In the autumn of 2020, Kirill Petrenko performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s Eighth and Ninth Symphonies with the Berliner Philharmoniker within a short period of time, initiating an intensive exploration of his work. Shostakovich’s music, which is characterised by both expressive intensity and ambiguity, is a compelling account of the life of the individual under the conditions of war and dictatorship. This playlist presents some of the St. Petersburg-born composer’s most important works.
A new chapter in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker was opened when Kirill Petrenko took up his post as chief conductor in the summer of 2019. He made his debut with the orchestra in 2006, and their joint performances caused a sensation as a result of detailed rehearsal work and his irresistible personality. This free playlist ranges from Kirill Petrenko’s first concert after his election to his first season as chief conductor and includes highlights of the core symphonic repertoire with works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mahler.
After positions in Braunschweig and Cologne, timpanist Rainer Seegers became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1986, during the Karajan era. Following decades under the direction of Karajan’s successors Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle, the musician retired shortly before Kirill Petrenko took up office in the summer of 2019. In this film portrait, Seegers can be seen in concert excerpts and interviews. The timpanist, who devotes his free time to collecting butterflies, lepidopterology, with great expertise, talks about the friendly atmosphere among the Philharmoniker, and he demonstrates that you can even play melodies on the timpani.
The restrictions to the 2020/21 season caused by the pandemic have led to various programme changes in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert planning. All live broadcasts currently scheduled in the Digital Concert Hall can be found in our overview.