Concert archive

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  • Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    In Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks, Baroque music shows its most magnificent side. In this concert, the work will be conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, who in energetic performances repeatedly succeeds in “unleashing the wild and daring side of the Baroque” (The New York Times). The second part of the concert is dedicated to Handel’s cantata Apollo e Dafne – an early work that in sometimes highly virtuosic and enchantingly delicate arias reveals Handel’s interest in Italian opera.

    19 Oct 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Emmanuelle Haïm

    Lucy Crowe, Florian Sempey

    • Henry Purcell
      Suite from The Fairy Queen

    • George Frideric Handel
      Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

    • George Frideric Handel
      Apollo e Dafne, Cantata for Soprano, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Strings and Continuo, HWV 122

      Lucy Crowe soprano, Florian Sempey baritone

    • free

      Interview
      Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” Go to concert
  • Janine Jansen plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

    Janine Jansen plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

    Photo: Frederike van der Stræten

    The New York Times attests that the violinist Janine Jansen has “a kind of radiant modesty”, and indeed: even in moments of utmost virtuosity, her performances captivate with introspection and substance. This ability is particularly well demonstrated in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which, despite its fast yet expressive tempos, is always interspersed with subtle nuances. To bring the concert to a close, Paavo Järvi conducts Robert Schumann’s sonorous and exuberant Rhenish Symphony.

    12 Oct 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Janine Jansen

    • Jean Sibelius
      Tapiola, Symphonic Poem, op. 112

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 35

      Janine Jansen violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande

      Janine Jansen violin

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

    • free

      Interview
      Paavo Järvi in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Janine Jansen plays Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    In this concert with Paavo Järvi, we experience sensuously delicate tonal beauty, composed by two pioneers of Modernism. Anton Webern’s richly coloured arrangement of a ricercare by Bach is followed by Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs (soloist: Mojca Erdmann), which capture the tender mood of young love. Bruckner’s Second Symphony concludes the programme – an early work which already has unmistakable Brucknerian power.

    25 May 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Mojca Erdmann

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Musical Offering, BWV 1079: No. 2 Ricercar a 6 (arranged by Anton Webern)

    • Alban Berg
      Seven Early Songs

      Mojca Erdmann soprano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor (2nd version from 1877)

    • free

      Interview
      Paavo Järvi in conversation with Gunars Upatnieks

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    A double reunion: for the first time since the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme features one of the most sensational productions of those years: Bach’s St. John Passion in the production of Peter Sellars, which uses intensive imagery to accentuate the meditative as well as the dramatic dimensions of the work. The singers include the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a top-class ensemble of soloists.

    16 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Peter Sellars

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano, Camilla Tilling soprano, Georg Nigl baritone (Petrus), Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist), Roderick Williams baritone (Jesus), Andrew Staples tenor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master, Peter Sellars staging

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars talks about Bach’s “St John Passion”

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    The mysterious, expressionistic miniatures of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire cycle are perfect for a Late Night concert. The wonderful violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who enjoys the experimental, recites the poems that underlie the work. The concert also includes waltzes by Johann Strauss II in arrangements by Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern. In these arrangements, Patricia Kopatchinskaja returns to her usual role as a violinist.

    09 Mar 2019
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • George Enescu
      Impressions dʼenfance, op. 28: No. 1 Ménétrier

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 1st Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
      Presto in C minor, Wq 114/3, H. 230

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Ludwig Quandt cello

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Kaiserwalzer, op. 437 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg)

      Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 2nd Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Schatzwalzer, op. 418 (arr. for string quartet, piano und Harmonium by Webern)

      Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Heike Gneiting harmonium, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 3rd Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • free

      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Two fabulous, mythical travel stories from Scandinavia are on the programme in this concert: Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Jean Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite. Between these two works will be the European premiere of the Cello Concerto by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers of our time and former violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor is Sakari Oramo, who currently heads the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The soloist is Alban Gerhardt.

    06 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sakari Oramo

    Alban Gerhardt

    • Edvard Grieg
      Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46

    • Brett Dean
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (European première)

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Prélude

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Jean Sibelius
      Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

    • free

      Interview
      Sakari Oramo in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    • free

      Interview
      Brett Dean in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt Go to concert
  • Adam Fischer and Leonidas Kavakos

    Adam Fischer and Leonidas Kavakos

    Dark tones in every shade dominate the beginning of this concert. For example, Alban Berg's Violin Concerto, written in memory of the 19-year-old Manon Gropius, is one of the most poignant works of Modernism. Anton Webern’s delicate Passacaglia was written with the death of the composer’s own mother still fresh in his mind. In contrast to these is Antonín Dvořák's Ninth Symphony From the New World with its folkloric cheerfulness and ingenious combination of American and Bohemian idioms.

