Live concerts

  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, Kirill Petrenko presents himself with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an interpreter of Mahler. The Sixth Symphony is one of the composer’s most disturbing works, bringing together turmoil and idyll, triumph and catastrophe, nature, and life and death. It conveys a world panorama as well as an intimate insight into Mahler’s inner world. For as his widow Alma explained, “No work has flowed from his heart as directly as this”.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Photo: Julia Baier

    Romanticism was not only an epoch of sensibility, but also of radical concepts. No work shows this more clearly than Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. It portrays a drug-induced frenzy, a murder of passion, an execution and a witch’s Sabbath. No less exciting is Berlioz’ sound world: excessive, glaring, brutal – and then again enchantingly graceful. Paavo Järvi also conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is Stefan Dohr.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Stefan Dohr

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Scherzo fantastique, op. 3

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra − commissioned jontly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the NTR Zaterdag Matinee, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Première

      Stefan Dohr french horn

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” Go to concert
  • Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” – Faith To Face

    Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” – Faith To Face

    Photo: Michael Trippel

    The first education project led by Kirill Petrenko features great opera: Giacomo Puccini’s drama Suor Angelica, which takes place in a convent and tells the moving story of a young nun. Even if the period and setting have little to do with the realities of life today, the message of the opera is more current than ever: it concerns humanity in an inhuman environment and the struggle for one’s own dignity. In this production, it is given a contemporary setting by director Nicola Hümpel and performed by young singers, the choir of the vocal heroes choral programme, and the Karajan Academy.

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    Scholars of the Karajan Academy
    Kirill Petrenko

    Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel, Ann Toomey, Katarina Dalayman

    • Giacomo Puccini
      Suor Angelica

      Choir of the Vocal Heroes Choral Programme, Nicola Hümpel direction and costumes, Oliver Proske stage conception and video technology, Ann Toomey soprano, Katarina Dalayman soprano, Daniela Vega mezzo-soprano, Fleur Barron mezzo-soprano, Sarah Laulan mezzo-soprano, Aurora Marthens soprano, Qing Wang soprano, Aphrodite Patoulidou soprano, Alessia Schumacher soprano, Ekaterina Bazhanova mezzo-soprano, Yeo-Jung Ha soprano, Bernadeta Astari soprano, Yui Kawaguchi dance and choir choreography, Matan Porat piano and composition of prologue

    Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” – Faith To Face Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    The music of the 20th century is often considered inaccessible. Kirill Petrenko shows how wrong this prejudice is with three works written between 1940 and 1950 which differently convey sensuousness and energy. We experience rhythmic power in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, the combination of innovation and Brazilian Flair in Zimmermann’s Alagoana and finally, the voluptuous melancholy of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in three Movements

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros, Ballet Suite

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Photo: Holger Hage

    Es sind elementare Botschaften der Natur – inklusive Erzählungen von Blumen und Tieren –, die Gustav Mahler in seiner Dritten Symphonie ausformuliert. Damit schuf er ein gigantisches Weltenpanorama, mit einem überwältigend schönen Hymnus als Gipfelpunkt. Interpreten dieser Aufführung sind Yannick Nézet-Seguin, designierter Leiter der New Yorker Met, und Elīna Garanča, die nicht nur »über stimmliche Schönheit verfügt, sondern auch jene undefinierbare Magie, die man Charisma nennt« (The Telegraph).

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Elīna Garanča

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano, Damen des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

    In his Oboe Concerto, Richard Strauss magically succeeded in composing in the spirit of Mozart and Schubert without denying his own artistic identity. Simon Rattle performs the work with the Philharmoniker’s principal oboe Jonathan Kelly. He then presents Beethoven’s oratorio Christus am Ölberge, which conveys less spiritual devotion than operatic expressiveness, such as in a dramatically escalating scene depicting the arrest of Jesus.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Jonathan Kelly

    • Richard Strauss
      Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, o. op. 144

      Jonathan Kelly oboe

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85

      Iwona Sobotka soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, David Soar baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

