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  • Valery Gergiev in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    08 Dec 2018free

    Valery Gergiev in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    In December 2018, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev performed works by French and Russian composers with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met with cellist and orchestra member Stephan Koncz for this interval feature.

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  • “A beautiful hurricane of energy” – Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

    02 Nov 2018free

    “A beautiful hurricane of energy” – Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

    To mark concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin and before a joint Asia tour, conductor Gustavo Dudamel met with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

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  • Paavo Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    20 Oct 2018free

    Paavo Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    This video shows conductor Paavo Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds, violinist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, to mark a concert he gave with the orchestra in October 2018.

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  • Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    13 Oct 2018free

    Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    In October 2018, conductor Jakub Hrůša made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with works by Czech composers. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by violinist and orchestra member Philipp Bohnen.

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  • Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    13 Oct 2018free

    Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    To mark his performance of Bohuslav Martinů’s First Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann met with Philipp Bohnen for an interview.

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  • Sakari Oramo in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    06 Oct 2018free

    Sakari Oramo in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    In this interval feature, we meet the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo, who conducted a programme with works by Grieg, Sibelius and Brett Dean with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the autumn of 2018.

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  • Brett Dean in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    06 Oct 2018free

    Brett Dean in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    In this interval feature, the Australian composer Brett Dean meets with horn player Fergus McWilliam on the occasion of the European premiere of his Cello Concerto by the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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  • Katia and Marielle Labèque in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    29 Sep 2018free

    Katia and Marielle Labèque in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    In September 2018, the pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque performed Max Bruch’s concerto for two pianos and orchestra with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met with principal oboe Albrecht Mayer for this interval feature.

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    22 Sep 2018free

    Daniel Harding on Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    In September 2018, Daniel Harding conducted a work by Anton Bruckner with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time: his Fifth Symphony. In this video, the English conductor presents an introduction to the work.

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    15 Sep 2018free

    François-Xavier Roth in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    In his second programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker, François-Xavier Roth conducted pioneering works by European composers from the 20th century at Musikfest 2018. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Matthew Hunter, violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    09 Sep 2018free

    Sir George Benjamin in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In a concert in September 2018, at the beginning of his tenure as Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker, George Benjamin conducted a work of his own plus music from the 20th century. The artist talks here about the programme with principal oboe Jonathan Kelly.

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    24 Aug 2018free

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    One year before he takes over as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko conducted the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season with works by Strauss and Beethoven.

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    20 Jun 2018free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    To mark his last concert as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle talks about Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, a work which was also on the programme at his Philharmoniker debut in 1987.

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    27 May 2018free

    Jörg Widmann on "Tanz auf dem Vulkan"

    In May 2018, Sir Simon Rattle conducted the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Tanz auf dem Vulkan in a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The composer talks here about his work.

    Jörg Widmann on "Tanz auf dem Vulkan" Watch interview

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    26 May 2018free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner (2012)

    In 2012 and 2018, the Berliner Philharmoniker played a complete performance version of Bruckner’s unfinished Ninth Symphony under Simon Rattle. In this video, the conductor presents an introduction to the work.

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    19 May 2018free

    Mikko Franck in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    As a stand-in for the unavailable Sir Simon Rattle, Mikko Frank conducted Schumann’s Oratorio Paradise and the Peri at the Berlin Philharmonie in May 2018 and met with the Philharmoniker’s violist Matthew Hunter for this interval feature.

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    12 May 2018free

    Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Amihai Grosz

    In the spring of 2018, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Tugan Sokhiev performed works from the Russian repertoire and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. In this interval feature, the conductor is interviewed by principal viola Amihai Grosz.

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    06 May 2018free

    Paavo Järvi in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    At the end of the 2017/2018 season, Paavo Järvi conducted a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker and spoke to Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra, about the programme of works by Shostakovich and Sibelius.

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    27 Apr 2018free

    Wenzel Fuchs in conversation with Daishin Kashimoto

    In April 2018, Wenzel Fuchs was the soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by his Philharmoniker colleague, first concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto.

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    21 Apr 2018free

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    In April 2018, Daniel Harding performed an all-Mozart programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here, he talks to their first concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley about his view of the Viennese Classicist.

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley Watch interview

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    13 Apr 2018free

    Yuja Wang in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    At the atmospheric Watergate Club, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang met with Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The occasion was a performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto in April 2018.

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    13 Apr 2018free

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Knut Weber

    In April 2018, Kirill Petrenko presented his second programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker as their chief conductor designate, which included Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony. Here, you can see him in interview with the Philharmoniker’s cellist Knut Weber.

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Knut Weber Watch interview

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    08 Apr 2018free

    Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Sarah Willis

    To mark performances of Wagner’s Parsifal at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden and in Berlin, horn player Sarah Willis hosted a live chat between Sir Simon Rattle and the Philharmoniker’s online community.

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    03 Mar 2018free

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In this interval feature, Daniel Harding talks to Jonathan Kelly, principal oboist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The occasion was a concert conducted by Harding in March 2018 with works by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss.

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    17 Feb 2018free

    Vasily Petrenko in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    Here you can see an interview with the Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko, marking his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2018. The interview is conducted by the Philharmoniker’s violinist Philipp Bohnen.

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    10 Feb 2018free

    Leonidas Kavakos in conversation with Allan Nilles

    In February 2018, Leonidas Kavakos performed Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Adam Fischer. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Allan Nilles, a violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    03 Feb 2018free

    Dima Slobodeniouk in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In February 2018, conductor Dima Slobodeniouk talked with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal flute about works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Sibelius, which were programmed for his debut with the orchestra.

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    27 Jan 2018free

    Mariss Jansons in conversation with Raphael Haeger

    In January 2018, Mariss Jansons was named honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and his subsequent concert saw performances of works by Schumann and Bruckner. Here you can see the interval feature with the Philharmoniker’s percussionist Raphael Haeger.

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    27 Jan 2018free

    Mariss Jansons named honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    In January 2018, the Berliner Philharmoniker appointed Mariss Jansons as an honorary member. Jansons expressed his thanks with a moving retrospective of their joint artistic work.

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    21 Jan 2018free

    Mikko Franck in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    In January 2018, the Finnish conductor Mikko Frank performed Ravel’s poetic opera L'Enfant et les sortilèges with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by one of the Philharmoniker’s cellists, Stephan Koncz.

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    21 Jan 2018free

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

    Here you can see Noah Bendix-Balgley’s brief introduction to the works of Mozart and Saint-Saëns which the 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker performed as the soloist with his orchestra in January 2018.

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

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    13 Jan 2018free

    Antonio Pappano in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    In January 2018, the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Antonio Pappano performed works by French and Russian composers. In this interval feature, Pappano is interviewed by Fergus McWilliam, a horn player with the Philharmoniker.

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    31 Dec 2017free

    Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    With orchestra songs by Richard Strauss, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato made a significant contribution to the success of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2017 New Year’s Eve Concert. Here she speaks to Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster of the orchestra.

    Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley Watch interview

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    22 Dec 2017free

    Vilde Frang in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    For her second appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2017, Vilde Frang performed Béla Bartók’s First Violin Concerto under the baton of Iván Fischer. In this interval feature, she is interviewed by the Philharmoniker’s violinist, Philipp Bohnen.

    Vilde Frang in conversation with Philipp Bohnen Watch interview

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    22 Dec 2017free

    Iván Fischer in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In December 2017, Iván Fischer conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in works by Béla Bartók and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by the Philharmoniker’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.

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    16 Dec 2017free

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky

    To mark a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann met for an interview during the interval with the violinist and orchestra member Raimar Orlovsky.

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    09 Dec 2017free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3

    Here you can see Herbert Blomstedt’s introduction to the original version of Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony which the conductor performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2017.

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    04 Nov 2017free

    Seong-Jin Cho in conversation with Marlene Ito

    In November 2017, pianist Seong-Jin Cho made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto. Here, the young South Korean discusses his amazing career and the focus of his repertoire with Marlene Ito, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Seong-Jin Cho in conversation with Marlene Ito Watch interview

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    03 Nov 2017free

    Unsuk Chin in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    The Berliner Philharmoniker premiered Unsuk Chin’s Chorós Chordón in November 2017 as part of the Tapas series. Here, the Korean composer talks to Eva-Maria Tomasi, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Unsuk Chin in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi Watch interview

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    28 Oct 2017free

    Ton Koopman in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In October 2017, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor for the first time since 2006. The musical direction of the concert, which involved the participation of a first-class ensemble of soloists and the RIAS Kammerchor, was in the hands of the Dutch...

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    21 Oct 2017free

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In this interview conducted in French with principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker Emmanuel Pahud, Yannick Nézet-Séguin talks about Johannes Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem which the Canadian conductor performed with the orchestra in October 2017.

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    14 Oct 2017free

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

    In this introduction, the American director Peter Sellars talks about the both humorous and melancholy opera The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček and his staging of the piece in the Philharmonie in October 2017.

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

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    07 Oct 2017free

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Tobias Möller

    In October 2017, pianist Mitsuko Uchida was a guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker to play the solo part in Mozart’s final piano concerto. Here she speaks with Tobias Möller of the Digital Concert Hall about her affection for the Viennese classicist.

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Tobias Möller Watch interview

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    07 Oct 2017free

    Amihai Grosz in conversation with Tobias Möller

    Amihai Grosz, first principal violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, played William Walton’s Viola Concerto in October 2017. In this interview, the artist talks to Tobias Möller of the Digital Concert Hall about the experience of performing as a soloist together with his own orchestra.

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    30 Sep 2017free

    Daniele Gatti in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    Daniele Gatti, who enjoys success as both an opera and concert conductor, performed works by Brahms and Hindemith with the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2017 and talked about his career with violist and orchestra member Matthew Hunter.

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    23 Sep 2017free

    Alain Altinoglu in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    In September 2017, Alain Altinoglu made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with a Franco-Hungarian programme. Here he can be seen in conversation with Fergus McWilliam, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

    Alain Altinoglu in conversation with Fergus McWilliam Watch interview

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    16 Sep 2017free

    Marek Janowski in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek

    Works by Pfitzner and Bruckner were on the programme when Marek Janowski conducted a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker as part of the annual Musikfest Berlin. The conductor talks here to Krzysztof Polonek, who plays in the first violin section of the orchestra.

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    10 Sep 2017free

    Susanna Mälkki in conversation with Matthew McDonald

    For her second appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Susanna Mälkki conducted Jean Sibelius’ Second Symphony. The Finnish artist discusses her choice of programme in this interview with Matthew McDonald, the orchestra’s first principal bass.

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    25 Aug 2017free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Haydn’s “Creation”

    In this introduction, Sir Simon Rattle explains central aspects of one of his absolute favourite works: Joseph Haydn’s Creation, which was heard in the opening concert of his last season as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Haydn’s “Creation” Watch interview

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    25 Aug 2017free

    Mark Padmore in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    Mark Padmore’s appearances in Berlin as the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions with the Berliner Philharmoniker are unforgettable. Together with the violinist Stanley Dodds, the English tenor talks here about his appointment as the orchestra’s Artist in Residence in the 2017/2018 season.

