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  • Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Bernard Haitink conducts Mozart and Bruckner

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    After many failures, Anton Bruckner finally achieved a triumph with his Seventh Symphony. Whether in New York, London or Amsterdam, people everywhere wanted to hear what to this day is still the composer’s most popular work, with its poignant Adagio movement. Bernard Haitink, one of the great Bruckner experts, conducts this performance. In addition, Paul Lewis makes his debut as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Mozart’s introverted, melancholy Piano Concerto No. 27.

    11 May 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Bernard Haitink

    Paul Lewis

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27 in B flat major, K. 595

      Paul Lewis piano

    • Franz Schubert
      Allegretto in C minor, D 915

      Paul Lewis piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 7 in E major

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      Interview
      Paul Lewis in conversation with Philipp Bohnen

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  • Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Education choir project with the Vocal Heroes

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    A modern oratorio about a tragic death: Jonathan Dove’s There was a Child is an homage to the son of friends who died in a diving accident in Thailand at the age of 19. The composer traces the panorama of a young life – charming impertinence, carefree playfulness, childlike worries, youthful thirst for adventure. In this choir project of the Education Programme, the Vocal Heroes youth choir, amateur singers, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and guests share the stage of the Philharmonie.

    12 May 2019
    Education choir project

    Vocal Heroes
    Simon Halsey

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      Jonathan Dove
      There Was a Child for solo voices, adult and childrenʼs choruses and orchestra

      Project Participants, Vocal Heroes youth choir, Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests, Toby Spence tenor, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck video design, Simon Halsey musical direction

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  • The German National Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    The German National Youth Orchestra and Ingo Metzmacher with the “Alpine Symphony”

    Photo: Martin Deeley

    Following its performance under the direction of Kirill Petrenko, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany is now making its second appearance at the Philharmonie to mark its 50th birthday – this time under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher. In the two works he conducts, two opposing worlds collide: the loud, vibrant, dynamic urban life of New York, portrayed musically by Edgard Varèse in his orchestral work Amériques, and the rural, contemplative world of the Bavarian mountains depicted by Richard Strauss in his Alpine symphony.

    29 Apr 2019

    Bundesjugendorchester
    Ingo Metzmacher

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      Edgard Varèse
      Amériques (1st version from 1922)

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      Richard Strauss
      Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony), op. 64

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      Helmut Lachenmann
      Marche fatale

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  • Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Zubin Mehta conducts “Otello”

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The 75-year-old Giuseppe Verdi once again reached a new artistic level with Otello. None of his other operas is as compelling or has such dramatic force, right up to the murderous finale. Following the performances at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden, the Berliner Philharmoniker present their interpretation of this dark, expressive score to the Berlin public together with a cast of prominent singers and conductor Zubin Mehta.

    28 Apr 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Arsen Soghomonyan, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance · Act 1 & 2

      Arsen Soghomonyan tenor (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva soprano (Desdemona), Luca Salsi baritone (Jago), Anna Malavasi mezzo-soprano (Emilia), Francesco Demuro tenor (Cassio), Gregory Bonfatti tenor (Roderigo), Giovanni Furlanetto bass (Montano), Federico Sacchi bass (Lodovico), Mathias Tönges bass, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Otello Concert performance · Act 3 & 4

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      Interview
      Zubin Mehta in conversation with Noah Bendix-Balgley

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  • Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s First Symphony

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    The music of Gustav Mahler stands on the threshold of Modernism: sometimes sceptical, sometimes self-confident, and yet despite occasional nostalgic impulses, it is always decidedly innovative. Daniel Harding juxtaposes Mahler’s First Symphony with works by Alban Berg and Charles Ives, contemporaries whose musical language has similarities as well as major differences to Mahler. An exciting journey of discovery.

    29 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Dorothea Röschmann

    • Charles Ives
      Orchestral Set No. 1: “Three Places in New England”

    • Alban Berg
      Three Fragments from Wozzeck

      Dorothea Röschmann soprano

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 1 in D major

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      Interview
      Daniel Harding in conversation with Emmanuel Pahud

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  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Schumann and Lachenmann

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    During his Berlin years, the adventurous exploration of contemporary music was as important to Simon Rattle as work on the traditional repertoire. This double focus also characterises this evening with Helmut Lachenmann’s My Melodies for eight horns, in which the solo instruments reveal many surprising tonal facets. The finale of the concert is Schumann’s Second Symphony, with an exuberance which repeatedly borders on mania.

    23 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Helmut Lachenmann
      My Melodies Music for 8 Horns and Orchestra

      Stefan Dohr french horn, Stefan de Leval Jezierski french horn, Georg Schreckenberger french horn, Sarah Willis french horn, Andrej Zust french horn, Klaus Wallendorf french horn, Thomas Jordans french horn, Marie-Luise Neunecker french horn

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

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      Interview
      Helmut Lachenmann in conversation with Sarah Willis

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  • Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    Jörg Widmann conducts the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

    The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie is one of the best youth orchestras in Germany. For this year’s performance at the Berlin Philharmonie, the ensemble has invited a threefold talent: Jörg Widmann is a composer, clarinetist and conductor, and in this concert presents himself in all three functions – with the clarinet sonata in E flat major by Felix Mendelssohn which he has transcribed for orchestra, Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony, and his 2005 Mass for Orchestra.

    18 Mar 2019

    Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
    Jörg Widmann

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      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Sonata for clarinet and piano in E-flat major: Andante (arranged for clarinet, string orchestra, harp and celesta by Jörg Widmann)

      Jörg Widmann clarinet

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      Jörg Widmann
      Messe for large orchestra

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      Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 2 in C major, op. 61

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      Interview
      Jörg Widmann in conversation with Dorothea Schröder

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  • Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Bach’s “St John Passion” with Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    A double reunion: for the first time since the end of his tenure as chief conductor of the orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme features one of the most sensational productions of those years: Bach’s St. John Passion in the production of Peter Sellars, which uses intensive imagery to accentuate the meditative as well as the dramatic dimensions of the work. The singers include the Rundfunkchor Berlin and a top-class ensemble of soloists.

    16 Mar 2019

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Rundfunkchor Berlin, Peter Sellars

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1

      Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano, Camilla Tilling soprano, Georg Nigl baritone (Petrus), Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist), Roderick Williams baritone (Jesus), Andrew Staples tenor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master, Peter Sellars staging

    • Johann Sebastian Bach
      St John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2

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      Interview
      Peter Sellars talks about Bach’s “St John Passion”

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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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