    10 Feb 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Adam Fischer

    Leonidas Kavakos

    • Anton Webern
      Passacaglia, op. 1

    • Alban Berg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “To the Memory of an Angel”

      Leonidas Kavakos violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: Andante

      Leonidas Kavakos violin

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”

    • free

      Interview
      Leonidas Kavakos in conversation with Allan Nilles

    Adam Fischer and Leonidas Kavakos Go to concert
  • Mikko Franck conducts Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges”

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    Ravel’s short opera L’Enfant et les sortilèges is a work full of imagination, charm and humour. Like in a revue, the composer employs a wide range of musical styles one after another, from neo-Baroque sounds to ragtime. The conductor of this concert performance is Mikko Franck, who steps in for Seiji Ozawa. The focus of the first part of the evening is our 1st concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, who plays (without the participation of Mikko Franck) works by Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

    21 Jan 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mikko Franck

    Noah Bendix-Balgley, Emily Fons

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major, K. 219

      Noah Bendix-Balgley violin and direction

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

      Noah Bendix-Balgley violin and direction

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Sonata No. 3 in C major for Violin solo, BWV 1005: Largo

      Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

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

      Emily Fons mezzo-soprano, Sir Paul Gay bass baritone, Kiera Duffy soprano, Marie Lenormand mezzo-soprano, Elodie Méchain contralto, Mathias Vidal tenor, Elliot Madore baritone, Kanae Fujitani soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master, Children’s Choir of the Komische Oper Berlin, Dagmar Fiebach chorus master

    • free

      Interview
      Noah Bendix-Balgley on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Camille Saint-Saëns’s “Introduction et Rondo capriccioso”

    • free

      Interview
      Mikko Franck in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    Mikko Franck conducts Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortilèges” Go to concert
  • Ton Koopman conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor

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    The B minor Mass is Johann Sebastian Bach’s legacy to vocal music: a cosmos of all the forms and styles that make his sacred works so rich. There are arias of dance-like lightness as well as austere Renaissance singing, ingeniously constructed fugues and jubilant choruses. In this concert the work is performed under the baton of Ton Koopman, a conductor, organist and harpsichordist who is one of the great Bach interpreters of our time.

    28 Oct 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Ton Koopman

    RIAS Kammerchor

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Mass in B minor, BWV 232

      Yetzabel Arias Fernández soprano, Wiebke Lehmkuhl contralto, Tilman Lichdi tenor, Klaus Mertens bass, RIAS Kammerchor, Justin Doyle chorus master

    • free

      Interview
      Ton Koopman in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    Ton Koopman conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Brahms’s “Ein deutsches Requiem”

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    Photo: Hans von der Woerd

    Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem is a powerful, solemn work, yet its message shows the utmost compassion. While the horrors of the last judgement are the focus in traditional requiem settings, Brahms’s work sings sensitively of sorrow and consolation in the face of death. The conductor of this performance is Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director designate of the Met in New York.

    21 Oct 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
      Heilig, Cantata for solo contralto, 2 mixed choirs and 2 orchestras, Wq 217

      Wiebke Lehmkuhl contralto, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Johannes Brahms
      Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45

      Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano, Markus Werba baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • free

      Interview
      Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Brahms’s “Ein deutsches Requiem” Go to concert
  • Alain Altinoglu debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

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    The transition to Modernism is one of the most exciting phases in musical history. In this concert, works by Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy and Albert Roussel reveal the richness of late Romanticism combined with originality and pioneering spirit. Alain Altinoglu, the “sensitive magician of timbre” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), makes his debut conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker with Máté Szűcs as the soloist in Bartók’s Viola Concerto.

    23 Sep 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alain Altinoglu

    Máté Szűcs

    • Maurice Ravel
      Rhapsodie espagnole

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Sz 120 (Restoration and Orchestration by Csaba Erdélyi, 2016 European Première)

      Máté Szűcs viola

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande

      Máté Szűcs viola

    • Claude Debussy
      Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande arranged in form of a suite by Alain Altinoglu Première

    • Albert Roussel
      Bacchus et Ariane, Orchestral Suite No. 2

    • free

      Interview
      Alain Altinoglu in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    Alain Altinoglu debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • Susanna Mälkki and Gil Shaham

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    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The works of this evening with Susanna Mälkki look both back to the past and forward to the future. For example, Béla Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, with soloist Gil Shaham, is in the tradition of Beethoven and Brahms but also experiments with the twelve-tone technique. Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony, on the other hand, combines echoes of Tchaikovsky with innovative form, while Ferruccio Busoni’s Tanz-Walzer conjures up the atmosphere of a coffee house.

