Live concerts

12  Concerts
  • Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The 75-year-old Giuseppe Verdi once again reached a new artistic level with Otello. None of his other operas is as compelling or has such dramatic force, right up to the murderous finale. Following the performances at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the Berliner Philharmoniker present their interpretation of this dark, expressive score to the Berlin public together with a cast of prominent singers and conductor Zubin Mehta.

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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
  • Annual press conference with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko

    Annual press conference with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko

    In August this year, Kirill Petrenko will perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker as their chief conductor for the first time. This new chapter will be the central theme of the orchestra’s annual press conference which we will be broadcasting live from the Philharmonie. Kirill Petrenko, general manager Andrea Zietzschmann and representatives of the orchestra will talk about plans for the coming season: about concert programmes, tours and many other projects. The press conference will be held in German and a recording with English subtitles will be available in the archive a few days later.

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    • Annual press conference with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko

    Annual press conference with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko 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

    Following its performance under the direction of Kirill Petrenko, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany is now making its second appearance at the Philharmonie to mark its 50th birthday – this time under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher. In the two works he conducts, two opposing worlds collide: the loud, vibrant, dynamic urban life of New York, portrayed musically by Edgard Varèse in his orchestral work Amériques, and the rural, contemplative world of the Bavarian mountains depicted by Richard Strauss in his Alpine symphony.

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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

    After many failures, Anton Bruckner finally achieved a triumph with his Seventh Symphony. Whether in New York, London or Amsterdam, people everywhere wanted to hear what to this day is still the composer’s most popular work, with its poignant Adagio movement. Bernard Haitink, one of the great Bruckner experts, conducts this performance. In addition, Paul Lewis makes his debut as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Mozart’s introverted, melancholy Piano Concerto No. 26.

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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

    A modern oratorio about a tragic death: Jonathan Dove’s There was a Child is an homage to the son of friends who died in a diving accident in Thailand at the age of 19. The composer traces the panorama of a young life – charming impertinence, carefree playfulness, childlike worries, youthful thirst for adventure. In this choir project of the Education Programme, the Vocal Heroes youth choir, amateur singers, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and guests share the stage of the Philharmonie.

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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

    Yefim Bronfman is a musician whose powerful, energetic playing and brilliant technique recall the great Russian pianistic tradition of the 20th century. At this concert he interprets Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. The conductor is the charismatic Herbert Blomstedt, who will also conduct a work from his native Sweden: Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Second Symphony, a late Romantic discovery with fascinating Nordic timbres.

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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

    In this concert with Paavo Järvi, we experience sensuously delicate tonal beauty, composed by two pioneers of Modernism. Anton Webern’s richly coloured arrangement of a ricercare by Bach is followed by Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs (soloist: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller), which capture the tender mood of young love. Bruckner’s Second Symphony concludes the programme – an early work which already has unmistakable Brucknerian power.

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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

    Joseph Haydn’s Second Cello Concerto is one of the most important works of Viennese Classicism. Its warm, melodious solo part is captivating, excitingly alternating between melancholy and cheerfulness. At this concert it is played by Bruno Delepelaire, first principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. At his debut with the Philharmoniker, Michael Sanderling also conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony: a nightmarishly brutal panorama of the Second World War.

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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

    It is always exciting to hear the expressive range that can be achieved even with a small orchestra. That is demonstrated in this concert, at which Constantinos Carydis makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme is framed by Mozart’s Symphonies No. 34 and 38, in which tonal radiance is combined with delicate expressive nuances. We also hear works by Dimitri Shostakovich, including his Chamber Symphony op. 110a, which sensitively and movingly reflects the horror of war.

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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

    Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto is a work that is performed with surprising infrequency. During this concert you can discover the work for yourself: its drama and passion, its boundless wealth of emotional nuances. The soloist is Daniil Trifonov, “perhaps the most exciting pianist to have emerged internationally in the last 30 years” (The Guardian). Andris Nelsons also conducts Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, which impresses listeners with the vividness of a film score.

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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

    The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Tugan Sokhiev – music director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater – distinguish themselves as storytellers at this outdoor concert. We hear Prokofiev’s humorous music for the film satire Lieutenant Kijé, travel to the Orient with Maurice Ravel’s shimmering, sensuous song cycle Shéhérazade (soloist: Marianne Crebassa) and witness the most famous love story of all time in Prokofiev’s ballet music Romeo and Juliet.

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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