Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

For the first time, Kirill Petrenko presents himself with the Berliner Philharmoniker as an interpreter of Mahler. The Sixth Symphony is one of the composer’s most disturbing works, bringing together turmoil and idyll, triumph and catastrophe, nature, and life and death. It conveys a world panorama as well as an intimate insight into Mahler’s inner world. For as his widow Alma explained, “No work has flowed from his heart as directly as this”.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2020, 20:00 (Berlin time)

Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”
Romanticism was not only an epoch of sensibility, but also of radical concepts. No work shows this more clearly than Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. It portrays a drug-induced frenzy, a murder of passion, an execution and a witch’s Sabbath. No less exciting is Berlioz’ sound world: excessive, glaring, brutal – and then again enchantingly graceful. Paavo Järvi also conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is Stefan Dohr.

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Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher
Three particularly close and long-term friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker meet in this concert: the conductor Daniel Harding, the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and the baritone Christian Gerhaher. The programme includes Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which combines tender cantabile from the soloist with vigorous symphonic power. Gustav Mahler’s songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, on the other hand, impress with their Romantic, folk-like tone, unfiltered melancholy and subtle humour.

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A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe
Christian Thielemann, an outstanding interpreter of Strauss, dedicates an entire concert to the composer – with two discoveries and a crowd pleaser. The evening opens with the extremely charming Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1, followed by the equally sonorous and expressive Three Hymns, op. 71 (soloist: Anja Kampe). The finale of the concert is an instrumental suite from Strauss’s bittersweet opera Der Rosenkavalier: dramatic, melancholic, humorous but always overwhelmingly beautiful.

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Amihai Grosz: a portrait

Amihai Grosz: a portrait
Jerusalem-born Amihai Grosz has been 1st principal viola with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2010. In this film portrait from the Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments series, we see him as the section leader in his orchestra, as a soloist in Philharmoniker concerts, as a chamber musician, and in activities with his family. The young artist also talks about the remarkably warm sound of his instrument, which was made in the 16th century.

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Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim
Kirill Petrenko, the new man at the head of the Berliner Philharmoniker, encounters a decades-long friend of the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim. Together, they present Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, whose appeal lies in its self-assured showmanship and distinctive C Minor colouring. The music of Josef Suk, which has received far too little attention, is also a matter close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart. Here we hear his Second Symphony, an expressive work full of pain and sonority.

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Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery
Jakub Hrůša presents enthralling settings of three dark tales. We experience Shakespeare’s Othello in the gripping tonal language of Antonín Dvořák, witness the last moments of Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’s eponymous psychological drama (soloist: Stéphanie d'Oustrac), and Béla Bartók tells with brutal energy the sinister story of The Miraculous Mandarin. Plus a discovery: the inexorable progress of the passacaglia Mysterium času (Mystery of Time) by Miloslav Kabeláč.

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Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem

Teodor Currentzis’ debut with Verdi’s Requiem
The reviews were rapturous: when Teodor Currentzis conducted Verdi’s Requiem at the Elbphilharmonie in April, it had the high suspense of a psychological thriller. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Currentzis conducts the same work, in which Verdi describes the existential terrors of a human being in the face of death. And by bringing all his experience as an opera composer into play, he creates a unique fusion of liturgy and human emotion.

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Claudio Abbado’s Beethoven cycle from Rome

Claudio Abbado’s Beethoven cycle from Rome
Only at the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker did Claudio Abbado decide to give a performance of the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven. The venue was the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In these performances, the monumentality of earlier times was replaced by a leaner, driving energy. The Financial Times spoke of a “revolution”.