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    24 Jun 2017free

    Mark-Anthony Turnage in conversation with Sarah Willis

    To mark the premiere of his piece Remembering by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle in June 2017, the renowned English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage talked to Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

    Mark-Anthony Turnage in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    17 Jun 2017free

    Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    In June 2017, the wonderful American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performed Hector Berlioz’s cantata, La Mort de Cléopâtre with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, the singer met for a chat with Noah Bendix-Balgley, one of the orchestra’s first concertmasters.

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    09 Jun 2017free

    Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9: an introduction by Susanne Stähr

    The Berliner Philharmoniker performed Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony "From the New World" under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in June 2017. This introduction to the work is by the musicologist Susanne Stähr.

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    03 Jun 2017free

    Imogen Cooper in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    The English pianist Imogen Cooper has an excellent reputation, not least for her interpretations of Mozart. In June 2017, she played the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for a chat with violist and orchestra member Matthew Hunter.

    Imogen Cooper in conversation with Matthew Hunter Watch interview

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    03 Jun 2017free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Stravinsky’s "Chant funèbre"

    The Berliner Philharmoniker presented the German premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s long-lost early work Chant funébre in June 2017. In this introduction, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle talks about the work and its unexpected rediscovery.

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    20 May 2017free

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    In May 2017, the Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with compositions by Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich – and discussed the programme with violinist and orchestra member Philipp Bohnen.

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    13 May 2017free

    Gautier Capuçon in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In the spring of 2017, Gautier Capuçon was the soloist in Shostakovich’s extremely demanding First Cello Concerto in the Philharmonie. On this occasion, he spoke with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis about, among other things, his teaching activities.

    Gautier Capuçon in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    22 Apr 2017free

    2017 Live Lounge from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden

    The main event of the 2017 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden was Puccini’s electric opera Tosca. The Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis invited the singer of the title role, Kristine Opolais, to chat in her popular live lounge.

    2017 Live Lounge from the Easter Festival Baden-Baden Watch interview

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    14 Apr 2017free

    Lisa Batiashvili in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    At the 2017 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the violinist Lisa Batiashvili performed Dvořák’s only violin concerto. In this interview, she talked about the work with Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    Lisa Batiashvili in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer Watch interview

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    23 Mar 2017free

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Olaf Maninger

    In March 2017, the year following his election as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko performed works with the orchestra including Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and had an in-depth conversation with principal cellist and media director Olaf Maninger.

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Olaf Maninger Watch interview

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    18 Mar 2017free

    HK Gruber in conversation with Knut Weber

    In March 2017, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and the pianist Emanuel Ax premiered a new piano concerto by HK Gruber. Here the composer tells cellist and orchestra member Knut Weber about his musical views.

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    12 Mar 2017free

    Pinchas Zukerman in conversation with Aleksandar Ivić

    The Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman is celebrated worldwide for his brilliant tone and perfect technique. When appearing with the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform Elgar’s Violin Concerto, the artist spoke with violinist and orchestra member Aleksandar Ivić.

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    12 Mar 2017free

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

    The Berliner Philharmoniker have provided many special moments at the charity concerts which have been held by the German Federal Presidents since 1988. Here, two orchestra members, the violist Walter Küssner and the cellist Christoph Igelbrink, remember some of these unforgettable performances.

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    05 Mar 2017free

    Anoushka Shankar in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    In March 2017, Anoushka Shankar made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as the soloist in her father’s Second Sitar Concerto. Here, she talks to Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the orchestra, about the relationship between Indian and European music.

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    18 Feb 2017free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti's “Le Grand Macabre”

    The staged presentation of Le Grand Macabre was one of the highlights of the Philharmoniker’s 2016/2017 season. Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars, conductor and director of the performance, talk here together about Ligeti’s anarchic opera.

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    11 Feb 2017free

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja in conversation with Paolo Mendes

    On her second appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja performed Ligeti’s only violin concerto and met with horn player and orchestra member Paolo Mendes during the interval.

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    28 Jan 2017free

    John Adams in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    In January 2017, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. Here the composer speaks with Noah Bendix-Balgley, first concertmaster with the orchestra.

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    21 Jan 2017free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms

    In one of his popular introductions, Herbert Blomstedt talks about Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony and Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, two works that the Swedish conductor performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the spring of 2017.

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    14 Jan 2017free

    Marek Janowski in conversation with Christian Stadelmann

    In January 2017, Marek Janowski conducted Verdi’s Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker and, in conversation with violinist and orchestra member Christian Stadelmann, explained his perspective on the Italian opera composer’s sacred and highly dramatic work.

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    31 Dec 2016free

    Daniil Trifonov in conversation with Sarah Willis

    At the 2016 New Year’s Eve concert, the phenomenal young pianist Daniil Trifonov made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker playing Rachmaninov’s extremely virtuoso Third Piano Concerto. Here, he is in conversation with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

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    31 Dec 2016free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the 2016 New Year’s Concert

    The 2016 New Year’s Eve concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker featured Russian, Czech and English works. Here, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle explains the selection of pieces.

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    22 Dec 2016free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the first act of Wagner’s “Walküre”

    In the winter of 2016, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle presented an all-Wagner programme, with the lyrical and chamber music-like Siegfried Idyll and the highly dramatic first act of the Walküre. Here, the chief conductor introduces the works.

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    17 Dec 2016free

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    With a performance of the Seventh Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann confirmed his reputation as an outstanding Bruckner conductor during the 2016 pre-Christmas season. He talks here to Christoph Streuli, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

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    10 Dec 2016free

    Gidon Kremer in conversation with Walter Küssner

    In December 2016, the violinist Gidon Kremer was the soloist in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto In tempus praesens and spoke with Walter Küssner, a violist with the Philharmoniker, about fundamental questions of musical interpretation.

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    03 Dec 2016free

    Alan Gilbert in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    In a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2016, Alan Gilbert conducted works of the 20th century and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. In this interval feature, he met with the orchestra’s principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer.

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    04 Nov 2016free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Brahms and the Second Viennese School

    In November 2016, a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker traced a line from Johannes Brahms to the composers around Arnold Schoenberg. In this introduction, the programme’s connections are explained by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

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    28 Oct 2016free

    Iván Fischer in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    This conversation between the Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer and cellist and orchestra member Stephan Koncz when he gave a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2016 focuses on the music and personality of Béla Bartók.

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    15 Oct 2016free

    Nikolai Lugansky in conversation with Christoph Igelbrink

    In October 2016, the Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations and met with Christoph Igelbrink, a member of the orchestra’s cello section.

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    08 Oct 2016free

    Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Knut Weber

    Under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Christian Gerhaher sang the baritone role in Gustav Mahler’s Lied von der Erde in October 2016 and met with Knut Weber, cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker and member of the orchestra board, for a chat.

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    01 Oct 2016free

    Manfred Honeck in conversation with Martin Menking

    Manfred Honeck’s programme for his appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2016 included Antonín Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. Cellist and orchestra member Martin Menking interviews the conductor in this interval feature.

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    24 Sep 2016free

    Daniele Gatti in conversation with Bruno Delepelaire

    Bruno Delepelaire, first principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, met with Daniele Gatti in September 2016 when the Italian conductor performed works by Honegger, Debussy and Henri Dutilleux with the orchestra.

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    17 Sep 2016free

    John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis

    To start off his year as Composer in Residence in the 2016/2017 season, John Adams made his debut conducting of the Berliner Philharmoniker with a programme of his own works and met with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis for a talk.

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    26 Aug 2016free

    Welcome to the 2016/2017 season!

    After returning from the their summer holidays, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker welcome audiences to the 2016/2017 season and tell us which projects in the concert calendar they are most looking forward to.

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    26 Aug 2016free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

    To open the 2016/2017 season, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle performed Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. Here, the chief conductor introduces the work.

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    Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Sarah Willis

    For the last concert in the Philharmonie of the 2015/2016 season, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed works by Bartók and Shostakovich under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who met for a chat with horn player and orchestra member Sarah Willis.

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    18 Jun 2016free

    Betsy Jolas in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    When the Berliner Philharmoniker premiered a work by Betsy Jolas in June 2016, the French composer was already 90 years old. Philharmoniker horn player Fergus McWilliam met with the charming and sprightly artist for this interval feature.

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    04 Jun 2016free

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In June 2016, the English conductor John Eliot Gardiner returned to the Berliner Philharmoniker after a long pause with a Stravinsky programme. Here, he talks to the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Jonathan Kelly.

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    28 May 2016free

    Marie-Pierre Langlamet on the art of playing the harp

    In May 2016, a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, was the soloist in Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto. Here the artist explains the technical challenges of harp playing with practical examples.

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    28 May 2016free

    Juanjo Mena in conversation with Joaquín Riquelme García

    In May 2016, conductor Juanjo Mena made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a concert with works by Debussy, Ginastera and de Falla and met with fellow Spaniard and Philharmoniker violist Joaquín Riquelme García for this interview feature.

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    29 Apr 2016free

    Andris Nelsons in conversation with Gunars Upatnieks

    In the spring of 2016, Andris Nelsons conducted a work by Anton Bruckner with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time: his Third Symphony. During the interval, he spoke to his fellow Latvian and double bass player with the Philharmoniker, Gunars Upatnieks.

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    29 Apr 2016free

    Wagner and Bruckner: an introduction by Susanne Stähr

    In April 2016, Andris Nelsons conducted Bruckner’s Third Symphony and excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Musicologist Susanne Stähr here talks about the tense relationship between the two composers.

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    29 Apr 2016free

    Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker talk about Anton Bruckner

    When the Berliner Philharmoniker played Bruckner’s Third Symphony in the spring of 2016 under the direction of Andris Nelsons, members of the orchestra discussed the challenges of performing Bruckner.

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    23 Apr 2016free

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    Playing Maurice Ravel’s famous G major Piano Concerto, the French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet made a guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in April 2016 and met with their principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer in this interval feature.

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    16 Apr 2016free

    Kirill Gerstein in conversation with Raphael Haeger

    In April 2016, the Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, and on this occasion he spoke with the Philharmoniker’s percussionist Raphael Haeger, who shares his passion for jazz.

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    10 Apr 2016free

    Seiji Ozawa becomes honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    This video shows the appointment of Seiji Ozawa as an honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in April 2016, which saw the 50th anniversary of the collaboration between the Japanese conductor and the orchestra.

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    10 Apr 2016free

    Seiji Ozawa in conversation with Daishin Kashimoto

    In the 50th year of their collaboration, Seiji Ozawa returned to the Berliner Philharmoniker after a long break to conduct two works by Ludwig van Beethoven. Here he talks with his fellow countryman, Daishin Kashimoto.

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    03 Apr 2016free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”

    After a staged production in Baden-Baden, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a concert performances of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde at the Philharmonie. Here, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle talks about the work.

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    21 Mar 2016free

    2016 Live Lounge from the Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    In the spring of 2016, the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis invited pianist Mitsuko Uchida plus some members of the orchestra to join her popular live lounge at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden.

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    20 Mar 2016free

    Manfred Honeck in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    Tchaikovsky’s famous Pathétique was one work on the programme when Manfred Honeck conducted a Berliner Philharmoniker concert at the festival in Baden-Baden. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe of the orchestra.

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    05 Mar 2016free

    Truls Mørk in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    The Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk was the soloist in Henri Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain... performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Mariss Jansons in March 2016. Here, the artist talks to Ludwig Quandt, first principal cellist with the orchestra.

