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10  Concerts
  • Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante

    Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    As Artist in Residence, Tabea Zimmermann has a double role in this concert: together with Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, she performs as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, a joyful work whose virtuosic dialogue between viola and violin captivates the listener. She also leads the scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy from the viola section in Johannes Brahms’s Second Serenade.

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    Scholars of the Karajan Academy
    Tabea Zimmermann

    Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major, op. 16

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      2 Pieces for String Octet, op. 11

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364

      Noah Bendix-Balgley violin, Tabea Zimmermann viola

    • approx. 30 min before the concert: The viola is my voice. Tabea Zimmermann – Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2020/21

    Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante Go to concert
  • Repeat: Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante

    Repeat: Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    As Artist in Residence, Tabea Zimmermann has a double role in this concert: together with Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, she performs as a soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, a joyful work whose virtuosic dialogue between viola and violin captivates the listener. She also leads the scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy from the viola section in Johannes Brahms’s Second Serenade.

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    Scholars of the Karajan Academy
    Tabea Zimmermann

    Noah Bendix-Balgley

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major, op. 16

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      2 Pieces for String Octet, op. 11

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364

      Noah Bendix-Balgley violin, Tabea Zimmermann viola

    • approx. 30 min before the concert: The viola is my voice. Tabea Zimmermann – Artist in Residence of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2020/21

    Repeat: Tabea Zimmermann with Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa”

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa”

    Photo: Chris Christodoulou

    Like the opera Eugene Onegin premiered five years earlier, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa is based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin. Set against the backdrop of historical events during the reign of Peter the Great, the work tells of the tragic life and loves of a Ukrainian Cossack leader. In the concert performance under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, the passionate and dramatic score is brought to life by a top-class ensemble of singers.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Vladislav Sulimsky, Olga Peretyatko, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Mazeppa (concert performance)

      Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Mazeppa), Olga Peretyatko soprano (Maria), Vitalij Kowaljow bass (Kochubey), Oksana Volkova mezzo-soprano (Mother), Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Andrey), Dimitry Ivashchenko bass (Orlik), Anton Rositskiy tenor (Iskra), Alexander Kravets tenor (Drunk Cossack), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Prague Philharmonic Choir

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” Go to concert
  • Repeat: Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa”

    Repeat: Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa”

    Photo: Chris Christodoulou

    Like the opera Eugene Onegin premiered five years earlier, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Mazeppa is based on a poem by Alexander Pushkin. Set against the backdrop of historical events during the reign of Peter the Great, the work tells of the tragic life and loves of a Ukrainian Cossack leader. In the concert performance under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, the passionate and dramatic score is brought to life by a top-class ensemble of singers.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Vladislav Sulimsky, Olga Peretyatko, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Mazeppa (concert performance)

      Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Mazeppa), Olga Peretyatko soprano (Maria), Vitalij Kowaljow bass (Kochubey), Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Andrey), Oksana Volkova mezzo-soprano (Mother), Dimitry Ivashchenko bass (Orlik), Anton Rositskiy tenor (Iskra), Alexander Kravets tenor (Drunk Cossack), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Prague Philharmonic Choir

    Repeat: Kirill Petrenko conducts Tchaikovsky’s “Mazeppa” Go to concert
  • 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

    Simon Rattle conducts Ginastera and Britten Go to concert
  • 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

    Concert from the Waldbühne with Martin Grubinger Go to concert