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.
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.
“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.
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.