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12  Concerts
  • Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók

    Three composers, three distinct musical languages: that’s on offer on this programme with Mariss Jansons. Thus in Jean Sibelius’s First Symphony, his characteristic Nordic idiom is already unmistakeable. Weber’s first Clarinet Concerto, in turn, combines stupendous virtuosity and Romantic cantilena. And finally Béla Bartók with The Miraculous Mandarin: a rare fusion of uncompromising modernity and sensuousness of sound.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Andreas Ottensamer

    • Jean Sibelius
      Symphony No. 1 in E minor, op. 39

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in F minor, op. 73

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Béla Bartók
      The Miraculous Mandarin, suite, Sz 73

    Mariss Jansons conducts Sibelius, Weber and Bartók Go to concert
  • European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer

    Photo: jfens

    This year’s European Concert takes the Berliner Philharmoniker to Cyprus, more precisely: to the ancient port city of Pafos. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the orchestra plays works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colours. The conductor is Mariss Jansons, a close friend of the orchestra for several decades, and the soloist in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 is Andreas Ottensamer.

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    European Concert from Cyprus

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Andreas Ottensamer

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Oberon: Overture

    • Carl Maria von Weber
      Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No. 1 in F minor, op. 73

      Andreas Ottensamer Clarinet

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 8 in G major, op. 88

    European Concert from Cyprus with Mariss Jansons and Andreas Ottensamer Go to concert
  • Annual press conference of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Annual press conference of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    If you want to know what to expect in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s 2017/2018 season, then visit our annual press conference in the Digital Concert Hall! Chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and representatives of the orchestra talk about upcoming concerts, guest conductors and soloists, and the many different projects of the orchestra. Access to the broadcast is free.

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    • Annual press conference of the Berliner Philharmoniker

      Sir Simon Rattle chief conductor, Martin Hoffmann managing director, Ulrich Knörzer viola, member of the orchestra board, Olaf Maninger principal cellist, member of the media board

    Annual press conference of the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker have already performed Bruckner’s Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to great acclaim. With the Eighth there follows the composer’s most extensive work. It acquires its tremendous energy from the interplay of wave-like escalations – the piling up of monumental blocks of sound and falling back into melancholy brooding. The evening will open with a new short work by Simon Holt.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Simon Holt
      Surcos (première)

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Haas edition)

    Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon

    Richard Strauss often came in for caustic criticism for his innovative music. He traces these conflicts in his tone poem Ein Heldenleben: biting, original, with an opulent orchestra sound. Dmitri Shostakovich’s battles in the dictatorship under Stalin were even more existential. Here too, there is an echo of this in the composer’s music, including in the First Cello Concerto – which can be heard here with Gautier Capuçon as the soloist. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Semyon Bychkov

    Gautier Capuçon

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in E flat major, op. 107

      Gautier Capuçon Cello

    • Richard Strauss
      Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), op. 40

    Semyon Bychkov and Gautier Capuçon Go to concert
  • Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Sergei Rachmaninov was actually a great melancholic – yet his Fourth Piano Concerto is colourful and spontaneous. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will interpret the work together with Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The music director of the hr-Sinfonieorchester and the Houston Symphony debuts on this evening with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The virtuoso programme will also present Richard Strauss’s Macbeth and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Andrés Orozco-Estrada

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Richard Strauss
      Macbeth, op. 23

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G minor, op. 40

      Leif Ove Andsnes Piano

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47

    Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Leif Ove Andsnes Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps”

    “Simon Rattle and friends”: that’s how one could describe this concert. The composer Thomas Adès, whose Dances from “Powder Her Face” we hear here, and Imogen Cooper, the soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, have both been artistic associates for many years. One could say the same about Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps, which Rattle has conducted in Berlin repeatedly, including in 2003 at the first dance project of the Philharmoniker’s Education Programme.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Imogen Cooper

    • Thomas Adès
      Powder Her Face Suite, commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (WP)

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25 in C major, K. 503

      Imogen Cooper Piano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Chant funèbre German Première

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised 1947 version)

    Simon Rattle conducts “Le Sacre du printemps” Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”

    Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, composed in New York, presents itself as colourful, yearning, with a somewhat exotic touch – an inspired fusion of American impressions and symphonic music. In an exciting juxtaposition, Gustavo Dudamel will also conduct John Adams’s City Noir. Here too there is a fascinating mixture of styles, this time between classical music and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • John Adams
      City Noir for orchestra

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World” Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato

    The press described Joyce DiDonato’s Philharmonic debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as “ravishingly nuanced” and “angelic”. Now the charming singer can be experienced as a Berlioz interpreter again when she addresses the delicate expressivity of the cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also present Ravel’s delightful suite Ma Mère l’Oye and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet music The Firebird.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Joyce DiDonato

    • Maurice Ravel
      Ma Mère l’Oye, ballet

    • Hector Berlioz
      La Mort de Cléopâtre, Lyrical Scene for soprano and orchestra

      Joyce DiDonato Mezzo-Soprano

    • Igor Stravinsky
      L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), ballet

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce DiDonato Go to concert
  • Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    To sing together, to awaken the desire to make music – that is the aim of our Education Programme’s Vocal Heroes” project. To this end, Vocal Heroes choirs for children and youths have been founded all over Berlin. Conducted by Simon Rattle, they will now present Von der Erde bis zum Mond, a new children’s opera by Andrew Norman – a fanciful young composer who in his own words loves surprising action such as we are familiar with from television series and video games.

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    Vocal Heroes choir project

    Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Instrumentalists
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Vocal Heroes

    • Andrew Norman
      A Trip to the Moon (première)

      Vocal Heroes, Ela Baumann Stage Direction, Simon Halsey Chorus Master

    Vocal Heroes choir project: A Trip to the Moon Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms

    Rarely is classical music as cheerful as in the serenades of the 18th century. Simon Rattle shows at this concert how ingeniously the genre was taken up in the late romantic era. Thus, for instance, Antonín Dvořák expanded traditional forms in his wind serenade to include Bohemian colours. Johannes Brahms, whose Serenade No. 2 has almost symphonic dimensions, went even one step further. There is also a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Serenade for winds in D minor, op. 44

    • Mark-Anthony Turnage
      Remembering – In Memoriam Evan Scofield (German première)

    • Johannes Brahms
      Serenade No. 2 in A major for small orchestra, op. 16

    Simon Rattle conducts Dvořák, Turnage and Brahms Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne

    The orchestral music from Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen is ideal for a concert at Berlin’s Waldbühne. Particularly with such a dynamic conductor as Gustavo Dudamel, pieces like the Ride of the Valkyries develop an impact that reaches even the very last rows of the enormous auditorium. Like Wagner’s opera cycle, Robert Schumann’s Third Symphony leads us to the Rhine, inspiring the composer to vibrating and sonorous music.

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    From the Berlin Waldbühne

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Robert Schumann
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”

    • Richard Wagner
      Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold): Einzug der Götter in Walhall (Entry of the Gods into Valhalla) (concert version)

    • Richard Wagner
      Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods): Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt (Siegfried’s Rhine Journey) and Trauermarsch (Funeral March) (concert version)

    • Richard Wagner
      Siegfried: Waldweben (Forest Murmurs) (concert version)

    • Richard Wagner
      Die Walküre (The Valkyrie): Walkürenritt (Ride of the Valkyries) (concert version)

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Wagner and Schumann at the Waldbühne Go to concert