Kirill Petrenko conducts Bartók’s “The Wooden Prince”

Only those who overcome their pride will encounter true love. That, at least, is the message of Béla Bartók’s pantomime ballet The Wooden Prince. The ingeniously-orchestrated work, whose tonal language shifts between impressionistic sensuousness and modern objectivity, helped the Hungarian composer achieve his breakthrough. Another work included by Kirill Petrenko on this programme also marks a milestone in the career of its creator: Henri Dutilleux’s First Symphony is a work full of poetry. It is weightless, dreamlike and profound.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Henri Dutilleux

Symphony No. 1

Béla Bartók

The Wooden Prince, Pantomime Ballet Music, Sz 60

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Kirill Petrenko

Kirill Petrenko has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker since the 2019/20 season. Born in Omsk in Siberia, he received his training first in his home town and later in Austria. He established his conducting career in opera with positions at the Meininger Theater and the Komische Oper Berlin. From 2013 to 2020, Kirill Petrenko was general music director of Bayerische Staatsoper. He has also made guest appearances at the world’s leading opera houses, including Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden in London, the Opéra national in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Bayreuth Festival. Moreover, he has conducted the major international symphony orchestras – in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Rome, Chicago, Cleveland and Israel. Since his debut in 2006, a variety of programmatic themes have emerged in his work together with the Berliner Philharmoniker. These include work on the orchestra’s core Classical-Romantic repertoire, most notably with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony when he took up his post. Unjustly forgotten composers such as Josef Suk and Erich Wolfgang Korngold are another of Kirill Petrenko’s interests. Russian works are also highlighted, with performances of Tchaikovsky’s operas MazeppaIolanta and The Queen of Spades attracting particular attention recently.

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Henri Dutilleux’s First Symphony