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  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel also conducts John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.

    09 Jun 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Timothy McAllister

    • John Adams
      City Noir for orchestra

      Timothy McAllister Saxophone

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”

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      Interview
      Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9: an introduction by Susanne Stähr

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    With Kirill Petrenko conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time since the orchestra elected him their future chief conductor two years ago, anticipation and expectations were high. The programme included Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique and John Adams’ The Wound-Dresser. Petrenko brought out the most subtle of nuances as vividly as a great psychological drama, rightfully receiving standing ovations: “A triumph” (Kulturradio).

    23 Mar 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Georg Nigl

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

    • John Adams
      The Wound-Dresser for baritone and orchestra

      Georg Nigl Baritone

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      Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 “Pathétique”

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      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Olaf Maninger

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mozart and Tchaikovsky Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    Maria Magdalena is one of the most fascinating female figures in the Bible. In The Gospel According to the Other Mary, composer John Adams and librettist Peter Sellars recount the Passion of Christ from her perspective. Just as multi-faceted as the story is Adams’s irresistible music, in which minimalism is mixed with imaginative orchestration and jazzy verve. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker.

    28 Jan 2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • John Adams
      The Gospel According to the Other Mary, A Passion Oratorio based on a Libretto compiled by Peter Sellars

      Kelley O'Connor Mezzo-Soprano (Mary), Tamara Mumford Mezzo-Soprano (Martha), Daniel Bubeck Countertenor, Brian Cummings Countertenor, Nathan Medley Countertenor, Peter Hoare Tenor (Lazarus), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Daniel Reuss Chorus Master

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      Interview
      John Adams in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

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  • Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Modern music of the fleet-footed type characterises the beginning of this concert: with Béla Bartók’s youthfully animated Second Violin Concerto and the ingenious, jazzy minimalism of John Adams. The main symphonic work of the evening is a contrast: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with its powerful world-weary sounds. Alan Gilbert conducts, and the soloist is the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

    03 Dec 2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, Sz 112

      Frank Peter Zimmermann Violin

    • John Adams
      Lollapalooza for orchestra

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36

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      Interview
      Alan Gilbert in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • John Adams conducts John Adams

    John Adams conducts John Adams

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    John Adams is one of the best-known composers of minimal music – although on occasion he mixes it with a decidedly melodious, sometimes almost late-Romantic tonal language. In the 2016/17 season, Adams was the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Composer in Residence and made his debut conducting the orchestra in this concert. The programme included his famous Harmonielehre and the violin concerto Scheherazade.2 with soloist Leila Josefowicz.

    17 Sep 2016
    Musikfest Berlin

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    John Adams

    Leila Josefowicz

    • John Adams
      Harmonielehre for orchestra

    • John Adams
      Scheherazade.2, Dramatic Symphony for violin and orchestra (German première)

      Leila Josefowicz Violin

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      Interview
      John Adams in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • New Year's Eve Concert with Simon Rattle, Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane

    New Year's Eve Concert with Simon Rattle, Thomas Quasthoff and Pauline Malefane

    For his third New Year’s Eve Concert as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2008 Sir Simon Rattle set out to explore the history of 20th-century American music. At the head of an orchestra described by the Berlin press as “the best big band in the world”, he conducted works by Gershwin, Barber, Copland and Adams with powerful vocal support from Thomas Quasthoff and the South African soprano Pauline Malefane.

    31 Dec 2008
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Pauline Malefane, Thomas Quasthoff

    • George Gershwin
      Cuban Overture

    • Samuel Barber
      Adagio for Strings, op. 11

    • Aaron Copland
      Old American Songs Set 1

      Thomas Quasthoff bass-baritone

    • John Adams
      Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    • George Gershwin
      Porgy and Bess: excerpts

      Pauline Malefane soprano, Thomas Quasthoff bass-baritone

    • George Gershwin
      An American in Paris

    • Jerome Kern
      Show Boat: “Ol’ Man River”

      Thomas Quasthoff bass-baritone

    • John Philip Sousa
      The Liberty Bell

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  • Short Rides with John Adams

    Short Rides with John Adams

    Among contemporary composers, John Adams is one of the great genre-crossing artists: his music impresses with incredible complexity, but at the same time conveys an unbounded energy that leaves no-one unaffected. In the 2016/17 season, Adams was Artist in Residence with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Our documentary Short Rides with John Adams follows this exciting transatlantic collaboration.
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