“The Golden Twenties”: Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss und Busoni

“The Golden Twenties”: Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss und Busoni

Christian Thielemann presents three contrasting musical worlds during our online festival “The Golden Twenties”: that of Paul Hindemith, who brilliantly combined his music with jazz elements in his parodistic opera Neues vom Tage (News of the Day), that of Ferruccio Busoni, the bridge builder between Romanticism and Modernism, and the musical world of Richard Strauss, who cultivated a rich late Romantic musical language in his orchestral songs and the cycle Die Tageszeiten (The Times of Day).

Go to concert“The Golden Twenties”: Christian Thielemann conducts Hindemith, Strauss und Busoni

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“The Golden Twenties”: Kirill Petrenko conducts Weill and Stravinsky

“The Golden Twenties”: Kirill Petrenko conducts Weill and Stravinsky
Kirill Petrenko brings the 1920s to life again with an early work by Kurt Weill. The influence of Liszt, Mahler and Strauss on Weill can be heard in his rarely performed Symphony in One Movement. The music is captivating, brash and brilliant, but also features delicate, chamber music-like passages. We also hear Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus rex, composed in 1927 and set in ancient Greece. Its music is crystal-clear neoclassicism – how could it be otherwise?

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Kirill Petrenko and Daniil Trifonov

Kirill Petrenko and Daniil Trifonov
“There’s this special moment when you truly feel the music and we all become one connected whole”, as Daniil Trifonov says enthusiastically in an interview for the Digital Concert Hall. Here he performs Sergei Prokofiev’s youthful and exuberant Piano Concerto No. 1 with Kirill Petrenko. Also on the programme: a world premiere by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, plus Josef Suk’s tone poem A Summer’s Tale, which combines Bohemian flavouring with shimmering Impressionism.

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Philharmoniker – Our history (part 2)

Philharmoniker – Our history (part 2)
At the beginning of the second episode of the series Philharmoniker – Unsere Geschichte, the orchestra moves into the newly built Philharmonie. Here, chief conductor Herbert von Karajan and his musicians develop the ethereally beautiful sound that has become the international trademark of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In our documentary, members of the orchestra recall these years, artistic highlights and Karajan’s intriguing personality. The episode also includes rare archive recordings and rehearsal footage.

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From Herbert von Karajan to Kirill Petrenko – historical milestones in the Digital Concert Hall

To accompany the film series Philharmoniker – Our history by Eric Schulz, this playlist is dedicated to the orchestra’s past. In addition to the four chief conductors – from Herbert von Karajan to Kirill Petrenko – it also features recordings with Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Sergiu Celibidache. The historical milestones presented here include the legendary concert celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, the founding event of the European Concert series, and the first education project.

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Undying fascination: the music of the “Golden Twenties”

Our playlist shows how unconventional composition was in the 1920s: Kurt Weill wrote a song about the oil industry, Arnold Schoenberg wrote the music for a film that didn't even exist, and Paul Hindemith put to paper what the overture to The Flying Dutchman might sound like in a performance by a bad spa band in the early morning. Pieces by Richard Strauss, Alban Berg and Ferruccio Busoni complete this colourful selection for the online festival “The Golden Twenties”.

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Philharmoniker – Our history (part 3)

Philharmoniker – Our history (part 3)
The third and final part of Eric Schulz’s film series Philharmoniker – Unsere Geschichte deals with the late years of the Karajan era when, despite great success, conflicts between chief conductor and orchestra began to emerge. The separation from Karajan and the fall of the Berlin Wall occurred almost simultaneously. Historical recordings show once again how moving and unforgettable the first concert shortly afterwards was for everyone involved.

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Philharmoniker – Our history (part 1)

Philharmoniker – Our history (part 1)
Contemporary witnesses of the Berliner Philharmoniker look back: on the history of their orchestra, on former chief conductors, on the development of musical performance. The first episode of this series, produced exclusively for the Digital Concert Hall, deals with the early years, the first recordings under the direction of Arthur Nikisch and, above all, Wilhelm Furtwängler. How did this conductor create his unique dramatic arcs? And what changed with the beginning of the Karajan era?

Live concerts in the 2020/21 season

The restrictions to the 2020/21 season caused by the pandemic have led to various programme changes in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert planning. All live broadcasts currently scheduled in the Digital Concert Hall can be found in our overview.