    10 Sep 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Susanna Mälkki

    Gil Shaham

    • Ferruccio Busoni
      Tanz-Walzer for orchestra, op. 53

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

      Gil Shaham violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau

      Gil Shaham violin

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

    • free

      Interview
      Susanna Mälkki in conversation with Matthew McDonald

    Susanna Mälkki and Gil Shaham Go to concert
  • The National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany perform Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony

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    Photo: Peter Adamik

    A substantial jubilee shapes this 2017 guest concert by the National Youth Orchestra: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Besides Felix Mendelssohn’s splendid Reformation Symphony and Bach’s graceful Orchestral Suite No. 3, two newer works reflecting on the occasion can also be heard. As a special bonus, the German National Youth Ballet performs. Alexander Shelley conducts; John Neumeier is one of the choreographers.

    16 Jan 2017

    National Youth Orchestra of Germany
    Alexander Shelley

    • free

      Felix Mendelssohn
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 107 “Reformation”

      National Youth Ballet, John Neumeier Choreographer

    • free

      Michel van der Aa
      Reversal for orchestra

      National Youth Ballet, Andrey Kaydanovskiy Choreographer

    • free

      Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

      National Youth Ballet, John Neumeier Choreographer

    • free

      Enjott Schneider
      Ein feste Burg, Symphonic Poem for orchestra

      National Youth Ballet, Zhang Disha Choreographer

    The National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany perform Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons and Truls Mørk

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    Photo: Bayerischer Rundfunk

    Dmitri Shostakovich reflects unsparingly on the horrors of the Stalin era with his Tenth Symphony. Specifically, the manic brutal second movement was conceived as a portrait of the dictator. The work is conducted at this concert by Mariss Jansons, whose musical origins were in the renowned Leningrad Shostakovich tradition; he was considered one of the best Shostakovich interpreters. We encounter soloist Truls Mørk in Henri Dutilleux’s yearning cello concerto.

    05 Mar 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Truls Mørk

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

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Tout un monde lointain..., concerto for cello and orchestra

      Truls Mørk Cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Sarabande

      Truls Mørk Cello

    • free

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

    • free

      Interview
      Truls Mørk in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    Mariss Jansons and Truls Mørk Go to concert
  • 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 Feb 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
  • A French evening with François-Xavier Roth and Anna Caterina Antonacci

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    Photo: Kai Bienert

    A diverse cross-section of three centuries of French music is on offer at this concert from December 2015 – from the Baroque master Jean-Baptiste Lully to Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Edgard Varèse. The Italian soprano Anna Catarina Antonacci sings in Hector Berlioz’s sensuous Nuits d’été. With this programme, conductor François-Xavier Roth makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    01 Dec 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    François-Xavier Roth

    Anna Caterina Antonacci

    • Edgard Varèse
      Ionisation for 13 percussionists

    • Jean-Baptiste Lully
      Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, suite

    • Hector Berlioz
      Les Nuits d’été for soprano and orchestra, op. 7

      Anna Caterina Antonacci Soprano

    • Claude Debussy
      Première Suite d’orchestre

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Valse, Poème chorégraphique for orchestra

    • free

      Interview
      François-Xavier Roth in conversation with Sebastian Krunnies

    A French evening with François-Xavier Roth and Anna Caterina Antonacci Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons and Frank Peter Zimmermann

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    In May 2015, Mariss Jansons and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented an extraordinarily colourful programme with Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2; Frank Peter Zimmermann was the soloist. In different ways the works convey a shared message: namely, that unconditional modernity and sensuous magic in sound are by no means mutually exclusive.

