He has conducted an acclaimed Ring in Bayreuth, is a guest of the foremost symphony orchestras and an honorary member of the Wiener Staatsoper – and yet: Adam Fischer is still considered one of the conducting world’s best kept secrets. The audience of the Berliner Philharmoniker can now experience him conducting symphonies by composers who are particularly close to his heart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn. The highly virtuoso soprano Julia Lezhneva is also a guest as the soloist in a Mozart aria and a Haydn cantata.
This concert is innovative, virtuosic and cosmopolitan. Conductor and composer Peter Eötvös presents his Violin Concerto No. 3, known as the Alhambra (soloist: Isabelle Faust), which musically roams the fortress of the same name in Granada. In contrast to this airy Mediterranean world are Edgard Varèse’s famous impressions Amériques from the noisy New York of the 1920s. An insider tip is Shaar by Iannis Xenakis: eerily inscrutable and ingeniously eccentric.
The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Tugan Sokhiev – music director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater – distinguish themselves as storytellers at this outdoor concert. We hear Prokofiev’s humorous music for the film satire Lieutenant Kijé, travel to the Orient with Maurice Ravel’s shimmering, sensuous song cycle Shéhérazade (soloist: Marianne Crebassa) and witness the most famous love story of all time in Prokofiev’s ballet music Romeo and Juliet.
In the latest episode of our series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments, the Romanian-born violinist Laurentius Dinca, describes his violin as a medium to “show one’s soul”. Dinca, who also appears as a keen chamber musician in the film portrait, became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1984 under Herbert von Karajan, and Kirill Petrenko will be the fourth chief conductor he has performed with.