Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

Three composers, three distinct musical languages: that’s on offer on this programme with Mariss Jansons. Thus in Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, his characteristic Nordic idiom is already unmistakeable.Weber's first Clarinet Concerto, in turn, combines stupendous virtuosity and Romantic cantilena. And finally Béla Bartók with The Miraculous Mandarin: a rare fusion of uncompromising modernity and sensuousness of sound.

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Mon, 01 May 2017, 11 a.m. (Berlin time)

European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer
This year’s European Concert takes the Berliner Philharmoniker to Cyprus, more precisely: to the ancient port city of Paphos. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the orchestra plays works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours. The conductor is Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades, and the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 is Andreas Ottensamer.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky
With Kirill Petrenko conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time since the orchestra elected him their future chief conductor two years ago, anticipation and expectations were high. The programme included Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and John Adams’ The Wound-Dresser. Petrenko brought out the most subtle of nuances as vividly as a great psychological drama, rightfully receiving standing ovations: “A triumph” (Kulturradio).

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“Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

“Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená
This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

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Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar
The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

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Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”
In Puccini’s Tosca, moments full of love and intimacy alternate in breathtaking tempo with those of jealousy, hate and sadistic brutality. Puccini traces this range of feelings in a musical language that is simultaneously psychologising and breathtakingly beautiful. The title role in this performance with Simon Rattle will be sung by Kristīne Opolais, who is acclaimed as a Puccini interpreter on the great opera stages from Vienna to New York.

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Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”
Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

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Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman
Joachim Gauck makes one of his final public appearances as German Federal President with the Berliner Philharmoniker – as the host of a benefit concert in aid of UNICEF. Two world stars have been invited: Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. The programme includes Tchaikovsky’s late Romantic Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s Violin Concerto, characterised by its emotional and modern tonal language. Access to the broadcast is free of charge.

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The Berliner Philharmoniker
and their instruments

The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments
Although the musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker are familiar faces to regular visitors to the Digital Concert Hall, we have regularly been asked by our users over the years to introduce the individual members of the orchestra – a wish we would now like to fulfil with our new series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments. The first four episodes are now available for viewing free of charge.