    10 May 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • Béla Bartók
      Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Sz 106

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in C sharp minor, op. 129

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: Allegro

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2

    • free

      Interview
      Mariss Jansons in conversation with Gábor Tarkövi

    • free

      Interview
      Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Rüdiger Liebermann

    Mariss Jansons and Frank Peter Zimmermann 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 May 2015
    European Concert from 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
  • 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 Feb 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
  • 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 Jan 2015
    Concert on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle, Ulrich Matthes, Guy Braunstein, Zvi Plesser, Duncan Ward, Ohad Ben-Ari

    • Speech by the German Federal Foreign Minister, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

      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 Dec 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
  • Alan Gilbert conducts landscape scenes by Mendelssohn and Nielsen

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    Landscapes and folklore have inspired the creativity of many great composers. Alan Gilbert presents two lovely examples in this recording from 2014. While Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony reflects impressions of his travels in Scotland, Carl Nielsen’s musical language is shaped almost entirely by the composer’s Danish home, as his atmospherically dense Symphony Nr. 3 proves.

    22 Nov 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      “Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid”, cantata, BWV 58

      Christina Landshamer Soprano, Michael Nagy Baritone

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 “Scottish”

    • Carl Nielsen
      Symphony No. 3, op. 27 “Sinfonia espansiva”

      Christina Landshamer Soprano, Michael Nagy Baritone

    • free

      Interview
      Alan Gilbert in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Alan Gilbert conducts landscape scenes by Mendelssohn and Nielsen Go to concert
  • Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “La resurrezione”

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    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    The oratorio La resurrezione by the young George Frideric Handel is one of the little-known treasures of Baroque vocal music. The arias and ensembles are not only full of wonderful melodies, but convey an intensity that is more associated with the opera house. This performance from 2014 is conducted by one of the few female guests on the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker: the Early music specialist Emmanuelle Haïm.

    31 Oct 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Emmanuelle Haïm

    Topi Lehtipuu, Camilla Tilling, Sonia Prina, Christiane Karg, Christopher Purves

    • George Frideric Handel
      La resurrezione (Resurrection), oratorio, HWV 47

      Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (San Giovanni), Camilla Tilling Soprano (Angelo), Sonia Prina Contralto (Maria Cleofe), Christiane Karg Soprano (Maddalena), Christopher Purves Baritone (Lucifero)

    • free

      Interview
      Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “La resurrezione” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, born to a Moldovan family of musicians, is a bundle of energy, as anyone who has ever experienced the passionate bowing style of the violinist in concert can confirm. In this Late Night concert from September 2014, she performs – a real discovery – the expressive music of Shostakovich’s student Galina Ustvolskaya and treasures of Early music.

    13 Sep 2014
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    • Galina Ustvolskaya
      Sonata for Violin and Piano

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin, Markus Hinterhäuser Piano

    • Music from the Middle Ages and the Early Renaissance for baroque violin and treble viol

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Baroque violin, Laurence Dreyfus Treble viol

    • Galina Ustvolskaya
      Duet for Violin and Piano

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin, Markus Hinterhäuser Piano

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Hilary Hahn

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    Hilary Hahn caused a sensation in the music world at the end of the 1990s as a young violinist who enthralled audiences not only with her perfect technique, but also with her consummate musicianship and creative powers. In this performance of Vieuxtemps’s absurdly virtouso Violin Concerto No. 4, she is accompanied by Tugan Sokhiev who also conducts Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Manfred Symphony in the second part of the concert.

    31 May 2014

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Hilary Hahn

    • Henri Vieuxtemps
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D minor, op. 31

      Hilary Hahn Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande

      Hilary Hahn Violin

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Manfred, symphony in B minor, after Lord Byron’s poem, op. 58

    • free

      Interview
      Hilary Hahn in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    Tugan Sokhiev and Hilary Hahn 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 Mar 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
  • Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Berliner Barock Solisten

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    The Berlin Baroque Soloists always inspire their audiences with the “brilliance, cohesion and sensitivity of their interpretations” (Der Tagesspiegel). In this concert from December 2013, they look back on the old year with a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – with the Philharmoniker’s concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto as the soloist. There are also works by Arcangelo Corelli, including the famous “Christmas Concerto”.

    12 Dec 2013

    Berlin Baroque Soloists
    Bernhard Forck

    Bernhard Forck, Daishin Kashimoto

    • Arcangelo Corelli
      Santa Beatrice d’Este: Sinfonia in D minor

    • Arcangelo Corelli
      Sonata a quattro for strings and continuo in G minor

    • Arcangelo Corelli
      Sonata a quattro for trumpet, two violins and continuo in D major (version for recorder, two violins and continuo)

      Saskia Fikentscher Recorder

    • Arcangelo Corelli
      Sonata da camera a tre for two violins and continuo in G major, op. 2 no. 12 Ciacona

