Music from Bach to Berg is brought together from our archives in the playlist that Jakub Hrůša has compiled to mark his guest conducting appearance in September 2021. In addition to symphonies by Beethoven and Bruckner, his recommendations include works inspired by images and stories. Among the conductors is Hrůša’s teacher and fellow countryman Jiří Bělohlávek, plus Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, and Lorin Maazel.
They are nocturnal entertainments for fans of the bizarre, the baffling, anarchic and dreamy: the Late Night concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in which members of the orchestra regularly serve dessert after a symphony concert, often assisted by prominent guests. Sometimes they sound jazzy, sometimes sentimental, and one frequently hears how humorous contemporary music can be.
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.
At midnight, something magical happens in the children’s room: the magic fairy brings the toys of two siblings to life with her song, which causes some turmoil. Whether ball, horse or cooker – they all suddenly have a mind of their own, with teddy bears and dolls dancing all over the place. Kurt Weill’s children’s pantomime Magic Night invites audiences young and old to dream and marvel – with colourfully dazzling music and captivating dance rhythms.