“They say about Venice that all cities are more or less the same, but Venice is just a little bit different,” Bernard Haitink once said, “and you could say the same about the Berliner Philharmoniker.” The mutual admiration between orchestra and conductor, who was made an honorary member in 2004, was obvious. Our selection brings together some of the outstanding performances from over 200 concerts that Haitink gave with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is fascinating because of the contrast between the brutal sultan and the clever title heroine. The composer’s vision of the Orient sounds splendid – it is not surprising that he was a sought-after teacher of orchestration. One of his students was Prokofiev, who acquired from him a fondness for Russian folk melodies, as we hear in his Second Violin Concerto. Both conductor Gustavo Gimeno and violinist Augustin Hadelich make their debuts.
The history of film is hardly imaginable without music. Even silent films were accompanied by a live piano or orchestra, and in the sound film era, the combination of image and music remained a central element of this art form. Our playlist brings together works of Classical music that were used to particularly impressive effect in well-known films.
Composers and their times are the focus of our film series A Life in Music. The first of three parts is devoted to the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn during his time in Berlin. Accompanied by stories from his childhood and youth, we hear here not only works by Mendelssohn himself, but also those that were of particular importance to him. Narrator Philipp Bohnen, violinist with the Philharmoniker, takes us back to Berlin in the 1820s.