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    01 Mar 2016free

    Statements by Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle

    On 1 March 2016, the Berliner Philharmoniker and two other of the city’s orchestras welcomed refugees and aid workers to the Philharmonie. Here, the chief conductors of the ensembles express their thoughts on the political and humanitarian situation.

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    27 Feb 2016free

    Daniel Stabrawa in conversation with Rainer Seegers

    Daniel Stabrawa, who was already a first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Karajan era, is here in conversation with timpanist and orchestral colleague Rainer Seegers when he was the soloist in a performance of Szymanowski’s Second Violin Concerto in February 2016.

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    20 Feb 2016free

    Stefan Dohr on Richard Ayres’s "NONcerto"

    In a Late Night concert in February 2016, Stefan Dohr, principal horn player of the Berliner Philharmoniker, took on the role of the protagonist in Richard Ayres’s NONcerto. Here you can see his introduction to this distinctive, humorous work.

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    13 Feb 2016free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Franz Berwald and Antonín Dvořák

    In February 2016, Herbert Blomstedt conducted a programme of symphonies by Franz Berwald and Antonín Dvořák with the Berliner Philharmoniker and also provided an introduction to the works in his usual entertaining fashion.

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    29 Jan 2016free

    Iván Fischer about Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Under the direction of Iván Fischer, the Berliner Philharmoniker played Gustav Mahler’s monumental Third Symphony in January 2016. Here, you can see the Hungarian conductor’s introduction to the work.

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    23 Jan 2016free

    Magnus Lindberg in conversation with Frank Peter Zimmermann

    In January 2016, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave the German premiere of a violin concerto by Magnus Lindberg. Here, the composer talks with soloist Frank Peter Zimmermann, to whom the work is dedicated.

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    23 Jan 2016free

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In the spring of 2016, Daniel Harding conducted a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a programme which included Schumann’s Second Symphony, and took time to talk to the orchestra’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.

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    16 Jan 2016free

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    Christian Thielemann conducted works by Schumann, Chopin, Aribert Reimann and Richard Strauss with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2016. In this interval feature, he spoke to Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe with the orchestra.

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    09 Jan 2016free

    Gijs Leenaars in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    For a performance of Fauré’s Requiem in January 2016 under the direction of Christian Thielemann, the Rundfunkchor Berlin was rehearsed by artistic director Gijs Leenaars, who came along to speak to one of the Philharmoniker’s violist, Matthew Hunter.

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    31 Dec 2015free

    The Berliner Philharmoniker's New Year’s Eve Party

    Sarah Willis, a horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, gets to know the festive customs of her orchestra colleagues from various countries in this 2015/2016 New Year’s Eve celebration.

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    20 Dec 2015free

    Peter Sellars in conversation with Sarah Willis

    As the then incumbent Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker, American director Peter Sellars staged Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande shortly before Christmas 2015 and discussed it with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

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    06 Dec 2015free

    Till Fellner in conversation with Knut Weber

    In December 2015, the Austrian pianist Till Fellner made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. In this interval feature, he was interviewed by cellist and orchestra member Knut Weber.

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    01 Dec 2015free

    François-Xavier Roth in conversation with Sebastian Krunnies

    With French works from the Baroque to the 20th century, the conductor and original sound expert François-Xavier Roth made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the winter of 2015 and met with the Philharmoniker’s violist Sebastian Krunnies for a chat.

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    30 Oct 2015free

    Baiba Skride in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    In her second programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Latvian violinist Baiba Skride performed Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. Here, she talks about the virtuoso and highly emotional work with Philipp Bohnen, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

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    24 Oct 2015free

    Piotr Anderszewski in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek

    Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 was on the programme when Piotr Anderszewski made a guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2015. Krzysztof Polonek, a violinist with the orchestra, met with the Polish pianist for a chat.

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    19 Oct 2015free

    Behind the scenes: The 12 Cellists play tango

    In the autumn of 2015, South American tango music was the theme of a concert by the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and in this film, they talk about their passion for the South American dance.

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    16 Oct 2015free

    Simon Rattle talks about Beethoven’s symphonies

    In October 2015, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker performed all of Beethoven’s symphonies. To mark the occasion, journalist Shirley Apthorp conducted an in-depth conversation with Sir Simon about the epoch-making group of works.

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    26 Sep 2015free

    Gil Shaham in conversation with Julia Gartemann

    In September 2015, the Israeli-American violinist Gil Shaham performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Julia Gartemann, a violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    19 Sep 2015free

    Tomi Mäkelä on Carl Nielsen and Arnold Schoenberg

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Danish composer Carl Nielsen, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed his Fourth Symphony as part of Musikfest Berlin 2015. This introduction to the work is by the Finnish musicologist Tomi Mäkelä.

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    13 Sep 2015free

    Matthias Pintscher in conversation with Raphael Haeger

    Matthias Pintscher, made his debut conducting the Berliner Phiharmoniker in September 2015, after the orchestra had already performed several of his works. Here, he talks about his Franco-German programme with Raphael Haeger, a percussionist with the Philharmoniker.

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    28 Aug 2015free

    Welcome to the 2015/2016 season!

    In the traditional welcome video, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker talk about the highlights to look forward to in the 2015/2016 season.

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    25 Jun 2015free

    Unsuk Chin and Barbara Hannigan on “Le Silence des Sirènes”

    In June 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker presented the German premiere of Unsuk Chin’s scene Le Silence des Sirènes. Here, you can see the Korean composer in conversation with soprano Barbara Hannigan, the soloist and dedicatee of the work.

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    20 Jun 2015free

    Christian Tetzlaff on his season as Artist in Residence

    In this film, the violinist Christian Tetzlaff tells of his time as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Artist in Residence in the 2014/2015 season.

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    12 Jun 2015free

    Barbara Hannigan on Kurt Weill and William Walton

    In June 2015, the Canadian singer Barbara Hannigan plus members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle all appeared in a Late Night concert. In this introduction, she talks about the works she performed on this occasion.

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    06 Jun 2015free

    Jörg Widmann on “Teufel Amor”

    Under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, the Berliner Philharmoniker played Jörg Widmann’s piece Teufel Amor in June 2015. In this film, the composer, clarinettist and conductor introduces the work.

    Jörg Widmann on “Teufel Amor” Watch interview

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    06 Jun 2015free

    Daniel Barenboim in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In June, Daniel Barenboim conducted a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker which included Tchaikovsky’s famous last symphony known as the Pathétique, and spoke with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra, about his view of the work.

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    30 May 2015free

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember Lorin Maazel

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker spoke about their memories of Lorin Maazel in May 2015 after the American conductor died unexpectedly on 13 July 2014.

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    24 May 2015free

    Gianandrea Noseda in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    In May 2015, the conductor Gianandrea Noseda made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by German, Italian and Russian composers. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by the Philharmoniker’s violinist Stanley Dodds.

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    16 May 2015free

    Yuja Wang in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

    In May 2015, the young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, performing Prokofiev’s extremely virtuoso Second Piano Concerto. Here, she talks to Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the orchestra.

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    10 May 2015free

    Mariss Jansons in conversation with Gábor Tarkövi

    In May 2015, conductor Mariss Jansons presented a Hungarian-Russian-French programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker. To mark the occasion, he was interviewed by the orchestra’s principal trumpet, Gábor Tarkövi.

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    10 May 2015free

    Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Rüdiger Liebermann

    The violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who performs regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, was the soloist in Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto in May 2015, and met for this interval feature with his fellow violinist and member of the Philharmoniker, Rüdiger Liebermann.

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    25 Apr 2015free

    Andris Nelsons and Håkan Hardenberger in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In April, Håkan Hardenberger made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut as the soloist in HK Gruber’s trumpet concerto Aerial under the baton of Andris Nelsons. Here, you can see both the conductor and soloist in conversation with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

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    11 Apr 2015free

    Joyce DiDonato in conversation with Tobias Möller

    American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato met for this interval feature with Tobias Möller of the Digital Concert Hall to mark her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Hector Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust in April 2015.

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    12 Mar 2015free

    Works by Messiaen, Debussy and Duruflé: Introduction by Simon Halsey

    In this introduction, long-time artistic director of the Rundfunkchor Berlin Simon Halsey presents the French programme performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Donald Runnicles in March 2015.

    Works by Messiaen, Debussy and Duruflé: Introduction by Simon Halsey Watch interview

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    06 Mar 2015free

    Isabelle Faust in conversation with Wieland Welzel

    In March 2015, violinist Isabelle Faust performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The interviewer in this interval feature is Wieland Welzel, a timpanist with the orchestra.

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    06 Mar 2015free

    Bernard Haitink in conversation with Klaus Wallendorf

    More than 50 years after his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink conducted works by Ludwig van Beethoven with the orchestra and met for a chat in this interval feature with Klaus Wallendorf, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

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    28 Feb 2015free

    Valery Gergiev in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    In the spring of 2015, Valery Gergiev conducted works by Beethoven and Prokofiev with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The interviewer in this interview feature is Matthew Hunter, violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    05 Feb 2015free

    Simon Rattle in conversation with Vesa Sirén

    To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ birth, the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, performed the composer’s seven symphonies in February 2015. To mark the event, Sir Simon took part in an in-depth conversation with music journalist Vesa Sirén.

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    27 Jan 2015free

    Amnon Weinstein on the "Violins of Hope"

    On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, an emotional concert was given under the title Violins of Hope in the Chamber Music Hall. The musicians played instruments whose history is told in this film by violin maker Amnon Weinstein.

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    24 Jan 2015free

    Christian Gerhaher, Gijs Leenaars and Christian Thielemann about Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem”

    In the spring of 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin performed Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem. The performers included conductor Christian Thielemann, baritone Christian Gerhaher and choirmaster Gijs Leenaars, who discuss the work in this video.

    Christian Gerhaher, Gijs Leenaars and Christian Thielemann about Brahms’s “Deutsches Requiem” Watch interview

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    17 Jan 2015free

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Amadeus Heutling

    In January 2015, Christian Thielemann conducted a work by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, the Eroica, and met Amadeus Heutling, a violinist with the Philharmoniker, for this interval feature to mark the occasion.

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    10 Jan 2015free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Herbert Blomstedt’s Bruckner performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker are legendary. At the beginning of 2015, they performed the Eighth Symphony, whose structure and complexity Blomstedt explains in this film.

    Herbert Blomstedt on Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Watch interview

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    20 Dec 2014free

    Jörg Widmann in conversation with Dominik Wollenweber

    Dominik Wollenweber, cor anglais player with the Philharmoniker, talks here with Jörg Widmann about his piano concerto Trauermarsch, which the Berliner Philharmoniker premiered in December 2014. The soloist was the pianist Yefim Bronfman.

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    13 Dec 2014free

    Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    In December 2014, Tugan Sokhiev conducted works by Lyadov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In conversation with the Philharmoniker’s violinist Stanley Dodds, Sokhiev talks about the programme selection and formative influences of his career.

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    29 Nov 2014free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Schubert’s “Winterreise”

    In this film, Sir Simon Rattle talks about Hans Zender’s adaptation of Schubert’s Winterreise, which he performed with tenor Christian Elsner and the Berliner Philharmoniker in November 2014 in a Late Night concert.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Schubert’s “Winterreise” Watch interview

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    29 Nov 2014free

    Christian Elsner on Schubert’s “Winterreise”

    In November 2014, tenor Christian Elsner sang Hans Zender’s adaptation of Winterreise under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at a Late Night concert. In this short film he expresses his thoughts on the piece.

