Concert archive

7 concert with Gerald Finley

  • Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, which once again deals with Wagner’s metaphysical lifelong theme of redemption, is characterised by scintillating, almost narcotic music of unparalleled allure. In 2018, Simon Rattle conducted the work in a performance with a top-class ensemble including Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme. The audience reacted enthusiastically, and the press also praised this “shimmering, iridescent, and lustrous Parsifal for the 21st century”.

    08 Apr 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Stuart Skelton, Nina Stemme, Franz-Josef Selig, Evgeny Nikitin, Reinhard Hagen, Gerald Finley

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 1

      Stuart Skelton tenor (Parsifal), Nina Stemme soprano (Kundry), Franz-Josef Selig bass baritone (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin bass baritone (Klingsor), Reinhard Hagen bass (Titurel), Gerald Finley bass baritone (Amfortas), Iwona Sobotka soprano (Flowermaiden), Kiandra Howarth soprano (Flowermaiden), Elisabeth Jansson mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Mari Eriksmoen soprano (Flowermaiden), Ingeborg Gillebo mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Kismara Pessatti mezzo-soprano (Flowermaiden), Neal Cooper tenor (Esquire 3, Grail Knight 1), Guido Jentjens bass (Grail Knight 2), Iurie Ciobanu tenor (Esquire 4), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 2

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal Act 3

    • free

      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Simon Rattle conducts “Parsifal” Go to concert
  • Daniel Harding and Gerald Finley with works by Schubert and Strauss

    Daniel Harding and Gerald Finley with works by Schubert and Strauss

    Photo: Stefan Rabold

    Richard Strauss was not only a master of orchestration but an enthusiastic mountaineer as well. Thus, it is not surprising that in his last symphonic poem he depicted a hike in the Alps – vivid and haunting, with an endless palette of tonal colours. Conductor Daniel Harding and bass-baritone Gerald Finley also present familiar Schubert songs in rarely heard orchestral arrangements by Berlioz, Brahms and Reger.

    03 Mar 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Gerald Finley

    • Franz Schubert
      Works for bass baritone and orchestra

      Gerald Finley bass baritone

    • Richard Strauss
      Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

    • free

      Interview
      Daniel Harding in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    Daniel Harding and Gerald Finley with works by Schubert and Strauss Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”

    Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The hero in Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen is not a princess or a knight but an animal of the forest. This is a unique piece of music theatre in other respects as well, such as its magically luminous music, its poetry and its comedy. Simon Rattle presents the work together with star director Peter Sellars, with whom he has already realised many exciting projects, including their acclaimed interpretations of Bach’s Passions.

    14 Oct 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Gerald Finley, Angela Denoke, Lucy Crowe, Peter Sellars

    • Leoš Janáček
      Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)

      Gerald Finley bass baritone, Pauline Malefane contralto, Burkhard Ulrich tenor, Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone, Angela Denoke soprano, Lucy Crowe soprano, Sir Willard White bass, Anna Lapkovskaja mezzo-soprano, Vocalconsort Berlin, David Cavelius chorus master, Vocal Heroes, Peter Sellars stage direction

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars on Janáček’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”

    Simon Rattle conducts Janáček’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” Go to concert
  • “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená

    “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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

    20 Dec 2015

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

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

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

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

    • free

      Interview
      Peter Sellars in conversation with Sarah Willis

    “Pelléas et Mélisande” with Simon Rattle, Christian Gerhaher and Magdalena Kožená Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”

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

    17 Dec 2011

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Gerald Finley, Anne Sofie von Otter, Stuart Skelton

    • Leoš Janáček
      The Cunning Little Vixen: Final Scene

      Gerald Finley Bass-Baritone

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das Lied von der Erde

      Anne Sofie von Otter Mezzo-Soprano, Stuart Skelton Tenor

    • free

      Interview
      Anne Sofie von Otter in conversation with Christoph Hartmann

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” Go to concert
  • Brahms’s Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus

    Brahms’s Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus

    It is Brahms of all people, the aloof North German, who has given us perhaps the most human of requiems. In contrast to the Catholic requiem mass, it is not the vision of the Last Judgement which forms the core of the work but succour for those in despair. In a special transatlantic collaboration, the Berliner Philharmoniker perform here together with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. The conductor is Donald Runnicles.

    20 Dec 2009

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Donald Runnicles

    Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus

    • Sebastian S. Currier
      TRACES, concerto for solo harp and orchestra (première)

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp

    • Johannes Brahms
      A German Requiem, op. 45

      Helena Juntunen Soprano, Gerald Finley Bass Baritone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Norman Mackenzie Chorus Master

    • free

      Interview
      Donald Runnicles in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    Brahms’s Requiem with Donald Runnicles and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts a Mozart Gala at the 2005 New Year’s Eve Concert

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts a Mozart Gala at the 2005 New Year’s Eve Concert

    On New Year’s Eve 2005, the Berliner Philharmoniker anticipated the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with an exhilarating and sparkling Mozart programme. Under the direction of Simon Rattle, it included highlights from Le nozze di Figaro, the Prague Symphony and the Piano Concerto No. 9. In addition to a team of internationally acclaimed vocal soloists, the guests included the American star pianist Emanuel Ax.

    31 Dec 2005
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

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

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

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

      Emanuel Ax Klavier

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

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

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

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Ave verum corpus, K. 618

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