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11 concert with Zubin Mehta

  • Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    One of his last appearances as Federal President of Germany brought Joachim Gauck to the Berliner Philharmoniker – as the host of a benefit concert for UNICEF. Two world stars accepted his invitation: Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. The programme featured Tchaikovsky’s late-Romantically agitated Fifth Symphony and Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which is characterised by its at once emotional and modern tonal language.

    12 Mar 2017
    Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany in aid of UNICEF

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Pinchas Zukerman

    • National Anthem of Germany · Speeches by Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck and Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller

    • Edward Elgar
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, op. 61

      Pinchas Zukerman Violin

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

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      Interview
      Pinchas Zukerman in conversation with Aleksandar Ivić

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      Interview
      The concerts of the German Federal President – A success story since 1988

    Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance from 2017 is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

    05 Mar 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Anoushka Shankar

    • Ravi Shankar
      Concerto for sitar and orchestra No. 2 “Raga-Mala”

      Anoushka Shankar Sitar

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

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      Interview
      Anoushka Shankar in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Saint-Saëns’s “Organ Symphony”

    Zubin Mehta conducts Saint-Saëns’s “Organ Symphony”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    There’s a lot to admire in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony: this original work is extremely multi-faceted – on the one hand gossamery and delicate, on the other festively roaring in its organ finale. Like the symphony, the other works of this evening with Zubin Mehta are steeped in late Romantic rapture: the Intermezzo from Franz Schmidt’s opera Notre Dame and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto with Gil Shaham as the soloist.

    26 Sep 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Gil Shaham

    • Franz Schmidt
      Notre Dame, opera: Intermezzo

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

      Gil Shaham Violin

    • Camille Saint-Saëns
      Symphony No. 3 in C minor, op. 78 “Organ Symphony”

      Thierry Escaich Organ

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      Interview
      Gil Shaham in conversation with Julia Gartemann

    Zubin Mehta conducts Saint-Saëns’s “Organ Symphony” Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Rudolf Buchbinder with Beethoven and Strauss

    Zubin Mehta and Rudolf Buchbinder with Beethoven and Strauss

    This concert, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, was dedicated to the memory of Cladio Abbado who had died a few days before on 20 January 2014. A minute’s silence was followed by an addition to the programme, the Adagietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. The evening continued with Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Rudolph Buchbinder as the soloist, and other works by Mahler, Webern and Strauss.

    25 Jan 2014
    In memory of Claudio Abbado

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5: Adagietto

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

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

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

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

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      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Martin Stegner

    Zubin Mehta and Rudolf Buchbinder with Beethoven and Strauss Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9

    Anton Bruckner dedicated his last symphony “to God the Beloved”. Yet here he not only created a valedictory work, but ventured into new, modern harmonic spheres. In this concert from February 2014, conductor Zubin Mehta couples the symphony with George Crumb’s song cycle Ancient Voices of Children, which likewise looks towards the transcendent, but from the perspective of the 20th century.

    18 Jan 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Marlis Petersen

    • George Crumb
      Ancient Voices of Children, A Cycle of Songs on Texts by Federico García Lorca for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano and chamber ensemble

      Marlis Petersen Soprano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 in D minor

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      Interview
      Marlis Petersen in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Like many of his contemporaries, Hugo Wolf was also overwhelmed when Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was premiered in 1892: “This symphony is the creation of a giant and surpasses all the master’s other symphonies in spiritual dimension, richness and greatness.” In this concert from March 2012, Zubin Mehta conducts the work unhurriedly and without stiffness, with a free, powerful sound and airy spaciousness.

    17 Mar 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (1890 version)

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      Interview
      Zubin Mehta on Bruckner’s Eighth: an introduction to the work with excerpts from rehearsals

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Anniversary concert with Zubin Mehta and Mahler’s First Symphony

    Anniversary concert with Zubin Mehta and Mahler’s First Symphony

    A fascinating idea for an impressive anniversary: In 2011, 50 years after his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta presented the same programme he conducted for his first guest appearance. The main work is Mahler’s First Symphony, including the rarely performed, emotional Blumine movement. Together with soloist Johannes Moser, Mehta also performs Schumann’s Cello Concerto, whose appeal lies in its sensitive narrative tone.

    02 Oct 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Johannes Moser

    • Gottfried von Einem
      Orchestermusik, op. 9

    • Robert Schumann
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 129

      Johannes Moser Cello

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

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      Interview
      Johannes Moser in conversation with Walter Küssner

    Anniversary concert with Zubin Mehta and Mahler’s First Symphony Go to concert
  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos and Zubin Mehta

    Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos and Zubin Mehta

    The legendary violin professor Josef Gingold did not believe his ears the first time he heard a recording by Leonidas Kavakos. He could hardly imagine anyone being able to play so quickly and so perfectly without there being some sort of technical trickery used in the recording. However, for the Greek violinist, truthfulness of expression now takes precedence over virtuosity, as this performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concert shows. Zubin Mehta also conducts works by Schubert and Bartók.

    06 Dec 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Leonidas Kavakos

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 3 in D major, D 200

    • Béla Bartók
      The Miraculous Mandarin, suite, Sz 73

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

      Leonidas Kavakos Violin

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      Interview
      Leonidas Kavakos in conversation with Walter Küssner

    Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos and Zubin Mehta Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Murray Perahia with works by Beethoven and Strauss

    Zubin Mehta and Murray Perahia with works by Beethoven and Strauss

    According to the press, it was a “triumphant return” when Murray Perahia interpreted Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2009, after an eleven-year absence. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presented Richard Strauss’s Symphonia domestica: one of the composer’s most unusual works, in which he virtuosically and melodiously portrays his family life – including domestic quarrels and children’s screaming.

    11 Jan 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Murray Perahia

    • Elliott Carter
      Three Illusions for orchestra

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

      Murray Perahia Piano

    • Richard Strauss
      Symphonia domestica, op. 53

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      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Tobias Möller

    Zubin Mehta and Murray Perahia with works by Beethoven and Strauss Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Zubin Mehta conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Gustav Mahler wrote that “the whole of nature” finds in his Third Symphony “a voice and tells of the kind of profound secrets that might be sensed in a dream”. In this recording from 2008, the monumental, world-encompassing work is heard in an interpretation by Zubin Mehta, “whose energy was not expended rashly with sensational flailing about; instead, he devoted himself to the expansive arc of the work with expressive tranquillity” (neue musikzeitung).

    21 Dec 2008

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Lioba Braun

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Lioba Braun Alto, Women of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Robin Gritton Chorus Master, Tölzer Knabenchor, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden Chorus Master

    Zubin Mehta conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony Go to concert
  • The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang

    The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang

    The Maggio Musicale in Florence is one of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, and it was there that the Berliner Philharmoniker elected to perform their 1995 European Concert. The Festival’s artistic director Zubin Mehta conducted a varied programme in the city’s Palazzo Vecchio, including Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a score notable for its shifting perspective between modernity and nostalgia. The guest soloist in the highly virtuosic opening movement of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto was the fourteen-year-old Sarah Chang.

    01 May 1995
    European Concert from Florence

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Sarah Chang

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Fidelio: Overture, op. 72b

    • Boris Blacher
      Orchestral Variations on a Theme by Nicolò Paganini, op. 26

    • Nicolò Paganini
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in D major, op. 6: Allegro maestoso

      Sarah Chang violin

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Petrushka

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

    The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang Go to concert