Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Webern, Mendelssohn and Brahms

Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Webern, Mendelssohn and Brahms

Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will kick off the 2020/21 concert season with a programme that brings together three focuses of his work with the Berliner Philharmoniker across the seasons: Felix Mendelssohn’s music, cultivating the orchestra’s core repertoire with Johannes Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, and music from the close of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries with Anton Webern’s Opus 1. The programme will also be performed on the subsequent festival tour to Salzburg, Lucerne and London.

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Welcome to the 2020/21 season

The Berliner Philharmoniker have published their plans for the 2020/21 season – and with them the scheduled live broadcasts for the Digital Concert Hall. You can immediately find all concert programmes in our Live Calendar.

Mozart’s most beautiful piano concertos

As a freelance musician in Vienna, Mozart caused a sensation with his piano concertos, whose soloist at the premiere was almost always himself. In their elegance and profundity, in the balance of serenity and melancholy, virtuosity and simplicity, these works are probably among the most perfect creations in the history of music. This selection brings together ten of Mozart’s most beautiful piano concertos in performances by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The soloists include Mitsuko Uchida and Daniel Barenboim, Emanuel Ax, Maria João Pires, Maurizio Pollini and Menahem Pressler.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Kirill Petrenko Live: Serenades”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Kirill Petrenko Live: Serenades”
Mozart’s wind serenade “Gran Partita” and Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings combine youthful temperament and compositional maturity, chamber music intimacy with sonorousness and the amusing character of the serenade tradition with the musical weight of symphonic conception. Kirill Petrenko included both works in the programme for this concert of the Berlin Phil Series with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. With this serenade concert, Kirill Petrenko also concluded his first season as chief conductor of the orchestra.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “A Tribute to Daniel Stabrawa”

The Berlin Phil Series: “A Tribute to Daniel Stabrawa”
As 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years, Kirill Petrenko is the fourth chief conductor Daniel Stabrawa has worked with. In this new concert of the Berlin Phil Series, the musician performs the only violin concerto by his Polish compatriot Andrzej Panufnik and – alongside orchestral colleagues – a trio by Antonín Dvořák. A film featuring Stabrawa in interviews and concert excerpts completes the evening as a touching portrait of the musician. The programme also includes a performance of Sibelius’ Fourth Symphony from the concert archive, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Modern Times”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Modern Times”
Orchestral and chamber music of the 1920s and 30s from Hungary, Russia and England: in the penultimate episode of the Berlin Phil Series, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker presented the diversity of Modernism. In addition, Béla Bartók and the jazz composer Chick Corea had a musical encounter in short pieces for vibraphone and piano, and Bartók’s orchestral suite The Miraculous Mandarin is presented in an archive recording. Shostakovich’s virtuosic and sardonic First Piano Concerto with the pianist Denis Matsuev and the Philharmoniker’s trumpeter Guillaume Jehl formed a spectacular conclusion.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Baroque Concertos”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Baroque Concertos”
The music of the Baroque period represents a unique combination of tonal splendour and vibrant lightness. However, it is only occasionally performed in the everyday concert life of a symphony orchestra – and so this programme with solo concertos by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi is a particularly welcome rarity. The appeal of this episode of the Berlin Phil Series is further enhanced by the fact that members of the orchestra can be enjoyed here as soloists.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Philharmonic Octet”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Philharmonic Octet”
This episode of the Berlin Phil Series brought the familiar, the new and the unknown together in a captivating way. Schubert’s Octet for five strings and three winds, considered the founding work of this instrumental genre of chamber music, was programmed alongside a world premiere by Toshio Hosokawa and an almost forgotten piece for the same formation by Hugo Kaun. All three works were performed by one of the orchestra’s most venerable chamber music formations: the Philharmonic Octet Berlin.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Kirill Petrenko Live”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Kirill Petrenko Live”
Three weeks after the European Concert, chief conductor Kirill Petrenko appeared again with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in an otherwise empty Philharmonie. Debussy’s atmospheric, dream-like Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune was followed by the wild sounds of Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 1, whose borrowings from popular music were perceived as a provocation by contemporary audiences. The concert ended with the sensuous Verklärte Nacht, an early masterstroke by Arnold Schoenberg. “You can’t play it more beautifully than this” (rbbKulturradio).