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  • Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Ligeti’s “Le Grand Macabre” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    György Ligeti had a good sense of humour. The best proof of that is his ludicrous opera Le Grand Macabre, which Sir Simon Rattle will perform with an illustrious ensemble of singers. The work is a grotesque parable about war, enriched with elements from the theatre of the absurd, the mediaeval dance of death and a wild carnival. As for earlier operatic projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Peter Sellars was enlisted as the director.

    18/02/2017 – 19/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • György Ligeti
      Le Grand Macabre (revised version from 1996)

      Pavlo Hunka Baritone (Nekrotzar), Peter Hoare Tenor (Piet the Pot), Anthony Roth Costanzo Countertenor (Prince Go-Go), Anna Prohaska Soprano (Amanda), Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano (Amando), Heidi Melton Soprano (Mescalina), Frode Olsen Bass (Astradamors), Audrey Luna Soprano (Venus and Gepopo), Joshua Bloom Bass (Black-Party Minister), Peter Tantsits Tenor (White-Party Minister), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master, Peter Sellars Staging

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      Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars on Ligeti's “Le Grand Macabre”

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  • Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Simon Rattle and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    The climax of this concert with Sir Simon Rattle is Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, which stands out among the composer’s monumental works with a sunny amiability. The evening opens with the premiere of a short piece by Wolfgang Rihm, followed by György Ligeti’s violin concerto, a work that impresses soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja with its “colourful, sometimes flickering and sometimes floating auditory impression”.

    11/02/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camilla Tilling

    • Wolfgang Rihm
      Gruß-Moment 2 commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • György Ligeti
      Violin Concerto

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Camilla Tilling Soprano

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      Patricia Kopatchinskaja in conversation with Paolo Mendes

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  • 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.

    28/01/2017

    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 OʼConnor 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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      John Adams in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

    Simon Rattle conducts “The Gospel According to the Other Mary” Go to concert
  • Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

    Bartók and Brahms with Herbert Blomstedt and András Schiff

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto is one of the most touching of the 20th century. The gravely ill composer found his way to a tone for which he had not previously been known: more melodic, softer, almost religious. András Schiff, a favourite of the Berlin audience and closely bound to Bartók through his shared Hungarian origin, will interpret the work with Herbert Blomstedt, who will conduct Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony after the interval.

    21/01/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    András Schiff

    • Béla Bartók
      Piano Concerto No. 3 Sz 119

      András Schiff Piano

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C minor op. 68

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      Herbert Blomstedt on Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms

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  • Free of charge: the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany

    Free of charge: the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany

    Photo: Peter Adamik

    A substantial jubilee shapes this year’s guest concert by the National Youth Orchestra: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Besides Felix Mendelssohn’s splendid Reformation Symphony and Bach’s graceful Orchestral Suite No. 3, two newer works reflecting on the occasion can also be heard. As a special bonus, the German National Youth Ballet will perform. Alexander Shelley conducts; John Neumeier is one of the choreographers.

    16/01/2017

    National Youth Orchestra of Germany
    Alexander Shelley

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      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor op. 107 Reformation

      National Youth Ballet of Germany, John Neumeier Choreographer

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      Michel van der Aa
      Reversal for orchestra – New Work commissioned by the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany

      National Youth Ballet of Germany, Andrey Kaydanovskiy Choreographer

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      Johann Sebastian Bach
      Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068

      National Youth Ballet of Germany, John Neumeier Choreographer

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      Enjott Schneider
      Ein feste Burg, Symphonic Poem for orchestra

      National Youth Ballet of Germany, Zhang Disha Choreographer

    Free of charge: the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Ballet of Germany Go to concert
  • Marek Janowski conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Marek Janowski conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Photo: Felix Broede

    Verdi’s Requiem is unique in music history. The intention of the Italian opera composer was not to convey otherworldly transcendence, but rather an emotional assault, as in his great stage works. The work is now to be performed in the Philharmonie under the baton of Marek Janowski. Standing in for an indisposed Riccardo Chailly, he returns to the conductor’s desk of the Berliner Philharmoniker for the first time since 1994.

    14/01/2017

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      María José Siri Soprano, Daniela Barcellona Mezzo-Soprano, Roberto Aronica Tenor, Riccardo Zanellato Bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars Chorus Master

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      Marek Janowski in conversation with Christoph Stadelmann

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  • New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Daniil Trifonov

    Photo: Stefan Rabold

    He is “the most astounding young pianist of our age”, the London Times wrote when Daniil Trifonov presented his first Rachmaninoff recording. On New Year’s Eve, Trifonov will interpret the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 3: many consider it the most difficult piano concerto of all time. Simon Rattle will also present Antonín Dvořák’s virtuoso Slavonic Dances and will lead us into the world of British humour with orchestra pieces from William Walton’s Façade.

    31/12/2016
    New Year’s Eve Concert

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Overture to Colas Breugnon op. 90

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor op. 30

      Daniil Trifonov Piano

    • William Walton
      Orchestral Pieces from Façade arranged in form of a suite by Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Slavonic Dances (Selection) op. 72

    • Dmitri Kabalevsky
      Comedians' Galop from The Comedians

    • Johannes Brahms
      Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor

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      Sir Simon Rattle on the New Year’s Concert 2016

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      Daniil Trifonov in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    Simon Rattle conducts Wagner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It is almost a miniature opera: the first act of Richard Wagner’s Walküre, in which Siegmund, Sieglinde and Hunding encounter each other in tense and exciting scenes. Simon Rattle will present this musical chamber play with a first-class ensemble of singers experienced in Bayreuth, consisting of Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson. The evening will kick off with Wagner’s gossamer Siegfried Idyll.

    22/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Eva-Maria Westbroek, Simon OʼNeill, Sir John Tomlinson

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried Idyll

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre, Act I

      Eva-Maria Westbroek Soprano (Sieglinde), Simon OʼNeill Tenor (Siegmund), Sir John Tomlinson Bass (Hunding)

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      Sir Simon Rattle on the first act of Wagner’s “Walküre”

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  • Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Bruckner with Christian Thielemann and Rudolf Buchbinder

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    It’s always a source of celebration for friends of Bruckner when Christian Thielemann conducts the composer. Not many others have been given the gift to make the dark glow and the broad arches of this music resound so impressively. At this concert, Thielemann will interpret Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, which once marked his breakthrough as a composer. In addition, we encounter Rudolf Buchbinder as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

    17/12/2016

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Rudolf Buchbinder

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major op. 15

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      7 Bagatelles, op. 33: No. 5 in C major

      Rudolf Buchbinder Piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

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      Christian Thielemann in conversation with Christoph Streuli

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  • “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    “Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan

    Numerous times the enchanting soprano Barbara Hannigan together with Simon Rattle has already presented musical discoveries that are impressive for both their modernity and their intense sensuality. This Late Night concert consists of the song cycle Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey, a fragile, atmospheric music full of unworldly melancholy.

    10/12/2016

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Barbara Hannigan

    • Gérard Grisey
      Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 instruments

      Barbara Hannigan Soprano

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