Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

Gustav Mahler described his Fifth Symphony as a “cursed work” that “no-one understands”. While the extreme variety of expression actually overwhelmed the audience at the time, the symphony enjoys the highest popularity today, especially thanks to its gossamer-like Adagietto movement. Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, also conducts Leonard Bernstein’s cheeky occasional piece, Divertimento, which – here in Europe at least – is far too rarely heard.

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Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening

Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening
Frank Peter Zimmermann is one of the foremost violinists of our time and a great admirer of Bohuslav Martinů’s rarely played Violin Concerto No. 1, a both sonorous and expressive work, which he presents in this concert. Jakub Hrůša, chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and a guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time, also presents Dvořák’s symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel and Janáček’s Rhapsody Taras Bulba.

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Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque

Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque
In this concert, conductor Semyon Bychkov and the famous piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque make the case for a wonderful rarity: Max Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos which captivates with its sparkling virtuosity and a warm, orchestral sound reminiscent of Brahms. The other works of the evening were also inspired by Brahms: Antonín Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony and Detlev Glanert’s orchestral piece Weites Land.

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Michael Hasel: a portrait

Michael Hasel: a portrait
The real challenge of his instrument is less in the fingering technique than in phrasing and breathing and the search for beauty of sound – according to flautist Michael Hasel who is featured in this short film in the series The Berliner Philharmoniker and their Instruments. To help him achieve his musical ideal, he has a wooden flute, made especially for him, which is also presented here.

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Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt
Two fabulous, mythical travel stories from Scandinavia are on the programme in this concert: Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Jean Sibelius’ Lemminkäinen Suite. Between these two works will be the European premiere of the Cello Concerto by Brett Dean, one of the most sought-after composers of our time and former violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The conductor is Sakari Oramo, who currently heads the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The soloist is Alban Gerhardt.

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Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony
Posterity has given Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony the most varied soubriquets, from the "Tragic", the "Faustian", and the "Catholic", while the composer himself spoke of his "Fantastic" Symphony. Above all, it demonstrates the variety of worlds of expression that can be found in this monumental work – from ruminative whispering to incandescent displays of bravura. The concert is conducted by Daniel Harding.

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Seiji Ozawa conducts a Russian Night at the Waldbühne

Seiji Ozawa conducts a Russian Night at the Waldbühne
Few other countries have enriched the world of classical music with such dynamic compositions as Russia, a point well illustrated by an open-air concert held in the Berlin Waldbühne in 1993, when Tchaikovsky’s delicately whirling Nutcracker was coupled with Stravinsky’s tremendous Firebird and the archaic weight of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. The conductor of this Russian Night was Seiji Ozawa, whose energy and élan likewise seemed to know no bounds.