    • Arcangelo Corelli
      Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6 no. 8 “Christmas Concerto” (1725 version for strings, two recorders and continuo)

      Saskia Fikentscher Recorder, Susann Seegers Recorder

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), concertos for violin, strings and basso continuo, op. 8

      Daishin Kashimoto Violin

    Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the Berliner Barock Solisten 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 Oct 2013
    Gala Concert: 50 years of the Philharmonie – Spatial Sounds

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Karajan Academy, 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 · György Kurtág
      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

      Karajan Academy, 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 Oct 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore, Topi Lehtipuu, Christian Gerhaher, Eric Owens, Knaben des Staats- und Domchors 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), Knaben des Staats- und Domchors 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), Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

    • free

      Interview
      Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion": an 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
  • Works of the early Classical period with Reinhard Goebel

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    The music from the transitional period between the Baroque and the First Viennese School is often considered to be charming, but innocuous. The fact that this judgement is wrong can be heard in this concert with Reinhard Goebel, who conducts works by Jean-Fery Rebel, Christian Cannabich and Johann Christian Bach, all of whom experiment intriguingly with sounds and effects. The programme also includes W.A. Mozart’s no less original Notturno for four orchestras from the generation that followed.

    04 Oct 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Reinhard Goebel

    • Jean-Féry Rebel
      Les Éléments, suite for orchestra

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Notturno for 4 orchestras in D major, K. 286

    • Christian Cannabich
      Symphony for 2 orchestras in C major

    • Johann Christian Bach
      Amadis de Gaule, opera: Overture · Suite

    • free

      Interview
      Reinhard Goebel in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky

    Works of the early Classical period with Reinhard Goebel Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne

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    “Be embraced, you millions!” says Ludwig van Beethoven rapturously to the whole of mankind in his Ninth Symphony. This global message is particularly impressively conveyed in this 2013 concert from the Berlin Waldbühne – in front of an audience of over 20,000 people. Simon Rattle conducted this memorable evening, and the soloist in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is Christian Tetzlaff.

    22 Jun 2013
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Tetzlaff, Camilla Tilling, Nathalie Stutzmann, Joseph Kaiser, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Felix Mendelssohn
      Violin Concerto in E minor

      Christian Tetzlaff Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: Largo

      Christian Tetzlaff Violin

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

      Camilla Tilling Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Joseph Kaiser Tenor, Dimitry Ivashchenko Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

    Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts Beethoven and Hindemith

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    Photo: Prague Spring Festival / Zdeněk Chrapek

    This concert with Paavo Järvi offers many fresh perspectives. Beethoven’s First Symphony sounds as bright and new as if the composer had just written it. Järvi also presents Paul Hindemith’s somewhat neglected Violin Concerto, whose appeal lies in its originality and a dark, Romantic tone. Frank Peter Zimmermann is ideally matched for the sometimes swirling, sometimes rapturous solo part.

    13 Apr 2013

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

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

    • Paul Hindemith
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Preludio

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

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

    • free

      Interview
      Paavo Järvi on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Paavo Järvi conducts Beethoven and Hindemith Go to concert
  • A Vivaldi evening with Andrea Marcon and soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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    The music of Antonio Vivaldi is full of Venetian magic – spirited and charming, but also virtuoso and innovative. Andrea Macon is one of the most renowned interpreters of Vivaldi, and here devotes an entire concert to his music – with many musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker at his side as soloists. The concert closes with Vivaldi’s brilliant “Gloria”, one of the most exhilarating sacred choral works there is.

    13 Oct 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andrea Marcon

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Concerto for solo violin, two oboes, two horns, timpani, strings and continuo in D major, RV 562a

      Sarah Willis Horn, Andreas Buschatz Violin, Albrecht Mayer Oboe, Martin Owen Horn, Andreas Wittmann Oboe

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Concerto for solo violin, solo oboe, two recorders, two oboes, bassoon, strings and continuo in G minor, RV 576

      Albrecht Mayer Oboe, Anna Fusek Recorder, Andreas Buschatz Violin, Daniele Damiano Bassoon, Giulia Genini Recorder

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Concerto for transverse flute, strings and continuo in G minor, RV 439 “La notte”

      Emmanuel Pahud Transverse Flute

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Concerto for solo violin, solo cello, two oboes, two horns, bassoon, strings and continuo in F major, RV 569

      Sarah Willis Horn, Andreas Buschatz Violin, Albrecht Mayer Oboe, Andreas Wittmann Oboe, Martin Löhr Cello, Martin Owen Horn, Daniele Damiano Bassoon

