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.
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.
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.
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.