Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schönberg and Brahms

Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schönberg and Brahms

Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, opens the 2020/21 concert season with a programme that combines two cross-seasonal focal points of his work with the orchestra: the cultivation of the Classical-Romantic core repertoire with Johannes Brahms’s melancholy, profound Fourth Symphony, and the music of composers of the Second Viennese School with Verklärte Nacht, a youthful work by Arnold Schoenberg that is still entirely in the tradition of late Romanticism. It was inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, which is a homage to free love.

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Welcome to the 2020/21 season

The Berliner Philharmoniker have published their plans for the 2020/21 season – and with them the scheduled live broadcasts for the Digital Concert Hall. You can immediately find all concert programmes in our Live Calendar.

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English music with the Berliner Philharmoniker

In one of his earliest appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko conducted Edward Elgar’s captivating Second Symphony, one of the many works of the English repertoire that are unfortunately heard far too rarely in German concert halls. Our varied collection ranges from the polyphony of the Renaissance to major works by Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten to contemporary composers George Benjamin and Thomas Adès.

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Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony
Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony captivates with its slender dimensions and incomparable variety of expression. There is an interplay of naivety and irony, of childhood and presentiment of death, one of Mahler’s most beautiful slow movements, perhaps his most eerie scherzo, and finally an unconventional last movement with a radiant soprano solo. Here you can experience the work in a performance with Bernard Haitink, recorded in 1991 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Modern Times”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Modern Times”
Orchestral and chamber music of the 1920s and 30s from Hungary, Russia and England: in the penultimate episode of the Berlin Phil Series, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker presented the diversity of Modernism. In addition, Béla Bartók and the jazz composer Chick Corea had a musical encounter in short pieces for vibraphone and piano, and Bartók’s orchestral suite The Miraculous Mandarin is presented in an archive recording. Shostakovich’s virtuosic and sardonic First Piano Concerto with the pianist Denis Matsuev and the Philharmoniker’s trumpeter Guillaume Jehl formed a spectacular conclusion.

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Bernard Haitink: “It comes my way...”

Bernard Haitink has been one of the most successful and popular figures in the world of classical music since the 1960s. Before he announced his retirement from the concert circuit in 2019, he was one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s most important guest conductors for over 50 years. Through recordings of concerts, rehearsals and personal conversations, our film portrait provides an insight into the intellectual world of Haitink, who describes music as his “elixir of life”.

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Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony

Bernard Haitink conducts Mahler’s Seventh Symphony
Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is characterised by a mysterious and romantic mood, with the second and fourth movements bearing the designation “Nachtmusik”. The finale, however, is one of the composer’s brightest and most optimistic conceptions. Alongside Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink has been the defining Mahler conductor in Berliner Philharmoniker concerts in recent decades. His performance of the Seventh was given in May 1992 during an entire series of performances of Mahler’s symphonies.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Tango & More”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Tango & More”
With dance rhythms and exciting instrumental combinations – from piano trio to cor anglais quartet to viola ensemble – the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker bid farewell to their audience for the summer break. This also marked the end of the Berlin Phil Series, which made it possible to get together despite contact restrictions. After works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Étienne Perruchon and Jean Françaix, tangos by Astor Piazzolla in a recording with the 12 Cellists formed an extraordinary concert finale.

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The Berlin Phil Series: “Baroque Concertos”

The Berlin Phil Series: “Baroque Concertos”
The music of the Baroque period represents a unique combination of tonal splendour and vibrant lightness. However, it is only occasionally performed in the everyday concert life of a symphony orchestra – and so this programme with solo concertos by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi is a particularly welcome rarity. The appeal of this episode of the Berlin Phil Series is further enhanced by the fact that members of the orchestra can be enjoyed here as soloists.