    Christian Elsner on Schubert’s “Winterreise” Watch interview

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    22 Nov 2014free

    Alan Gilbert in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    A Bach cantata and the third symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn and Carl Nielsen were performed in 2014 in a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Alan Gilbert, who speaks here with the orchestra’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.

    Alan Gilbert in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    09 Nov 2014free

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall – Memories of Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker talk about their memories of the divided city, the joyful shock of the opening of the Berlin Wall and the legendary, spontaneously organised concert under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall – Memories of Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker Watch interview

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    09 Nov 2014free

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall – Memories of Sir Simon Rattle

    On 9 November 2014, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a gala concert for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here, the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker remembers the exciting events of that time.

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall – Memories of Sir Simon Rattle Watch interview

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    31 Oct 2014free

    Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In October 2014, the original sound specialist Emmanuelle Haïm conducted Georg Friedrich Handel’s La resurrezione with the Berliner Philharmoniker and spoke with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe, Jonathan Kelly, about the oratorio.

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    25 Oct 2014free

    Daniele Gatti in conversation with Tobias Möller

    The Italian conductor Daniele Gatti performed works by Wagner, Brahms and Berg with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2014. In this interval feature, he talks to Tobias Möller from the Digital Concert Hall.

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    18 Oct 2014free

    Emanuel Ax in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    For his guest appearance in the autumn of 2014, the pianist Emanuel Ax performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met with violist and orchestra member Matthew Hunter for a chat to mark the occasion.

    Emanuel Ax in conversation with Matthew Hunter Watch interview

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    26 Sep 2014free

    Winrich Hopp in conversation with Benedikt von Bernstorff

    The director of Musikfest Berlin Winrich Hopp talked to the music journalist Benedikt von Bernstorff about the collaboration of the festival and the Berliner Philharmoniker plus the 2014 programme.

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    25 Sep 2014free

    Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the Brahms/Schumann cycle

    In this film, orchestra members of the Berliner Philharmoniker give their views on the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann which were performed in a cyclical concert series under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle in September 2014.

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    19 Sep 2014free

    Introducing Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings – The label of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle talks here about the in-house label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, founded in 2014, whose first release was the symphonies of Robert Schumann.

    Introducing Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings – The label of the Berliner Philharmoniker Watch interview

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    18 Sep 2014free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the Brahms/Schumann cycle

    In this introduction by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, he presents the Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms symphonies which were performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2014.

    Sir Simon Rattle on the Brahms/Schumann cycle Watch interview

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    13 Sep 2014free

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja in conversation with Ulrich Knörzer

    In September 2014, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as the soloist in Peter Eötvös’ Second Violin Concerto under the direction of the composer. To mark the occasion, she was interviewed by Ulrich Knörzer, a violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    30 Aug 2014free

    The Berliner Philharmoniker welcome the new season

    At the beginning of the 2014/2015 season, the musicians of the orchestra discuss what concerts they were especially looking forward to.

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    18 Jun 2014free

    “The Unanswered Question” – A musical introduction

    The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives is a key work of American music. On the occasion of a performance in the summer of 2014, violinist Philipp Bohnen and other members of the Berliner Philharmoniker explain the individual character and charm of the composition.

    “The Unanswered Question” – A musical introduction Watch interview

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    18 Jun 2014free

    Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker on Daniel Barenboim

    Fifty years after Daniel Barenboim’s debut as a pianist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, members of the orchestra discuss what is special about working with the musician.

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    07 Jun 2014free

    Bruno Delepelaire and Máté Szücs in conversation with Sarah Willis

    A performance of Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote featured Bruno Delepelaire and Máté Szücs, section leaders of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as the soloists. The Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis talks to the cellist and the violist.

    Bruno Delepelaire and Máté Szücs in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    31 May 2014free

    Hilary Hahn in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    In May 2014, the violinist Hilary Hahn performed Henri Vieuxtemps’ Fourth Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, an extraordinarily virtuoso and rarely performed work. Here she talks to Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe with the orchestra.

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    24 May 2014free

    Sol Gabetta in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    In May 2014, Sol Gabetta made her second guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, this time as the soloist in Bohuslav Martinů’s First Cello Concerto. In this interval feature, she met with cellist and orchestra member Stephan Koncz.

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    24 May 2014free

    Krzysztof Urbański in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek

    The young conductor Krzysztof Urbański made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker on 24 May 2014 with works by Czech composers. With violinist Krzysztof Polonek, who like Urbanski comes from Poland, he discussed his choice of programme.

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    17 May 2014free

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember Claudio Abbado

    Just a few months after the death of Claudio Abbado on 20 January 2014, orchestra members of the Berliner Philharmoniker remembered their former chief conductor.

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    10 May 2014free

    Unsuk Chin in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    The musicologist Helge Grünewald talks to Korean composer Unsuk Chin, whose cello concerto was performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2014.

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    16 Apr 2014free

    Live Lounge from the 2014 Baden-Baden Easter Festival

    At the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in the spring of 2014, Eva-Marie Westbroek shone in the title role of Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut and was invited to the live lounge of the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

    Live Lounge from the 2014 Baden-Baden Easter Festival Watch interview

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    22 Mar 2014free

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In March 2014, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by the Philharmoniker’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.

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    22 Mar 2014free

    Andreas Blau in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In March 2014, Andreas Blau performed Carl Reineke’s Flute Concerto as part of his last season as principal flute with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he met with Emmanuel Pahud, who holds the same position in the orchestra.

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    15 Mar 2014free

    Bernard Haitink in conversation with Peter Brem

    In the 50th year of his association with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bernard Haitink conducted works by Mozart and Bruckner in March 2014. In this video, he can be seen in conversation with Peter Brem, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

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    28 Feb 2014free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars in conversation with Andy King-Dabbs

    The semi-staged performances of Bach’s passions were among the highlights of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Rattle era. After a performance of the St. John Passion in February 2014, conductor Simon Rattle and director Peter Sellars spoke with television producer Andy King-Dabbs.

    Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars in conversation with Andy King-Dabbs Watch interview

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    22 Feb 2014free

    Georg Friedrich Haas in conversation with Götz Teutsch

    In this interview with Götz Teutsch, a former principal cello with the Philharmoniker, Georg Haas discusses his composition dark dreams, which was premiered by the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2014.

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    15 Feb 2014free

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    The pianist Mitsuko Uchida was the soloist in works by Mozart and Messiaen in a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2014. In this video, she is interviewed by the orchestra’s principal cello, Ludwig Quandt.

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    08 Feb 2014free

    Herbert Blomstedt talks about Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler”

    In February 2014, Herbert Blomstedt performed Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique with the Berliner Philharmoniker plus Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler. In this introduction, he presents the latter work.

    Herbert Blomstedt talks about Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler” Watch interview

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    01 Feb 2014free

    Alan Gilbert and Magnus Lindberg in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Kraft is coming home!” declared the Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg in this conversation with the conductor Alan Gilbert and Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The unusual composition was performed by the orchestra in February 2014.

    Alan Gilbert and Magnus Lindberg in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    25 Jan 2014free

    Zubin Mehta in conversation with Martin Stegner

    In January 2014, fellow conductor Zubin Mehta talked about his friendship with the recently deceased former chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado, with the Philharmoniker’s violist Martin Stegner.

    Zubin Mehta in conversation with Martin Stegner Watch interview

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    18 Jan 2014free

    Marlis Petersen in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    The soprano Marlis Petersen, who is celebrated worldwide as Alban Berg’s Lulu, made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as the soloist in a work by George Crumb. In this interval feature, she is interviewed by Eva-Maria Tomasi, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Marlis Petersen in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi Watch interview

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    11 Jan 2014free

    Menahem Pressler in conversation with Carolin Pirich

    At the age of 90, pianist Menahem Pressler made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in January 2014, and on this occasion spoke to journalist Carolin Pirich.

    Menahem Pressler in conversation with Carolin Pirich Watch interview

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    11 Jan 2014free

    Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Madeleine Carruzzo

    Semyon Bychkov regularly conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker. In January 2014, works by Mozart and Shostakovich were on the programme, and in this interview feature, the musician met with violinist and orchestra member Madeleine Caruzzo.

    Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Madeleine Carruzzo Watch interview

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    21 Dec 2013free

    Barbara Hannigan in conversation with Hans Abrahamsen and Paul Griffiths

    In December 2013, the soprano Barbara Hannigan sang in the world premiere of the song cycle Let me tell you with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here, the singer talks to Hans Abrahamsen and Paul Griffiths, the composer and librettist of the work.

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    15 Dec 2013free

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    In the pre-Christmas season of 2013, Daniel Harding conducted Robert Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust in a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. On this occasion, he met with Matthew Hunter, a violist with the Philharmoniker.

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Matthew Hunter Watch interview

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    06 Dec 2013free

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In a Berliner Philharmoniker concert which was also broadcast in cinemas, Gustavo Dudamel conducted works by Stravinsky, Schubert and Beethoven and met for a chat with Sarah Willis, a horn player with the Philharmoniker.

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    06 Dec 2013free

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Edicson Ruiz

    In December 2013, conductor Gustavo Dudamel talked to a fellow Venezuelan, Edicson Ruiz, a double bass player with the Philharmoniker, on the occasion of a concert with the orchestra.

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Edicson Ruiz Watch interview

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    02 Nov 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle talks about Schumann’s symphonies

    In the 2013/2014 season, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle performed the four symphonies of Robert Schumann with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here, he explains his view of these key works of Romanticism.

    Sir Simon Rattle talks about Schumann’s symphonies Watch interview

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    27 Oct 2013free

    Thomas Quasthoff in conversation with Christoph Franke

    In 2012, Thomas Quasthoff ended his career as bass-baritone and returned to the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2013 as the narrator in Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder. Here, he talks to sound engineer Christoph Franke of the Digital Concert Hall.

    Thomas Quasthoff in conversation with Christoph Franke Watch interview

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    20 Oct 2013free

    The opening of the Berlin Philharmonie in 1963 – recollections of Rudolf Weinsheimer

    The cellist Rudolf Weinsheimer was a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1956 to 1996 and witnessed at first hand the construction of the Philharmonie. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration, he tells the story of the creation of this unique concert hall.

    The opening of the Berlin Philharmonie in 1963 – recollections of Rudolf Weinsheimer Watch interview

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    19 Oct 2013free

    Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion": an introduction by Simon Halsey

    On the occasion of the revival of the Peter Sellars production of the St. Matthew Passion in October 2013, Simon Halsey, long-time chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, talks about the never-ending search for the “correct” interpretation of Bach.

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    19 Oct 2013free

    Peter Sellars in conversation with Mark Padmore

    In October 2013, director Peter Sellars and tenor Mark Padmore talked about working together on the St. Matthew Passion, an exceptionally intense and exhilarating production for everyone involved.

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    11 Oct 2013free

    Karl-Heinz Steffens in conversation with Walter Seyfarth

    Karl-Heinz Steffens, who had been a principle clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years, made his conducting debut with his former orchestra in October 2013. To mark the occasion, he spoke with his former fellow clarinetist with the Philharmoniker, Walter Seyfarth.

