Live concerts

  • Herbert Blomstedt conducts Dvořák and Berwald

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Dvořák and Berwald

    Melancholy while powerful, never maudlin: that’s Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony. The mixture of varied moods is particularly compelling, for instance, in the Scherzo, which is at the same time lugubrious and dance-like. Together with it, Herbert Blomstedt will conduct a rediscovery: Franz Berwald’s Third Symphony, a stirring work sometimes reminiscent of Mendelssohn that the Berliner Philharmoniker last performed in 1917.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    • Franz Berwald
      Symphony No. 3 in C major Sinfonie singulière

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 7 in D minor

    Herbert Blomstedt conducts Dvořák and Berwald Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts a concert “à la française”

    Simon Rattle conducts a concert “à la française”

    Although Maurice Ravel’s international fame is due principally to Boléro, the ballet Daphnis et Chloé is considered his real masterpiece. It seems full of sunlight and playful – and then again inscrutable and brutal. Sir Simon Rattle will also present two delightful rarities: Francis Poulenc’s cantata Figure humaine, filled with fragile beauty, and Charles Koechlin’s witty adaptation of the Jungle Book material.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Francis Poulenc
      Figure humaine, Cantata for double mixed choir a capella

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master,

    • Charles Koechlin
      Les Bandar-log (Scherzo des singes) after Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

    • György Kurtág
      Petite Musique solennelle en hommage à Pierre Boulez 90 German Première

    • Maurice Ravel
      Daphnis et Chloé

    Simon Rattle conducts a concert “à la française” Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Stefan Dohr

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Stefan Dohr

    Ironic, witty and surprising – that sums up the programme at this “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle. For instance, the creation of the world is an exceptionally jazzy affair in Darius Milhaud’s La Création du monde; Igor Stravinsky makes cheerful use of Baroque models in his chamber concerto “Dumbarton Oaks”; and in Richard Ayres’ NONcerto for horn, even the title announces the humorous play with the audience’s expectations.

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    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Darius Milhaud
      La Création du Monde, Ballett La Création du Monde

    • Richard Ayres
      NONcerto for horn and large ensemble

      Stefan Dohr Horn

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Concerto in E flat Dumberton Oaks for chamber orchestra

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Stefan Dohr Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa

    Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa

    Albert Roussel and Jean-Philippe Rameau – though born 200 years apart – were brothers in spirit: individual, surprising, with a unique sense of timbre. All these qualities manifest themselves in this concert with Roussel’s Le Festin de l’araignée and Rameau’s Les Boréades. In addition, Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa will interpret Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, which shimmers wonderfully between Impressionism and Polish folklore.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniel Stabrawa

    • Albert Roussel
      Le Festin de lʼaraignée, Symphonic Fragments from the Ballet-Pantomime

    • Karol Szymanowski
      Violin Concerto No. 2

      Daniel Stabrawa Violin

    • Jean-Philippe Rameau
      Orchestra Pieces from Les Boréades, arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    Simon Rattle and Daniel Stabrawa Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons and Truls Mørk

    Mariss Jansons and Truls Mørk

    Dmitri Shostakovich reflects unsparingly on the horrors of the Stalin era with his Tenth Symphony. Specifically, the manic brutal second movement was conceived as a portrait of the dictator. The work will be conducted at this concert by Mariss Jansons, whose musical origins are in the renowned Leningrad Shostakovich tradition; he is considered one of the best Shostakovich interpreters. We will encounter soloist Truls Mørk in Henri Dutilleux’s yearning cello concerto.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Truls Mørk

    • Hector Berlioz
      Le Carnaval romain, Ouverture caractéristique

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Tout un monde lointain..., Concerto for cello and orchestra

      Truls Mørk Cello

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 10 in E minor

    Mariss Jansons and Truls Mørk Go to concert
  • “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton

    “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton

    No greater love is conceivable than that between Tristan and Isolde. But although Richard Wagner conveys yearning and ecstasy in unparalleled intensity in his opera, what’s lacking is any of the effortlessness of happiness – the tragic end is woven into the music right from the outset. After performances at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Sir Simon Rattle is now presenting the complex work with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton in the title roles in Berlin’s Philharmonie.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Sarah Connolly, Stephen Milling, Michael Nagy, Roman Sadnik, Thomas Ebenstein, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Stricker, Simon Halsey, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stuart Skelton

    • Richard Wagner
      Tristan und Isolde Concert Performance

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Isolde), Stuart Skelton Tenor (Tristan), Sarah Connolly Mezzo-Soprano (Brangäne), Stephen Milling Bass (König Marke), Michael Nagy Bass-Baritone (Kurwenal), Stephen Milling Bass (König Marke), Thomas Ebenstein Tenor (Shepherd, Sailor), Roman Sadnik Tenor (Melot), Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Stricker Baritone (Steersman)

