Live concerts

  • Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne

    Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne

    The orchestral songs by Richard Strauss are gems in which the intimacy of the Lied is combined with virtuoso mastery of the orchestral sound. Besides the Strauss songs, Conductor Manfred Honeck and baritone Matthias Goerne, who is in demand around the world, will present Schubert Lieder in new orchestra arrangements. On the second half of the concert, you can hear Dvořák’s Eighth, a symphony which can be described as “in good spirits” – quite a rarity in the late Romantic era.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Manfred Honeck

    Matthias Goerne

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Rusalka Fantasy, arr. by Manfred Honeck, orch. by Tomas Ille

    • Richard Strauss
      Orchestral Songs

      Matthias Goerne Baritone

    • Franz Schubert
      Lieder instr. for orchestra

      Matthias Goerne Baritone

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 8 in G major op. 88

    Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne Go to concert
  • Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler

    They are among the most expressive symphonic works ever: Mahler’s Lied von der Erde and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. An exciting conceptual parallel can be drawn by juxtaposing them: in both cases, fragile folksy gaiety suddenly changes into sheer despair. Besides Bernard Haitink, who is especially highly esteemed as a Mahler interpreter, you can experience tenor Christian Elsner and baritone Christian Gerhaher.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Christian Elsner, Christian Gerhaher

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 7 in B minor D 759 Unfinished

    • Gustav Mahler
      Das Lied von der Erde

      Christian Elsner Tenor, Christian Gerhaher Baritone

    Bernard Haitink conducts Schubert and Mahler Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

    Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

    Russian music should be melancholy and voluminous – or at least that’s the cliché. Tugan Sokhiev, Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, provides proof of the contrary. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade develops oriental charm and impressionist richness of colour, while a tongue in cheek charm repeatedly shines through in Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations, regardless of their tremendous virtuosity. Nikolai Lugansky will debut as piano soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Nikolai Lugansky

    • César Franck
      Le Chasseur maudit

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra op. 43

      Nikolai Lugansky Piano

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite op. 35

    Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky Go to concert
  • Iván Fischer conducts Mozart, Bartók and Enescu

    Iván Fischer conducts Mozart, Bartók and Enescu

    Mozart’s qualities as a music dramatist also manifest themselves in his Prague Symphony, whose operatic contrasts conjure up the world of Don Giovanni and of Figaro time and again. In addition, conductor Iván Fischer will present selected Mozart arias with soprano Christiane Karg. This is preceded by a work by Béla Bartók that is both visionary and breath-taking: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta in the original instrumentation.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Christiane Karg

    • George Enescu
      Prélude à l'unisson, 1st Movement from the Suite for orchestra No. 1 in C major op. 9

    • Béla Bartók
      Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta Sz 106

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Arias for soprano and orchestra: Lungi da te, mio bene from Mitridate, re di Ponto K. 87 and Misera, dove son! – Ah! non son’io che parlo K. 369

      Christiane Karg Soprano

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

    Iván Fischer conducts Mozart, Bartók and Enescu Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern

    Brilliant, but non-sensuous: that is many concertgoers’ opinion about the music of Arnold Schönberg and his pupils Alban Berg and Anton Webern. This concert, in which Simon Rattle presents orchestral pieces by the three composers, shows just how wrong they are: virtuoso music of overwhelming expressiveness. One important inspiration for Schönberg’s circle was Johannes Brahms, whose sun-drenched Second Symphony ends the concert.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Anton Webern
      Six Pieces for large orchestra op. 6b

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Five Pieces for orchestra op. 16

    • Alban Berg
      Three Pieces for orchestra op. 6

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 73

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Schoenberg, Berg and Webern Go to concert
  • Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Modern music of the fleet-footed type characterises the beginning of this concert: with Béla Bartók’s youthfully animated Second Violin Concerto and the ingenious, jazzy minimalism of John Adams. The main symphonic work of the evening is a contrast: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with its powerful world-weary sounds. Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloist is the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 2 Sz 112

      Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • John Adams
      Lollapalooza for orchestra

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

    Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann Go to concert
  • Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Every year, horn player Sarah Willis presents the traditional Christmas family concert of the Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This year she will present her own instrument, the horn, as well as – together with her colleagues from the Philharmonic horn section – a diverse programme full of beautiful, jolly, surprising and of course season Christmas music.

