The Berliner Philharmoniker and Zubin Mehta dedicate the concerts on 23, 24 and 25 January to their former Chief Conductor and close friend, the late Claudio Abbado. They will open the concerts with the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. With this work they pay special tribute to Abbado as a great Mahler interpreter who conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in many unforgettable performances of Mahler’s symphonies. The concerts will then continue as planned, with Anton Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Soloist for the piano concerto is Rudolf Buchbinder. There will be a condolence book in the foyer at the concerts, in which visitors may pay their respects to Claudio Abbado. The book will be available during the opening hours of the Philharmonie until 2 February.
The Berliner Philharmoniker will also dedicate the planned concerts with Claudio Abbado in May to his memory. The programme for these concerts will change as well. During the first half of the concert, Frank Peter Zimmermann will play the Violin Concerto in G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major will be heard during the second part of the programme under the baton of Chief Conductor Sir Simon Rattle. The concerts will take place on Friday, 16 May, and Saturday, 17 May. The concert originally scheduled for Monday, 19 May, will be moved up one day to Sunday, 18 May. Advance ticket sales for these performances begin on 23 February.