Kirill Petrenko conducting
Kirill Petrenko | Picture: Monika Rittershaus

Concert information

Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker



Under the title Paradise Lost? On the Threat to Nature, the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko open their third Biennale. One work that ideally reflects the theme is Beethoven’s “Pastoral”, which exuberantly celebrates the beauty of country life. However, the idyll proves to be fragile and is swept away by an apocalyptic storm. Miroslav Srnka’s work Superorganisms, heard here in its German premiere, embodies a completely different kind of natural phenomenon. It depicts life forms that can only exist in a community in a fascinating way. The concert opens with Arcana, by Edgard Varèse; The title refers to 16th-century alchemist and astrologer Paracelsus, who sought universal knowledge, and believed that the stars could help understand human healing.


Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor


Edgard Varèse
Arcana for large Orchestra (revised version from 1960)

Miroslav Srnka
Superorganisms, commissioned by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastoral”

Main Auditorium

37 to 106 €

Series E: Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Main Auditorium

37 to 106 €

Series F: Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker

Main Auditorium

37 to 106 €

Series N: Concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker