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  • Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev

    Tugan Sokhiev conducts Rachmaninov, Borodin and Prokofiev

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    In this concert, Tugan Sokhiev, director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducts a Russian programme supported by the choir of his legendary opera house. While Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky are full of primitive power and recount historical Russian war heroes, Sergei Rachmaninov's operatic scene Spring takes an intimate private drama as its theme.

    12 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Vesna (Spring), cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra, op. 20

      Vasily Ladyuk baritone, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Alexander Borodin
      Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances (original version with choir)

      Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra, op. 78

      Agunda Kulaeva mezzo-soprano, Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Valery Borisov chorus master

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      Interview
      Tugan Sokhiev in conversation with Andreas Ottensamer

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Kirill Petrenko conducts the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Working with the German National Youth Orchestra is something close to Kirill Petrenko’s heart, so on the occasion of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary, the chief conductor designate of the Berliner Philharmoniker couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join them for a jubilee concert. In addition to rousing compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky, the programme also includes a contemporary work: William Kraft’s First Timpani Concerto with the Philharmoniker’s principal timpanist Wieland Welzel as the soloist.

    09 Jan 2019

    Bundesjugendorchester
    Kirill Petrenko

    Wieland Welzel

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      Leonard Bernstein
      West Side Story, Symphonic Dances

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      William Kraft
      Concerto No. 1 for Timpani and Orchestra

      Wieland Welzel timpani

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      Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps

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  • Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Iván Fischer and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The lieder of Hugo Wolf are unique in their clear-cut directness. Their aim is not the artistic sublimation of emotions, but real, unfiltered expression. Christian Gerhaher, the “foremost lieder singer of our time” (The New York Times), performs selected settings by Wolf of Goethe and Mörike. Conductor Iván Fischer also presents Franz Schubert’s Great Symphony, with its shifts between the idyllic and the abyss.

    22 Dec 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Christian Gerhaher

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Legendes for Orchestra, op. 59: nos. 6 & 10

    • Hugo Wolf
      Lieder after poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Eduard Mörike

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 8 in C major, D 944

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      Interview
      An introduction by Iván Fischer

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  • Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Andris Nelsons conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony is a work which exceeds all limits. The composition was intended to depict nothing less than the entire universe: the lofty and the humble, tradition and avant-garde, pastoral serenity and demonic grotesques, songs and chorales, and death and resurrection, all expressed in music that is correspondingly multifarious and grandiose. It is conducted here by Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Kapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

    15 Dec 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andris Nelsons

    MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Lucy Crowe, Gerhild Romberger

    • Maija Einfelde
      Lux aeterna for mixed choir, chime bells and vibraphone

      MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig choir

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Lucy Crowe soprano, Gerhild Romberger contralto, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig choir, Risto Joost chorus master

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      Interview
      Andris Nelsons in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Valery Gergiev conducts Stravinsky’s “Firebird”

    Valery Gergiev conducts Stravinsky’s “Firebird”

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    Music based on three colourful Russian fairytales are to be heard in this concert with Valerie Gergiev: the bloodthirsty story of The Golden Cockerel set to music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, excerpts from Prokofiev’s humorous and charming ballet Cinderella, and from Stravinsky, his iridescent, energetic Firebird. The concert opens with another magical, but very different work: Debussy’s Prélude a l'après-midi d'un faune.

    08 Dec 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Valery Gergiev

    • Claude Debussy
      Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Le Coq d’Or, suite

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Cinderella, ballet, op. 87 (excerpts)

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird Suite (version from 1919)

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      Interview
      Valery Gergiev in conversation with Stephan Koncz

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  • Christmas Concert “Winter Drummerland”

    Christmas Concert “Winter Drummerland”

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    “I got rhythm” was the theme of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s family Christmas concert on the 1st Advent Sunday of 2018. On this occasion, the percussion section of the orchestra took centre stage. The concert, which was presented by the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis, combined the informative (in the form of short presentations about the instruments) with the entertaining (in the form of a performance with spoons) and regularly encouraged the audience to participate in the proceedings.

    02 Dec 2018

    Percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

    Sarah Willis

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      Winter Drummerland

      Sarah Willis concept, horn and presenter

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  • George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

    Photo: Adam Janisch

    The Mahler Chamber Orchestra, founded by Claudio Abbado, performs Written on Skin, one of the most successful operas of our time. It deals with a love triangle: the protagonists are a brutal, jealous husband, a young, inexperienced woman and a gifted painter. Based on a medieval Provençal legend, librettist Martin Crimp created a highly modern story of power, subjugation, rebellion and self-discovery – the perfect framework for the atmospherically dense, rich-toned music of George Benjamin.

    12 Nov 2018

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Sir George Benjamin

    • Sir George Benjamin
      Written on Skin

      Evan Hughes bass baritone (The Protector), Georgia Jarman soprano (Agnes), Bejun Mehta Countertenor (Angel 1/The Boy), Victoria Simmonds mezzo-soprano (Angel 2/Marie), Robert Murray tenor (Angel 3/John), Benjamin Davis stage direction

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  • With Gustavo Dudamel in Taiwan

    With Gustavo Dudamel in Taiwan

    One of the most spectacular new concert halls in Asia is the National Kaohsiung Center for Arts and Culture in the South of Taiwan. After the opening in mid-October, the Berliner Philharmoniker is to be the first international orchestra to perform there. Conducting the evening with works by Bernstein and Mahler is Gustavo Dudamel, musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and regular guest of the Philharmoniker for ten years.

    14 Nov 2018
    From the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Divertimento for Orchestra

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5

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  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Bernstein and Shostakovich

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Bernstein and Shostakovich

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In 1944, at the age of just 25, Leonard Bernstein conducted the first performance of his First Symphony, a work based on the Old Testament lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah and which demonstrates astonishing musical and intellectual maturity. The same expressive intensity characterises Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, which dates from the same time, but from a completely different sound world. The conductor of this exciting juxtaposition is Gustavo Dudamel.

    02 Nov 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Tamara Mumford

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah” for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

      Tamara Mumford mezzo-soprano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

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      Interview
      “A beautiful hurricane of energy” – Gustavo Dudamel in conversation with Sarah Willis

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