Gustavo Dudamel at the Waldbühne Berlin

Waldbühne 2017 Legends of the Rhine

Berliner Philharmoniker · Gustavo Dudamel conductor

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.

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major ‚Rheinische‘
Wagner: Einzug der Götter in Walhall from Das Rheingold
Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt and Trauermarsch from Götterdämmerung
Waldweben from Siegfried
Walkürenritt from Die Walküre

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La Grande Danza: Aterballetto in Milan

Aterballetto is the principal producing and touring dance company in Italy.
They are well-known for their ability to shift their style across a wide range of musical genres, from classical to pop and jazz.
Jirí Pokorny‘s “Words and Space” is a metaphor of an intrapersonal speech, a book full of floating stories. It is personal, intimate and very poetic.
“Phoenix” is inspired by the idea of the infinite circular motion of life:
Birth, growth, immobility, death and finally birth once again. Choreographer Philippe Kratz tries to understand who we were and what we are capable to become.
In “Narcissus” Giuseppe Spota takes a look at the youth of today. Are they ready to come out of their virtual frames and face the mirror of everyday life? Or will they all end up like Narcissus, alone to admire and cherish themselves?

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla - Going for the impossible

A film by Daniela Schmidt-Langels

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla is among today’s shooting stars on the classical music scene. In February of 2016, at just 30 years old, the Lithuanian-born woman was unanimously selected by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) to be its Music Director; succeeding Andris Nelson and Sir Simon Rattle. How Gražinytė-Tyla managed to accomplish this and what new challenges she faces in her first term in Birmingham, we experience together with her, in this film of an extraordinary conductor.

The magic of the violin
(C) Carmine de Fazio

In Search of Perfection - The Magic of Violin

Director: Benedikt Schulte

What is the connection between an instrument and its player? How can it happen, that a piece of wood becomes something what a musician describes as “a part of the own body”, as “the only big love”? In Search of Perfection – The Magic of Violin joins the world renowned violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who will get back the love of his life, the violin Lady Inchiquin, which was locked in a safe for more than 2 years. The film will show how instrument and musician will become a team again.The story will be accomplished with the search for the magic moments of a violin itself. We will take a look behind the scenes and will experience the genesis of a violin from the so called “Stradivari of the 21st century” Martin Schleske.


Mariss Jansons

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. In 2017, the orchestra will travel to one of the most mythical places in its history: Paphos, birthplace of Aphrodite.

Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons will once again return to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s rostrum, while the orchestra’s principal clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer will be the solo clarinetist for the 2017 Europakonzert. He will perform 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 will conclude with Dvořák‘s 8th Symphony, an unsually optimistic and lighthearted composition.

Repertoire: Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to Oberon J. 306 • Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, J. 114
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major op. 88

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Kristīne Opolais with Marcelo Álvarez

Baden-Baden 2017: Tosca

Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

With 2500 seats, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, whose stage and auditorium – designed by the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer – are integrated into the historic building of the former rail station, is Germany’s largest opera house. It forms an ideal platform for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Easter Festival, held for the fourth time in Baden-Baden from 7 to 17 April 2017. The performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with Kristīne Opolais as Tosca, Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia forms the heart of the festival.

It is no wonder Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker were inspired by Tosca, being the most brilliant of all of Puccini’s operas. The work is performed clear across the country since Tosca is not just a suspense-packed story, Tosca is a work of art. And with each passage as extraordinary as the next, it is all the more important to do justice to the countless subtleties of the score.

Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor; Philipp Himmelmann direction; Raimund Bauer stage design
Kristine Opolais (Floria Tosca) • Marcelo Álvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) • Marco Vratogna (Baron Scarpia) • Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Cesare Angelotti) • Peter Rose (Il Sagrestano) • Peter Tantsits (Spoletta) • Douglas Williams (Sciarrone) • Walter Fink (Un carceriere) • Philharmonia Chor Wien • Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe

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