Berliner Philharmoniker

Seiji Ozawa Conductor (Beethoven)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade for winds in B flat major K. 361 Gran Partita

Ludwig van Beethoven

Egmont Overture in F minor op. 84

Ludwig van Beethoven

Choral Fantasy in C minor op. 80

Dates and Tickets

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 8 p.m.

Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 8 p.m.

Philharmonie | Introduction: 7:00 pm

Serie B

Programme

Zubin Mehta made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the age of just 25, making him the youngest debutant to date in the orchestra’s history. The concert review that appeared after this event on 18 September 1961 in the Berlin newspaper Der Abend seems prophetic: the newcomer was declared the “coming man in his age class”: “He transposes his almost unbelievable vitality into highly precise signals.” Since this brilliant debut, Zubin Mehta has regularly performed with the Berlin Philharmonic as their close friend, leading to an artistic partnership lasting more than half a century through the present day with innumerable unforgettable concert experiences. Zubin Mehta will celebrate his 80th birthday at this festival concert – together with none other than Daniel Barenboim, who after his debut as an international soloist at the age of 10 was quickly considered one of the most versatile pianists of his generation.

The programme includes Johannes Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto, a monumental work that went beyond all customary concerto proportions, so that Eduard Hanslick wrote of a great “symphony with piano obbligato”; after its triumphant premiere it immediately made the rounds of the music capitals of Germany and Austria. After the interval the orchestra will perform the composition that Hans von Bülow once called Beethoven’s “Tenth”: Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony, whose fateful-seeming introduction above a massive timpani ostinato of course awakened associations with the “Fate Symphony” in C minor. “Brahms,” in Felix Weingartner’s judgement, “breaks away from the often confused romanticism […] and approaches more nearly to the energetic plastic expression of the older masters, especially Beethoven. He has succeeded in rivalling it […], making that composition resemble the image one sees of one’s self in a concave mirror.”

(c) Marco Brescia/La Scala

Seiji Ozawa and the Berliner Philharmoniker

50 years of friendly cooperation

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