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    Family Christmas Concert

    Horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Further Berlin Horn Players, Sarah Willis

    • Ho, Ho, Horn!

      Sarah Willis Presentation

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Christian Thielemann conducts Bruckner and Gubaidulina

    Christian Thielemann conducts Bruckner and Gubaidulina

    After a break of almost ten years, Gidon Kremer is returning to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme starts with Sofia Gubaidulina’s violin concerto In tempus praesens, in which an ethereal and filigree solo part excitingly encounters an energetic orchestral sound. Conductor and Bruckner specialist Christian Thielemann will then present the composer’s Mass in f minor, a monumental work audibly inspired by Beethoven’s Missa solemnis.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Gidon Kremer

    • Sofia Gubaidulina
      Violin Concerto In tempus praesens

      Gidon Kremer Violin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 3 in F minor

      Anne Schwanewilms Soprano, Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto, Michael Schade Tenor, Franz-Josef Selig Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    Christian Thielemann conducts Bruckner and Gubaidulina Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    Numerous times the enchanting soprano Barbara Hannigan together with Simon Rattle has already presented musical discoveries that are impressive for both their modernity and their intense sensuality. This Late Night concert consists of the song cycle Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey, a fragile, atmospheric music full of unworldly melancholy.

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    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Gérard Grisey
      Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 instruments

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan Go to concert
  • Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    It’s always a source of celebration for friends of Bruckner when Christian Thielemann conducts the composer. Not many others have been given the gift to make the dark glow and the broad arches of this music resound so impressively. At this concert, Thielemann will interpret Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, which once marked his breakthrough as a composer. In addition, we encounter Rudolf Buchbinder as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    It is almost a miniature opera: the first act of Richard Wagner’s Walküre, in which Siegmund, Sieglinde and Hunding encounter each other in tense and exciting scenes. Simon Rattle will present this musical chamber play with a first-class ensemble of singers experienced in Bayreuth, consisting of Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson. The evening will kick off with Wagner’s gossamer Siegfried Idyll.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre, Act I

      John Tomlinson Bass (Hunding), Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Simon OʼNeill Tenor (Siegmund), Sir John Tomlinson Bass (Hunding),

    Simon Rattle conducts Wagner Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    He is “the most astounding young pianist of our age”, the London Times wrote when Daniil Trifonov presented his first Rachmaninoff recording. On New Year’s Eve, Trifonov will interpret the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3: many consider it the most difficult piano concerto of all time. Simon Rattle will also present Antonín Dvořák’s virtuoso Slavonic Dances and will lead us into the world of British humour with orchestra pieces from William Walton’s Façade.

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    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Overture to Colas Breugnon op. 90

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30

      Daniil Trifonov Piano

    • William Walton
      Orchestral Pieces from Façade arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances (Selection) op. 72

    New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov Go to concert
  • Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Verdi’s Requiem is without comparison in music history. The Italian opera composer did not want to convey otherworldly transcendence in it, but rather an emotional assault, as in his great stage works. The merging of the Christian message and theatrical intensity succeeded as in no other setting of the requiem. Riccardo Chailly, music director of La Scala in Milan, will present the work with an exclusive ensemble of singers.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Riccardo Chailly

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      María José Siri Soprano, Daniela Barcellona Mezzo-Soprano, Roberto Aronica Tenor, Riccardo Zanellato Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s Requiem Go to concert
  • Free of charge: the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National Youth Ballet

    Free of charge: the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National Youth Ballet

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

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    Bundesjugendorchester
    Alexander Shelley

    • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 107 Reformation

    • Michel van der Aa
      New Work commissioned by the Bundesjugendorchester

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

    • Enjott Schneider
      Ein feste Burg, Symphonic Poem for orchestra

    Free of charge: the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National Youth Ballet Go to concert
  • Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

    Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

    Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most touching of the 20th century. The gravely ill composer found his way to a tone for which he had not previously been known: more melodic, softer, almost religious. András Schiff, a favourite of the Berlin audience and closely bound to Bartók through his shared Hungarian origin, will interpret the work with Herbert Blomstedt, who will conduct Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony after the interval.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    András Schiff

