The beginning of a new era! With the 2019/2020 season, Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the seventh chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The upcoming concerts were presented at a press conference in the Philharmonie – which include the broadcasts in the Digital Concert Hall. Look forward to getting to know the orchestra again, with fresh inspiration and new perspectives, and in concerts full of energy and vibrancy.
Yefim Bronfman is a musician whose powerful, energetic playing and brilliant technique recall the great Russian pianistic tradition of the 20th century. At this concert he interprets Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto. The conductor is the charismatic Herbert Blomstedt, who will also conduct a work from his native Sweden: Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Second Symphony, a late Romantic discovery with fascinating Nordic timbres.
Following its performance under the direction of Kirill Petrenko, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany is now making its second appearance at the Philharmonie to mark its 50th birthday – this time under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher. In the two works he conducts, two opposing worlds collide: the loud, vibrant, dynamic urban life of New York, portrayed musically by Edgard Varèse in his orchestral work Amériques, and the rural, contemplative world of the Bavarian mountains depicted by Richard Strauss in his Alpine symphony.
For this open-air concert at the Waldbühne, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle surrounded themselves with plenty of stars of the silver screen, including Indiana Jones, E.T., Robin Hood, Tom and Jerry, Ben Hur and the heroes of Star Wars. They were all brought to life musically when the orchestra struck up some of Hollywood’s most famous film music.