Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud (19 min.)
One year before he takes over as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko conducted the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season. While the conductor had often performed rarities in his earlier appearances, Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung, and the Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony which were performed at this concert represent works central to the Philharmonikers’ repertoire. In an interview with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra, Petrenko tells us what role his own career stations Meiningen, Munich and Berlin play in Strauss, and what echoes of the Napoleonic wars he perceives in Beethoven’s work. They also discuss the different representations of the ladies’ man Don Juan in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Strauss’ symphonic poem.