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Gloria in D major, RV 589

      Lisa Larsson Soprano, Marina Prudenskaja Mezzo-Soprano, RIAS Kammerchor, Denis Comtet Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Andrea Marcon in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    A Vivaldi evening with Andrea Marcon and soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • Cameron Carpenter at the organ of the Berlin Philharmonie

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    With artistic ease, he lets his toes and heels dance over the pedals (sometimes simultaneously), while his hands move over the manuals at lightning speed: Cameron Carpenter pushes the limits of what the organ can do in terms of forces of sound and colour. In September 2012, his qualities were revealed in a spectacular concert on the Karl Schuke organ in the Berlin Philharmonie.

    24 Sep 2012

    • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Isaac Albéniz, Cameron Carpenter, Richard Wagner, Charles Ives and Franz Liszt

    • free

      Interview
      Cameron Carpenter and Sarah Willis introduce the organ of the Berlin Philharmonie

    Cameron Carpenter at the organ of the Berlin Philharmonie Go to concert
  • The Berlin Baroque Soloists with an Anglo-Italian evening

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    “A perfect blend of ‘modern’ playing with ‘historical’ awareness,” was how the magazine Gramophone described the Berlin Baroque Soloists, which counts members of the Berliner Philharmoniker among its recruits. In this concert, they explore the fascinating relationship between English and Italian composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. The performers include the tenor Mark Padmore singing arias by George Frideric Handel.

    21 Mar 2012

    Berlin Baroque Soloists

    Bernhard Forck, Mark Padmore

    • Henry Purcell
      Overture for strings and continuo in G major, Z 770

      Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • George Frideric Handel
      Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Arias

      Mark Padmore Tenor, Bernhard Forck Violin, Direction

    • Charles Avison
      Concerto Grosso No. 7 in G minor (after Domenico Scarlatti)

      Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • George Frideric Handel
      Samson, oratorio, HWV 57: Excerpts

      Mark Padmore Tenor, Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • George Frideric Handel
      Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Excerpts

      Mark Padmore Tenor, Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • Francesco Geminiani
      Concerto Grosso in E minor, op. 3 no. 3

      Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • George Frideric Handel
      Jephtha, oratorio, HWV 70: Excerpts

      Mark Padmore Tenor, Bernhard Forck Violin and Direction

    • free

      Interview
      Mark Padmore and Bernhard Forck in conversation and in rehearsal

    The Berlin Baroque Soloists with an Anglo-Italian evening Go to concert
  • Christian Thielemann and Albrecht Mayer with works by Strauss and Bruckner

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

    04 Mar 2012

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Albrecht Mayer

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

      Albrecht Mayer Oboe

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Cantata, BWV 156: Sinfonia

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

    • free

      Interview
      Albrecht Mayer on the oboe concerto by Richard Strauss

    • free

      Interview
      Christian Thielemann on Strauss’s Oboe Concerto and Bruckner’s Fourth

    Christian Thielemann and Albrecht Mayer with works by Strauss and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Family Concert: Autumn Sounds

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    Almost everyone knows Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and can hum along to the melodies of this cycle. But who knows exactly what scenes and stories the composer has depicted in these violin concertos? At this Family Concert with the Philharmoniker’s violinist Aleksandar Ivić, the examples of Autumn and Winter reveal the wealth of detail hidden in the score.

    29 Oct 2011
    Family Concert

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Aleksandar Ivić

    • free

      Antonio Vivaldi
      Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), concertos for violin, strings and basso continuo, op. 8: Autumn · Winter (with introductions in German)

      Aleksandar Ivić Presentation and Violin

    Family Concert: Autumn Sounds 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 Sep 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Knaben des Staats- und Domchors 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 Soprano, Susan Bullock Soprano, Anna Prohaska Soprano, Lilli Paasikivi Soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann Contralto, Johan Botha Tenor, David Wilson-Johnson Baritone, John Relyea Baritone, MDR Rundfunkchor , Howard Arman Chorus Master, Knaben des Staats- und Domchors 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
  • Dance project: Season’s Whims

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    The appeal of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s music lies in its Baroque gracefulness, but at the same time, it is full of exciting expressiveness and variety. In addition to sarabandes, marches and chaconnes, there’s thunder, storms and the sounds of war – perfect for a student ballet, as the Berliner Philharmoniker demonstrated in their Education Programme. The conductor of this performance from 2011 is the Early music specialist, Emanuelle Haïm.