    • Béla Bartók
      Piano Concerto No. 3 Sz 119

      András Schiff Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor op. 68

    Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Maria Magdalena is one of the most fascinating female figures in the Bible. In The Gospel According to the Other Mary, composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars recount the Passion of Christ from her perspective. Just as multi-faceted as the story is Adams’s irresistible music, in which minimalism is mixed with imaginative orchestration and jazzy verve. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • John Adams
      The Gospel According to the Other Mary, A Passion Oratorio based on a Libretto compiled by Peter Sellars

      Kelley OʼConnor Mezzo-Soprano (Mary), Tamara Mumford Mezzo-Soprano (Martha), Daniel Bubeck Countertenor, Brian Cummings Countertenor, Nathan Medley Countertenor, Peter Hoare Tenor (Lazarus), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Daniel Reuss Chorus Master

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

    The climax of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which stands out among the composer’s monumental works with a sunny amiability. The evening opens with the premiere of a short piece by Wolfgang Rihm, followed by György Ligeti’s violin concerto, a work that impresses soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with its “colourful, sometimes flickering and sometimes floating auditory impression”.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camilla Tilling

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Gruß-Moment 2 commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • György Ligeti
      Violin Concerto

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Camilla Tilling Soprano

    Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony Go to concert
  • Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle will perform with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti
      Le Grand Macabre (revised version from 1996)

      Christopher Purves Baritone (Nekrotzar), Peter Hoare Tenor (Piet the Pot), Anthony Roth Costanzo Countertenor (Prince Go-Go), Anna Prohaska Soprano (Amanda), Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano (Amando), Heidi Melton Soprano (Mescalina), Frode Olsen Bass (Astradamors), Audrey Luna Soprano (Venus and Gepopo), Joshua Bloom Bass (Black-Party Minister), Peter Tantsits Tenor (White-Party Minister), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging,

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

    The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mala links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Anoushka Shankar

    • Ravi Shankar
      Concerto for sitar and orchestra No. 2 Raga-Mala

      Anoushka Shankar Sitar

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for orchestra Sz 116

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

    Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman Edward Elgar found his violin concerto “awfully emotional – too emotional! But I love it!” And in fact this is a work that wins you over spontaneously with its late romantic warmth and contemplative melancholy. Soloist Pinchas Zukerman returns with it to the Berliner Philharmoniker after more than ten years. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which Zubin Mehta conducts to conclude the evening, is at least as soulful.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Pinchas Zukerman

    • Edward Elgar
      Violin Concerto in B minor op. 61

      Pinchas Zukerman Violin

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikvsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64

      Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Works by Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman Go to concert
  • Free of charge: the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National

    Free of charge: the German National Youth Orchestra and the German National

    Musical visions of death dominate this concert with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott. Gustav Mahler’s partly expressive, partly elegiac Kindertotenlieder are among the most harrowing vocal works in the repertoire. In his last symphony, Shostakovich grapples with the end of his own life: desperate and wild. Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales provide an elegant and witty contrast.

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    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jonathan Nott

    • Maurice Ravel
      Valses nobles et sentimentales (Version for orchestra)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Kindertotenlieder

      Christa Mayer Soprano,

    • Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 15 in A major

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

    Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

    • HK Gruber
      Piano Concerto German Première

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Bluebeard's Castle Sz 48 Concert Performance

      Rinat Shaham Mezzo-Soprano, Gábor Bretz Bass

    Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

    This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III, while seven cellists can demonstrate all their skills in Boulez’s Messagesquisse. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

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    Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • Maurice Ravel
      Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for voice and chamber ensemble

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Pierre Boulez
      Messagesquisse for solo cello and 6 cellos

    • Luciano Berio
      Sequenza III for female voice

      Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

    • Luciano Berio
      Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Meet the next chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker! On 21 June 2015, the orchestra voted by a large majority for Kirill Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle; the conductor will be the guest at a Philharmonic concert for the first time since his election. Besides a piece by John Adams, you will be able to hear two works of the core symphonic repertoire: Mozart’s radiant and festive Haffner Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, which heralds existential desperation.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 35 in D major K. 385 Haffner

    • John Adams
      The Wound-Dresser for baritone and orchestra

      Georg Nigl Baritone

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 74 Pathétique

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

    In Puccini’s Tosca, moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologising and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is acclaimed as a Puccini interpreter on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Tosca Concert Performance

