Season opening: Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s “Creation”

Season opening: Simon Rattle conducts Haydn’s “Creation”

Simon Rattle is one of the outstanding Haydn conductors of our time. To open his last season as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he presents Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, which combines groundbreaking harmonies, humorous tone painting and powerful choruses to form a spectacular cosmic panorama. The excellent ensemble of soloists includes tenor Mark Padmore – the orchestra’s Artist in Residence this season.

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Explore the 2017/2018 season

Explore the 2017/2018 season
Our concert calendar gives you a foretaste of the coming season with an exciting range of concerts and a host of top-class conductors and soloists to look forward to.

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European Concert 2012 from Vienna with Gustavo Dudamel and Gautier Capuçon

European Concert 2012 from Vienna with Gustavo Dudamel and Gautier Capuçon
The Spanish Riding School in Vienna houses one of the world’s most unique institutions within a magnificent Baroque setting. The Berliner Philharmoniker gave their annual European Concert here in 2012 under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel – with music from Austria, of course. The main work was Beethoven’s revolutionary Fifth Symphony, while the brilliant soloist in Haydn’s First Cello Concerto was Gautier Capuçon, making his Philharmoniker debut.

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Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Itzhak Perlman and Daniel Barenboim perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman have been friends and colleagues for practically the whole of their lives. In the spring of 1992 they performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the city’s Schauspielhaus. This is a work which in terms of the writing for the solo instrument opened up a completely new world of expression. The performance underscored yet again Perlman’s much-lauded qualities of a mellow, full tone and magnificent, apparently effortless technique.

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Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne
The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last rows of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

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The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang

The 1995 European Concert from Florence with Zubin Mehta and Sarah Chang
The Maggio Musicale in Florence is one of the world’s most prestigious music festivals, and it was there that the Berliner Philharmoniker elected to perform their 1995 European Concert. The Festival’s artistic director Zubin Mehta conducted a varied programme in the city’s Palazzo Vecchio, including Stravinsky’s Petrushka, a score notable for its shifting perspective between modernity and nostalgia. The guest soloist in the highly virtuosic opening movement of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto was the fourteen-year-old Sarah Chang.

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Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne

Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven and Mendelssohn at the Waldbühne
“Be embraced, you millions!” says Ludwig van Beethoven rapturously to the whole of mankind in his Ninth Symphony. This global message is particularly impressively conveyed in this 2013 concert from the Berlin Waldbühne – in front of an audience of over 20,000 people. Simon Rattle conducted this memorable evening, and the soloist in Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is Christian Tetzlaff.