    26 Jun 2011
    Dance Project from the Arena, Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Emmanuelle Haïm

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Season’s Whims

      Vivienne Newport Choreographer

    Dance project: Season’s Whims Go to concert
  • Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel and Rameau

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    In this recording from June 2011, the Early music specialist Emmanuelle Haïm conducts works by Handel, including his famous Water Music, plus pieces by Jean-Philippe Rameau who is still too little known outside France. The two suites, compiled especially for this concert from the composer’s stage works, demonstrate not only Baroque gracefulness but also the originality of Rameau, who experimented masterfully with sounds and effects.

    23 Jun 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Emmanuelle Haïm

    • George Frideric Handel
      Concerto grosso in G major, HWV 319

    • George Frideric Handel
      Water Music, Suite No. 3 in G major, HWV 350

    • George Frideric Handel
      Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV 348

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Suite No. 1 from Stage Works

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Suite No. 2 from Stage Works

    • free

      Interview
      Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Catherine Milliken

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel and Rameau Go to concert
  • Vladimir Jurowski conducts Mahler and Stravinsky

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    Gustav Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, conducted here by Vladimir Jurowski, combines horror and fantasy. The composer himself was convinced that in this work he had found his own style. And indeed, although there is a wealth of forest murmurs and leitmotifs in the best Wagner style, there is also that difficult to describe but unmistakeable Mahler sound.

    12 Jun 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Vladimir Jurowski

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Chorale Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm‘ ich her” (arr. for choir and orchestra by Igor Stravinsky)

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Requiem Canticles for soloists, chorus and orchestra

      Iris Vermillion Contralto, Markus Brück Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das klagende Lied

      Christine Schäfer Soprano, Iris Vermillion Contralto, Michael König Tenor, Markus Brück Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Simon Halsey on Mahler, Bach, Stravinsky

    Vladimir Jurowski conducts Mahler and Stravinsky 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 Apr 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
  • From Bach to Beethoven with Giovanni Antonini

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    This concert from 2010 features Bach’s splendid Orchestral Suite No. 1 for only the second time in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Giovanni Antonini, one of the most prominent conductors of the Early music movement, takes the work as the starting point for a musical journey which takes us from the Baroque to early Classical music to Beethoven’s Second Symphony: a fascinating panorama of expressiveness and emotion.

    23 Sep 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Giovanni Antonini

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
      Symphony in F major, Wq 183 no. 3

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

    • free

      Interview
      Giovanni Antonini in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky

    From Bach to Beethoven with Giovanni Antonini Go to concert
  • András Schiff plays Bach, Mozart and Haydn

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    In the words of one critic, András Schiff is “a magician of sound who breathes life into works, and who upholds the almost forgotten ideal of piano playing”. In this recording from 2010, he takes on the roles of both soloist and conductor in two austerely bleak D minor piano concertos by Bach and Mozart plus Joseph Haydn’s Military Symphony, a work which also takes its listeners close to the abyss with idyllic scenes which time and again are interrupted by the horrors of war.

    17 Apr 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    András Schiff

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052

      András Schiff Piano

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 100 in G major “Military”

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Don Giovanni: Overture · Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

      András Schiff Piano

    • free

      Interview
      András Schiff in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    András Schiff plays Bach, Mozart and Haydn Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

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    Sir Sir Simon Rattle left no doubt: For him the performance of the St. Matthew Passion, which he realised with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin in early 2010, was “the most important thing we’ve ever done here”. Critics around the world agreed with him and praised both the semi-staged production by the American star director Peter Sellars and the outstanding musical performances.

    11 Apr 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, Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin, Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

    • 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
  • Ton Koopman conducts Bach

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    Ton Koopman – one of the great interpreters of Early Music – admires Johann Sebastian Bach more than any other composer because in his music, “mind and emotion are in a fantastic balance”. And so Bach – in addition to Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 – is also the focus of this concert. We hear courtly splendour in the Orchestral Suite No. 3 and the glories of Baroque vocal music in his Magnificat and the motet “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden”.

    30 Jan 2010

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Ton Koopman

    RIAS Kammerchor

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 98 in B flat major

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden”, motet, BWV 230

      RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann Chorus Master

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Magnificat in D major, BWV 243

      Klara Ek Soprano, Rachel Frenkel Mezzo-Soprano, Ingeborg Danz Contralto, Werner Güra Tenor, Klaus Mertens Bass, RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Works by Bach and Haydn: An introduction by Ton Koopman

    Ton Koopman conducts Bach Go to concert
  • Peter Eötvös conducts Zimmermann’s “Requiem for a Young Poet”

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    Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem for a Young Poet from 1969 is a heart-wrenching and unconventional mass for the dead. Written for two speakers, vocalists, chorus, orchestra and tape, it reveals a powerful, multifaceted panorama of the half century that comprised Zimmermann’s life before he committed suicide in 1970. The conductor of this powerful performance from 2009 is Peter Eötvös, one of Zimmermann’s students.

