Playlists

  • A soprano’s perspective: Anna Prohaska’s favourites

    A soprano’s perspective: Anna Prohaska’s favourites

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    The new Digital Concert Hall playlist was created by soprano Anna Prohaska, a singer who has close artistic ties with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The selection focuses on music drama works by Bach, Wagner, Debussy and Bartók under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. It also includes orchestral songs by Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto and works of English Baroque music. And in a performance conducted by Claudio Abbado, Prohaska herself sings the Mozart aria “Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio”.

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  • A soprano’s perspective: Marlis Petersen’s favourites

    A soprano’s perspective: Marlis Petersen’s favourites

    The playlist compiled by Marlis Petersen from the Digital Concert Hall archives includes music which ranges from the Baroque to the post-war period. The soprano, who has a close artistic partnership with Kirill Petrenko, is currently artist in residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to performances by esteemed colleagues, she has chosen personal favourites from the Late Night and Education formats, as well as a Karajan recording made on the day she was born. Petersen herself can be heard in a composition by George Crumb which she performed at her debut with the Philharmoniker in 2014.

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  • Our concertmaster’s perspective: Noah Bendix-Balgley’s favourites

    Our concertmaster’s perspective: Noah Bendix-Balgley’s favourites

    1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley invites listeners to relive his most memorable musical experiences since joining the orchestra in 2014. These concerts feature “repertoire that I love”, says the violinist, “or collaborations with wonderful conductors or soloists that stay in my memory very strongly”. In works both familiar and lesser-known, he offers a personal tour of his years in the orchestra so far.

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  • Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Claudio Abbado was an exception among the great conductors: amiable and free of affectation, but totally uncompromising in achieving his artistic goals. A highly educated thinker, yet his greatest performances were born entirely from the moment. As chief conductor, he expanded not only the sound spectrum of the Berliner Philharmoniker but also their repertoire. Here you can relive this wonderful collaboration in a selection of his performances.

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  • Digital Concert Hall: highlights of the past years

    Digital Concert Hall: highlights of the past years

    Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker are scattered all 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. In our playlist we present highlights from the concert archive.

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  • Meet Kirill Petrenko!

    Meet Kirill Petrenko!

    A new chapter was opened when Kirill Petrenko took up his post as chief conductor of the orchestra in the summer of 2019. Ever since his debut in 2006, the conductor and the Philharmoniker have given performances that have set standards. A selection is compiled in this free playlist which contains not only established masterpieces by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, but also exciting rarities.

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  • Beethoven’s symphonies with Simon Rattle

    Beethoven’s symphonies with Simon Rattle

    “The path from the First to the Ninth is the greatest journey ever undertaken within a musical style,” as Sir Simon Rattle once said of Beethoven’s symphonies. In 2015, he presented the complete cycle during his penultimate season as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker: the culmination of a decades-long exploration of these works, which unfold their full revolutionary energy in Sir Simon’s interpretation.

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  • The “Late Night” concerts with discoveries for night owls

    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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  • Richard Strauss and his tone poems

    Richard Strauss and his tone poems

    The tone poems of Richard Strauss are among the most striking and virtuosic works of the orchestral literature. This list contains outstanding recordings of these nine works. You will meet literary heroes such as Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, experience music inspired by philosophy in Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) and enjoy powerful spectacles of nature in the Alpensinfonie (Alpine Symphony) with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the great Strauss conductors of our time.

     

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  • Mahler’s symphonies with Simon Rattle

    Mahler’s symphonies with Simon Rattle

    A performance of the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler is always a spectacular event. Two special dates – the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth on 7 July 2010 and the 100th anniversary of his death on May 18, 2011 – were taken by the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle as an occasion to perform these monumental works. “A musical feat,” as the press reported.

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  • Pianists with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Pianists with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    The Berliner Philharmoniker have worked with famous pianists from early on, including illustrious names such as Clara Schumann, Ferruccio Busoni and Johannes Brahms. To this day, there is nothing more exciting than when great soloists explore the endless possibilities of the piano. This playlist presents some of the best: from legendary virtuosos like Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman, to young stars such as Yuja Wang and Daniil Trifonov.

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  • Grand Opera with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Grand Opera with the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Opera offers more possibilities for emotional directness and dramatic intensification than almost any other musical genre. That is why the Berliner Philharmoniker enjoy their occasional forays into opera, especially since they have the opportunity to collaborate with great singers. In this playlist you will experience some of the most beautiful and moving arias and operatic scenes – from Mozart to Verdi, Wagner and Puccini to Richard Strauss and Modernism.

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  • The European Concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    The European Concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    They are perhaps the most unusual concert series of classical music: the European Concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Every year on 1 May the orchestra appears at a location of particular significance for European culture – from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to the Palace at Versailles. In addition to the spectacular settings, the European Concerts captivate audiences with outstanding conductors and soloists and impressive concert programmes. This playlist presents highlights from the series.

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