The European concert on 1 May at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris forms the prelude to a short tour that will take the Berliner Philharmoniker to Turin and Lugano. At the helm is the conductor Daniel Harding. In conversation with principal flute Emmanuel Pahud, the English-born conductor tells us what his longstanding collaboration with the orchestra means to him, why the concert and this tour are a very special thing for him and how important it is at this time to feel European.
Music by Wagner, Berlioz and Debussy
With works by Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz and Claude Debussy, the programme is dedicated to Franco-German friendship and highlights how closely the music of both nations is interconnected: Richard Wagner spent several years in Paris as a young, unknown musician where he hoped, in vain, for success. Nevertheless, he gained important artistic inspiration during this time from the music of Hector Berlioz, the 150th anniversary of whose death is celebrated in 2019. On the other hand, Claude Debussy’s work was strongly influenced by his study of Wagner’s music dramas – admiration and aversion lie closely to each other in Debussy and decisively influenced his own musical aesthetics. The soloist is the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel who appears again with the Philharmoniker for the first time in 18 years.
With the European Concert, which has taken place at a venue in Europe of cultural and historical importance since 1991, the Philharmoniker commemorate their founding on 1 May 1882.
The event will be broadcast live at 11 am in the Digital Concert Hall.