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  • George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    George Benjamin conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Photo: Javier de Real

    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
    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

    • George Benjamin
      Palimpsests for orchestra

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      Interview
      George Benjamin in conversation with Jonathan Kelly

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  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss at the Berlin Palace

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A special concert at a special location: the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko, their chief conductor designate, perform Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and tone poems by Richard Strauss in the reconstructed Berlin Palace. The building, which was badly damaged during the Second World War and demolished in 1950, does not reopen until 2019, so this open-air concert in the splendid Baroque Schlüterhof allows us a first glimpse.

    25 Aug 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

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  • Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Season opening: Kirill Petrenko conducts Beethoven and Strauss

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In a way, this concert looks ahead to a new era. One year before Kirill Petrenko takes up his post as the Berliner Philharmoniker’s new chief conductor, he conducts the opening concert of the 2018/2019 season. At the same time, he presents his interpretation of core works of the Philharmoniker’s repertoire: Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Richard Strauss’ tone poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung.

    24 Aug 2018
    Opening of the 2018/2019 season

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Juan, op. 20

    • Richard Strauss
      Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

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      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

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  • Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne

    Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A celebratory finale to an era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. With this concert at the Waldbühne, Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra ends after 16 years. It is a colourful, sparkling farewell – with works by Gershwin, Fauré, Khachaturian and Respighi. The star guest is Sir Simon’s wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, who sings excerpts from Joseph Canteloube’s charming Chants d’Auvergne.

    24 Jun 2018
    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Magdalena Kožená

    • George Gershwin
      Cuban Overture

    • Gabriel Fauré
      Pavane

    • Joseph Canteloube (de Malaret)
      Chants d’Auvergne (Selection)

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 3: No. 2 Dance of the Young Kurds

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 1: No. 7 Adagio of Gayane

    • Aram Chatschaturjan
      Gayane Suite No. 1: No. 8 Lezginka

    • Ottorino Respighi
      Pini di Roma

    • Claudio Monteverdi
      “Si dolce è’l tormento”, madrigal for solo voice and basso continuo, SV 332

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

    • Edward Elgar
      Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39: March No. 1

    • John Philip Sousa
      The Liberty Bell

    • Paul Lincke
      Berliner Luft

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  • Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler’s Sixth

    Simon Rattle’s farewell with Mahler’s Sixth

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    On 14 November 1987, a promising conductor made his Berliner Philharmoniker debut with Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Simon Rattle. In retrospect Rattle says, “I felt that I was finding my voice on that day.” Mahler’s multifaceted work was also on the programme when Sir Simon gave his last concert in the Philharmonie as the orchestra’s chief conductor. The wheel comes full circle.

    20 Jun 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

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  • Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle perform Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

    Krystian Zimerman and Simon Rattle perform Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety”

    As chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle has impressively shown again and again what variety and richness are couched in the term “modern music” – and he does so again at this concert. We hear three short premieres, enter the world of film and television with Robin Hood and Tom and Jerry, and experience Bernstein’s jazz-influenced Second Symphony, with world star Krystian Zimerman as piano soloist.

    16 Jun 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Krystian Zimerman

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety for Piano and Orchestra

      Krystian Zimerman piano

    • Magnus Lindberg
      Agile for orchestra commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Première

    • Andrew Norman
      Spiral for orchestra commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Brett Dean
      Notturno inquieto commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Scott Bradley
      Tom and Jerry

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold
      The Adventures of Robin Hood Symphonic Portrait for Orchestra, arr. by John Mauceri (Excerpts)

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  • Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann

    Simon Rattle conducts Brahms, Lutosławski and Widmann

    This concert is almost a condensed retrospective of the Rattle era. For example, Sir Simon’s enthusiasm for contemporary music is revealed in the premiere of a short work by Jörg Widmann; in Lutosławski’s Third Symphony, on the other hand, he once again shows what imaginative music the 20th century has left behind, and finally, Rattle’s continuous work on the great classics of the repertoire is represented by Brahms’s First Symphony.

    27 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Jörg Widmann
      Tanz auf dem Vulkan, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Witold Lutosławski
      Symphony No. 3

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

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      Interview
      Jörg Widmann on Tanz auf dem Vulkan

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  • Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

    Simon Rattle conducts the completed Ninth Symphony by Anton Bruckner

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Simon Rattle is certain that if Anton Bruckner had lived only two months longer, he would have been able to complete the finale of his Ninth Symphony. In a sensational concert in 2011, Rattle presented a reconstruction of “monolithic, threatening presence” (Gramophone magazine), based on Bruckner’s extensive sketches. As a central work of the Rattle era, the completed symphony can now be heard again.

    26 May 2018

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Three Pieces for Orchestra, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation Première

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 9 with the completed performance version of the 4th Movement by Samale-Phillips-Cohrs-Mazzuca (1985-2008/rev. 2010)

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      Interview
      Sir Simon Rattle on the completed Ninth Symphony of Anton Bruckner (2012)

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  • Simon Rattle conducts a hundred amateur musicians in the BE PHIL Orchestra

    Simon Rattle conducts a hundred amateur musicians in the BE PHIL Orchestra

    The performance by the BE PHIL Orchestra is one of the most moving projects of the Simon Rattle era. On 21 May 2018, amateur musicians from 30 countries played Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony under the direction of Sir Simon – with great musicality and, above all, unparalleled enthusiasm. For all of them, the concert was an unforgettable experience that once again demonstrated the power that music has to unite people from all over the world.

    21 May 2018

    BE PHIL Orchestra
    Sir Simon Rattle

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      Johannes Brahms
      Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68

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      Impressions from the 2018 Open Day

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      The BE PHIL Orchestra – a project with amateur musicians from 30 countries

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