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  • Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Kirill Petrenko and Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    In this concert, Kirill Petrenko made his last appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker before taking up office as their chief conductor. First, soloist Patricia Kopatchinskaja showed how much virtuosity and expressive variety there is in Arnold Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto. Then came Tchaikovsky’s passionate Fifth Symphony in a performance full of power and dedication, “with a final passage like a casting out of devils .... The hall was completely breathless with enthusiasm and anticipation of what the future holds” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

    09 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 36

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Duo No. 1 for violin and cello

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Bruno Delepelaire cello

    • Darius Milhaud
      Jeu for violin and clarinet

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Andreas Ottensamer clarinet

    • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

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      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto

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      Interview
      Kirill Petrenko in conversation with Stanley Dodds

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  • “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    “Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    The mysterious, expressionistic miniatures of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire cycle are perfect for a Late Night concert. The wonderful violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who enjoys the experimental, recites the poems that underlie the work. The concert also includes waltzes by Johann Strauss II in arrangements by Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern. In these arrangements, Patricia Kopatchinskaja returns to her usual role as a violinist.

    09 Mar 2019
    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    • George Enescu
      Ménétrier (The Country Fiddler), No. 1 from Impressions dʼenfance (Childhood Impressions), op. 28

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 1st Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
      Presto in C minor, Wq 114/3, H. 230

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Ludwig Quandt cello

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Kaiserwalzer, op. 437 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg)

      Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 2nd Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
      Schatzwalzer, op. 418 (arr. for string quartet, piano und Harmonium by Webern)

      Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Heike Gneiting harmonium, Tamara Stefanovich piano

    • Arnold Schoenberg
      Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 3rd Part

      Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

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      Interview
      Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire

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  • Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Zubin Mehta and Martin Grubinger

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Martin Grubinger, the “multi-percussion star, who runs around between his many instruments during his performances with dizzying acrobatics” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) makes his debut here with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The concert includes Peter Eötvös’s Speaking Drums where Grubinger can demonstrate his breathtaking versatility. Conductor Zubin Mehta also presents Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic and powerful Scheherazade Suite.

    02 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Martin Grubinger

    • Edgard Varèse
      Intégrales

    • Peter Eötvös
      Speaking drums, Four Poems for percussion solo and orchestra

      Martin Grubinger drums

    • Martin Grubinger
      Planet Rudiment

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
      Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35

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      Interview
      Martin Grubinger in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

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      Zubin Mehta named honorary member of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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  • Piano recital with Daniil Trifonov

    Piano recital with Daniil Trifonov

    “He has everything and more, there is tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that,” was how Martha Argerich expressed her astonishment at Daniil Trifonov, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Artist in Residence this season. He can now be heard in a solo recital in the Philharmonie. With works by Beethoven, Schumann and Prokofiev, he travels through the almost one and a half centuries when piano music flourished.

    21 Feb 2019

    Daniil Trifonov

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Andante favori in F major, WoO 57

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Piano Sonata in E flat major, op. 31 No. 3

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Robert Schumann
      Bunte Blätter, op. 99

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Robert Schumann
      Presto Passionato (First Version of the finale from the Piano Sonata Nr. 2, op. 22)

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major, op. 84

      Daniil Trifonov piano

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Vocalise, op. 34 no. 14 (arr. Daniil Trifonov)

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Silver Bells, op. 35 no. 1 (arr. Daniil Trifonov)

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      Interview
      Daniil Trifonov in conversation with Shirley Apthorp

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  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy and Prokofiev

    Photo: Michael Trippel

    The culmination of this concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin is Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a both overpowering and vivid work, which also includes “the primitive nature of Russian song ... in its melodies” (A. Khachaturian). The French-Canadian Nézet-Séguin opens the concert with French repertoire: Maurice Ravel's charming Menuet antique and Claude Debussy's dazzling La Mer – a masterpiece of musical Impressionism.

    15 Feb 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    • Maurice Ravel
      Menuet antique (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)

    • Claude Debussy
      La Mer

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, op. 100

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      Interview
      Yannick Nézet-Séguin in conversation with Albrecht Mayer

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  • Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Marek Janowski conducts Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The international press praised Marek Janowski’s complete recording of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies for its “verve” and “passion for detail”. In this concert, he turns to the Sixth whose appeal, in contrast to other Bruckner symphonies, lies less in metaphysical aspects than in its decisive forward drive. The concert also includes Bruckner’s E Minor Mass, whose orchestration consisting exclusively of wind instruments evokes an intriguingly archaic atmosphere.

    01 Feb 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Marek Janowski

    Rundfunkchor Berlin

    • Anton Bruckner
      Mass No. 2 in E minor (2nd Version from 1882/1885)

      Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 6 in A major

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      Interview
      Marek Janowski in conversation with Rainer Seegers

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  • Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Alan Gilbert and Lisa Batiashvili

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a work of compelling, pure beauty, and for its tone, which both sings and speaks, Lisa Batiashvili is the ideal interpreter. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor designate of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, also presents Richard Strauss’ Symphonia domestica in which the composer portrays his family both humorously and musically. Gilbert also presents the European premiere of Metacosmos by the Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

    26 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert

    Lisa Batiashvili

    • Anna Thorvaldsdottir
      Metacosmos (European première)

    • Sergei Prokofiev
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor, op. 63

      Lisa Batiashvili violin

    • Richard Strauss
      Symphonia domestica, op. 53

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      Interview
      Lisa Batiashvili and Alan Gilbert in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

    Mariss Jansons and Evgeny Kissin

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    This concert with Mariss Jansons is in a sense a late-Romantic family reunion: Richard Wagner’s Rienzi overture will be presented alongside the triumphant First Piano Concerto by his father-in-law, Franz Liszt. His musical “descendant”, Richard Strauss, in turn, perfected the symphonic poem originally developed by Liszt, such as the famous Also sprach Zarathustra which is also performed in this concert. The evening’s soloist is Evgeny Kissin, one of the great pianists of our time.

    19 Jan 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Evgeny Kissin

    • Richard Strauss
      Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus spoke Zarathustra), op. 30

    • Franz Liszt
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major

      Evgeny Kissin piano

    • Evgeny Kissin
      Dodecaphonic Tango

    • Richard Wagner
      Rienzi: Overture

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      Interview
      Evgeny Kissin in conversation with Fergus McWilliam

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