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Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

They crossed the musical border between Austria and Hungary: Joseph Haydn und Franz Liszt, who are juxtaposed in this concert by Iván Fischer. From Liszt we hear Eine Faust-Symphonie, which vividly portrays the protagonists of Goethe’s tragedy: the brooding title character, the sensitive Gretchen, and the mischievous Mephisto. Haydn, on the other hand, is represented by his charming Sinfonia concertante, whose solo parts are played by musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau
For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko was at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which revealed a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You can also hear star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating songs from musicals.

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov
The music of the 20th century is often considered inaccessible. Kirill Petrenko shows how wrong this prejudice is with three works written between 1940 and 1950 which differently convey sensuousness and energy. We experience rhythmic power in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, the combination of innovation and Brazilian flair in Zimmermann’s Alagoana and finally, the voluptuous melancholy of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.

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Rachel Helleur-Simcock: a portrait

Rachel Helleur-Simcock: a portrait
Since 2009, cellist Rachel Helleur-Simcock has been a permanent member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and was previously a member of their Karajan Academy. This portrait of the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments shows the musician in symphony concerts and at work with her string quartet. Helleur-Simcock also describes her 18th-century Italian instrument whose sound she associates with wood and honey.

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Paavo Järvi and Stefan Dohr

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Paavo Järvi

Stefan Dohr

Romanticism was not only an epoch of sensibility, but also of radical concepts. No work shows this more clearly than Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. It portrays a drug-induced frenzy, a murder of passion, an execution and a witch’s Sabbath. No less exciting is Berlioz’ sound world: excessive, glaring, brutal – and then again enchantingly graceful. Paavo Järvi also conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto by Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is Stefan Dohr.

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Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók
To help contain the coronavirus, the Philharmonie has been closed since 11 March. A last concert under the direction of Simon Rattle could still be given – but without an audience in the auditorium, exclusively and free of charge for visitors of the Digital Concert Hall. It opened with Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, which plays creatively with sounds, noises and language. The highlight of the programme is Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, which shifts between melancholy and vigorous rebellion.

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Mahler’s Third Symphony with Elīna Garanča and Lorenzo Viotti

Mahler’s Third Symphony with Elīna Garanča and Lorenzo Viotti
In his Third Symphony, Gustav Mahler gives musical form to elemental symbols of nature – including stories of flowers and animals – with which he creates a gigantic world panorama, culminating in a hymn of overwhelming beauty. In this performance we hear Lorenzo Viotti, who steps in for Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Elīna Garanča, who not only has “beauty of voice, but also that indefinable magic called charisma” (The Telegraph).

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Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”

Kirill Petrenko conducts Puccini’s “Suor Angelica”
The first opera in the Philharmonie Berlin led by Kirill Petrenko: Giacomo Puccini’s drama Suor Angelica, which takes place in a convent and tells the moving story of a young nun. Even if the period and setting have little to do with the realities of life today, the message of the opera is more current than ever: it concerns humanity in an inhuman environment and the struggle for one’s own dignity. In this production, it is given a contemporary setting by director Nicola Hümpel and performed by up-and-coming singers, the choir of the Vocal Heroes choral programme, and the Karajan Academy.