Kirill Petrenko and Frank Peter Zimmermann

Kirill Petrenko and Frank Peter Zimmermann

“Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto is a piece that gets under your skin,” says violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Devastated by the death of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius, the composer created a musical memorial to the young girl with this work, and at the same time created one of the most poignant concertos of the 20th century. Antonín Dvořák strikes a completely different mood in his Fifth Symphony – one that is cheerful, relaxed and pastoral. The work is dedicated to Hans von Bülow, the first chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 15:00 (Berlin time)

Musikfest Berlin: Igor Levit plays Beethoven 7

Musikfest Berlin: Igor Levit plays Beethoven 7
Beethoven’s great Hammerklavier Sonata is still one of the most technically and musically demanding pieces of piano literature. The first to dare a public performance – long after Beethoven’s death – was Franz Liszt. The work has a slow movement of dreamlike beauty and a complex final fugue in which the theme is at one point even played backwards. Igor Levit contrasts the dreaded milestone of the repertoire with, among others, the Sonata op. 90, which ends with a graceful final rondo.

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Beethoven Year 2020: The nine symphonies with Kirill Petrenko and others

Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has already presented impressive renditions of Beethoven’s music with performances of his Seventh and Ninth Symphonies. We are taking the composer’s jubilee – 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of his birth – as the occasion for a playlist with all nine symphonies. In addition to Kirill Petrenko and his two predecessors, it includes conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann and Paavo Järvi, who have influenced Beethoven interpretation in a variety of ways in recent decades.

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Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schoenberg and Brahms

Season opening 2020: Kirill Petrenko conducts Schoenberg and Brahms
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s opening concert of the 2020/21 season was awaited with particular excitement: on the one hand, it was the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic that the orchestra was able to play in front of an audience, and on the other hand, chief conductor Kirill Petrenko was to play a work by Johannes Brahms with his orchestra for the first time. The Berliner Zeitung wrote about the performance of his Fourth Symphony: “The musicians play as if liberated, and you can hear: they have not forgotten anything in the past six months. The ending is triumphant.”

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Joint concert from Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta

Joint concert from Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s European concert should have taken place in Tel Aviv in May 2020, but had to be cancelled due to the corona pandemic. The Digital Concert Hall now offers the opportunity to take a historical look back at the Philharmoniker's first tour of Israel in 1990 – a great moment in the history of the orchestra. On their last appearance on tour, the Philharmoniker performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, among other works, together with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and under the baton of its chief conductor Zubin Mehta.

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Daniel Harding conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral”

Daniel Harding conducts Beethoven’s “Pastoral”
Alban Berg described his Lyric Suite as a “small monument to a great love”. In it, the composer musically encoded his passion for the married Hanna Fuchs, interweaving the tonal equivalents of the initials of them both, creating a highly personal piece of programme music. Beethoven’s symphony known as the “Pastoral” is also programme music, in which he expresses his love for nature – with bird calls, the splashing of streams and thunderstorms. A joyful homage to country life, conducted by Daniel Harding to mark the Beethoven anniversary year.

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Concert with Kirill Petrenko and Daniil Trifonov

Concert with Kirill Petrenko and Daniil Trifonov
In this concert, Daniil Trifonov presents himself for the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker as a Beethoven interpreter – with the Third Piano Concerto, whose charm lies in the alternation of heroic gesture and dreamlike contemplation. At the same time, it is a musical homage to Mozart, who Beethoven greatly admired. Mendelssohn’s First Symphony, which he wrote at the age of 15, was also inspired by Mozart. An early work, yet it points to the style of the mature composer. “It sounds so wonderfully pithy and light, that the sudden glimpses of another, hidden world really do surprise” (Der Tagesspiegel).

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The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Their sound is unmistakable: since its foundation in 1972, the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker have achieved international fame. Stylistically, the ensemble is equally at home in jazz and tango as in contemporary works and arrangements of classical pieces. Enrique Sánchez Lansch’s 2012 documentary Die 12 accompanies the ensemble on a concert tour to China and shows in rehearsal and concert recordings the process leading to the premiere of a commissioned composition by Sofia Gubaidulina.

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.