New Year’s Eve concert with Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle will join their audience in closing 2015 with French esprit. The star guest is Anne-Sophie Mutter, who will shine with Camille Saint-Saëns’s thrilling piece Introduction et Rondo capriccioso and Maurice Ravel’s highly virtuoso Tzigane. There will also be orchestral pieces and dances from French operas and ballets, before ending with Ravel’s rapidly undulating La Valse.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

Emmanuel Chabrier

Overture to L'Étoile

Camille Saint-Saëns

Introduction et Rondo capriccioso for violin and orchestra in A minor

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

Jules Massenet

Pieces for orchestra from Le Cid (Suite)

Maurice Ravel

Tzigane

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

Francis Poulenc

Les Biches, Ballet Suite

Maurice Ravel

La Valse

Dates and Tickets

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 8 p.m.

Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Sonderkonzert

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 8 p.m.

Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Sonderkonzert

Programme

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s phenomenal career is closely tied to the Berliner Philharmoniker: she first performed with the orchestra as Herbert von Karajan’s discovery at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 1977 – aged just 13. Only a year later she debuted under Karajan in the Berlin Philharmonie with Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major KV 216. Since then she has performed the great violin concertos by Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvořák with the Philharmonic, but also Witold Lutosławski’s Chain II and Sofia Gubaidulina’s Intempus praesens. At these New Year’s Eve concerts, the violinist will shine with Camille Saint-Saëns’s thrilling piece Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso and Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane, a highly virtuoso rhapsody for violin and orchestra in which the French composer follows Niccolò Paganini’s virtuoso pieces for violin, striking a folkloristic tone by using the so-called “gypsy scale”.

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic will fill the rest of the programme with orchestral pieces and dances from French operas and ballets: the first will be the witty and humorous overture to Emmanuel Chabrier’s comic opera L’Étoile, still entirely in the tradition of Offenbach’s operettas. The ballet suite from Jules Massenet’s opera Le Cid conjures up Spanish joie de vivre and their way of life. Francis Poulenc’s dance suite Les Biches, in contrast, whisks you away to the sophisticated, cheerful world of the Jeunesse dorée in the 1920s. Poulenc wrote the work in 1923 for Sergey Diaghilev’s famous Ballets russes and with it achieved his breakthrough as a composer. The programme will culminate in Maurice Ravel’s Poème chorégraphique La Valse, that famous apotheosis of the Viennese waltz that rapidly increases to a grandiose finale. Music just as effervescent and refreshing as champagne – what a way to kick off a festive turn of the year!

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