Traditionally non-traditional

World premieres of the 2021/22 season

Olga Neuwirth (Foto: Harald Hoffmann)

Paradoxical as it may sound, an important tradition of the Berliner Philharmoniker is their work with non-traditional – that is, new – works. In the 2021/22 season, three world premieres and one German premiere provide a fresh look at what is musically possible.

Starting off in September 2021 is Keyframes for a Hippogriff by Olga Neuwirth – an unusually scored work for countertenor, children’s choir and orchestra. According to the composer, it is about striving “to remain a free soul in a world full of despair and pain”.

Other premieres of the season feature musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker as soloists. In May 2022, for example, Emmanuel Pahud presents a flute concerto by the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, who began his career as a rock musician: a background of experience that shines through again and again in the composer’s atmospheric, energetic music.

This is followed shortly afterwards by the world premiere of a double bass concerto by Gerald Barry, with Matthew McDonald as the soloist. The work, says Barry, resembles a dreamlike scene with actors whose language seems both familiar and strange at the same time.

A new piano concerto with soloist Kirill Gerstein will also be given its German premiere at the beginning of December. The composer is Austrian-born Thomas Larcher, whose music was once called “a wonderland of dizzying and extraordinary sounds,” by the London Times.

Our world premieres at a glance

Thursday,

02 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: F

Thu, 02 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Semyon Bychkov conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Chen Reiss soprano

Works by Thomas Larcher and Gustav Mahler

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Friday,

03 Dec 2021,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: H

Fri, 03 Dec 2021, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Semyon Bychkov conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Chen Reiss soprano

Works by Thomas Larcher and Gustav Mahler

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Saturday,

04 Dec 2021,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: I

Sat, 04 Dec 2021, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Semyon Bychkov conductor

Kirill Gerstein piano

Chen Reiss soprano

Works by Thomas Larcher and Gustav Mahler

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Thursday,

26 May 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: A

Thu, 26 May 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Paavo Järvi conductor

Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Jean Sibelius, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

27 May 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: C

Fri, 27 May 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Paavo Järvi conductor

Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Jean Sibelius, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday,

28 May 2022,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: L

Sat, 28 May 2022, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Paavo Järvi conductor

Emmanuel Pahud flute

Works by Jean Sibelius, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Thursday,

02 Jun 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: E

Thu, 02 Jun 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

John Storgårds conductor

Matthew McDonald double bass

Works by Carl Nielsen, Gerald Barry and Anton Bruckner

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Friday,

03 Jun 2022,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: F

Fri, 03 Jun 2022, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

John Storgårds conductor

Matthew McDonald double bass

Works by Carl Nielsen, Gerald Barry and Anton Bruckner

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Saturday,

04 Jun 2022,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: K

Sat, 04 Jun 2022, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

John Storgårds conductor

Matthew McDonald double bass

Works by Carl Nielsen, Gerald Barry and Anton Bruckner

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