    “Tristan und Isolde” with Simon Rattle, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton Go to concert
  • Free: the National Youth Orchestra of Germany with Sebastian Weigle

    Free: the National Youth Orchestra of Germany with Sebastian Weigle

    100 extraordinarily talented young musicians come together regularly to work with renowned conductors and teachers in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. The Berliner Philharmoniker became patrons of the orchestra in 2013 and will contribute the soloists to this colourful programme. Sebastian Weigle, general music director of the Frankfurt Opera, will conduct. Access to the live broadcast in the Digital Concert Hall is free.

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    Bundesjugendorchester
    Sebastian Weigle

    Stefan Dohr, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis, Andrej Žust, Teresa Schwamm, Ludwig Quandt

    • Manuel de Falla
      El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat), Suites No. 1 and No. 2

    • Robert Schumann
      Concert Piece for four horns and orchestra in F major

      Stefan Dohr, Stefan de Leval Jezierski, Sarah Willis, Andrej Žust Horn

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Quixote

      Teresa Schwamm Viola, Ludwig Quandt Cello

    Free: the National Youth Orchestra of Germany with Sebastian Weigle Go to concert
  • Seiji Ozawa returns to the Berliner Philharmonikern

    Seiji Ozawa returns to the Berliner Philharmonikern

    A happy reunion: After a long absence due to illness, Seiji Ozawa – who has had ties with the orchestra for 50 years – returns to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker again. The focus of the evening is on the First Viennese School. Following Mozart’s Serenade “Gran Partita”, performed by members of the orchestra without a conductor, there is then Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and the Choral Fantasy: a rarely heard work that unmistakably looks ahead to his Ninth Symphony.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Seiji Ozawa

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Serenade for winds in B flat major K. 361 Gran Partita

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Egmont Overture in F minor op. 84

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Choral Fantasy in C minor op. 80

    Seiji Ozawa returns to the Berliner Philharmonikern Go to concert
  • Semyon Bychkov and Kirill Gerstein

    Semyon Bychkov and Kirill Gerstein

    Rarely has the Russian soul been captured in music so impressively as in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – in its melancholy brooding, its singing and revolt. In this performance with Semyon Bychkov, pianist Kirill Gerstein debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Peter Tchaikovsky fosters a completely different attitude in his Third Symphony, which is shaped by the festive cheer and dancing brilliance of his famous ballets.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Kirill Gerstein

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

      Kirill Gerstein Piano

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 3 in D major Polish

    Semyon Bychkov and Kirill Gerstein Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Tugan Sokhiev and Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    Although French music often comes across as rather fragile, there are also powerful counterexamples. Thus, César Franck’s D minor Symphony and Gabriel Fauré’s Pélleas et Mélisande radiate – besides French flair – a Beethovenian will to find the right form. Maurice Ravel, in contrast, strikes a crisp, jazzy tone in the Finale of his G major piano concerto, as one might more readily expect from Gershwin. Tugan Sokhiev conducts; Jean-Yves Thibaudet is at the piano.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Pelléas et Mélisande Suite

    • Maurice Ravel
      Piano Concerto in G major

      Jean-Yves Thibaudet Piano

    • César Franck
      Symphony in D minor

    Tugan Sokhiev and Jean-Yves Thibaudet Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner

    Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner

    Andris Nelsons is considered one of the outstanding interpreters of Richard Wagner, and he will conduct a new production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2016. In advance, he is presenting the prelude and the Karfreitagszauber to the Berliner Philharmoniker audience. This will be followed by Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony, dedicated to Wagner “with the most profound respect”, in which Bruckner’s individual sound, inspired by the organ, unfolds its full potential for the first time.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Richard Wagner
      Parsifal: Prelude to Act I and Good Friday Spell from Act III

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1889 version)

    Andris Nelsons conducts Wagner and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Juanjo Mena makes his conducting debut with Berliner Philharmoniker

    Juanjo Mena makes his conducting debut with Berliner Philharmoniker

    Juanjo Mena, chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, has brought a Spanish and Latin American programme along for his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. While Claude Debussy in Ibéria conveys a dreamy summer image of Spain, Manuel de Falla’s ballet music The Three-Cornered Hat vibrates with Mediterranean energy. And then there’s the Argentinian Alberto Ginastera, whose harp concerto combines southern folklore with new sounds in an appealing way.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Juanjo Mena

    Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Raquel Lojendio

    • Claude Debussy
      Ibéria from Images pour orchestre

    • Alberto Ginastera
      Harp Concerto op. 25

      Marie-Pierre Langlamet Harp,

    • Manuel de Falla
      El sombrero de tres picos (The three-cornered hat), Ballet Music

      Raquel Lojendio Soprano

    Juanjo Mena makes his conducting debut with Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • John Eliot Gardiner conducts Stravinsky

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts Stravinsky

    After 14 years of absence, Sir John Eliot Gardiner will return to the Berliner Philharmoniker with a Stravinsky evening. The focus is on the neoclassical opera oratorio Oedipus Rex, whose archaic force unmistakeably inspired Carl Orff in composing his Carmina Burana. The ballet Apollon musagète also harks back to older music – but in its bright Baroque grace conjures up an entirely different world of sound.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Andrew Staples, Jennifer Johnston, Ashley Riches, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Alex Ashworth, Gianluca Buratto, Gareth Treseder

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Apollon musagète (revised version from 1947)

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Oedipus rex

      N. N. Speaker, Andrew Staples Tenor (Oedipus), Jennifer Johnston Mezzosopran (Iokaste), Ashley Riches Bass Baritone (Kreon), Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin (Priests, Guards, Folk), Alex Ashworth Baritone (Messenger), Gianluca Buratto Bass (Tiresias), Gareth Treseder Tenor (Shepherd)

    John Eliot Gardiner conducts Stravinsky Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle

    In the world of music, people know Don Quixote primarily in Richard Strauss’s powerful interpretation. With Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro, our“Late Night concert with Simon Rattle presents a portrayal more characterised by humour and Spanish atmosphere. Besides this work, there will be chamber music by Claude Debussy and Betsy Jolas of a bittersweet mood similar to the story of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”.

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    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Máté Szűcs, Sir Simon Rattle, Silvia Schwartz, Florian Hoffmann, Daniel Boaz, Boaz Daniel

    • Claude Debussy
      Sonata for flute, viola and harp

    • Betsy Jolas
      Épisode sixième for solo viola

      Máté Szűcs Viola

    • Betsy Jolas
      Ruht wohl for viola and piano

      N. N. Piano, Máté Szűcs Viola, Sir Simon Rattle Piano

    • Manuel de Falla
      El retablo de maese Pedro

      N. N. Bass-Baritone (Don Quijote), Silvia Schwartz Soprano (Trujamán), Florian Hoffmann Tenor (Maese Pedro), Daniel Boaz Bass-Baritone (Don Quijote), Boaz Daniel Bass-Baritone (Don Quijote)

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax

    Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax

    “New worlds on earth, in the sky, or in the minds of men”: Edgar Varèse intended to convey all of that in his famous Amèriques. A similar intention is recognisable at this concert with Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax. Familiar works by Debussy, Ravel and Franck can be heard in a completely new light by being juxtaposed against discoveries by, say, Betsy Jolas and Percy Grainger – an exciting musical journey.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Emanuel Ax

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à lʼaprès-midi dʼun faune

    • Betsy Jolas
      New Work commisioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • César Franck
      Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra

      Emanuel Ax Piano,

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Vallée des cloches from Miroirs (original version for piano)

      Emanuel Ax Piano

    • Percy Grainger
      In a nutshell (Excerpts)

    • Maurice Ravel
      La Vallée des cloches from Miroirs (arr. for orchestra by Percy Grainger)

    • Edgard Varèse
      Amériques

    Simon Rattle and Emanuel Ax Go to concert
  • Education concert with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes

    Education concert with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes

    Nuckelavee is the name of a horrible sea monster on the Scottish coast – and the title character of our newest education project. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has composed an exciting piece on this, and it is experiencing its premiere here. The performers are – besides Berlin Philharmonic musicians and Sir Simon Rattle – young instrumentalists and the Vocal Heroes project choir. Access to the live broadcast is free.

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    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

    • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
      Die beiden Musikanten,

      Simon Halsey Chorus Master, Vocal Heroes, Peter Maxwell Davies

    • Recommended for ages 6 and above

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili

    At this concert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, chief conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, encounters Lisa Batiashvili – a violinist both virtuoso and sensitive, and thus the ideal interpreter of Bartók’s yearning Violin Concerto No. 1, in which the composer came to terms with an unrequited love. Following this, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony: a staggering accusation against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Béla Bartók
      Violin Concerto No. 1

      Lisa Batiashvili Violin

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor Babi-Yar

      Mikhail Petrenko Bass, Herren des Rundfunkchors Berlin, Men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Lisa Batiashvili Go to concert