Live concerts

18  Concerts
  • Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Martin Grubinger, the “multi-percussion star, who runs around between his many instruments during his performances with dizzying acrobatics” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) makes his debut here with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert includes works by Edgard Varèse and Peter Eötvös in which Grubinger can demonstrate his breathtaking versatility. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic and powerful Scheherazade Suite.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Martin Grubinger

    • Edgard Varèse
      Intégrales

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • Peter Eötvös
      Speaking drums, Four Poems for percussion solo and orchestra

      Martin Grubinger drums

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

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    When Kirill Petrenko conducted Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony in March 2017, The reviewer of broadcaster rbb was “stunned at how beautiful and breathtakingly exciting this music can be”. The chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker now presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, with its shifts between driving momentum and inner turmoil. In addition, we hear the spirited Patricia Kopatchinskaja as the soloist in Arnold Schoenberg’s breakneck and virtuosic Violin Concerto.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 36

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

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

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    The mysterious, expressionistic miniatures of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire cycle are perfect for a Late Night concert. The wonderful violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who enjoys the experimental, not only performs the violin part this evening, but also recites the poems that underlie the work. The concert also includes waltzes by Johann Strauss II in arrangements by Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern.

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin and narrator

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Waltzes arranged by Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Kaiserwalzer, op. 437 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg)

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 2nd Part

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Schatzwalzer, op. 418 (arr. for string quartet, piano und Harmonium by Webern)

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 3rd Part

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja Go to concert
  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A double reunion: for the first time since the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme features one of the most sensational productions of those years: Bach’s St. John Passion in the production of Peter Sellars, which uses intensive imagery to accentuate the meditative as well as the dramatic dimensions of the work. The singers include the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a top-class ensemble of soloists.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Peter Sellars, Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano, Camilla Tilling soprano, Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist), Christian Gerhaher baritone (Petrus), Roderick Williams baritone (Jesus), Andrew Staples tenor, Peter Sellars stage direction, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars Go to concert
  • Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Photo: Achim Reissner

    The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is one of the best youth orchestras in Germany. For this year’s performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, the ensemble has invited a threefold talent: Jörg Widmann is a composer, clarinetist and conductor, and in this concert presents himself in all three functions – with the clarinet sonata in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn which he has transcribed for orchestra, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony, and his 2005 Mass for Orchestra.

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    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jörg Widmann

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      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Sonata for clarinet and piano in E-flat major: Andante (arranged for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and celesta by Jörg Widmann)

      Jörg Widmann clarinet

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      Jörg Widmann
      Messe for large orchestra

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      Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

    Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    During his Berlin years, the adventurous exploration of contemporary music was as important to Simon Rattle as work on the traditional repertoire. This double focus also characterises this evening with Helmut Lachenmann’s My Melodies for eight horns, in which the solo instruments reveal many surprising tonal facets. The finale of the concert is Schumann’s Second Symphony, with an exuberance which repeatedly borders on mania.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Helmut Lachenmann
      My Melodies Music for 8 Horns and Orchestra

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann Go to concert
  • Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The music of Gustav Mahler stands on the threshold of Modernism: sometimes sceptical, sometimes self-confident, and yet despite occasional nostalgic impulses, it is always decidedly innovative. Daniel Harding juxtaposes Mahler’s First Symphony with works by Alban Berg and Charles Ives, contemporaries whose musical language has similarities as well as major differences to Mahler. An exciting journey of discovery.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Dorothea Röschmann

    • Charles Ives
      Orchestral Set No. 1: “Three Places in New England”

    • Alban Berg
      Three Fragments from Wozzeck

      Dorothea Röschmann soprano

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

    Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance

      Arsen Soghomonyan tenor (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva soprano (Desdemona), Luca Salsi baritone (Jago), Anna Malavasi mezzo-soprano (Emilia), Francesco Demuro tenor (Cassio), Gregory Bonfatti tenor (Roderigo), Giovanni Furlanetto bass (Montano), Federico Sacchi bass (Lodovico), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello” Go to concert
  • The German National Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    The German National Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    Photo: Tom Wassenberg

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    Bundesjugendorchester
    Ingo Metzmacher

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      Edgard Varèse
      Amériques (1st version from 1922)

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      Richard Strauss
      Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

    The German National Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony” Go to concert
  • European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    This year’s European Concert at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is a powerful symbol of the German-French friendship. Daniel Harding, music director of the Orchestre de Paris, conducts eminent works by Wagner, Berlioz and Debussy which reveal the many links between the musical cultures of the two countries. The Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel appears as soloist with the Philharmoniker again for the first time in 18 years.

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    European Concert from Paris

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Bryn Terfel

    • Richard Wagner
      Good Friday Music from Parsifal

    • Hector Berlioz
      Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens

    • Claude Debussy
      Pelléas et Melisande (Concert Suite by Claudio Abbado, based on the Orchestral Suite, arranged by Erich Leinsdorf)

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    • Hector Berlioz
      Love Scene from Romeo et Juliette

    • Richard Wagner
      Wotan's Farewell and The Magic Fire from Die Walküre (Concert Version)

      Bryn Terfel bass

    European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris Go to concert
  • Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Paul Lewis

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595

      Paul Lewis piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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    Education choir project

    Vocal Heroes
    Simon Halsey

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      Jonathan Dove
      There Was a Child for solo voices, adult and childrenʼs choruses and orchestra

      Project Participants, Vocal Heroes youth choir, Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests, Toby Spence tenor, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck video design, Simon Halsey musical direction

    • Nico Muhly
      Excerpts from Friday Afternoons (arr. for Childrens' Choir and Ensemble)

    Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman

    Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman

    Photo: Peter Adamik

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    Yefim Bronfman

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

      Yefim Bronfman piano

    • Wilhelm Stenhammar
      Symphony No. 2 in G minor, op. 34

    Herbert Blomstedt und Yefim Bronfman Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner

    Photo: Julia Baier

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Musical Offering, BWV 1079: No. 2 Ricercar a 6 (arranged by Anton Webern)

    • Alban Berg
      Seven Early Songs (version for soprano and orchestra)

      Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor (2nd version from 1877)

    Paavo Järvi conducts Berg and Bruckner Go to concert
  • Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich

    Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Michael Sanderling

    Bruno Delepelaire

    • Joseph Haydn
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2

      Bruno Delepelaire cello

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Sympnony No. 7 in C major, op. 60 “Leningrad”

    Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich

    Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich

    Photo: Thomas Brill

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Constantinos Carydis

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Symphony No. 34 C major, K. 338

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Chamber Symphony in C minor, op. 110a (orch. Barshai)

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11 (version for string orchestra)

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

    Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich Go to concert
  • Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov

    Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Alexander Scriabin
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F sharp minor, op. 20

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 11 in G minor, op. 103 “The Year 1905”

    Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Holger Kettner

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    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Marianne Crebassa

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Lieutenant Kije Suite, op. 60

    • Maurice Ravel
      Shéhérazade, song cycle after Tristan Klingsor

      Marianne Crebassa mezzo-soprano

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Romeo and Juliet, ballet, op. 64 (arranged in the form of a suite by Tugan Sokhiev)

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Prokofiev and Ravel at the Waldbühne Go to concert