The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the death of Krzysztof Penderecki, who died on 29 March at the age of 86. Penderecki was one of the most prominent composers of our time and his works have been featured in major opera houses and concert halls. The Berliner Philharmoniker have also performed many of his compositions, both under his own direction and in concerts with Herbert von Karajan and Zubin Mehta.
Among the works performed were Penderecki’s Symphonies No. 1 and 2 and his Second Violin Concerto. His Cello Concerto No. 2 was premiered in 1983 by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Penderecki’s direction and with Mstislav Rostropovich as the soloist. A performance of the St. Luke Passion with Antoni Wit as conductor was recorded for the Digital Concert Hall in 2013.