    Karl-Heinz Steffens in conversation with Walter Seyfarth Watch interview

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    04 Oct 2013free

    Reinhard Goebel in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky

    Reinhard Goebel made his conducting debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2013. Here he talks to Raimar Orlovsky, a violinist with the Philharmoniker, about the programmed works by Rebel, Mozart, Cannabich and Johann Christian Bach.

    Reinhard Goebel in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky Watch interview

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    28 Sep 2013free

    Daniel Harding in conversation with Rachel Helleur

    In September 2013, Daniel Harding conducted Deryck Cooke’s performing version of Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Rachel Helleur, a cellist with the Philharmoniker.

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    21 Sep 2013free

    Antoni Wit in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek

    In September 2013, Antoni Wit conducted the impressive Lukas Passion by his Polish compatriot Krzysztof Penderecki with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for a chat with violinist and orchestra member Krzysztof Polonek.

    Antoni Wit in conversation with Krzysztof Polonek Watch interview

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    14 Sep 2013free

    Thomas Zehetmair in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    The solo part in Leoš Janáček’s unfinished violin concerto was played by Thomas Zehetmair with the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2013. The artist met for a chat with Eva-Maria Tomasi, a violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Thomas Zehetmair in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi Watch interview

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    08 Sep 2013free

    Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    In 2013, to start his season as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Artist in Residence, Christian Gerhaher performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and talked to the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Albrecht Mayer about his plans together with the orchestra.

    Christian Gerhaher in conversation with Albrecht Mayer Watch interview

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    08 Sep 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Winrich Hopp in conversation with Margarete Zander

    Here, Sir Simon Rattle talks about the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, whose Second Symphony he performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season.

    Sir Simon Rattle and Winrich Hopp in conversation with Margarete Zander Watch interview

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    23 Aug 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle presents the new season

    At this press conference, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker Sir Simon Rattle presents the plans for the 2013/2014 season. Among other things, they included the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonie.

    Sir Simon Rattle presents the new season Watch interview

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    15 Jun 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with James Jolly

    The Berliner Philharmoniker performed Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The musical direction was in the hands of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, who talks here with journalist James Jolly about the poignant mass for the dead.

    Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with James Jolly Watch interview

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    31 May 2013free

    Albrecht Dümling on Pierre Boulez' "Notations"

    In this video, the musicologist Albrecht Dümling introduces Pierre Boulez’ Notations, which the Berliner Philharmoniker played under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle in May 2013.

    Albrecht Dümling on Pierre Boulez' "Notations" Watch interview

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    31 May 2013free

    Albrecht Dümling on Bruckners Symphony No. 7

    Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony is one of the composer’s most famous works. To mark a performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2013, the musicologist Albrecht Dümling spoke about the architecture of the work.

    Albrecht Dümling on Bruckners Symphony No. 7 Watch interview

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    25 May 2013free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Beethoven and Nielsen

    In this video, Herbert Blomstedt presents an introduction to Beethoven’s Fourth and Carl Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony, which he conducted with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2013.

    Herbert Blomstedt on Beethoven and Nielsen Watch interview

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    19 May 2013free

    Konstantia Gourzi on working with Claudio Abbado

    In May 2013, Claudio Abbado performed Mendelssohn’s music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Greek musician Konstantia Gourzi, who appears in this video, was in charge of the chorus rehearsals.

    Konstantia Gourzi on working with Claudio Abbado Watch interview

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    19 May 2013free

    Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique": A little organology with Philipp Bohnen

    Philipp Bohnen is a violinist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and together with colleagues introduces the impressive instrumental effects in Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. The occasion was the performance of the work under the direction of Claudio Abbado in May 2013.

    Berlioz' "Symphonie fantastique": A little organology with Philipp Bohnen Watch interview

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    10 May 2013free

    Jaap van Zweden in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    Jaap van Zweden conducted works by Bartók and Brahms on the occasion of his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2013 and met with violinist and orchestra member Christoph Streuli.

    Jaap van Zweden in conversation with Christoph Streuli Watch interview

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    27 Apr 2013free

    Brett Dean: Composing Socrates

    In this interview feature, Brett Dean, the Australian composer and violist with the Philharmoniker for many years, talks about his work The Last Days of Socrates, which the Berliner Philharmoniker premiered under the direction of Simon Rattle in April 2013.

    Brett Dean: Composing Socrates Watch interview

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    27 Apr 2013free

    Simon Halsey on Michael Tippett's "A Child of Our Time"

    In April 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time. Simon Halsey, who rehearsed the Rundfunkchor Berlin for the concert, presents an introduction to the work.

    Simon Halsey on Michael Tippett's "A Child of Our Time" Watch interview

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    20 Apr 2013free

    Leonidas Kavakos on Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto

    As acting Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leonidas Kavakos performed Henri Dutilleux’ Violin Concerto in April 2013. In this interval feature, he talks to Matthew McDonald, first principal double bass with the orchestra.

    Leonidas Kavakos on Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto Watch interview

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    13 Apr 2013free

    Paavo Järvi on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    In April 2013, Paavo Järvi conducted works by Beethoven, Sibelius and Hindemith with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he met with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

    Paavo Järvi on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker Watch interview

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    07 Apr 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

    On the occasion of a concert performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute in the spring of 2013, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle recorded his thoughts on this late work of the composer.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mozart’s “Magic Flute” Watch interview

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    Mozart's "Magic Flute": an introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

    At the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in 2013, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Mozart’s Magic Flute for the first time in his career. Here, he presents his view of the work.

    Mozart's "Magic Flute": an introduction by Sir Simon Rattle Watch interview

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    01 Apr 2013free

    Robert Carsen on his staging of »The Magic Flute«

    The staging of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden in 2013 was in the hands of Robert Carsen, who talks here about the conflicts created in the piece.

    Robert Carsen on his staging of »The Magic Flute« Watch interview

  • 01 Apr 2013free

    Mozart's »Magic Flute« in Baden-Baden: Behind the scenes

    At the dress rehearsal and the premiere of Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2013, Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, spoke with on-stage and behind-the-scenes participants.

    Mozart's »Magic Flute« in Baden-Baden: Behind the scenes Watch interview

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    22 Feb 2013free

    Miklós Perényi on Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto

    In February 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto with Miklós Perényi as the soloist. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Philharmoniker and fellow cellist Martin Menking.

    Miklós Perényi on Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto Watch interview

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    16 Feb 2013free

    Barbara Hannigan on her work with Henri Dutilleux

    In February 2013, Henri Dutilleux’ Correspondances for Soprano and Orchestra was performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, the concert’s soloist, Barbara Hannigan, talks to the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Jonathan Kelly.

    Barbara Hannigan on her work with Henri Dutilleux Watch interview

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    09 Feb 2013free

    Manfred Honeck in conversation with Stephan Koncz

    To mark his conducting debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2013, Manfred Honeck gave an interview to orchestra member and cellist Stephan Koncz.

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    02 Feb 2013free

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In February 2013, Gustavo Dudamel conducted works by Richard Strauss with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for a chat with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    25 Jan 2013free

    Louis Langrée in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    A programme of works by Mozart was performed when Louis Langrée conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time in January 2013. Here, he talks to the Philharmoniker’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.

    Louis Langrée in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    18 Jan 2013free

    Sir Simon Rattle talks about “in vain” by Georg Friedrich Haas

    To mark a performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy in January 2013, Sir Simon Rattle explains why he considers Georg Friedrich Haas’ composition in vain to be one of the most important works of the 21st century.

    Sir Simon Rattle talks about “in vain” by Georg Friedrich Haas Watch interview

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    18 Jan 2013free

    Murray Perahia in conversation with Sarah Willis

    Mozart’s last piano concerto was performed by Murray Perahia with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the beginning of 2013, and on this occasion, he spoke with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

    Murray Perahia in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    11 Jan 2013free

    Riccardo Chailly in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    In January 2013, Riccardo Chailly conducted symphonies by Mendelssohn and Bruckner with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he spoke to Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe with the orchestra.

    Riccardo Chailly in conversation with Albrecht Mayer Watch interview

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    21 Dec 2012free

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader

    In conversation with Philharmoniker clarinettist Alexander Bader, Kirill Petrenko discusses the programme for his third appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2012, which included works by Stravinsky, Scriabin and Rudi Stephan.

    Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Alexander Bader Watch interview

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    08 Dec 2012free

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi

    In December 2012, Christian Thielemann conducted works by Giuseppe Verdi in a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he meets with Eva-Maria Tomasi, orchestra member and violinist.

    Christian Thielemann in conversation with Eva-Maria Tomasi Watch interview

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    09 Nov 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey talk about Stravinsky and Rachmaninov

    In this video, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and choirmaster Simon Halsey discuss Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps and Rachmaninov’s The Bells, two distinctively different Russian works which the Berliner Philharmoniker performed in November 2012.

    Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey talk about Stravinsky and Rachmaninov Watch interview

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    03 Nov 2012free

    Iván Fischer in conversation with Simon Halsey

    To mark the performance of his Russian-Czech programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Iván Fischer talked to Simon Halsey, longterm chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, about the art of conducting.

    Iván Fischer in conversation with Simon Halsey Watch interview

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    26 Oct 2012free

    Andris Nelsons in conversation with Esko Laine

    In the autumn of 2012, Andris Nelsons conducted a stylistically unusually diverse programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker with works by Britten and Debussy, among others. Here, he talks to Philharmoniker principal bass Esko Laine.

    Andris Nelsons in conversation with Esko Laine Watch interview

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    20 Oct 2012free

    Kristjan Järvi in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

    In October 2012, Kristjan Järvi made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducting works by Messiaen, Nielsen and Tchaikovsky. He met for a chat with Philipp Bohnen, violinist with the orchestra.

    Kristjan Järvi in conversation with Philipp Bohnen Watch interview

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    13 Oct 2012free

    Andrea Marcon in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

    In October 2012, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a concert dedicated entirely to the works of Antonio Vivaldi under the direction of Andrea Marcon, who in this interval feature met with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe, Albrecht Mayer.

    Andrea Marcon in conversation with Albrecht Mayer Watch interview

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    06 Oct 2012free

    Bernard Haitink in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    Two works by Wagner and Beethoven’s Eroica were on the programme when Bernard Haitink made a guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2012. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Matthew Hunter, violist with the orchestra.

    Bernard Haitink in conversation with Matthew Hunter Watch interview

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

    In this video from 2012, Cameron Carpenter and horn player Sarah Willis showcase the famous and recently renovated organ in the Philharmonie. Carpenter is one of the best-known and most unconventional organists of our time.

    Cameron Carpenter and Sarah Willis introduce the organ of the Berlin Philharmonie Watch interview

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    23 Sep 2012free

    Jörg Widmann in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In September 2012, Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the Berliner Philharmoniker, performed Jörg Widmann’s Flute Concerto. In this video, he can be seen in conversation with the composer.

    Jörg Widmann in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    15 Sep 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Willard White in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In September 2012, Willard White sang the male title role in a concert performance of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. In this interval feature, he and conductor Simon Rattle met with Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Willard White in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    15 Sep 2012free

    Behind the scenes of “Porgy and Bess”

    To mark a concert performance of George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle in the autumn of 2012, Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, talked to people involved in the production.

    Behind the scenes of “Porgy and Bess” Watch interview

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    08 Sep 2012free

    Ingo Metzmacher and Winrich Hopp on the programme of Musikfest Berlin 2012

    In September 2012, Ingo Metzmacher conducted works by American composers with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he talks to Winrich Hopp, artistic director of the Musikfest Berlin, during which the concert took place.

