Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

Tugan Sokhiev and Nikolai Lugansky

In this concert, Tugan Sokhiev presents three melodious discoveries: Ernest Chausson’s Symphony in B flat major, which the orchestra last performed in 1975. This work features shimmering French colours and a great lamento influenced by Wagner. Other rarities are Rimsky-Korsakov’s folklike overture to the opera The Tsar’s Bride and the First Piano Concerto by the 17-year-old Sergei Rachmaninov, with Nikolai Lugansky as soloist.

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Jakub Hrůša conducts Bruckner’s Fourth and a world premiere

Jakub Hrůša conducts Bruckner’s Fourth and a world premiere
Bruckner’s “Romantic” Fourth Symphony has a distinct feeling of longing and closeness to nature – for instance, in the horn call at the beginning and the melancholy singing of the strings. The work is conducted by Jakub Hrůša, who also presents the world premiere of Keyframes for a Hippogriff by Olga Neuwirth, one of the most sought-after composers of our time. Neuwirth says the work is about trying “to remain a free soul despite the despair and pain in this world”.

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Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony

Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony
Kirill Petrenko opened the 2021/22 season of the Berliner Philharmoniker with the enchanting and mysterious world of Romanticism. The main work on the programme is Franz Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony, in which exuberance, dance and nobility are shaken by moments of deep despair. Carl Maria von Weber transports us to the magical realm of Oberon, the king of the elves, which inspired Paul Hindemith’s colourful Symphonic Metamorphosis.

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Concert from the Waldbühne with Martin Grubinger and Wayne Marshall

Concert from the Waldbühne with Martin Grubinger and Wayne Marshall
Pure rhythm is in store at this Waldbühne concert – with a performance by Martin Grubinger. The multi-percussionist is a true entertainer who elicits a wealth of timbres from his instruments in the Special Edition with film music by John Williams. The concert also features Wayne Marshall, who makes his debut conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker with the music of Leonard Bernstein, and who is also the soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

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Zubin Mehta conducts Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev

Zubin Mehta conducts Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev
Zubin Mehta made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1961: no other conductor has been associated with the orchestra for such a long period of time. In 2019, he was made an honorary member. Particular highlights of this fruitful collaboration include unforgettable renditions of Bruckner symphonies and the performance of Verdi’s Otello. Here, Mehta and the Philharmoniker take a musical journey from the 18th to the 20th century with works by Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev.

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A conductor recommends: Jakub Hrůša’s highlights

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.

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The “Late Night” concerts with discoveries for night owls

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.

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A Life in Music – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Part 1: A child prodigy in Berlin

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.

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Family Concert “Magic Night”

Family Concert “Magic Night”
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.