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Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis”

Christian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis”

Ludwig van Beethoven regarded the Missa solemnis as “the best of his sacred works”. In this complex work, magnificent praise to God is as important as the gentle humanist message. On top of this there is the driving energy that we know from Beethoven’s symphonies. The concert is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who has given impressive performances of many great choral works with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Go to concertChristian Thielemann conducts Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis”

Fri, 22 Dec 2017, 20:00 (Berlin time)

Iván Fischer and Vilde Frang present Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1

Iván Fischer and Vilde Frang present Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1
An unhappy love affair inspired Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which is characterised by extraordinary tenderness and emotional depth. The soloist is Vilde Frang, who made her debut with the Philharmoniker at the 2016 European Concert and impressed the audience with her passionate, singing tone. Conductor Iván Fischer also presents excerpts from Mendelssohn’s magical, gossamer-light music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Ton Koopman conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Ton Koopman conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor
The B minor Mass is Johann Sebastian Bach’s legacy to vocal music: a cosmos of all the forms and styles that make his sacred works so rich. There are arias of dance-like lightness as well as austere Renaissance singing, ingeniously constructed fugues and jubilant choruses. In this concert the work is performed under the baton of Ton Koopman, a conductor, organist and harpsichordist who is one of the great Bach interpreters of our time.

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Our tour programme for Asia: Ravel with Simon Rattle and Seong-Jin Cho

Our tour programme for Asia: Ravel with Simon Rattle and Seong-Jin Cho
Before the Berliner Philharmoniker travel to Asia for the last time under the direction of Simon Rattle, they present their tour programme in Berlin. In addition to sonorous works by Brahms and Strauss, the concert includes Ravel’s G major Piano Concerto, with its shifts between enchanting delicacy and jazz-influenced fervour. Standing in for an unfortunately indisposed Lang Lang, the evening’s soloist is the Korean rising star Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the legendary Chopin competition in Warsaw in 2015.

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Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony
It is almost inconceivable today that Gustav Mahler’s works were long marginalised in musical life. Bernard Haitink, who has an exceptionally fine feel for the fragmented nature of this music, is one of the conductors who brought about the Mahler renaissance in the 1960s. Mahler, says Haitink, “has always troubled me because he doesn’t validate you”. In this concert, he conducts Mahler’s farewell to the world, the Ninth Symphony.

New in the film archive

Short Rides with John Adams

Short Rides with John Adams
Among contemporary composers, John Adams is one of the great genre-crossing artists: his music impresses with incredible complexity, but at the same time conveys an unbounded energy that leaves no-one unaffected. In the 2016/17 season, Adams was Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Our documentary Short Rides with John Adams follows this exciting transatlantic collaboration.

Recommendation of the week

Hilary Hahn and Tugan Sokhiev

Hilary Hahn and Tugan Sokhiev
Hilary Hahn caused a sensation in the music world at the end of the 1990s as a young violinist who enthralled audiences not only with her perfect technique, but also with her consummate musicianship and creative powers. In this performance of Vieuxtemps’s absurdly virtouso Violin Concerto No. 4, she is accompanied by Tugan Sokhiev who also conducts Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Manfred Symphony in the second part of the concert.