From 31 August to 18 September

Monteverdi and more

From 31 August to 18 September 2017, the new Berlin concert season gets underway with Musikfest Berlin, organised by the Berliner Festspiele together with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation. Over 19 days and 27 events, more than 80 works by some 40 composers will be presented at the Philharmonie and its Chamber Music Hall, at the Academy of Arts at Pariser Platz, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Pierre Boulezsaal and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral by 20 instrumental and vocal ensembles and numerous soloists from the international musical scene and the city of Berlin.

The birth of opera

No composer better represents the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque than Claudio Monteverdi, who was born in Cremona 450 years ago and whose contemporaries even called him the “oracolo della musica”. His Favola d’Orfeo is considered to be the birth of opera, a kind of “big bang” in the history of opera which continues to unfold to this day. Of the numerous operas that Monteverdi wrote, only three have been preserved for posterity: in addition to Orfeo, there are Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea which were composed in the final years of Monteverdi’s life.

From pastoral idyll to political intrigue

In this anniversary year of 2017, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, together with numerous soloists, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, are embarking on a grand tour of Europe and America presenting the three Monteverdi operas in a new semi-staged production which in Germany can only be seen at Musikfest Berlin: “By performing the trilogy in consecutive performances,” writes John Eliot Gardiner, “we hope to take audiences on a voyage – from the pastoral world to the court and the city, from myth to political history, from innocence to corruption, from a portrait of man subject to the whim of the gods to a hero imprisoned by his human condition, and finally to a dual portrait of mad lovers, uncontrolled in their ambition and lust.” The three operas at the beginning of the festival in the Philharmonie correspond to the performance of Monteverdi’s famous Vespro della Beata Vergine in the new Pierre Boulezsaal which closes the festival. The sacred composition, attributable to the counter reformation Pope Paul V, is probably the most powerful example of the combination of polyphonic church music style with the revolutionary musical language of the operatic stage.

Baroque, Romanticism, Avant-garde

Parallel to this Monteverdi framework are performances of two Bruckner symphonies: one by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin which opens Musikfest Berlin, and another by the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Marek Janowski which forms the finale. In between is an interconnected series of compositions from the time of Monteverdi and Johann Sebastian Bach, the music of Salvatore Sciarrino and Nicolò Paganini, Rebecca Saunders and Harrison Birtwistle, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Wolfgang Rihm, Luigi Nono, Isang Yun and many others. In addition to the Berlin-based orchestras, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, other guests at Musikfest include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam with Daniele Gatti, Teodor Currentzis’ musicAeterna choir and orchestra from Perm, plus the Filarmonica della Scala from Milan, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner
(Photo: Sim Canetty Clark)
Daniel Barenboim
(Photo: Peter Adamik)
Isabelle Faust
(Photo: Felix Broede)
Vladimir Jurowski
(Photo: Sheila Rock)
Ensemble Musikfabrik
(Photo: Klaus Rudolph)
Minguet Quartett
(Photo: Frank Rossbach)

Official website Musikfest Berlin 2017

All concerts of the Musikfest Berlin 2016

Thursday,

31. Aug 2017
19:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Thu, 31. Aug 2017 19:00
Philharmonie

Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C minor (Edition Robert Haas, 1939)

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Friday,

01. Sep 2017
18:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 01. Sep 2017 18:00
Chamber Music Hall

Isabelle Faust violin

Kristijan Bezuidenhout forte piano

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Jacob Froberger and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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Friday,

01. Sep 2017
21:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 01. Sep 2017 21:00
Chamber Music Hall

Kristijan Bezuidenhout forte piano

Isabelle Faust violin

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Louis Couperin and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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Saturday,

02. Sep 2017
19:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sat, 02. Sep 2017 19:00
Philharmonie

Monteverdi Choir choir

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Krystian Adam tenor

weitere Solisten vocals

Elsa Rooke stage direction

Claudio Monteverdi L’Orfeo, Favola in musica in one prologue and five acts Semi-Staged Performance