    Ingo Metzmacher and Winrich Hopp on the programme of Musikfest Berlin 2012 Watch interview

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    24 Aug 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Witold Lutosławski

    Sir Simon Rattle talks about Witold Lutosławski, who the conductor considers to be one of the most important symphonists of all time. The occasion was a performance by the Philharmoniker of the Third Symphony as part of the 2012 Musikfest Berlin.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Witold Lutosławski Watch interview

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    22 Jun 2012free

    Andris Nelsons on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Andris Nelsons, who performed works by Mahler and Tchaikovsky with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the end of the 2011/2012 season, can be seen here in conversation with Thomas Leyendecker, trombonist with the Philharmoniker.

    Andris Nelsons on his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker Watch interview

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    16 Jun 2012free

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”

    In June 2012, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducted a Russian-French programme for his second appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interview feature, he met with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé” Watch interview

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    10 Jun 2012free

    Mariss Jansons on Smetana, Dvořák and Martinů

    In a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the summer of 2012, Mariss Jansons conducted works by Czech composers. In this interval feature, he was interviewed by Peter Brem, violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Mariss Jansons on Smetana, Dvořák and Martinů Watch interview

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    03 Jun 2012free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Beethoven’s Missa solemnis

    In 2012, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Beethoven’s monumental Missa solemnis under the direction of Herbert Blomstedt, who introduces the work in this video.

    Herbert Blomstedt on Beethoven’s Missa solemnis Watch interview

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    27 May 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 1

    In May 2012, Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre was presented with a top-class ensemble of singers. The concert performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker was conducted by Simon Rattle, who talks here about his view of the work.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 1 Watch interview

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    27 May 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 2

    This video is the second part of Sir Simon Rattle’s introduction to Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, performed by the conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2012.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Wagner’s “Die Walküre” · Part 2 Watch interview

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    11 May 2012free

    Isabelle Faust on Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto

    In a Philharmoniker programme conducted by Claudio Abbado in May 2012, the violinist Isabelle Faust, who speaks here with journalist Margarete Zander, excelled as the soloist in Alban Berg’s devastating Violin Concerto.

    Isabelle Faust on Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto Watch interview

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    09 May 2012free

    The 12 Cellists: past and present

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the 12 cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2012, this video presents a portrait of the world-famous ensemble and its members.

    The 12 Cellists: past and present Watch interview

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    28 Apr 2012free

    Gustavo Dudamel on Ravel, Korngold and Richard Strauss

    In April 2012, Gustavo Dudamel conducted works by Ravel, Korngold and Richard Strauss with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for a chat with Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe with the orchestra.

    Gustavo Dudamel on Ravel, Korngold and Richard Strauss Watch interview

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    21 Apr 2012free

    “Carmen” at the Berlin Philharmonie

    In April 2012, the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, gave a concert performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen at the Philharmonie. This video features participants of the production in conversation.

    “Carmen” at the Berlin Philharmonie Watch interview

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    14 Apr 2012free

    Murray Perahia on his thoughts and feelings about music

    In April 2012, Murray Perahia, Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the time, has a chat with Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker, on the occasion of a performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

    Murray Perahia on his thoughts and feelings about music Watch interview

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    21 Mar 2012free

    Mark Padmore and Bernhard Forck in conversation and in rehearsal

    In March 2012, tenor Mark Padmore performed works by George Frideric Handel with the Berlin Baroque Soloists, whose director Bernhard Forck speaks with the singer in this interval feature.

    Mark Padmore and Bernhard Forck in conversation and in rehearsal Watch interview

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    17 Mar 2012free

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

    Here you can see an introduction to Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony presented by Zubin Mehta, who conducted an acclaimed performance of the work with the Berliner Philharmoniker in March 2012.

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

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    11 Mar 2012free

    Christian Thielemann on passion and nobility in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony

    In 2012, Christian Thielemann proved his passion for French and Russian music in a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker which included Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. Here he speaks with the Philharmoniker’s violinist Aleksandar Ivić.

    Christian Thielemann on passion and nobility in Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony Watch interview

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    04 Mar 2012free

    Albrecht Mayer on the oboe concerto by Richard Strauss

    In a Berliner Philharmoniker concert in early 2012, Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe of the orchestra, performed Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto. Mayer talks here about the work and the collaboration with conductor Christian Thielemann.

    Albrecht Mayer on the oboe concerto by Richard Strauss Watch interview

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    04 Mar 2012free

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

    Here you can see Christian Thielemann in conversation and rehearsing with the Berliner Philharmoniker for a concert of works by Bruckner and Richard Strauss in early 2012.

    Christian Thielemann on Strauss’s Oboe Concerto and Bruckner’s Fourth Watch interview

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    18 Feb 2012free

    Simon Halsey on Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony

    In February 2012, Sir Simon Rattle conducted a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin, whose long-time chief conductor Simon Halsey introduces the work in this video.

    Simon Halsey on Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony Watch interview

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    09 Feb 2012free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner

    Here Sir Simon Rattle presents an introduction to the performance version of the finale of Anton Bruckner’s unfinished Ninth Symphony, which the conductor and the Berliner Philharmoniker performed in February 2012.

    Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner Watch interview

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    02 Feb 2012free

    Guy Braunstein on Brahms’s Violin Concerto

    When the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto in February 2012, the soloist was Guy Braunstein, a concertmaster of the orchestra for many years, was the soloist. Here he speaks with orchestra member and fellow violinist Armin Schubert.

    Guy Braunstein on Brahms’s Violin Concerto Watch interview

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    27 Jan 2012free

    Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle in conversation and in rehearsal

    Here you can see Sir Simon Rattle and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in conversation and in rehearsal. The occasion was a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2012, which included songs by Mahler and Ravel.

    Magdalena Kožená and Sir Simon Rattle in conversation and in rehearsal Watch interview

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    21 Jan 2012free

    Boris Berezovsky on Liszt’s First Piano Concerto

    In January 2012, Boris Berezovsky made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as the soloist in Franz Liszt’s First Piano Concerto. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by the Philharmoniker’s violinist, Philipp Bohnen.

    Boris Berezovsky on Liszt’s First Piano Concerto Watch interview

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    14 Jan 2012free

    Simon Halsey on Edward Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius”

    Under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, the Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin performed Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius in January 2012. Here, Simon Halsey, the then head of the vocal ensemble, presents an introduction to the work.

    Simon Halsey on Edward Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius” Watch interview

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    23 Dec 2011free

    Nicola Luisotti in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Just before Christmas 2011, Nicola Luisotti conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in works by Poulenc and Prokofiev. He met for a chat with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra.

    Nicola Luisotti in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    17 Dec 2011free

    Anne Sofie von Otter in conversation with Christoph Hartmann

    In December 2011, Anne Sofie von Otter sang in Mahler’s Lied von der Erde with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. Here she talks to Christoph Hartmann, oboist with the Philharmoniker.

    Anne Sofie von Otter in conversation with Christoph Hartmann Watch interview

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    10 Dec 2011free

    Ludwig Quandt in conversation with Götz Teutsch

    In a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker in December 2011, Ludwig Quandt, the orchestra’s first principal cellist, played the role of the protagonist in Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote. Here he talks to his former colleague Götz Teutsch.

    Ludwig Quandt in conversation with Götz Teutsch Watch interview

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    04 Dec 2011free

    Daniel Stabrawa in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    In a performance of Jenő Hubay’s rarely played Third Violin Concerto in December 2011, the soloist was Daniel Stabrawa, first concertmaster with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here, he discusses his career with fellow violinist Christoph Streuli.

    Daniel Stabrawa in conversation with Christoph Streuli Watch interview

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    05 Nov 2011free

    Helmut Lachenmann in conversation with Catherine Milliken

    In November 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed a work by Helmut Lachenmann for the first time. To mark the occasion, Catherine Milliken Lachenmann met with the composer.

    Helmut Lachenmann in conversation with Catherine Milliken Watch interview

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    29 Oct 2011free

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conversation with Olaf Wilhelmer

    In October 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker gave an unforgettable performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who talks here to the music journalist Olaf Wilhelmer.

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt in conversation with Olaf Wilhelmer Watch interview

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    22 Oct 2011free

    Pablo Heras-Casado in conversation with Madeleine Carruzzo

    In October 2011, the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing works by Mendelssohn, among others. Here he talks to Madeleine Carruzzo, violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Pablo Heras-Casado in conversation with Madeleine Carruzzo Watch interview

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    15 Oct 2011free

    Simon Halsey on the premiere of Weltethos by Jonathan Harvey

    In October 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed the premiere of the oratorio “Weltethos” by Jonathan Harvey. Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin that also took part in the performance, presents an introduction to the work.

    Simon Halsey on the premiere of [Weltethos] by Jonathan Harvey Watch interview

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    08 Oct 2011free

    Nikolaj Znaider in conversation with Amihai Grosz

    In October 2011, Nikolaj Znaider performed Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this video, the violinist talks to Amihai Grosz, first principal viola with the orchestra.

    Nikolaj Znaider in conversation with Amihai Grosz Watch interview

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    02 Oct 2011free

    Johannes Moser in conversation with Walter Küssner

    To mark his debut with the Philharmoniker performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto in October 2011, cellist Johannes Moser met for this interval feature with Walter Küssner, violist with the Philharmoniker.

    Johannes Moser in conversation with Walter Küssner Watch interview

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    24 Sep 2011free

    Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In September 2011, Semyon Bychkov conducted works by Berio and Walton with the Berliner Philharmoniker and talked to Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker, about the programme.

    Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    18 Sep 2011free

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mahlers Symphony No. 8

    Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand” was performed at the Berlin Philharmonie in September 2011 under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, who talks here about this monumental work.

    Sir Simon Rattle on Mahlers Symphony No. 8 Watch interview

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    11 Sep 2011free

    Winrich Hopp in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    To mark a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Andris Nelsons at Musikfest Berlin in 2011, Winrich Hopp, artistic director of the Festival, met with musicologist Helge Grünewald for this interval feature.

    Winrich Hopp in conversation with Helge Grünewald Watch interview

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    26 Aug 2011free

    The Berliner Philharmoniker prepare for the 2011/12 season

    Coming back from the summer break, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker look ahead to the 2011/2012 season in this video, in which, among other things, the programme included the completion of the great Mahler cycle.

    The Berliner Philharmoniker prepare for the 2011/12 season Watch interview

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    23 Jun 2011free

    Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Catherine Milliken

    In June 2011, original sound expert Emmanuelle Haïm conducted works by Handel and Rameau with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Her interviewer in this interval feature is the Australian oboist and composer Catherine Milliken.

    Emmanuelle Haïm in conversation with Catherine Milliken Watch interview

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    18 Jun 2011free

    Peter Eötvös in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In the summer of 2011, Peter Eötvös conducted his own Cello Concerto and Russian works with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for this interval feature with Sarah Willis, horn player and orchestra member.

    Peter Eötvös in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    12 Jun 2011free

    Simon Halsey on Mahler, Bach, Stravinsky

    Here you can see an introduction to works by Mahler, Bach and Stravinsky by Simon Halsey, long-time chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The occasion was a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker in June 2011.

