Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony

Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony

Kirill Petrenko opens the new season of the Berliner Philharmoniker with the enchanting and mysterious world of Romanticism. The main work on the programme is Franz Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony, in which exuberance, dance and nobility are shaken by moments of deep despair. Carl Maria von Weber transports us to the magical realm of Oberon, the king of the elves, which inspired Paul Hindemith’s colourful Symphonic Metamorphosis.

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A Life in Music – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Part 1: A child prodigy in Berlin

Composers and their times are the focus of our film series A Life in Music. The first of three parts is devoted to the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn during his time in Berlin. Accompanied by stories from his childhood and youth, we hear here not only works by Mendelssohn himself, but also those that were of particular importance to him. Narrator Philipp Bohnen, violinist with the Philharmoniker, takes us back to Berlin in the 1820s.

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Zubin Mehta conducts Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev

Zubin Mehta conducts Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev
Zubin Mehta made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1961: no other conductor has been associated with the orchestra for such a long period of time. In 2019, he was made an honorary member. Particular highlights of this fruitful collaboration include unforgettable renditions of Bruckner symphonies and the performance of Verdi’s Otello. Here, Mehta and the Philharmoniker take a musical journey from the 18th to the 20th century with works by Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev.

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Europakonzert from Berlin with Kirill Petrenko

Europakonzert from Berlin with Kirill Petrenko
As in 2020, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko again gave their 2021 Europakonzert in the Philharmonie Berlin, due to the corona pandemic – this time in the foyer of the building. Its special architecture is an invitation to present the music spatially: Blacher’s festive Fanfare, Ives’s enigmatic Unanswered Question, Mozart’s serene Notturno and Penderecki’s spherical Emanations consciously rely on the effect of spatial sound. Also in the Europakonzert programme: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s charming Orchestral Suite No. 3 and John Adams’s witty piece Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

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Sakari Oramo conducts Chin and Sibelius

Sakari Oramo conducts Chin and Sibelius
In 2006, Sunwook Kim won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition – just 18 years old and the first Asian pianist to do so. With his colourful, virtuosic style of music-making, the South Korean soon found an international audience. Here he makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker with Unsuk Chin’s brilliant and rhythmically challenging Piano Concerto. Sakari Oramo also conducts Sibelius’s mystical and poetic Second Symphony.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Scriabin, Stravinsky and Stephan

Kirill Petrenko conducts Scriabin, Stravinsky and Stephan
It is one of the most exciting periods of musical history: the transition from the opulent music of late-Romanticism to early Modernism with its concentrated energy. Kirill Petrenko portrayed this era with works by Rudi Stephan, Alexander Scriabin and Igor Stravinsky in this concert from 2012, the highlight of which was Scriabin’s monumental Poème de l’extase in which, according to one critic, Pertrenko presented “an alert mind and his famous will for clear contours”.

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Igor Stravinsky in his works

An impressively diverse panorama of music in the 20th century: in addition to other key works by Igor Stravinsky, our playlist presents the three legendary ballet scores from the 1910s and his Violin Concerto. Also to be discovered is the suite from the stage work Pulcinella, with which the Russian composer launched his Neoclassical creative period. Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko presents the Symphony in Three Movements and the Symphony of Psalms.

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Herbert Blomstedt conducts Sibelius and Brahms

Herbert Blomstedt conducts Sibelius and Brahms
“Conducting is a good profession to grow old in, because it’s always a challenge, and you need challenges when you get older”, said Herbert Blomstedt, born in 1927, who is continuing his long-standing collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker with undiminished energy and vitality. On this programme Sibelius’s dark, mist-shrouded Fourth Symphony is contrasted with Brahms’s Third.

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Simon Rattle conducts Ginastera and Britten

Simon Rattle conducts Ginastera and Britten
A programme which allows the Berliner Philharmoniker to show off their skills as soloists: Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes and Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra offer our musicians wonderful opportunities to showcase the tonal splendour of their instruments. Principal horn Stefan Dohr and tenor Andrew Staples lead us through different nocturnal moods in Britten’s Serenade, ranging from the tender and mysterious to the menacing.