      Krīstine Opolais Soprano (Floria Tosca), Marcelo Álvarez Tenor (Mario Cavaradossi), Evgeny Nikitin Bass Baritone (Baron Scarpia), Alexander Tsymbalyuk Bass (Cesare Angelotti), Peter Tantsits Tenor (Spoletta), Douglas Williams Bass (Sciarrone), Peter Rose Bass (Sacristan), Walter Fink Bass (Jailer), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca” Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Mozart and Bartók

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Mozart and Bartók

    Three composers, three distinct musical languages: that’s on offer on this programme with Mariss Jansons. Thus in Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, his characteristic Nordic idiom is already unmistakeable. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, on the other hand, shows the depth of feeling and otherworldly beauty that make this composer so unique. And finally Béla Bartók with The Miraculous Mandarin: a rare fusion of uncompromising modernity and sensuousness of sound.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 1 in E minor op. 39

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 33 in B flat major K. 319

    • Béla Bartók
      Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin Sz 73

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Mozart and Bartók Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have already performed Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to great acclaim. With the Eighth there follows the composer’s most extensive work. It acquires its tremendous energy from the interplay of wave-like escalations – the piling up of monumental blocks of sound and falling back into melancholy brooding. The evening will open with a new short work by Simon Holt.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Simon Holt
      Surcos commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Edition Robert Haas)

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Richard Strauss often came in for caustic criticism for his innovative music. He traces these conflicts in his tone poem Ein Heldenleben: biting, original, with an opulent orchestra sound. Dmitri Shostakovich’s battles in the dictatorship under Stalin were even more existential. Here too, there is an echo of this in the composer’s music, including in the First Cello Concerto – which can be heard here with Gautier Capuçon as the soloist. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Gautier Capuçon

    • Shostakovich
      Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

      Gautier Capuçon Cello

    • Richard Strauss
      Ein Heldenleben op. 40

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon Go to concert
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Sergei Rachmaninov was actually a great melancholic – yet his Fourth Piano Concerto is colourful and spontaneous. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will interpret the work together with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The music director of the hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Houston Symphony debuts on this evening with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The virtuoso programme will also present Richard Strauss’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Richard Strauss
      Macbeth, op. 23

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor op. 40

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 47

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    “Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Dances from “Powder Her Face” we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Thomas Adès
      Dances from »Powder her Face«

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Piano Concerto in C major K. 503

      Imogen Cooper Piano

    • Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised version from 1947)

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps” Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel will also conduct John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • John Adams
      City Noir for orchestra

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

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World” Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    The press described Joyce DiDonato’s Philharmonic debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as “ravishingly nuanced” and “angelic”. Now the charming singer can be experienced as a Berlioz interpreter again when she addresses the delicate expressivity of the cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also present Ravel’s delightful suite Ma Mère l’Oye and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet music The Firebird.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Joyce DiDonato

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l'Oye, Suite for orchestra

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Mort de Cléopâtre, Lyrical scene for soprano and orchestra

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird)

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato Go to concert
  • Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    To sing together, to awaken the desire to make music – that is the aim of our Education Programme’s Vocal Heroes” project. To this end, Vocal Heroes choirs for children and youths have been founded all over Berlin. Conducted by Simon Rattle, they will now present Von der Erde bis zum Mond, a new children’s opera by Andrew Norman – a fanciful young composer who in his own words loves surprising action such as we are familiar with from television series and video games.

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    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Vocal Soloists, Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists, Vocal Heroes Children's Choir, Vocal Heroes Project Choir with Youths and Adults
    Simon Halsey

    Ela Baumann

    • Andrew Norman
      A Trip o the Moon – Première commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the London Symphony Orchestra

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Rarely is classical music as cheerful as in the serenades of the 18th century. Simon Rattle shows at this concert how ingeniously the genre was taken up in the late romantic era. Thus, for instance, Antonín Dvořák expanded traditional forms in his wind serenade to include Bohemian colours. Johannes Brahms, whose Serenade No. 2 has almost symphonic dimensions, went even one step further. There is also a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Serenade for winds in D minor op. 44

    • Mark-Anthony Turnage
      Remembering – In Memoriam Evan Scofield German Première commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major for small orchestra op. 16

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last rows of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

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    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major »Rheinische« Rhenish

    • Richard Wagner
      Einzug der Götter in Walhall from Das Rheingold

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung

    • Richard Wagner
      Waldweben from Siegfried

    • Richard Wagner
      Walkürenritt from Die Walküre (Concert Versions)

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne Go to concert