    Simon Halsey on Mahler, Bach, Stravinsky Watch interview

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    02 Jun 2011free

    Sir Simon Rattle on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season

    At the press conference documented in this video, Sir Simon Rattle talks about the Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season, whose highlights included performances of the operas Carmen and Die Walküre.

    Sir Simon Rattle on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2011/2012 season Watch interview

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    28 May 2011free

    Stanisław Skrowaczewski – a life in music

    In May 2011, Stanisław Skrowaczewski conducted works by Hartmann and Bruckner with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor talks about his career here with the Philharmoniker’s first concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa.

    Stanisław Skrowaczewski – a life in music Watch interview

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    22 May 2011free

    Yutaka Sado on the fulfilment of his musical dream

    In May 2011, the Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado made his debut with the Berliner Phiharmoniker performing works by Takemitsu and Shostakovich. For this interview feature, he met with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra.

    Yutaka Sado on the fulfilment of his musical dream Watch interview

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    15 May 2011free

    Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska on old and new musical friendships

    To mark a concert together with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2011, Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska met for a chat with Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

    Claudio Abbado, Maurizio Pollini and Anna Prohaska on old and new musical friendships Watch interview

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    07 May 2011free

    Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson on Richard Strauss

    Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson were all participants in a Richard Strauss programme with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2011. Here they talk with horn player and orchestra member Sarah Willis.

    Christian Thielemann, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson on Richard Strauss Watch interview

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    07 May 2011free

    Thomas Hampson on classical music in digital media

    The American baritone Thomas Hampson has been one of the most successful opera and concert singers for many years. Here he speaks to the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis about classical music in times of the internet and social media.

    Thomas Hampson on classical music in digital media Watch interview

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    26 Apr 2011free

    Benefit concert for the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

    The Staatskapelle Berlin and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker held a joint concert in April 2011 to commemorate the reactor disaster at Chernobyl 25 years before. This interview feature tells you more about the event.

    Benefit concert for the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster Watch interview

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    07 Apr 2011free

    Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 2)

    This video is the second part of Sir Simon Rattle’s introduction to the musical world of Gustav Mahler, whose complete symphonies the Berliner Philharmoniker and its chief conductor performed in 18 months from the 2010/2011 season.

    Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 2) Watch interview

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    03 Apr 2011free

    Alan Gilbert on his work as a conductor and musician

    Alan Gilbert conducted works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Berg with the Berliner Philharmoniker in April 2011 and met for a chat with Matthew Hunter, violist with the Philharmoniker.

    Alan Gilbert on his work as a conductor and musician Watch interview

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    29 Mar 2011free

    Christian Schneider (UNICEF) in conversation with Andreas Wittmann

    In response to the Fukushima disaster, the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Staatskapelle Berlin held a joint concert for UNICEF in March 2011. Its managing director Christian Schneider talks here with Andreas Wittmann, oboist with the Philharmoniker.

    Christian Schneider (UNICEF) in conversation with Andreas Wittmann Watch interview

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    18 Mar 2011free

    Bernard Haitink and Leif Ove Andsnes about making music in the name of Fukushima

    To mark a concert dedicated to tsunami victims in Fukushima, Fergus McWilliam, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, talks in this video to conductor Bernhard Haitink and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.

    Bernard Haitink and Leif Ove Andsnes about making music in the name of Fukushima Watch interview

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    06 Mar 2011free

    Herbert Blomstedt on Hindemith’s “Nobilissima visione” and Bruckner’s Mass in F minor

    In this interval feature, Herbert Blomstedt talks about works by Hindemith and Bruckner which he performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the spring of 2011.

    Herbert Blomstedt on Hindemith’s “Nobilissima visione” and Bruckner’s Mass in F minor Watch interview

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    18 Feb 2011free

    Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 1)

    The cyclical performance of all of Gustav Mahler’s completed symphonies formed a focal point of the Philharmoniker’s 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. In this video, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle presents his view of the works.

    Sir Simon Rattle on performing Mahler’s symphonies (Part 1) Watch interview

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    12 Feb 2011free

    Toshio Hosokawa on his career and the images in his music

    In February 2011, a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker featured the premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Horn Concerto. In this video, the composer is interviewed by Stefan Dohr, the Philharmoniker’s principal horn player and dedicatee of the work.

    Toshio Hosokawa on his career and the images in his music Watch interview

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    12 Feb 2011free

    Stefan Dohr on Toshio Hosokawa and his Horn Concerto

    In this video, principal horn player of the Berliner Philharmoniker Stefan Dohr talks about Toshio Hosokawa’s Horn Concerto which the composer dedicated to him, and which the musician premiered in February 2011 with the orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

    Stefan Dohr on Toshio Hosokawa and his Horn Concerto Watch interview

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    05 Feb 2011free

    Simon Halsey on Mahler’s Third Symphony

    To mark a performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2011, Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, which also participated in the concert, talks about Gustav Mahler’s tremendous Third Symphony.

    Simon Halsey on Mahler’s Third Symphony Watch interview

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    15 Jan 2011free

    Anders Hillborg on his composition “Cold Heat”

    At the beginning of 2011, the Berliner Philharmoniker premiered Cold Heat, a work by composer Anders Hillborg, who can be seen here in conversation with David Zinman, the conductor of the premiere, and Emmanuel Pahud, the Philharmoniker’s principal flute.

    Anders Hillborg on his composition “Cold Heat” Watch interview

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    15 Jan 2011free

    David Zinman and Yo-Yo Ma on melancholy, life and death in Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto

    In January 2011, Yo-Yo Ma, under the direction of David Zinman, performed Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, the conductor and soloist talk to Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute with the orchestra.

    David Zinman and Yo-Yo Ma on melancholy, life and death in Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto Watch interview

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    22 Dec 2010free

    Valery Gergiev in conversation with Wilfried Strehle

    In the run-up to Christmas 2010, Valery Gergiev conducted Russian works with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Wilfried Strehle, a long-time principal violist with the orchestra.

    Valery Gergiev in conversation with Wilfried Strehle Watch interview

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    11 Dec 2010free

    Neeme Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    In December 2010, Neeme Järvi performed works by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this video, the conductor talks to violinist and orchestra member Stanley Dodds.

    Neeme Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds Watch interview

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    05 Nov 2010free

    Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1: An introduction by Sir Simon Rattle

    In this video, Simon Rattle presents an introduction to Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, which the Berliner Philharmoniker and its chief conductor juxtaposed with Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances in November 2010.

    Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1: An introduction by Sir Simon Rattle Watch interview

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    30 Oct 2010free

    Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2: An introduction by Simon Halsey

    In autumn 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker, under the direction of Simon Rattle, performed Mahler’s Second Symphony. Here you can see an introduction to the work by Simon Halsey, the then chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, which took part in the performance.

    Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2: An introduction by Simon Halsey Watch interview

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    23 Oct 2010free

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Yefim Bronfman in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In October 2010, Yefim Bronfman was the soloist in Prokofiev’s highly virtuosic Second Piano Concerto, while Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his debut at the rostrum of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Both artists met for a chat with Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Yefim Bronfman in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    16 Oct 2010free

    Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    The violinist Baiba Skride and the conductor Andris Nelsons both made their debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker in October 2010. In this interval feature, they meet Stanley Dodds, violinist with the Philharmoniker.

    Baiba Skride and Andris Nelsons in conversation with Stanley Dodds Watch interview

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    09 Oct 2010free

    Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Vadim Repin in conversation with Sarah Willis

    This video shows violinist Vadim Repin and conductor Eivind Gulberg Jensen in conversation with Sarah Willis, horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The occasion was a joint performance with the orchestra in October 2010.

    Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Vadim Repin in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    02 Oct 2010free

    Magdalena Kožená in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    The mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená sang excerpts from Martinů’s underrated opera Juliette in a Berliner Philharmoniker concert in the autumn of 2010. In this interval feature, she meets with Jonathan Kelly, principal oboist of the orchestra.

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    23 Sep 2010free

    Giovanni Antonini in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky

    In September 2010, Beethoven’s Second Symphony was among the works conducted by Giovanni Antonini with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Italian Early music specialist can be seen here in conversation with Raimar Orlovsky, violinist with the Philharmoniker.

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    18 Sep 2010free

    Pierre Boulez in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In an interval feature for a Berliner Philharmoniker concert in September 2010, Pierre Boulez talked to Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the orchestra. Topics included Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol.

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    12 Sep 2010free

    Winrich Hopp in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    The musicologist Helge Grünewald talks to Winrich Hopp, artistic director of Musikfest Berlin, about the 2010 festival year, in which the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle also participated.

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    04 Sep 2010free

    Short documentary: “Schoenberg and his circle”

    In September 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle appeared at the famous London Proms with a programme which included works from the Second Viennese School, which is the subject of in this documentary.

    Short documentary: “Schoenberg and his circle” Watch interview

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    27 Aug 2010free

    Sir Simon Rattle introduces Beethoven's Symphony No. 4

    In August 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker began a major Mahler cycle with the composer’s First Symphony, which Sir Simon Rattle juxtaposed with Beethoven’s Fourth. Its special features are explained by the Philharmoniker’s chief conductor in this introduction.

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    27 Aug 2010free

    Sir Simon Rattle introduces Mahler's Symphony No. 1

    Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony, which was performed at the opening concert of the 2010/2011 season as the prelude to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s great Mahler cycle, is discussed here by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

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    19 Jun 2010free

    Tabea Zimmermann in conversation with Helge Grünewald (in German)

    In the summer of 2010, the violist Tabea Zimmermann performed Béla Bartók’s Viola Concerto in a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, she meets for a chat with the musicologist Helge Grünewald.

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    10 Jun 2010free

    Sir Simon Rattle and Wynton Marsalis in conversation with Catherine Milliken

    To mark the premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Simon Rattle in June 2010, the composer and conductor talked with the musician Catherine Milliken.

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    04 Jun 2010free

    Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 6: An introduction by Herbert Blomstedt

    In June 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Anton Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony. The conductor of the concert was Herbert Blomstedt, who also presents an introduction to the work in this video.

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    22 May 2010free

    Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Harri Kuusisaari

    At the end of his first Sibelius cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Finnish composer’s last three symphonies of the in the spring of 2010 and met with music journalist Harri Kuusiaari for a chat.

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    16 May 2010free

    Works by Schubert, Schoenberg and Brahms: An introduction by Simon Halsey

    In May 2010, Claudio Abbado conducted works by Schubert, Mahler and Brahms with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this video, Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, presents an introduction to the works.

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    08 May 2010free

    Renaud Capuçon in conversation with Matthew Hunter

    Renaud Capuçon was the soloist in György Ligeti’s virtuoso violin concerto in a performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2010. In this interval feature, he meets for a chat with Matthew Hunter, violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    27 Apr 2010free

    Alisa Weilerstein in conversation with Ludwig Quandt

    The young musician Alisa Weilerstein made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as the soloist in Elgar’s impassioned Cello Concerto in April 2010. In this interval feature, she is interviewed by principal cellist Ludwig Quandt.

    Alisa Weilerstein in conversation with Ludwig Quandt Watch interview

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    24 Apr 2010free

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard spoke with Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker, during an appearance with the orchestra in April 2010 which featured Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto.

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    17 Apr 2010free

    András Schiff in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

    In April 2010, András Schiff performed works by Bach, Haydn and Mozart as conductor and soloist in a concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker. He met for a chat with Jonathan Kelly, principal oboe of the orchestra.

