Berlin-based Orchestras

Berliner Philharmoniker I

Daniel Harding, conductor
Neuwirth | Mahler

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Bronze sculpture of a hippogryph of Islamic origin, approx. 10th / 11th century

Bronze sculpture of a hippogryph of Islamic origin, approx. 10th / 11th century. Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Pisa

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Past Dates

In December 2019, the international music world’s attention was entirely focused on the spectacular world premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera “Orlando” at the Wiener Staatsoper. And the performances of her trumpet concerto “…miramondo multiplo…” with Håkan Hardenberger and her flute concerto “Aello – ballet mécanomorphe” with Emmanuel Pahud at the 2019 Musikfest Berlin will now be followed by the European premiere of Neuwirth’s “Keyframes for a Hippogriff”. The mythical creature – half horse, half griffin – became famous through Ariost’s epos “Orlando Furioso”. And the fact that the new work consists of “keyframes” demonstrates the special influence of film on Olga Neuwirth’s music. Berliner Philharmoniker will be conducted by Daniel Harding, who was already involved in the premiere of Neuwirth’s orchestral piece “Masaot / Clocks without Hands”, which bears an unmistakeable association with the music of Gustav Mahler. – Gustav Mahler’s Symphonie No. 5, which the composer himself considered a cursed work that no one would ever understand, was written at a time when Max Klinger’s Beethoven-monument – a work that surpassed all previous Beethoven-veneration – was presented at the Vienna Secession. The trumpet fanfares that resound at the beginning of Mahler’s Fifth are often associated with the head-motif of Beethoven’s Fifth. But these are just external aspects that have little or nothing to do with Mahler’s symphony. What is more substantial is that in his Fifth, Mahler no longer needs the support of sung vocals, as he still did in his “Wunderhorn”-symphonies. The musical language in itself is enough to gain momentum, it reaches the dimensions of a mammoth with purely musical devices and remains music, even when, after the famous adagietto, the symphony appears to become a monster, completely beside itself.

Concert Programme

Olga Neuwirth (*1968)
Keyframes for a Hippogriff – Musical Calligrams in memoriam Hester Diamond
für Countertenor, Kinderchor und Orchester (2020)

Commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
World premiere

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (1901/02)


Andrew Watts countertenor

Children’s Choir N.N.
Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Harding conductor

A Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation event in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin