Lisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

Lisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

The appearance by the violinist Lisa Batiashvili is a highlight of the 2017 Easter Festival. Lisa Batiashvili not only has spectacular technique, but also the gift of “musical storytelling” (Gramophone magazine). She now performs a work rich in cantilena, Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto. In Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Simon Rattle then shows Middle European music from a more angular, but no less appealing, side.

Go to concertLisa Bathiashvili and Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden

Mon, 17 Apr 2017, 8 p.m. (Berlin time)

Live from the Easter Festival: Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”

Live from the Easter Festival: Simon Rattle conducts “Tosca”
Puccini’s Tosca has had a special place in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker ever since Herbert von Karajan conducted the opera to great acclaim in Berlin and Salzburg in the 1980s. And now, after almost 30 years, Tosca is programmed once again – this time at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, with Simon Rattle as the conductor. The main roles are sung by Kristīne Opolais, Marcelo Álvarez and Evgeny Nikitin. The director is Philipp Himmelmann.

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“Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

“Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená
This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

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Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar

Zubin Mehta and Anoushka Shankar
The Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar was one of the great musical intermediaries between East and West. His work Raga-Mālā links the art of sitar improvisation with the performed playing of a classical concert: an exciting journey into a faraway world. The soloist in this performance is the composer’s daughter Anoushka Shankar; the conductor is Zubin Mehta, who was his friend for many years. Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra concludes the evening.

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Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff
Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most touching of the 20th century. The gravely ill composer found his way to a tone for which he had not previously been known: more melodic, softer, almost religious. András Schiff, a favourite of the Berlin audience and closely bound to Bartók through his shared Hungarian origin, will interpret the work with Herbert Blomstedt, who will conduct Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony after the interval.

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Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Simon Rattle conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”
Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle sounds enigmatic and dark. This is a spectral psychological drama, clad in an impressionist music rich in allusions. The vocal soloists at this performance with Simon Rattle are Rinat Shaham and Gábor Bretz. As a counterpoint there is – with Emanuel Ax as soloist – a new piano concerto by HK Gruber, whose style is characterised by subtle wit and jazzy swing.

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Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman

Benefit Concert of the Federal President of Germany with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman
Joachim Gauck makes one of his final public appearances as German Federal President with the Berliner Philharmoniker – as the host of a benefit concert in aid of UNICEF. Two world stars have been invited: Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman. The programme includes Tchaikovsky’s late Romantic Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s Violin Concerto, characterised by its emotional and modern tonal language. Access to the broadcast is free of charge.

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Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars
György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle will perform with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

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The Berliner Philharmoniker
and their instruments

The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments
Although the musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker are familiar faces to regular visitors to the Digital Concert Hall, we have regularly been asked by our users over the years to introduce the individual members of the orchestra – a wish we would now like to fulfil with our new series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments. The first four episodes are now available for viewing free of charge.