Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Andrew Norman

New Work commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation

Richard Strauss

Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

Dmitri Shostakovich

Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, op. 70

Dates and Tickets

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 20:00


Fri, 30 Oct 2020, 20:00


Sat, 31 Oct 2020, 11:00


Sat, 31 Oct 2020, 19:00


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Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony was dismissed by his contemporaries as trivial, superficial and garish. At the end of the Second World War, the composer was expected to write a work that extolled victory, but Shostakovich refused these claims and in the symphony takes heroic glorification to the point of absurdity. Almost at the same time, Richard Strauss wrote his Metamorphosen, in which he gives musical expression to his grief over the destruction of war and the decline of a cultural era. Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko feels a deep connection to both composers and juxtaposes their works with a new piece by Andrew Norman.

Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)