Musikfest Berlin Digital

Together with Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall, Musikfest Berlin presented several concerts online, too. Live streams of the events were available for subscribers to the Digital Concert Hall there; recordings could be viewed on our site. Unless stated otherwise, the concert recordings were posted at 16:00 on the day following the live concert on Musikfest Berlin Digital and remained accessible for up to ten days from that time on. Information on the exact periods of accessibility is posted with the respective videos. You can find the programme of the Digital Concert Hall at digitalconcerthall.com.

As of 30 August 2021. Programme is subject to change.

Recordings
Not longer available
Earliest version of the “Roderich O’Connor” piece from “Finnegans Wake”

Available 31 August 2021, 16:00 – 10 September 2021, 16:00

Eröffnungskonzert: Ensemble Modern Orchestra

The innovative power of the Ensemble Modern Orchestra and the genre-crossing compositional style of Heiner Goebbels meet again: on the occasion of the Beethoven Year, Heiner Goebbels has written a new work, the premiere of which will take place at the Musikfest Berlin 2021 under the baton of Vimbayi Kaziboni.

Igor Stravinsky playing lyre on a removed Citroën radiator grille, c. 1933

Available 2 September 2021, 16:00 – 12 September 2021, 16:00

Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam

The Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and Daniel Harding open the series of concerts dedicated to Igor Stravinsky at the Musikfest Berlin with the ballet “Agon” from 1957. In this late work, clear traces of all creative phases of Stravinsky can be heard. It is accompanied by works by his contemporaries Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy.

George Benjamin

Available 3 September 2021, 16:00 – 13 September 2021, 16:00

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky’s “Movements” for piano and orchestra is considered the most rigorous work in the composer’s œuvre. The idiosyncratic piano concerto will be juxtaposed with the music of Oliver Knussen and Henry Purcell. To round off the programme, the German premiere of George Benjamin’s “Concerto for Orchestra” will be performed under the baton of the composer himself.

John Eliot Gardiner

Available 4 September 2021, 16:00 – 14 September 2021, 16:00

English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir

The works of George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach, presented by John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir at the Musikfest Berlin, were composed almost simultaneously: Impressive testimony of the early work of these two great Baroque masters.

Igor Stravinsky working on a score using his “cut and paste” method of composition, California, 13.12.1966

Available 5 September 2021, 16:00 – 15 September 2021, 16:00

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski present an unusual portrait of Stravinsky at the Musikfest Berlin: rarely performed works from the 1920s and the late period, rounded off by the symphony “Mathis der Maler” by Paul Hindemith, whose paths crossed with Stravinsky’s on several occasions.

Bell tower of the village of Graun, Italy, submerged in Lake Reschen

Available 7 September 2021, 16:00 – 8 September 2021, 16:00

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Collegium Vocale Gent

Sacred music by three composers whose works are rarely heard together has been compiled here by conductor Philippe Herreweghe: Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Fauré’s “Requiem” as large-ensemble framework points are flanked by Brahms’ early work “Begräbnisgesang” for mixed choir and wind instruments.

Gianlorenzo Bernini, Ecstasy of Saint Teresa of Ávila, detail, 1652. Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rom

Available 8 September 2021, 16:00 – 18 September 2021, 16:00

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra embark on a search for answers to the great questions of humanity with a work by the composer Ondřej Adámek. “Where are you?” he asks and composes a search for God. This musical testimony is complemented by Beethoven’s “Pastorale”.

Petrus Christus, Portrait of a Young Woman, c. 1470, detail

Available 9 September 2021, 16:00 – 10 September 2021, 16:00

Collegium Vocale Gent

The fifth book of madrigals by Don Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa is presented by the Collegium Vocale Gent under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe. Through its unique expressiveness, the music of the eccentric composer-prince exerts an immense fascination to this day.

Rebecca Saunders

Available 10 September 2021, 16:00 – 20 September 2021, 16:00

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra

Rebecca Saunders and Anton Webern – one of the most interesting sound researchers of our time meets the modern classic and its precise minimalism. The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra under the baton of Enno Poppe devotes its Musikfest Berlin guest performance to this promising combination.

Joolz Gale

Available 13 September 2021, 16:00 – 23 September 2021, 16:00

Ensemble Mini

Large orchestral works arranged for a small ensemble – the name says it all with Ensemble Mini. In keeping with the festival’s focus, the ensemble under the baton of Joolz Gale will perform two of Stravinsky’s symphonic works, which were composed under difficult conditions during the Second World War.

Poster announcing the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Threni” on 23 September 1958 at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice

Available 16 September 2021, 16:00 – 26 September 2021, 16:00

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Kammerakademie Potsdam

The “Lamentiones” – the lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah – will be the focus of the concert by Justin Doyle, director of the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Various settings of the impressive text from the Old Testament will be heard by the great masters of the Renaissance as well as Igor Stravinsky’s version in “Threni”.