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.
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s 1997 Waldbühne concert featured two musicians who have an unusually long friendship both with each other and with the orchestra: Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta. In glorious weather and against an atmospheric backdrop, they presented an evening of Russian music ranging from Glinka to Rimsky-Korsakov with the theme of a “Saint Petersburg Night”. Barenboim, a pianist rarely seen in the Russian repertoire, shone as the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s famous First Piano Concerto.
Markus Weidmann is the first bassoonist to be the subject of a film portrait in the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments. Weidmann, who became a member of the orchestra in 1997, was formerly also a student at the Karajan Academy. In this film, the musician talks about the character of the deepest instrument in the woodwind family, as well as about the complicated process of making the mouthpieces by hand. Other topics include personal favourites in the repertoire, such as Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and Weidmann’s passion for photography.
It is always exciting to hear the expressive range that can be achieved even with a small orchestra. That is demonstrated in this concert, at which Constantinos Carydis makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme is framed by Mozart’s Symphonies No. 34 and 38, in which tonal radiance is combined with delicate expressive nuances. We also hear works by Dimitri Shostakovich, including his Chamber Symphony op. 110a, which sensitively and movingly reflects the horror of war.