Berlin Philharmonic Premieres

July 23 to 27


July ends with the Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the most famous philharmonic orchestras in the world. Discover this legendary ensemble for five new releases. Attend a filmed concert at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, which was the culmination of the orchestra's Japanese tour in 1994. Performing compositions by Beethoven, Liszt, and Scriabin, the musicians will entertain audiences on a musical journey to the discovery of the mythical figure of Prometheus. On July 27, this special program will conclude with a concert in Tel Aviv, in which the Berliner Philharmoniker performed alongside the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

Monday, July 23 at 21:00 CEST | Berlin Philharmonic in Japan

Maestro Abbado made a big donation when he appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo in 1994. Claudio Abbado's Japanese tour is considered one of the highlights of his career and this concert is especially memorable. The original version of Mussorgsky's A Night on Bald Mountain and a sequel from Stravinsky's The Firebird, which contains 7 of the 19 pieces of the full-length ballet, are on the program. This concert ends with one of Tchaikovsky's most popular pieces, Symphony No. 5.

Tuesday, July 24 at 21:00 CEST | The 12 Cellists – Documentary

Directed in 2012 by Enrique Sánchez Lansch, the documentary The 12 Cellists follows the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1972, this group is a staple of the international musical universe. Whether they play classical music, jazz, tango or avant-garde music, these talented musicians invariably enthrall audiences with the wide range of unique and bewitching sounds they produce with their cellos. Their combination of seriousness and humor, depth, and lightness promises to captivate listeners of all ages.

Wednesday, July 25 at 21:00 CEST | The 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker 

Recorded in the Philharmonie Berlin on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the ensemble; soloists: Annette Dasch (soprano), Till Brönner (trumpet).

Thursday, July 26 at 21:00 CEST | Prometheus

This 1993 concert is an exploration of the myth of Prometheus, seen through the prism of four composers and wonderfully portrayed by director Christopher Swann. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Claudio Abbado, plays Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus by Beethoven, Prometheus by Liszt, Prometheus, the poem of fire, op. 60 by Alexander Scriabin and Prometeo by Luigi Nono. The soloists are Marta Argerich (piano), Ingrid Ade-Jesemann (soprano), and Monika Bair-Invenz (soprano).

Friday, July 27 at 21:00 CEST | Friday, Joint Concert in Tel Aviv

In April 1990, the Berliner Philharmoniker made its first historic visit to Israel. This very important event, from both an artistic and political point of view, represented a further step towards the reconciliation of the Jewish and German peoples. The orchestra delivered seven concerts in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem, culminating in EuroArts: the final concert of the Berlin orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, bringing together 300 musicians under the direction of Zubin Mehta. On the program of the concert: Psalm by Paul Ben Haim, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra by Saint-Saëns, Concertino in E flat major for von Weber's clarinet and orchestra, Ravel's Waltz and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.