Digital Concert Hall: highlights of the past years

  • Richard Wagner
    Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3 (3 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Gustavo Dudamel

  • Johannes Brahms
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor, op. 15 (57 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Krystian Zimerman Piano

  • George Gershwin
    Strike Up the Band (7 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Seiji Ozawa

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica” (49 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Herbert von Karajan

  • Richard Strauss
    Arabella: Prelude to Act 3 · Duet “Sie woll’n mich heiraten” · Duet “Und du wirst mein Gebieter sein” (20 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Christian Thielemann

    Renée Fleming Soprano, Thomas Hampson Baritone

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 64 (34 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vilde Frang Violin

  • Betsy Jolas
    A Little Summer Suite (première) (13 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

  • Jean Sibelius
    Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22: No. 2 The Swan of Tuonela (11 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Bruno Delepelaire Cello, Dominik Wollenweber Cor Anglais

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op. 16 (35 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Paavo Järvi

    Yuja Wang Piano

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner” (23 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Claudio Abbado

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    Alexander Scriabin
    Le Poème de l’extase, op. 54 (25 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Kirill Petrenko

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 (37 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

  • Gustav Mahler
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (19 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

    Christian Gerhaher Baritone

  • Robert Schumann
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 54 (36 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Riccardo Chailly

    Martha Argerich Piano

  • Edward Elgar
    Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39: March No. 1 (7 min.)

    Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle

Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker are scattered around the globe, and very few of them ever have the opportunity to experience the orchestra live in the Philharmonie. But there is an alternative: the Digital Concert Hall, which has been broadcasting all Philharmoniker concert programmes live since the 2008/2009 season – in the best possible picture and sound quality. Our playlist presents some prestigious highlights from the concert archive.

On 6 January 2009, the first broadcast took place: a special concert with Sir Simon Rattle and works by Brahms and Dvořák. Hundreds of other live concerts followed, which can be permanently accessed in the video archive. These of course include the orchestra’s performances with Kirill Petrenko, who has been their chief conductor since the beginning of the 2019/2020 season.

Whereas previously only individual concerts were documented in television broadcasts and on video, the work of the Berliner Philharmoniker can now be followed almost every week. Today you can experience the repertoire from the Baroque to the present in the Digital Concert Hall. Milestones in the history of music, such as the symphonies and solo concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and Schumann, are available in several recordings, so that, for example, the interpretive approaches of various conductors and soloists can be compared. The heart of the Digital Concert Hall – before the eyes and ears of music lovers all over the world thanks to state-of-the-art transmission technology – is the live broadcast, and thus the presence of the Berliner Philharmoniker. There are also recordings of guest performances on tour, historical concert recordings dating back to the Karajan era, documentaries about the Berliner Philharmoniker and their musical partners, interviews, and films from the education programme. The main focus, however, continues to be on live broadcasting – and subsequently the presence of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In other words, a feast for the senses awaits visitors to the Digital Concert Hall – any time they want, and available on a number of devices.