Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

Kirill Petrenko conducts Zimmermann, Lutosławski and Brahms

Anyone who wants to continue the symphonic tradition must have self-confidence and creativity. In this concert, Kirill Petrenko presents two composers who took this risk. We will hear Witold Lutosławski’s splendidly virtuosic Symphony No. 1, and the concert concludes with the Janus-faced Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms: a half-sunny, half-gloomy work, which the composer himself described as a “lovely monster”. The concert opens with Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s sound surface composition Photoptosis, which was written during the second half of the 20th century.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Photoptosis, Prélude for large orchestra

Witold Lutosławski

Symphony No.1

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73

Dates and Tickets


Since the 2019/20 season, Kirill Petrenko has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He received his training first in Russia, then in Austria. The international music world first became aware of him when he premiered Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung at the Meiningen Theater in 2001, directed by Christine Mielitz and designed by Alfred Hrdlicka, performed on four consecutive days. He conducted the cycle for the second time twelve years later at the Bayreuth Festival. At the same time, Kirill Petrenko took up his post as general music director of Bayerische Staatsoper, his third leading position at an opera house after Meiningen and the Komische Oper Berlin. He also made guest appearances at the world’s top opera houses (from the Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden in London and the Opéra National in Paris to the Metropolitan Opera in New York) as well as with the great international symphony orchestras – in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Chicago, Cleveland and Israel. He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2006. Kirill Petrenko also appears with the Berliner Philharmoniker outside of Berlin – on tour and of course in the Digital Concert Hall. Selected performances are also available as recordings; most recently released was an edition with symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schmidt and Rudi Stephan.

Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

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