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  • Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler

    Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler

    A grandiose performance of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony in 1999 was a decisive factor in the election of Simon Rattle by the Berliner Philharmoniker as their chief conductor. The work has now been programmed once again to open the 2016/2017 season. Mahler himself described the work as “predominantly of a cheerful character”, but the cheerfulness which the jubilant finale in particular fosters is always fragile, ambiguous, and on the verge of toppling into the abyss.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Éclat (1st Version for 15 instruments from 1965)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

    Season opening concert: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler Go to concert
  • From the Royal Albert Hall: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

    From the Royal Albert Hall: Simon Rattle conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

    Outside the UK, the Proms concerts in the huge Royal Albert Hall are associated with the delightfully over the top “Last Night”. A somewhat misleading impression as in reality, these London summer concerts are marked by top-class performances of classical and modern music. The Berliner Philharmoniker have appeared there regularly since 1991, and this year, under the direction of Simon Rattle, they are presenting Mahler’s Seventh Symphony.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Pierre Boulez
      Éclat (1st Version for 15 instruments from 1965)

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 7

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphonie fantastique

    Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphonie fantastique
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à lʼaprès-midi dʼun faune

    • Edgard Varèse
      Arcana for large orchestra (revised version from 1960)

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique op. 14

    Andris Nelsons conducts the Symphonie fantastique Go to concert
  • John Adams conducts John Adams

    John Adams conducts John Adams
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    John Adams

    Leila Josefowicz

    • John Adams
      Harmonielehre for orchestra

    • John Adams
      Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for violin and orchestra German Première

      Leila Josefowicz Violin

    John Adams conducts John Adams Go to concert
  • Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism

    Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniele Gatti

    • Arthur Honegger
      Symphonie liturgique (Symphony No. 3)

    • Henri Dutilleux
      Métaboles

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer

    Daniele Gatti conducts masterworks of French modernism Go to concert
  • Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne

    Manfred Honeck and Matthias Goerne
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
  • Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!

    Christmas Concert: Ho, Ho, Horn!
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    Horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis

    • Ho, Ho, Horn!

      Sarah Willis Presentation

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Alan Gilbert and 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
  • Christian Thielemann conducts Bruckner and Gubaidulina

    Christian Thielemann conducts Bruckner and Gubaidulina
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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
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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

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder
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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
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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
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    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

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances (Selection) op. 72

      William Walton

    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
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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
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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

    Concert details will be available soon.

  • Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

    Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff
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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”
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • John Adams
      The Gospel According to the Other Mary, A Passion Oratorio

      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
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camilla Tilling

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      New Work 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
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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
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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
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Pinchas Zukerman

    • Edward Elgar
      Violin Concerto in B minor op. 61

      Pinchas Zukerman Violin

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64

    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
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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”
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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
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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
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

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

    • 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”
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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”
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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Thomas Adès
      Dances from »Powder her Face« commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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

      Imogen Cooper Piano,

    • Igor 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”
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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
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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
  • Education concert with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes

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

    • Andrew Norman
      New Work – Première commissioned jointly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the London Symphony Orchestra

    Education concert with Simon Rattle and the Vocal Heroes Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

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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

    • 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
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    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