Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

In a way, this concert looks ahead to a new era. One year before Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s new chief conductor, he will conduct the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season. At the same time, he presents his interpretation of core works of the Philharmoniker’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung.

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Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne

Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne
A celebratory finale to an era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. With this concert at the Waldbühne, Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra ends after 16 years. It is a colourful, sparkling farewell – with works by Gershwin, Fauré, Khachaturian and Respighi. The star guest is Sir Simon’s wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, who sings excerpts from Joseph Canteloube’s charming Chants d’Auvergne.

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Claudio Abbado conducts music inspired by the Prometheus myth

Claudio Abbado conducts music inspired by the Prometheus myth
One of the hallmarks of Claudio Abbado’s years with the Berliner Philharmoniker was his fondness for programming cycles of concerts on particular themes. Central to this concert from 1992 is the myth of Prometheus. It features music by Beethoven, Liszt and Nono, culminating in Scriabin’s highly virtuosic Prométhée in which the piano soloist is Martha Argerich. No less remarkable is the original filming by director Christopher Swann.

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Sarah Willis: A Portrait

Sarah Willis: A Portrait
Horn player Sarah Willis has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2001 and is also known to audiences as a charming and humorous presenter of children’s concerts. She also regularly appears in the Digital Concert Hall as an interviewer of the Philharmoniker’s guest soloists and conductors. In this short film portrait from the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments, which also features the musician in excerpts from concerts, Willis explains how she decided on the French horn as her instrument when she was 14.

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the 1997 European Concert from Versailles

Daniel Barenboim conducts the 1997 European Concert from Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is the very epitome of Baroque magnificence. In 1997 it was the scene of the European Concert given annually by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor was Daniel Barenboim, who was also the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13. The programme additionally featured Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and, as a tribute to the venue, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a delightful homage to François Couperin, who was once court composer in Versailles.

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European Concert from Bayreuth with Paavo Järvi and Eva-Maria Westbroek

European Concert from Bayreuth with Paavo Järvi and Eva-Maria Westbroek
An architectural gem is the venue for this European Concert: the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, one of the few originally preserved theatrical buildings of the Baroque. Paavo Järvi, who has caused a sensation particularly for his interpretations of Beethoven, conducts the composer’s Fourth Symphony, and of course Richard Wagner could not be missed out in a Bayreuth concert either. The soloist in his Wesendonck Lieder is Eva-Maria Westbroek.

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Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner
It’s always a magic moment for Bruckner fans when Bernard Haitink conducts. In this concert, the programme consists of the work with which Bruckner bade farewell to the world: his Ninth Symphony, dedicated “to the beloved God”. Till Fellner debuts as the soloist in Mozart’s gentle and melancholy Piano Concerto K. 503. A free, singing pianistic tone is ensured, as is acute, precise musical modulation.