Europakonzert 2017 from Cyprus

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882 is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. This year’s concert takes the orchestra to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite.

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons returns once again to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s rostrum, while the orchestra’s principal clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer is the solo clarinetist for the 2017 Europakonzert. Before the city’s Byzantine castle, the Berliner Philharmoniker play works by Carl Maria von Weber and Antonín Dvořák which impress with their lyrical zest and warm colors.

Andreas Ottensamer performs his interpretation of von Weber‘s Clarinet Concerto, which is known as a much more elaborate composition than Mozart‘s clarinet concertos owing to the cooperation between the composer and clarinetist Joseph Heinrich Bärmann. The concert concludes with Dvořák‘s 8th Symphony, an unsually optimistic and lighthearted composition.

The EUROPAKONZERT 2017 was broadcasted live on ARD, rbb, and the Berliner Philharmoniker's Digital Concert Hall and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in September 2017.

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