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Sunday,

03. Sep 2017
11:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 03. Sep 2017 11:00
Chamber Music Hall

Ilya Gringolts violin

Works by Salvatore Sciarrino and Nicolò Paganini

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Sunday,

03. Sep 2017
16:30

Ausstellungsfoyer Kammermusiksaal / Einführungsbereich

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 03. Sep 2017 16:30
Ausstellungsfoyer Kammermusiksaal / Einführungsbereich

Quartett der Kritiker

Olaf Wilhelmer Presentation

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Sunday,

03. Sep 2017
19:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 03. Sep 2017 19:00
Philharmonie

Monteverdi Choir choir

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Furio Zanasi tenor

weitere Solisten

Elsa Rooke stage direction

Claudio Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Tragedia di lieto fine half scenic Performance

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Monday,

04. Sep 2017
19:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 04. Sep 2017 19:00
Chamber Music Hall

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Bernhard Forck Leitung

Sunhae Im soprano

Works by Marco Uccelini, Luigi Rossi, Salamone Rossi, Antonio Sartorio, Alessandro Stradella, Johann Rosenmüller and Francesco Cavalli

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Tuesday,

05. Sep 2017
19:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Tue, 05. Sep 2017 19:00
Philharmonie

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Monteverdi Choir Choir

Hana Blažíková Soprano

weitere Solisten

Elsa Rooke Stage Direction

Claudio Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea, Opera musicale Semi-Staged Perfomance

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Wednesday,

06. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Wed, 06. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Daniele Gatti conductor

Works by Carl Maria von Weber, Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

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Thursday,

07. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Thu, 07. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Orchestra MusicAeterna

Teodor Currentzis conductor

Julia Lezhneva soprano

Catriona Morison mezzo-soprano

Thomas Cooley tenor

Tareq Nazmi Bass

Chorus MusicAeterna choir

Vitaly Polonsky chorus master

Works by Thomas Tallis, Alfred Schnittke, Henry Purcell, György Ligeti and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Friday,

08. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Fri, 08. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Christoph Eschenbach conductor

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Tzimon Barto piano

Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wolfgang Rihm and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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Monday,

11. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 11. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

SWR Symphonieorchester

Peter Rundel conductor

Jörg Widmann clarinet

Experimentalstudio des SWR

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart choir

Michael Alber chorus master

Mojca Erdmann soprano

Jenny Carlstedt mezzo-soprano

Robin Tritschler tenor

Works by Robert Schumann, Mark Andre, Nicola Vicentino, Luca Marenzio and Luigi Nono

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Tuesday,

12. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Tue, 12. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Konzerthausorchester Berlin orchestra

Iván Fischer conductor

Works by Gustav Mahler

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Wednesday,

13. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Wed, 13. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala

Riccardo Chailly conductor

Leonidas Kavakos violin

Works by Johannes Brahms and Giuseppe Verdi

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Sunday,

17. Sep 2017
16:00

Chamber Music Hall

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 17. Sep 2017 16:00
Chamber Music Hall

Ysang 100

Chien-Chun Hung Flute

Fang-Yu Chung Flute

Xiangchen Ji Flute

Laura Schreyer Flute

Roswitha Staege Flute

Sunyung Hwang Violin

Clemens Linder Violin

Birgit Schmieder Oboe

Adele Bitter Cello

Holger Groschopp Piano

Works by Isang Yun

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Sunday,

17. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Sun, 17. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Vladimir Jurowski conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

Boris Aljinovic Sprecher

Christian Grashof Sprecher

Works by Isang Yun, Arnold Schönberg, Luigi Nono and Ludwig Beethoven

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Monday,

18. Sep 2017
20:00

Philharmonie

Musikfest Berlin

Mon, 18. Sep 2017 20:00
Philharmonie

Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Donald Runnicles conductor

Bryn Terfel bass

Anja Harteros soprano

Allison Oakes soprano

Works by Hector Berlioz and Richard Wagner

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