Europakonzert 2020

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(c) Stadtcasino Basel,  Fotografie (c) Roman Weyeneth

Grand Reopening: Live from the Stadtcasino Basel

After four years of construction work, the Stadtcasino Basel is ready to reopen with a carnival fantasy for Basler drums

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 7:30 pm

Live from the Stadtcasino Basel


Sinfonieorchester Basel
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Helena Winkelman, violin
Ivor Bolton, conductor


Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68 (1855-1876)

Helena Winkelman: Gemini, Concert for two violins and orchestra (2020, premiere)

Rolf Liebermann: Geigy Festival Concerto for Basler drum and orchestra (1958)


2020 the Stadtcasino in Basel will reopen in new splendour. After renovation by the world-famous Basel architects Herzog & de Meuron, the beautiful hall dating from 1876 will once again be used by the Sinfonieorchester Basel under its principal conductor Ivor Bolton. With a carnival fantasy for Basler drums and large orchestra we will test the acoustics of the renovated concert hall.

Produced by EuroArts Music & SWR in collaboration with arte 

Directed for TV by Andreas Morell

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Live recorded at the Philharmonie Berlin, 1 May 2020

Berliner Philharmoniker (in chamber music formation)

Kirill Petrenko, conductor

Christiane Karg, soprano


The Philharmonie Berlin and its empty chairs have been filled with classical music tunes again... 

The annual EUROPAKONZERT takes place as usual on May 1st with a very special setting this year. 15 musicians from the orchestra, maestro Kirill Petrenko and soprano Christiane Karg enchant the audience in front of their TV sets from the musical heart of Berlin, the Philharmonie.

For this symbolic concert, to encourage and to thank people in Europe and worldwide, a very comforting programme has been selected.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

György Ligeti: Ramifictations

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.4 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein)

Duration:  85'



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