Snow-covered park with temple building in the style of Greek antiquity
“Far down south, in Dixieland” (“Symphonic Songs”): the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, in February 1951 | Picture: J.T. Phillips – USA TODAY NETWORK

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Musikfest Berlin



Simon Rattle fell in love with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks at a young age – and now he makes his debut as its Chief Conductor and successor to Mariss Jansons at Musikfest Berlin. With a programme that treats Bach like jazz with Paul Hindemith, performs the Black poets of the “Harlem Renaissance” along with Alexander von Zemlinsky and ends in a virtuoso march towards tragedy with Gustav Mahler.


Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Lester Lynch baritone


Paul Hindemith
Ragtime (well-tempered)

Alexander Zemlinsky
Symphonic Songs, op. 20

Lester Lynch baritone

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 6

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In co-operation with Berliner Festspiele

Main Auditorium