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Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud

Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud

Hector Berlioz wrote countless love letters to actress Harriet Smithson – none were ever answered. The Symphonie fantastique became the composer’s outlet: the depiction of an extreme love drama in which the lover is murdered and the murderer is executed. The conductor of the spectacular score here is Daniel Barenboim. The programme also includes the flute concertos by Ferruccio Busoni and Jacques Ibert – captivating music which is dynamic, transparent and surprising. The soloist is Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony

Kirill Petrenko conducts Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony
Following the performance of the Ninth Symphony at the end of October, the Berliner Philharmoniker with chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will now present Shostakovich’s Eighth, which will be broadcast from the Philharmonie Berlin without an audience. The stirring music, which was created in the middle of the Second World War, is characterised by not only sadness and despair but also by beauty and hope. Organised spontaneously for the Digital Concert Hall, the performance is intended for classical music fans from all over the world to bridge the period of closed concert halls.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Strauss, Shostakovich and Norman

Kirill Petrenko conducts Strauss, Shostakovich and Norman
Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko presents two works that reflect the end of the Second World War in very different ways. On the one hand Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen: a web of sound for 23 solo strings that with warmth and transparency mourns a devastated world. In the case of Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony, the Soviet rulers hoped for a victory symphony – but received a bright, ironic work that refuses to rejoice. We also hear Andrew Norman’s Sabina, a sound painting full of iridescent reflections of light.

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Family Concert: The Carnival of the Animals

Family Concert: The Carnival of the Animals
Chickens clucking, zebras running and kangaroos jumping around: Camille Saint-Saëns created colourful and captivating music about the animal world in his famous Carnival of the Animals. Which pachyderm has hidden himself in the double bass? And what strange creatures are jumping out of the xylophone? Actor Nina Hoss and the pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen go on a voyage of discovery together with the Karajan Academy, conducted by Nodoka Okisawa. As an introduction, Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) whisks us away to the world of animals.

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Daniel Barenboim conducts Smetana’s “Má vlast”

Daniel Barenboim conducts Smetana’s “Má vlast”
Everyone knows Bedřich Smetana’s The Moldau – but almost no one knows the cycle Ma vlast, from which this wonderful river portrait is taken. But Smetana’s vision of creating a panorama of his Czech homeland is only conveyed in the complete work, with its vivid descriptions of nature and dramatic depictions of myths and historical events. At the helm of this performance is Daniel Barenboim, honorary conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, who has a particular flair for the powerful colours of late-Romantic music.

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Dmitri Shostakovich in his works

In the autumn of 2020, Kirill Petrenko performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Eighth and Ninth Symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker within a short period of time, initiating an intensive exploration of his work. Shostakovich’s music, which is characterised by both expressive intensity and ambiguity, is a compelling account of the life of the individual under the conditions of war and dictatorship. This playlist presents some of the St. Petersburg-born composer’s most important works.

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Meet Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker!

A new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker was opened when Kirill Petrenko took up his post as chief conductor in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the orchestra in 2006, and their joint performances caused a sensation as a result of detailed rehearsal work and his irresistible personality. This free playlist ranges from Kirill Petrenko’s first concert after his election to his first season as chief conductor and includes highlights of the core symphonic repertoire with works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler.

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Rainer Seegers: a portrait

After positions in Braunschweig and Cologne, timpanist Rainer Seegers became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1986, during the Karajan era. Following decades under the direction of Karajan’s successors Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle, the musician retired shortly before Kirill Petrenko took up office in the summer of 2019. In this film portrait, Seegers can be seen in concert excerpts and interviews. The timpanist, who devotes his free time to collecting butterflies, lepidopterology, with great expertise, talks about the friendly atmosphere among the Philharmoniker, and he demonstrates that you can even play melodies on the timpani.

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.