Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

This concert with Mariss Jansons is in a sense a late-Romantic family reunion: Richard Wagner’s Rienzi overture will be presented alongside the triumphant First Piano Concerto by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt. His musical “descendant”, Richard Strauss, in turn, perfected the symphonic poem originally developed by Liszt, such as the famous Also sprach Zarathustra which is also performed in this concert. The evening’s soloist is Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our time.

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Sat, 26 Jan 2019, 19:00 (Berlin time)

Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili
Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a work of compelling, pure beauty, and for its tone, which both sings and speaks, Lisa Batiashvili is the ideal interpreter. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor designate of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, also presents Richard Strauss’ Symphonia domestica in which the composer portrays his family both humorously and musically. Gilbert also presents the European premiere of Metacosmos by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

On the fifth anniversary of his death

Memories of Claudio Abbado

Memories of Claudio Abbado
Claudio Abbado was an exception among the great conductors: amiable and free of affectation, but totally uncompromising in achieving his artistic goals. A highly educated thinker, yet his greatest performances were born entirely from the moment. On 20 January, the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorate the fifth anniversary of the death of their former chief conductor. In a Digital Concert Hall playlist, we have put together a selection of outstanding performances from their collaboration.

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Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher
The lieder of Hugo Wolf are unique in their clear-cut directness. Their aim is not the artistic sublimation of emotions, but real, unfiltered expression. Christian Gerhaher, the “foremost lieder singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selected settings by Wolf of Goethe and Mörike. Conductor Iván Fischer also presents Franz Schubert’s Great Symphony, with its shifts between the idyllic and the abyss.

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Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev

Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev
In this concert, Tugan Sokhiev, director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducts a Russian programme supported by the choir of his legendary opera house. While Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky are full of primitive power and recount historical Russian war heroes, Sergei Rachmaninov's operatic scene Spring takes an intimate private drama as its theme.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra
Working with the German National Youth Orchestra is something close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart, so on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary, the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join them for a jubilee concert. In addition to rousing compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky, the programme also includes a contemporary work: William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto with the Philharmoniker’s principal timpanist Wieland Welzel as the soloist.

Join in the celebrations!

10 years of the Digital Concert Hall

Join in the celebrations!
Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker are scattered all around the globe, and very few of them ever have the opportunity to experience the orchestra live in the Philharmonie. But there is an alternative: the Digital Concert Hall, which has been broadcasting all Philharmoniker concert programmes live since the 2008/2009 season – in the best possible picture and sound quality. The offer is now celebrating its 10th birthday. In our playlist we present highlights from the concert archive.