Berlin-based Orchestras

Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle

Past Dates

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s first programme at the musikfest berlin is defined by the dynamic relationship between tradition and the modern. Dvořák’s splendid and undeservedly little-known Piano Concerto, whose solo is performed by none other than András Schiff, is matched against twentieth-century works. Ferruccio Busoni tapped into his extensive knowledge of tradition, but he was also a great visionary and source of inspiration who encouraged Varèse to follow his own artistic path. In Ionisation, Varèse creates a fascinating sound experiment and compositional cabinet piece using only the power of rhythm. The music for the ballet The Miraculous Mandarin, usually performed only in a shortened form as a suite for orchestra, is a high point among Bartók’s works. In depicting the extreme spiritual state of a story spurred on by greed and lust, Bartók’s music achieves an overwhelming sense of density and immediacy.

Concert Programme

Ferruccio Busoni [1866-1924]
Sarabande from: Two Studies for Doktor Faust for orchestra op. 51 [1918-19]

Antonín Dvořák [1841-1904]
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G minor op. 33 [1876]

Edgard Varèse [1883-1965]
Ionisation for 13 percussionists [1929-31]

Béla Bartók [1881-1945]
The Miraculous Mandarin Sz 73 [1918/19]

An event of the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker in cooperation with the Berliner Festspiele.