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Musikfest Berlin

Press release from 9 August 2021

The Musikfest Berlin is organized by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker from 28 August to 20 September in the Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus and the rbb broadcasting hall. More than 100 works, including nine world premieres, by over 50 composers and 17 compositions by Igor Strawinsky will be presented in the 34 concerts by international guest ensembles, the Berlin orchestras and choirs, and numerous soloists. In addition to the concert broadcasts on radio, selected events and other presentations will also be available digitally in the of the Berliner Philharmoniker and on Berliner Festspiele on Demand.
Advance ticket sales for Musikfest Berlin began today, and accreditation is possible until 13 August.

This year the Musikfest Berlin can once again welcome international guests: the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam with Daniel Harding, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir with John Eliot Gardiner, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and Collegium Vocale Gent with Philippe Herreweghe, the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra Les Siècles with the Rundfunkchor Berlin, the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra with Ilan Volkov, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra with Vimbayi Kaziboni and the Ensemble Musikfabrik. Soloists in the orchestra and chamber music concerts are: Isabelle Faust, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Christian Tetzlaff, Nicolas Altstaedt, Martha Argerich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich, Francesco Corti, Renée Fleming, Ann Hallenberg, Magdalena Kožená, Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Mields, Georg Nigl, Krešimir Stražanac and many others.

Starting with the late works of Igor Stravinsky, which are characterized by vocal music, the festival programme of the Musikfest Berlin 2021 goes back to Bach, Handel, Gesualdo, Gabrieli and Palestrina and presents their works with ensembles of historical performance practice such as the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées as well as with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. The festival is also dedicated to numerous world premieres and newer works by contemporary composers: Ondřej Adámek, Mark Andre, George Benjamin, Ann Cleare, Heiner Goebbels, Kathrin Denner, Johannes Kalitzke, György Kurtág, Cathy Milliken, Olga Neuwirth, Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders, Lisa Streich, Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann. The Musikfest Berlin will open on 30 August at the Philharmonie with the world premiere of the new production “A House of Call. My Imaginary Notebook” by Heiner Goebbels with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni.

Stravinsky's work in the concerts of the International Guests
With the performance of “Agon” from 1957 by Igor Stravinsky, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and Daniel Harding will open the focus on the late work of the great composer at the Musikfest Berlin on 31 August. With his “Canticum Sacrum”, the Violin Concerto and “Le Sacre du printemps”, the orchestra Les Siècles will travel from Paris with François-Xavier Roth as conductor and Isabelle Faust as soloist. Philippe Herreweghe, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées and the Collegium Vocale Gent give guest performances of Stravinsky's “Symphony of Psalms” and Fauré's “Requiem” with Brahms' “Funeral Song”. In another concert, Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent devote themselves to the rarely performed madrigals of Don Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa.

Stravinsky's work in the concerts of the Berlin ensembles
The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski present an extraordinary Stravinsky portrait: the sacred ballad “Abraham and Isaac” with Georg Nigl as soloist and the “Variations Aldous Huxley in memoriam” are combined with works from the 1920s. Justin Doyle puts the cantata “Threni” at the center of the concert of his RIAS Kammerchors together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. George Benjamin devotes himself to his own orchestral work and two works by Stravinsky with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra: the “Pulcinella Suite” and “Movements” for piano and orchestra with Tamara Stefanovich as soloist. Ensemble Mini performs two of Stravinsky's symphonic works in versions for their particular instrumentation. The Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko combine the ballet music “The Firebird” in the original version with the violin concerto “Concerto funebre” by Karl Amadeus Hartmann with Patricia Kopatchinskaja as soloist. The Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Robin Ticciati present the “Requiem Canticles”, which were heard at the composer's funeral on San Michele.

Tickets and accreditation
As of today, 9 August 2021, the Musikfest Berlin concerts are on pre-sale. Accreditation for the festival has started. You can find the accreditation form PDF, 238 KB in the press section of Musikfest Berlin. For the concerts of the Berlin orchestras, please note the information on their advance ticket sales and contact the respective press offices for press tickets. You will find all information on ticket issuance, admission modalities and hygiene regulations online in the ticket area or you will receive them with your accreditation confirmation.

Information on room occupancy and hygiene regulations
For the events of the Musikfest Berlin of the Berliner Festspiele in the Philharmonie, the sale of seats will take place in a checkerboard pattern until further notice. We would like to point out that in the further course, in accordance with the Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, all available seats in the hall may be sold and occupied. In both cases, the wearing of an FFP2 mask is required during the entire stay in the building as well as during the concert. Only negatively tested, fully vaccinated or recovered persons will be admitted to our events.

Press images can be found in the press section of Musikfest Berlin.

  • Start with voices
    On 28 August, the inaugural concert of the Bundesjugendchor will take place under the direction of Anne Kohler with works from Orlando di Lasso, through Schumann and Brahms to the present. The focus will be on the late works of Igor Stravinsky, but the works of early music presented at the festival and the world premieres will also be characterised by vocal music. A total of ten choirs and 21 singers can be heard at the festival.
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  • Opening
    An extraordinary 'Liederabend' with acousmatic voices and a large orchestra opens this year's Musikfest Berlin: the world premiere of the new work “A House of Call. My imaginary Notebook” by Heiner Goebbels will be presented by the Ensemble Modern Orchestra under the direction of Vimbayi Kaziboni on 30 August in the Great Hall of the Philharmonie. After the premiere, the work will go on tour in Germany and Europe.
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  • Digital offer
    Many concerts of the festival can be experienced live in the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker. After the live broadcast, the concert recordings are available for up to 10 days in the Musikfest Berlin Digital area. A festival pass gives access to the entire digital programme with some additional offers.
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  • Accreditation
    Accreditation for the Musikfest Berlin 2021 has started. Press tickets and accompanying tickets can be ordered using the form until 13 August. Further information can be found in the press section of the Musikfest Berlin. There you can download the accreditation form and press images.
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The Musikfest Berlin is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Neustart Kultur programme. The festival's sponsors and project partners are also Aventis Foundation, BTHVN 2020, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Hauptstadtkulturfonds and others; media partners: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, rbb Kultur, Exberliner, Monopol, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Dussmann, Wall and Yorck Kinogruppe.
The concerts with contemporary works are also part of the contemporary music month of the initiative field notes.

Press Contact:
Patricia Hofmann and Anna Lina Hinz
+49 30 254 89 223 / 701