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16 concert with Zubin Mehta

  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    The Berliner Philharmoniker and their honorary member Zubin Mehta are travelling to Japan – with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Zubin Mehta confesses to feeling particularly close to this mammoth work. Above all, the warm-sounding Adagio is “among the greatest Romantic movements, and when the cellos and violas sing out freely in the second theme, it breaks your heart”. Before setting off for Japan, the conductor and orchestra present their tour programme at the Berlin Philharmonie.

    08 Nov 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (2nd Version from 1890)

    • free

      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Walter Küssner

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker present musical tales of heroes. On the one hand, there is the knight Don Quixote, who in his fanciful imagination experiences exciting adventures with giants, robbers and a flying horse – inspiring Richard Strauss to create a wonderfully effective score. In contrast, the hero in Beethoven’s Eroica remains anonymous – it is rather a principle that is celebrated here: the determined struggle for a better world.

    02 Nov 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Amihai Grosz, Ludwig Quandt

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Quixote, Symphonic Poem, op. 35

      Amihai Grosz viola, Ludwig Quandt cello

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

    • free

      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The 75-year-old Giuseppe Verdi once again reached a new artistic level with Otello. None of his other operas is as compelling or has such dramatic force, right up to the murderous finale. Following the performances at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the Berliner Philharmoniker present their interpretation of this dark, expressive score to the Berlin public together with a cast of prominent singers and conductor Zubin Mehta.

    28 Apr 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance · Act 1 & 2

      Arsen Soghomonyan tenor (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva soprano (Desdemona), Luca Salsi baritone (Jago), Anna Malavasi mezzo-soprano (Emilia), Francesco Demuro tenor (Cassio), Gregory Bonfatti tenor (Roderigo), Giovanni Furlanetto bass (Montano), Federico Sacchi bass (Lodovico), Mathias Tönges bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance · Act 3 & 4

    • free

      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello” Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Martin Grubinger, the “multi-percussion star, who runs around between his many instruments during his performances with dizzying acrobatics” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) makes his debut here with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert includes Peter Eötvös’s Speaking Drums where Grubinger can demonstrate his breathtaking versatility. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic and powerful Scheherazade Suite.

    02 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Martin Grubinger

    • Edgard Varèse
      Intégrales

    • Peter Eötvös
      Speaking drums, Four Poems for percussion solo and orchestra

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • Martin Grubinger
      Planet Rudiment

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35

    • free

      Interview
      Martin Grubinger in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    • free

      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • free

      Interview
      Zubin Mehta named honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger Go to concert
  • 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

    • free

      Interview
      Pinchas Zukerman in conversation with Aleksandar Ivić

    • free

      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

    • free

      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

    • free

      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

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    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

    • free

      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

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    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

    • free

      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

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    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)

    • free

      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

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    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

    • free

      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

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    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

    • free

      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

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    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

    • free

      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

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    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
  • A “St. Petersburg Night” with Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta at the Waldbühne

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    The Berliner Philharmoniker’s 1997 Waldbühne concert featured two musicians who have an unusually long friendship both with each other and with the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. In glorious weather and against an atmospheric backdrop, they presented an evening of Russian music ranging from Glinka to Rimsky-Korsakov with the theme of a “Saint Petersburg Night”. Barenboim, a pianist rarely seen in the Russian repertoire, shone as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto.

    29 Jun 1997
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Mikhail Glinka
      Ruslan and Ludmilla: Overture

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B minor, op. 23

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      Khovanshchina: Prelude

    • Modest Mussorgsky
      Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      The Tale of Tsar Saltan: The Flight of the Bumble-Bee

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Capriccio espagnol, op. 34

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Swan Lake: Waltz

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Romeo and Juliet, op. 64: Tybalt’s Death

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    A “St. Petersburg Night” with Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang

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    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

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

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

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

    • 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