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    11 Apr 2010free

    Peter Sellars in conversation with Simon Halsey

    To mark the semi-staged performance of the St. Matthew Passion with the Berliner Philharmoniker, director Peter Sellars spoke to Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, which also took part in the concert.

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    06 Mar 2010free

    Neeme Järvi in conversation

    In March 2010, the Berliner Philharmoniker performed Romantic works by Brahms, Weber and Grieg under the baton of Neeme Järvi, who is featured in this short film.

    Neeme Järvi in conversation Watch interview

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    20 Feb 2010free

    The Berliner Philharmoniker support UNICEF's Haiti emergency assistance – a round table discussion

    To mark a benefit concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker in aid of UNICEF’s emergency relief in the spring of 2010, the managing director of the orchestra Pamela Rosenberg met Sabine Christiansen and Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Emmanuel Pahud for a discussion.

    The Berliner Philharmoniker support UNICEF's Haiti emergency assistance – a round table discussion Watch interview

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    14 Feb 2010free

    “It's a Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Piano Concertos, Part II

    This video is the second part of the documentary in which pianist Mitsuko Uchida talks about the challenge of performing all of Beethoven’s five piano concertos within a few days with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle.

    “It's a Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Piano Concertos, Part II Watch interview

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    10 Feb 2010free

    “A Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Concertos Part I

    Pianist Mitsuko Uchida talks about her view of Beethoven’s piano concertos in this first part of a documentary. The occasion was a cyclical performance of the works with the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2010.

    “A Venture - an Adventure” – Mitsuko Uchida and the Beethoven Concertos Part I Watch interview

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    04 Feb 2010free

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Gerhard Forck

    In the spring of 2010, Mitsuko Uchida performed all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here she can be seen talking about the project with the orchestra’s head of communications, Gerhard Forck.

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Gerhard Forck Watch interview

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    30 Jan 2010free

    Works by Bach and Haydn: An introduction by Ton Koopman

    In January 2010, Ton Koopman conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Joseph Haydn. The introduction to the concert was also presented by the Dutch Early music expert.

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    23 Jan 2010free

    Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

    In January 2010, Frank Peter Zimmermann performed Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto, one of the central works of the repertoire. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Christoph Strauli, violinist and orchestra member.

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    10 Jan 2010free

    Hélène Grimaud and Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto with Hélène Grimaud was also part of Tugan Sokhiev’s debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the beginning of 2010. Emmanuel Pahud, the orchestra’s principal flute, chatted with the pianist and the conductor.

    Hélène Grimaud and Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud Watch interview

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    20 Dec 2009free

    Donald Runnicles in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    A world premiere and the famous Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms were conducted by Donald Runnicles with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the 2009 Christmas season. Fergus McWilliam, horn player with the orchestra, met the Scottish conductor for a chat.

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    12 Dec 2009free

    Christian Thielemann interviewed by Sarah Willis

    In December 2009, Christian Thielemann conducted vocal works by Johannes Brahms and Schoenberg’s Pelleas and Melisande in the Berlin Philharmonie. In this interval feature, he met with the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

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    06 Dec 2009free

    Leonidas Kavakos in conversation with Walter Küssner

    In December 2009, Leonidas Kavakos played the solo part in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here you can see the Greek violinist in conversation with Walter Küssner, violist with the Philharmoniker.

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    07 Nov 2009free

    John Carewe talks about Schoenberg's “Erwartung” (Expectation)

    Conductor John Carewe was among Sir Simon Rattle’s most important teachers. When he performed Schoenberg’s Erwartung with the Berliner Philharmoniker in November 2009, Carewe presented an introduction to the work.

    John Carewe talks about Schoenberg's “Erwartung” (Expectation) Watch interview

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    24 Oct 2009free

    Iván Fischer in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In October 2009, Iván Fischer conducted works with the Berliner Philharmoniker from the Classical to the Modern period, all with a close connection to his native Hungary. In this video, he talks to Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the orchestra.

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    17 Oct 2009free

    Janine Jansen and Daniel Harding in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In 2009, Janine Jansen and Daniel Harding performed Britten’s Violin Concerto in a concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The violinist and the conductor met with horn player and orchestra member Sarah Willis for this interval feature.

    Janine Jansen and Daniel Harding in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    10 Oct 2009free

    Guy Braunstein and Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Terry Martin

    In October 2009, Guy Braunstein, first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, was the soloist in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto. Here he can be seen talking to the conductor of the performance, Semyon Bychkov, and the journalist Terry Martin.

    Guy Braunstein and Semyon Bychkov in conversation with Terry Martin Watch interview

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    04 Oct 2009free

    Daniel Barenboim and Asher Fisch in conversation with Stanley Dodds

    In the autumn of 2009, Daniel Barenboim performed Chopin’s two piano concertos with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Asher Fisch. In this interval feature, the pianist and conductor is interviewed by Stanley Dodds, violinist with the Philharmoniker.

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    19 Sep 2009free

    Sofia Gubaidulina in conversation with Margarete Zander

    To mark a performance of her work Glorious Percussion with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina met with the music journalist Margarete Zander.

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    13 Sep 2009free

    Angela Denoke and Lars Vogt in conversation with Helge Grünewald

    In September 2009, the soprano Angela Denoke and the pianist Lars Vogt took on the solo roles in Paul Dessau’s Les Voix with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Both met for a chat with music journalist Helge Grünewald.

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    09 Sep 2009free

    Simon Halsey talking about Haydn's “The Seasons”

    In September 2009, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle performed Haydn’s Oratorio The Seasons. Here you can see Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin which participated in the performance, present an introduction to the work.

    Simon Halsey talking about Haydn's “The Seasons” Watch interview

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    28 Aug 2009free

    Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Claus Spahn

    To mark the first live broadcast of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s season opening concert in the Digital Concert Hall, chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle talked with the music journalist Claus Spahn about the possibilities associated with the opening of the platform.

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    13 Jun 2009free

    Emmanuel Pahud in conversation with Lydia Rilling

    At the European premiere of Elliott Carter’s Flute Concerto by the Berliner Philharmoniker, their principal flute Emmanuel Pahud shone as the soloist. Here you can see him in conversation with musicologist Lydia Rilling.

    Emmanuel Pahud in conversation with Lydia Rilling Watch interview

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    06 Jun 2009free

    Pierre Boulez and Pierre-Laurent Aimard in conversation with Christoph Franke

    In the summer of 2009, Pierre-Laurent Aimard performed Ravel’s piano concerto for the left hand with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Pierre Boulez. For this interval feature, the two French artists met with audio producer Christoph Franke.

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    28 May 2009free

    Siegfried Matthus in conversation with Tobias Möller (in German only)

    To mark the world premiere of his work Konzert für Fünf by the Berliner Philharmoniker in May 2009, the composer Siegfried Matthus talked to Tobias Möller, communications director of the Digital Concert Hall.

    Siegfried Matthus in conversation with Tobias Möller (in German only) Watch interview

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    24 May 2009free

    Simon Halsey on Schubert, Mahler, Debussy and Claudio Abbado

    At a concert conducted by Claudio Abbado in May 2009, in addition to the Berliner Philharmoniker, the performers also included the Rundfunkchor Berlin whose chief conductor Simon Halsey presents this work introduction.

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    17 May 2009free

    Seiji Ozawa in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    The Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa performed Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elias in May 2009 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met with horn player and orchestra member Fergus McWilliam for this interval feature.

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    10 May 2009free

    Kirill Petrenko and Lars Vogt in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In his second appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko conducted works by Beethoven and Elgar. Petrenko met with Lars Vogt, the soloist of the concert, and Sarah Willis, horn player with the Philharmoniker.

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    25 Apr 2009free

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

    Here you can see conductor and composer Peter Eötvös discuss Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem für einen jungen Dichter on the occasion of a performance of the work with the Berliner Philharmoniker in April 2009.

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

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    19 Apr 2009free

    Alan Gilbert in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

    In this interval feature, Alan Gilbert talks to Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker, about works by Czech composers which he conducted in a concert with the orchestra in April 2009.

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    22 Mar 2009free

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino”

    In March 2009, Nikolaus Harnoncourt performed Joseph Haydn’s opera Orlando Paladino with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Here the conductor gives his view on this rarely performed work.

    Nikolaus Harnoncourt on Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino” Watch interview

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    14 Mar 2009free

    Michael Boder in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

    To mark a concert of works from the 19th and 20th centuries which he conducted with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the spring of 2009, Michael Boder spoke with horn player and orchestra member Fergus McWilliam.

    Michael Boder in conversation with Fergus McWilliam Watch interview

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    07 Mar 2009free

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Edicson Ruiz

    Conductor Gustavo Dudamel talked to his fellow Venezuelan Edicson Ruiz, bass player with the Philharmoniker, when he performed works by Russian composers with the Berliner Philharmoniker in March 2009.

    Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Edicson Ruiz Watch interview

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    01 Mar 2009free

    Heinz Holliger in conversation with Götz Teutsch

    In March 2009, Heinz Holliger conducted works by Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Robert Schumann with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this interval feature, he is interviewed by Götz Teutsch, principal cellist of the orchestra for many years.

    Heinz Holliger in conversation with Götz Teutsch Watch interview

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    13 Feb 2009free

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Sarah Willis

    In February 2009, pianist Mitsuko Uchida performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the orchestra as Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker and met Sarah Willis, horn player with the orchestra, for this interval feature.

    Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Sarah Willis Watch interview

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    08 Feb 2009free

    Simon Halsey talks about Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri”

    In February 2009, Sir Simon Rattle, an ensemble of soloists and the Rundfunkchor Berlin performed Schumann’s unjustly rarely performed oratorio Paradise and the Peri. Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the choir, presents this introduction to the work.

    Simon Halsey talks about Schumann’s “Paradise and the Peri” Watch interview

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    11 Jan 2009free

    Zubin Mehta in conversation with Tobias Möller

    In January 2009, Zubin Mehta conducted works by Elliot Carter, Richard Strauss and Beethoven with the Berliner Philharmoniker and met for a chat with Tobias Möller, head of communications at the Digital Concert Hall.

    Zubin Mehta in conversation with Tobias Möller Watch interview

  • 08 Feb 2001

    Beethoven’s symphonies: an introduction by Claudio Abbado

    In this 2001 recording, made to mark the performance in Rome of Claudio Abbado’s legendary cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the conductor gives his views on the works.

    Beethoven’s symphonies: an introduction by Claudio Abbado Watch interview

  • 12 Nov 1989free

    Daniel Barenboim on the concert for people from the GDR

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker gave a concert at short notice for people from East Germany. Here you can see how the conductor remembers the unforgettable event more than 25 years later.

    Daniel Barenboim on the concert for people from the GDR Watch interview

  • 30 Oct 1986free

    30 years of Suntory Hall – Memories of musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Here you can see how musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker remember the orchestra’s first performance at Tokyo’s legendary Suntory Hall. In a concert conducted by Seiji Ozawa, the programme included works by Schubert and Richard Strauss.

    30 years of Suntory Hall – Memories of musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker Watch interview

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    02 Feb 1968free

    Sir Simon Rattle about Herbert von Karajan

    In this video, Sir Simon Rattle presents his view of Herbert von Karajan. He talks about Karajan’s sound ideal, his way of working, and the advice Karajan gave the young Rattle during their personal encounters.

    Sir Simon Rattle about Herbert von Karajan Watch interview