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

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  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    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.

    27 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Divertimento for Orchestra

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 5

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  • Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms and Lutosławski

    Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms and Lutosławski

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Witold Lutosławski’s captivating Concerto for Orchestra combines the acerbic power of traditional Polish folk music with ingenious, pioneering construction. A charming contrast is formed by Johannes Brahms’ joyous Second Symphony, written during a holiday at the Wörthersee in which, according to the composer, “The melodies fly so thick here that you have to be careful not to step on one”. The conductor for this concert is Paavo Järvi.

    20 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Concerto for Orchestra

    • Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

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      Interview
      Paavo Järvi in conversation with Stanley Dodds

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  • Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening

    Jakub Hrůša and Frank Peter Zimmermann with a Czech evening

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    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.

    13 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jakub Hrůša

    Frank Peter Zimmermann

    • Antonín Dvořák
      The Golden Spinning-Wheel, op. 109

    • Bohuslav Martinů
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Prélude in G minor, op. 23 no. 5 (arr. Ernst Schliephake)

    • Leoš Janáček
      Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra

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      Interview
      Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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      Frank Peter Zimmermann in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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  • Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Sakari Oramo and Alban Gerhardt

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    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.

    06 Oct 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sakari Oramo

    Alban Gerhardt

    • Edvard Grieg
      Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46

    • Brett Dean
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (European première)

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Prélude

      Alban Gerhardt cello

    • Jean Sibelius
      Lemminkäinen Suite, op. 22

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      Interview
      Sakari Oramo in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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      Brett Dean in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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  • Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque

    Semyon Bychkov and Katia & Marielle Labèque

    Photo: Umberto Nicoletti

    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.

    29 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque

    • Detlev Glanert
      Weites Land for orchestra

    • Max Bruch
      Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, op. 88a

      Katia Labèque piano, Marielle Labèque piano

    • Philip Glass
      Four Movements for Two Pianos: Movement IV

      Katia Labèque piano, Marielle Labèque piano

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70

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      Interview
      Katia and Marielle Labèque in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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  • Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    Daniel Harding conducts Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    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.

    22 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

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      Interview
      Daniel Harding on Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony

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  • François-Xavier Roth and Carolin Widmann

    François-Xavier Roth and Carolin Widmann

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    François-Xavier Roth, Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Cologne, presents an evening of fascinating contrasts. He interweaves movements from Debussy’s vividly iridescent Images with the spherical soundscapes of György Ligeti’s famous works Lontano and Atmosphères. In addition there is Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s colourful Violin Concerto with Carolin Widmann as the soloist – the “most headstrong violinist of her generation” (Die Zeit).

    15 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    François-Xavier Roth

    Carolin Widmann

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphonies d’instruments à vent (1947 version)

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

      Carolin Widmann violin

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 1 Gigues

    • György Ligeti
      Lontano for large orchestra

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 3 Rondes de printemps

    • György Ligeti
      Atmosphères

    • Claude Debussy
      Images pour orchestre: No. 2 Ibéria

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      Interview
      François-Xavier Roth in conversation with Matthew Hunter

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  • Sir George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Photo: Kai Bienert

    George Benjamin has made a name for himself as the creator of powerful, multi-layered works, and this season is the Berliner Philharmoniker’s composer in residence. On this occasion in the role of conductor, he presents music by Boulez, Ravel and Ligeti, which show musical Modernism from its most original side. We also hear Benjamin’s own Palimpsests – a work that is “full of contrasts. In just eight minutes, it packs in as much as some entire symphonies” (The Guardian).

    09 Sep 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir George Benjamin

    ChorWerk Ruhr, Cédric Tiberghien

    • Pierre Boulez
      Cummings ist der Dichter for 16 solo voices or mixed choir and instruments

      ChorWerk Ruhr

    • Maurice Ravel
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major for the left hand

      Cédric Tiberghien piano

    • György Ligeti
      Clocks and Clouds for 12-part female choir and orchestra

      ChorWerk Ruhr

    • Sir George Benjamin
      Palimpsests for orchestra

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      Interview
      Sir George Benjamin in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

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