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Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

Jakub Hrůša presents enthralling settings of three dark tales. We experience Shakespeare’s Othello in the gripping tonal language of Antonín Dvořák, witness the last moments of Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’s eponymous psychological drama (soloist: Stéphanie d'Oustrac), and Béla Bartók tells with brutal energy the sinister story of The Miraculous Mandarin. Plus a discovery: the inexorable progress of the passacaglia Mysterium času (Mystery of Time) by Miloslav Kabeláč.

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Sun, 15 Dec 2019, 11:00 (Berlin time)

Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas

Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas
In this concert, music lovers of all ages and quiz masters are called for! As part of their Education Programme, the Berliner Philharmoniker start off the Christmas season with a concert entitled Merry QUIZmas! There is an exciting competition between two audience teams, music from the horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and lots of surprises. The Christmas quiz will be presented by the horn player Sarah Willis and the actor, singer and children’s television presenter Malte Arkona.

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Live at the Brandenburg Gate: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Live at the Brandenburg Gate: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
For the first time ever: Berliners were introduced to Kirill Petrenko, the new chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, at an open-air concert. The scene was the Brandenburg Gate: an international symbol for overcoming differences and borders. With its humanistic message of the brotherhood of all mankind, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony breathes the same spirit.

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Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony
The Berliner Philharmoniker and their honorary member Zubin Mehta are travelling to Japan – with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Zubin Mehta confesses to feeling particularly close to this mammoth work. Above all, the warm-sounding Adagio is “among the greatest Romantic movements, and when the cellos and violas sing out freely in the second theme, it breaks your heart”. Before setting off for Japan, the conductor and orchestra present their tour programme at the Berlin Philharmonie.

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François-Xavier Roth and Pierre-Laurent Aimard

François-Xavier Roth and Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the foremost musicians of our time – a “thinker at the piano” (The Washington Post). Together with François-Xavier Roth, general music director of the city of Cologne, he performs Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, a work permeated by a soft parlando tone and gentle melancholy. The other works on the programme are wonderfully energetic – albeit in very different ways: Joseph Haydn’s Fire Symphony, and Arcana by Edgard Varèse.

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Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem

Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem
The reviews were rapturous: when Teodor Currentzis conducted Verdi’s Requiem at the Elbphilharmonie in April, it had the high suspense of a psychological thriller. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Currentzis conducts the same work, in which Verdi describes the existential terrors of a human being in the face of death. And by bringing all his experience as an opera composer into play, he creates a unique fusion of liturgy and human emotion.

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Amihai Grosz: a portrait

Amihai Grosz: a portrait
Jerusalem-born Amihai Grosz has been 1st principal viola with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2010. In this film portrait from the Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments series, we see him as the section leader in his orchestra, as a soloist in Philharmoniker concerts, as a chamber musician, and in activities with his family. The young artist also talks about the remarkably warm sound of his instrument, which was made in the 16th century.

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Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven
In this concert, Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker present musical tales of heroes. On the one hand, there is the knight Don Quixote, who in his fanciful imagination experiences exciting adventures with giants, robbers and a flying horse – inspiring Richard Strauss to create a wonderfully effective score. In contrast, the hero in Beethoven’s Eroica remains anonymous – it is rather a principle that is celebrated here: the determined struggle for a better world.

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Boulez meets Stravinsky

Boulez meets Stravinsky
Pierre Boulez has set standards with his performances of the music of Stravinsky. In this concert from 2010, he pays double homage to his older colleague: firstly as the conductor of Stravinsky’s fairytale opera Le Rossignol, and secondly with his own composition ... explosante fixe ..., which he wrote in memory of Stravinsky. The evening’s soloists include flautist Emmanuel Pahud and the soprano Barbara Hannigan.