Daniel Barenboim conducts Smetana’s “Má Vlast”

Daniel Barenboim conducts Smetana’s “Má Vlast”

A masterpiece of Czech romantic music, Bedřich Smetana’s Má Vlast (My Homeland), can be heard at these concerts. The cycle of six symphonic poems, composed within five years, is rarely performed in its entirety; one usually hears only The Moldau, the best-known part. In terms of content, Smetana is dealing with the myths of his Czech homeland in addition to its landscape. You can look forward to experiencing how Daniel Barenboim, who has been conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker for 51 years by now, will interpret the entire cycle.

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François-Xavier Roth and Tabea Zimmermann

François-Xavier Roth and Tabea Zimmermann
Paul Hindemith is a composer close to Tabea Zimmermann’s heart. It thus comes as no surprise that as artist in residence she will perform his viola concerto Der Schwanendreher. The work owes its peculiar title to a German folk song whose melody forms the basis of the third movement. Béla Bartók was also inspired by folk music in his Divertimento. His work is based on Romanian and Hungarian dance music. The programme, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, opens with Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s First Symphony, which already clearly looks ahead to the First Viennese School.

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Female composers

The “New Music Weekend” from October 2020 will be available in the archive of the Digital Concert Hall in a few weeks. Our latest playlist is also dedicated to female composers. Women music makers have now established themselves at the heart of contemporary music. This season, the Berliner Philharmoniker will present new compositions by Unsuk Chin, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Kaija Saariaho. Our playlist presents a selection of various works by female composers in performances by the Philharmoniker.

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Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi

Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi
Double debut with two rising stars: Lahav Shani, successor to Zubin Mehta as music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and pianist Francesco Piemontesi, considered one of the most interesting Mozart interpreters of his generation. In this concert, he introduces himself with the last piano concerto by the First Viennese School composer. The main symphonic work is Robert Schumann’s First Symphony, which the newly married composer wrote in the euphoric mood of a new beginning.

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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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Bartók’s Viola Concerto with Tabea Zimmermann and Semyon Bychkov

Béla Bartók’s virtuoso Viola Concerto makes a strong case for an often underrated instrument – especially when it is performed by the internationally acclaimed violist Tabea Zimmermann. “She plays the concerto with a tender cantabile as if it were by Mozart,” as one critic wrote. Conductor Semyon Bychkov also presents Ravel’s delicate Tombeau de Couperin and Brahms’ sunlit Second Symphony.

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Marek Janowski and Noah Bendix-Balgley

Marek Janowski and Noah Bendix-Balgley
With this programme we commemorate Max Bruch, the 100th anniversary of whose death is remembered in 2020. Our 1st concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, is the soloist in this performance of Bruch’s First Violin Concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Marek Janowski. With its yearning opening movement and sparkling finale, this work became the composer’s most popular work. The second part of the concert is dedicated to Johannes Brahms, a contemporary of Bruch. His Serenade No. 2 is characterised by the dark, warm sound typical of Brahms and is considered a milestone on the composer’s path to the symphony.

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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.

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.