Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

Simon Rattle is certain that if Anton Bruckner had lived only two months longer, he would have been able to complete the finale of his Ninth Symphony. In a sensational concert in 2011, Rattle presented a reconstruction of “monolithic, threatening presence” (Gramophone magazine), based on Bruckner’s extensive sketches. As a central work of the Rattle era, the completed symphony can now be heard again.

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Sun, 27 May 2018, 20:00 (Berlin time)

Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann

Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann
This concert is almost a condensed retrospective of the Rattle era. For example, Sir Simon’s enthusiasm for contemporary music is revealed in the premiere of a short work by Jörg Widmann; in Lutosławski’s Third Symphony, on the other hand, he once again shows what imaginative music the 20th century has left behind, and finally, Rattle’s continuous work on the great classics of the repertoire is represented by Brahms’s First Symphony.

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Alan Gilbert and Wenzel Fuchs with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

Alan Gilbert and Wenzel Fuchs with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto
Mozart was a great fan of the then still new clarinet. He composed a splendid concerto, his last work in that genre, for this instrument, whose tone closely resembles the sound of the human voice. The performers in this concert are Alan Gilbert and the Berliner Philharmoniker’s principal clarinet Wenzel Fuchs. The programme also includes Thomas Ades’s highly original Three Studies from Couperin and Debussy’s shimmering Images pour orchestra.

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Kirill Petrenko and Yuja Wang

Kirill Petrenko and Yuja Wang
Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker, presents two sonorous rarities: Paul Dukas’s iridescent tone poem La Péri and Franz Schmidt’s Fourth Symphony. The latter is a gently flowing work in the tradition of Anton Bruckner with a powerful funeral march as the highlight. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, on the other hand, played here by Yuja Wang, is a cheerful and virtuoso work.

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Paavo Järvi and Lisa Batiashvili with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

Paavo Järvi and Lisa Batiashvili with Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
“The first notes of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto rarely shine simultaneously as clearly and as focused as with Lisa Batiashvili,” was what Bayerischer Rundfunk said in its review. The Georgian violinist, who in this concert stands in for the indisposed Janine Jansen, presents the darkly timbred work, whose free, rhapsodic form requires most creative of skills. Paavo Järvi also conducts Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony, which reflects the horrors of the Stalin era with brooding resignation and grotesque savagery.

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Gábor Tarkövi: a portrait

Gábor Tarkövi: a portrait
Hardly any orchestral instrument is as exposed as the trumpet. In this film from the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments, Gábor Tarkövi – principal trumpet with the orchestra since 2005 – explains that a trumpeter has to have good nerves. He also describes how the sound of a gold or silver-finished trumpet differs, and talks about his love of folk music and Mahler’s symphonies, in which the trumpet often has a special status.

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Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

Andris Nelsons conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”
Fanatical love, drug rapture, execution: there’s hardly an extreme experience that Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique leaves out. At the same time, the feverish expressivity is based on a cleverly calculated use of a tremendously large orchestra. In addition, Andris Nelsons and the Berliner Philharmoniker are presenting Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Edgard Varèse’s orchestral work Arcana, which conjures up cosmic forces, on this French programme.