Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms, whose lives in Vienna overlapped for some 20 years, are regarded as the most important German-speaking symphonists of the late Romantic period – and as antipodes with accordingly low opinions of one another. In addition to many of Bruckner’s symphonies, the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Brahms’ Fourth this season. Chamber music by both composers will also be juxtaposed: Brahms was the more productive composer, but Bruckner also left behind several exquisite small works, including a lush string quintet.

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Musikfest Berlin
Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Augustin Hadelich plays the violin outdoors, trees in the background

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Marek Janowski conductor
Augustin Hadelich violin

Works by
Felix Mendelssohn and Anton Bruckner

Felix Mendelssohn
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 64

Augustin Hadelich violin

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 in E major

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Daniel Barenboim

Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim conductor
Martha Argerich piano

Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms

Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, op. 15

Martha Argerich piano

Interval

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, op. 98

Chamber Music Hall

Philharmonic chamber music

Philharmonisches Streichquartett:
Dorian Xhoxhi violin
Helena Madoka Berg violin
Naoko Shimizu viola
Christoph Heesch cello
Amihai Grosz viola

Works by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, op. 26

Wolfgang Rihm
Grave for string quartet

Interval

Anton Bruckner
String Quintet in F major

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Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Simone Young conductor
Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Works by
Wolfgang Rihm and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Rihm
Das Gehege. A nocturnal scene for soprano and orchestra

Vida Miknevičiūtė soprano

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 2 in C minor (1st version from 1872)

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Seong-Jin Cho am Klavier

Artist in Residence
Chamber Music Hall

Seong-Jin Cho piano
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Works by
Johannes Brahms, György Ligeti and Béla Bartók

Johannes Brahms
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Violoncello in A minor, op. 114

György Ligeti
Trio for violin, horn and piano

Interval

Béla Bartók
Piano Quintet, Sz 23

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Main Auditorium

Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes piano

Works by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

Leif Ove Andsnes piano

Interval

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 9 in D minor

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Tetzlaff Quartett

Chamber Music Hall

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Tetzlaff Quartett:
Christian Tetzlaff violin
Elisabeth Kufferath violin
Hanna Weinmeister viola
Tanja Tetzlaff cello

Works by
Ludwig van Beethoven, Jörg Widmann and Johannes Brahms

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131

Interval

Jörg Widmann
Choral Quartet (String Quartet No. 2

Johannes Brahms
String Quartet in A minor, op. 51 No. 2

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Young people in orchestral dress run towards the camera on a green skyscraper roof

Young ensembles
Main Auditorium

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker

National Youth Orchestra of Germany
Patrick Lange conductor
Midori violin

Works by
Johannes Brahms and Detlev Glanert

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 (orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg)

Interval

Detlev Glanert
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 ‟An die Unsterbliche Geliebteˮ

Midori violin

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