Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

Martin Grubinger, the “multi-percussion star, who runs around between his many instruments during his performances with dizzying acrobatics” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) makes his debut here with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert includes works by Edgard Varèse and Peter Eötvös in which Grubinger can demonstrate his breathtaking versatility. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic and powerful Scheherazade Suite.

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Sat, 09 Mar 2019, 19:00 (Berlin time)

Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja
When Kirill Petrenko conducted Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony in March 2017, The reviewer of broadcaster rbb was “stunned at how beautiful and breathtakingly exciting this music can be”. The chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker now presents Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, with its shifts between driving momentum and inner turmoil. In addition, we hear the spirited Patricia Kopatchinskaja as the soloist in Arnold Schoenberg’s breakneck and virtuosic Violin Concerto.

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New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim

New Year’s Eve Concert with Daniel Barenboim
The conductor of this New Year’s Eve concert is Daniel Barenboim, one of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s oldest friends. He also takes on the role of soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 – a work of sparkling beauty and nuanced expression. There are also four famous works by Maurice Ravel, which create an impressive synthesis of elegance and originality. The final highlight is the Boléro, perhaps the most stunning crescendo in music history.

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Thomas Leyendecker: a portrait

Thomas Leyendecker: a portrait
The subject of this film from the Berliner Philharmoniker and their instruments series is the trombonist Thomas Leyendecker, who has been a member of the orchestra since 2006. Here, the musician tells why he chose such a bulky brass instrument as the trombone, and why his participation in the Philharmoniker’s education projects and church activities are so important to him.

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Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan

Andris Nelsons and Barbara Hannigan
In addition to the German repertoire, the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons’s favourite compositions include works from north-east Europe. This preference is also reflected in Nelsons’s concert from December 2013 with Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, and two wistfully sensuous contemporary works by the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks and the Danish-born Hans Abrahamsen. The soloist is the soprano Barbara Hannigan.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev
The culmination of this concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a both overpowering and vivid work, which also includes “the primitive nature of Russian song ... in its melodies” (A. Khachaturian). The French-Canadian Nézet-Séguin opens the concert with French repertoire: Maurice Ravel's charming Menuet antique and Claude Debussy's dazzling La Mer – a masterpiece of musical Impressionism.

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Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony
The international press praised Marek Janowski’s complete recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies for its “verve” and “passion for detail”. In this concert, he turns to the Sixth whose appeal, in contrast to other Bruckner symphonies, lies less in metaphysical aspects than in its decisive forward drive. The concert also includes Bruckner’s E Minor Mass, whose orchestration consisting exclusively of wind instruments evokes an intriguingly archaic atmosphere.

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Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili
Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a work of compelling, pure beauty, and for its tone, which both sings and speaks, Lisa Batiashvili is the ideal interpreter. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor designate of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, also presents Richard Strauss’ Symphonia domestica in which the composer portrays his family both humorously and musically. Gilbert also presents the European premiere of Metacosmos by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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10 years of the Digital Concert Hall

Join in the celebrations!
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. The offer is now celebrating its 10th birthday. In our playlist we present highlights from the concert archive.