    With Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Simon Rattle conducts one of the most impressive works of the 20th century. The terminally ill composer, who fled to the USA to escape the National Socialists, presents himself here sometimes melancholically, sometimes sarcastically – and then again, quite surprisingly, releases youthful freshness, verve and joie de vivre. The concert opens with Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, in which he plays creatively and unconventionally with sounds, noises and language: a mysterious musical labyrinth.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Luciano Berio
      Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra

      Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio is a plea for overcoming the arbitrariness of power and tyranny – and a hymn to love. Beethoven’s lifelong motto, “Freyheit über alles lieben; Wahrheit nie, (auch am Throne nicht) läugnen” (Love freedom above everything else, never disavow truth, not even before the throne), is reflected vividly in his work. Following performances at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Kirill Petrenko conducts the work in the Philharmonie. The cast is headed by Marlis Petersen, currently the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Artist in Residence.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Marlis Petersen, Matthew Polenzani, Peter Rose

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814) Concert Performance

      Marlis Petersen soprano (Leonora), Matthew Polenzani tenor (Florestan), Peter Rose bass (Rocco), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano (Marzelline), Paul Schweinester tenor (Jaquino), Wolfgang Koch baritone (Don Pizzaro), Tareq Nazmi bass (Don Fernando), Stephen Chambers tenor (1st Prisoner), David Ostrek bass (2nd Prisoner), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie Go to concert
  • A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Selina Pfrüner

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    German National Youth Orchestra
    Christoph Altstaedt

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 1st Movement

    • Brett Dean
      “Testament” – Music for 12 Violas

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 2nd Movement

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 3rd Movement

    • Mark Barden
      BTHVN 2020 – Work commissioned by the Bundesjugendorchester

      Adrian Pereyra electric guitar

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 4th Movement

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra Go to concert
  • Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Photo: Akos Stiller

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Daniel Stabrawa, Bruno Delepelaire, Stefan Schweigert

    • Joseph Haydn
      Sinfonia concertante in B flat major, Hob. I:105

      Daniel Stabrawa violin, Bruno Delepelaire cello, Sergey Romanovsky bassoon, Stefan Schweigert bassoon

    • Franz Liszt
      A Faust Symphony in three characteristic Pictures (version without final chorus from 1854)

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt Go to concert
  • European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko
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    European Concert from Tel Aviv

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Christiane Karg, Elisabeth Kulman, Amihai Grosz

    • Gustav Mahler
      Rückert Lieder

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Max Bruch
      Kol Nidrei op. 47

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko Go to concert
  • Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Photo: Sebastian Hänel

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Stabrawa

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Andrzej Panufnik
      Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Emmanuel Pahud

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, transcr. by Jean-Pierre Rampal after the violin concerto in D minor

      Emmanuel Pahud flute

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

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud Go to concert
  • Works by Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Works by Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Photo: Martin Walz

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    N.N.

    Denis Matsuev, Guillaume Jehl

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, op. 70

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra in C minor, op. 35

      Denis Matsuev piano, Guillaume Jehl trumpet

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird, Suite (version from 1919)

    Works by Shostakovich and Stravinsky Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Anett Fritsch

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Anett Fritsch soprano, Alisa Kolosova mezzo-soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony Go to concert
  • A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Latin American Night

    • Programme to be announced

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Holger Kettner

    Gustavo Dudamel, die Berliner Philharmoniker und die Waldbühne – das ist eine großartige Erfolgsgeschichte. Als 27-Jähriger gab der Venezolaner im Juni 2008 auf der Open-Air-Bühne mit einem spanisch-südamerikanischen Programm seinen philharmonischen Einstand. In dieser Saison leitet er bereits zum vierten Mal das Waldbühnenkonzert, das unter dem Motto Eine Olympische Nacht steht. Und eines ist sicher: Es wird ein weiterer Höhepunkt in der gemeinsamen Zusammenarbeit von Dirigent und Orchester sein.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      The Golden Age, Suite, op. 22a

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne Go to concert