to a spectacular end.

    07/09/2002
    Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Thomas Adès
      Asyla, op. 17

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major

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  • Simon Rattle’s Berlin concert from 1993

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    It was in 1987, when he was still only thirty-two, that Sir Simon Rattle made his début with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Six years later he returned for the present concert with Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique – the first visual and acoustic record of the orchestra’s work with the man who was to become their principal conductor.

    08/11/1993

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Les Boréades, ballet suite

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

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