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  • Mikko Franck and Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1

    Mikko Franck and Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1

    Photo: Dario Acosta

    Yefim Bronfman opens this evening with Brahms’s First Piano Concerto. “When I think of Brahms, I think of natural landscapes, mountains, green valleys and beautiful panoramas, of this incredible grandeur,” says the pianist, who has been one of the world's top musicians for many years. Jean Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony also offers similar associations. The work with its grandiose final hymn will be conducted by the Finn Mikko Franck, who feels a special bond with the landscape of his homeland.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mikko Franck

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Johannes Brahms
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15

      Yefim Bronfman piano

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

    Mikko Franck and Yefim Bronfman perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 Go to concert
  • European Concert from Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

    European Concert from Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

    Photo: Heribert Schindler

    As in 2020, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko will again give their 2021 European Concert in the Philharmonie Berlin, due to the corona pandemic – this time in the foyer of the building. Its special architecture is an invitation to present the music spatially: Blacher’s festive Fanfare, Ives’ enigmatic Unanswered Question, Mozart’s serene Notturno and Penderecki’s spherical Emanations consciously rely on the effect of spatial sound. Also in the European Concert programme: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s charming Orchestral Suite No. 3 and John Adams’ witty piece Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Boris Blacher
      Fanfare for the Opening of the Philharmonie

    • Charles Ives
      The Unanswered Question

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

    • Krzysztof Penderecki
      Emanations for 2 string orchestras

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Suite No. 3 in G major, op. 55

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

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  • Susanna Mälkki conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Susanna Mälkki conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    It is “a masterpiece, a musical volcano that erupts for sixty minutes of tragic intensity and leaves us with only one desire: to hear it again.” That is how Zoltán Kodály described Béla Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. Composed in 1911, the one-act work is a brilliantly orchestrated symbolic psychological drama that takes us deep into the emotional world of the fin de siècle. “What do you see?” Bluebeard asks his bride Judith, who wants to open the seven doors of the Duke’s past. Susanna Mälkki conducts this musical psychoanalysis, which makes listeners shudder.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Susanna Mälkki

    Ildikó Komlósi, Johannes Martin Kränzle

    • Kaija Saariaho
      Vista (German première) – commissioned jointly by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (concert performance)

    • Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz 48 (concert performance)

      Ildikó Komlósi mezzo-soprano (Judith), Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Bluebeard)

    Susanna Mälkki conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Ginastera and Britten

    Simon Rattle conducts Ginastera and Britten

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

    A programme which allows the Berliner Philharmoniker to show off their skills as soloists: Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra offer our musicians wonderful opportunities to showcase the tonal splendour of their instruments. Principal horn Stefan Dohr and tenor Allan Clayton lead us through different nocturnal moods in Britten's Serenade, ranging from the tender and mysterious to the menacing.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Allan Clayton, Stefan Dohr

    • Alberto Ginastera
      Variaciones concertantes, op. 23

    • Benjamin Britten
      Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op. 31

      Allan Clayton tenor, Stefan Dohr french horn

    • Benjamin Britten
      The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, op. 34

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  • Alan Gilbert conducts Brahms, Chin and Webern

    Alan Gilbert conducts Brahms, Chin and Webern

    The early 20th century was not only influenced by avant-garde concepts but was also characterized by an unbridled passion for intoxicating sounds. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, demonstrates that in this programme. We can almost feel the gentle breeze that Anton Webern evokes in his impressionist early work Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind). And Arnold Schoenberg clearly took great pleasure in intensifying the colours of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1, drawing on all the orchestra’s resources. Unsuk Chin’s iridescent, sensuous Piano Concerto will be heard between the two works, with Sunwook Kim as soloist.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Sunwook Kim

    • Anton Webern
      Im Sommerwind, Idyll for large orchestra

    • Unsuk Chin
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

      Sunwook Kim piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

    Alan Gilbert conducts Brahms, Chin and Webern Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt conducts Sibelius and Brahms

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Sibelius and Brahms

    “Conducting is a good profession to grow old in, because it’s always a challenge, and you need challenges when you get older,” said Herbert Blomstedt, born in 1927, who is continuing his long-standing collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker with undiminished energy and vitality. On this programme Sibelius’s dark, mist-shrouded Fourth Symphony is contrasted with Brahms’s Third. Between them, a rarity will be heard: the solemn Intermezzo from the cantata Sången (The Song), composed in 1926 by the Swedish late Romantic composer Wilhelm Stenhammar.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 4 in A minor, op. 63

    • Wilhelm Stenhammar
      Interlude from the Symphonic Cantata Sången, op. 44

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Sibelius and Brahms Go to concert
  • Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Philippe Jaroussky

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Philippe Jaroussky

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi’s artistic home is music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He also appears as an opera conductor, with acclaimed interpretations of works by Mozart and Rossini. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker Spinosi has put together a varied programme including two works from the Baroque period, a symphony from the Viennese Classical School and Romantic bel canto. Philippe Jaroussky is also at home in this repertoire and contributes arias by Vivaldi and Rossini in his brilliant countertenor.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi

    Philippe Jaroussky

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Sinfonia from L'Olimpiade, RV 725

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Aria “Mentre dormi amor fomenti” from L'Olimpiade, RV 725

      Philippe Jaroussky countertenor

    • Georg Philipp Telemann
      Concerto in E minor for Flute, Recorder, Strings and Continuo, TWV 52:e1

    • Antonio Vivaldi
      Aria “Gemo in un punto e fremo” from L'Olimpiade, RV 725

      Philippe Jaroussky countertenor

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 82 in C major “L’Ours”

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri

    • Gioacchino Rossini
      Cavatina “Di tanti palpiti” from Tancredi

      Philippe Jaroussky countertenor

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 “Jupiter”

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Philippe Jaroussky Go to concert
  • Concert from the Waldbühne with Martin Grubinger

    Concert from the Waldbühne with Martin Grubinger

    Photo: Simon Pauly

    At his debut with the orchestra in March of 2019 listeners could experience the presence, physicality and enthusiasm with which multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger executed the solo part in Peter Eötvös’s percussion concerto Speaking Drums. He virtuosically elicited a wealth of timbres from his arsenal of instruments – from eruptive cascades of sound to delicate bell tones. At the close of the concert season in the Waldbühne the percussion star returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker: pure rhythm under the stars.

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    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Wayne Marshall

    Martin Grubinger

    • Leonard Bernstein
      On the Town: 3 Dance Episodes

    • John Williams
      Percussive Planet

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • George Gershwin
      Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Ferde Grofé)

    • Leonard Bernstein
      On the Waterfront, Symphonic Suite

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