Inaugural concert: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Inaugural concert: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Finally the time has come! This evening, Kirill Petrenko will stand before the Berliner Philharmoniker as their new chief conductor for the first time. It is a spectacular season opening concert with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony whose overwhelmingly joyful finale is perfect for the festive occasion. The concert also presents – in both Beethoven’s Symphony and Berg’s expressive Lulu Suite – the soprano Marlis Petersen as Artist in Residence of the new 2019/2020 season.

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Welcome to the Petrenko era

Welcome to the Petrenko era
The beginning of a new era! With the 2019/2020 season, Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the seventh chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The upcoming concerts were presented at a press conference in the Philharmonie – which include the broadcasts in the Digital Concert Hall. Look forward to getting to know the orchestra again, with fresh inspiration and new perspectives, and in concerts full of energy and vibrancy.

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A “St Petersburg Night” with Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta at the Waldbühne

A “St Petersburg Night” with Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta at the Waldbühne
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s 1997 Waldbühne concert featured two musicians who have an unusually long friendship both with each other and with the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. In glorious weather and against an atmospheric backdrop, they presented an evening of Russian music ranging from Glinka to Rimsky-Korsakov with the theme of a “Saint Petersburg Night”. Barenboim, a pianist rarely seen in the Russian repertoire, shone as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto.

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Markus Weidmann: a portrait

Markus Weidmann: a portrait
Markus Weidmann is the first bassoonist to be the subject of a film portrait in the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments. Weidmann, who became a member of the orchestra in 1997, was formerly also a student at the Karajan Academy. In this film, the musician talks about the character of the deepest instrument in the woodwind family, as well as about the complicated process of making the mouthpieces by hand. Other topics include personal favourites in the repertoire, such as Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Weidmann’s passion for photography.

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Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich

Constantinos Carydis conducts Mozart and Shostakovich
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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European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris

European Concert with Daniel Harding from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Das diesjährige Europakonzert im Pariser Musée d’Orsay soll ein starkes Zeichen für die deutsch-französische Freundschaft setzen. Daniel Harding, Musikdirektor des Orchestre de Paris, dirigiert klangvolle Werken von Wagner, Berlioz und Debussy welche die vielfältigen kulturellen Verflechtungen der beiden Musiknationen beleuchten. Als Solist musiziert zum ersten Mal seit 18 Jahren der walisischen Bassbaritons Bryn Terfel wieder mit den Philharmonikern.

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European Concert from Prague with Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

European Concert from Prague with Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená
On 1 May 2013, the Berliner Philharmoniker – as in 1991 and 2006 – held their traditional European concert in Prague. The venue on this occasion was the Czech capital’s famous medieval castle. Conducted by chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle, they performed Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, a work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Antonín Dvořák’s Biblical Songs with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená in the castle’s sumptuous “Spanish Hall”.

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Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov

Andris Nelsons and Daniil Trifonov
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.

Recommendation of the week

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mitsuko Uchida and Simon Rattle

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mitsuko Uchida and Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle’s performance of the complete piano concertos of Beethoven was a highlight of the 2009/2010 season. The soloist was Mitsuko Uchida: a “queen of her instrument” (The New York Times) who has been charming Berliner Philharmoniker audiences since 1984 with her at once sensitive and sinewy tone. To start off the cycle, the First Piano Concerto was framed by two works by Ligeti and Jean Sibelius’ First Symphony.