    25 Apr 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Peter Eötvös

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Chorale Preludes “Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist” and “Schmücke Dich, o liebe Seele”

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Requiem for a Young Poet

      Caroline Stein Soprano, Claudio Otelli Baritone, Michael Rotschopf Speaker, Thomas Wittmann Speaker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, James Wood Chorus Master, MDR Rundfunkchor , Howard Arman Chorus Master, Philipp Ahmann Chorus Master, Celso Antunes Chorus Master, João Rafael Sound Direction

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Eötvös on Zimmermann’s “Requiem für einen jungen Dichter”

    Peter Eötvös conducts Zimmermann’s “Requiem for a Young Poet” Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts “Carmina Burana” at the 2004 New Year’s Eve Concert

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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 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 which wondrously unites the most diverse spheres of expression: the archaic and the modern, grandiosity and humour, and the finest sophistication with raw power.

    31 Dec 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 Baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin

    • George Frideric Handel
      Messiah: “Halleluja”

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts “Carmina Burana” at the 2004 New Year’s Eve Concert Go to concert
  • Daniel Barenboim conducts dance music from all round the world

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    In 2001, the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Daniel Barenboim celebrated New Year’s Eve with dance music from three centuries, revealing the lively variety of the genre, beginning with a Gavotte by Bach, and music by Mozart, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky to the present with the catchy, jazz-inspired Tico Tico. And it could hardly be a concert of dance music without the waltz king Johann Strauss – otherwise a rare guest in the Philharmonie.

    31 Dec 2001
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Barenboim

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gavotte I and II

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Divertimento in D major, K. 334: Menuetto

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Rondo for piano and orchestra in D major, K. 382

      Daniel Barenboim Klavier

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Aida: Dance of the Little Moorish Slaves

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

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      The Nutcracker, op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers

    • Jean Sibelius
      Valse triste, op. 44

    • Johann Strauss
      Emperor Waltz, op. 437

    • Zoltán Kodály
      Dances of Galánta

    • Horacio Salgán
      A fuego lento

    • Zequinha de Abréu
      Tico Tico

    • Johann Strauss
      Thunder and Lightning, op. 324

    • José Carlí
      El Firulete

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

    Daniel Barenboim conducts dance music from all round the world Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” in 1993

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    It is no exaggeration to claim that this live recording from November 1993 is a document of historic importance, for it is the first visual and acoustic record of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s work with the man who was to become their chief conductor. The performance shows a young Simon Rattle who inspires the orchestra to perceptive interpretations of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Jean-Philippe Rameau’s suite Les Boréades.

    08 Nov 1993

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Les Boréades, ballet suite

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Simon Rattle conducts Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” in 1993 Go to concert
  • Kurt Sanderling conducts Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns

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    Kurt Sanderling was one of a group of legendary conductors that included Sergiu Celibidache, Georg Solti and Günter Wand, all of whom were born in 1912. For the present concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1992, he chose two 19th-century masterpieces: Saint-Saëns’s Second Piano Concerto, in which the brilliant soloist was the young Yefim Bronfman, and Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Fourth Symphony, one of Sanderling’s calling cards.

    08 Jun 1992

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kurt Sanderling

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Camille Saint-Saëns
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op. 22

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Domenico Scarlatti
      Sonata in C minor, K. 11 (L. 352)

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36

    Kurt Sanderling conducts Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns Go to concert
  • Karajan conducts Bach

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    Although Herbert von Karajan was a great admirer of Bach, his interpretations of the composer’s music were rarely recorded on video. Here we present two of these productions with the Third Brandenburg Concerto and the Orchestral Suite No. 2, which Karajan conducts from the harpsichord. The soloist in the Suite is Karlheinz Zöller, who was principal flautist with the Philharmoniker for many years. The recordings were made in Paris in 1967/68.

    1967–1968
    From the Salle Pleyel, Paris

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert von Karajan

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

      Herbert von Karajan

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067

      Herbert von Karajan

    Karajan conducts Bach Go to concert