Beethoven’s entire cosmos

The Berliner Philharmoniker in Beethoven year 2020

The works of Ludwig van Beethoven are part of the Berliner Philharmonikerʼs musical DNA. Hans von Bülow, the first great chief conductor of the Philharmoniker, regarded the composer as the “sun at the centre of the solar system of modern music”. Each of the Philharmoniker’s chief conductors after him distinguished himself by his own approach to the works of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Free spirit, humanist, revolutionary

Audiences already had the opportunity to hear Kirill Petrenko as a Beethoven interpreter at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. He conducted performances of the Ninth Symphony with its revolutionary choral finale – a visionary apotheosis on the brotherhood of all people. Two other works performed by Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker represent Beethoven’s humanity and love of freedom: the opera Fidelio and his Missa solemnis. All three works – said the chief conductor in an interview for the Digital Concert Hall – contain “Beethoven’s entire cosmos”. The Missa solemnis, which represents a magnificent synthesis of the symphony and the liturgy of the mass, can be heard at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. His only opera, Fidelio, which the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform under the direction of Kirill Petrenko with Marlis Petersen as Leonore at the Easter Festival and in concert in Berlin, is a great hymn to freedom – and love.

In Berlin and on tour

But the orchestra will also pay tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven in concerts with other conductors: Sir Simon Rattle presents performances of the oratorio Christus am Ölberge, a relatively unknown work of the composer. The National Youth Orchestra of Germany presents its own interpretation of the Eroica. At the end of the season there is another Ninth, this time at a guest appearance in Japan with Gustavo Dudamel.

Brilliant chamber music composer

The composer is also represented in the chamber music concerts: the highlight is a two-day Beethoven Marathon in the Chamber Music Hall, during which, among other things, all the string quartets can be heard, from the early opus 18 to his final contribution to the genre. Not to forget the Philharmoniker’s chamber music series: whether the jazz or organ series, piano or chamber music evenings, they all pay tribute to the anniversary of the composer’s birth in very different ways. The chamber concerts in Baden-Baden are also dedicated to Beethoven. Our theme is complimented by an exhibition at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, which has the world’s most extensive collection of Beethoven autograph scores. With the title Diesen Kuss der ganzen Welt, the most important pieces of this collection can be viewed in the Wilhelm-von-Humboldt-Saal at Unter den Linden between March and June 2020.

Looking ahead to next season

The beginning of the next concert season is also largely dedicated to Beethoven: at the end of August and the beginning of September, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko will tour the music festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne and London – together with pianist Daniil Trifonov, who will be the soloist in the Third Piano Concerto. As part of Musikfest Berlin, pianist Igor Levit will play all of the composer’s piano sonatas. In October, the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Marc Minkowski, give Beethoven fans the rare opportunity to hear the complete ballet Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus. The Philharmoniker’s Beethoven year ends with a chamber music highlight: violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and pianist Martin Helmchen perform all the Violin Sonatas – another exciting facet in the cosmos of Ludwig van Beethoven.


25 and 26 April 2020

Beethoven Marathon

A feast for Beethoven fans: ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform all of Beethoven’s string quartets.

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Marlis Petersen
(Photo: Yorgos Mavropoulos)
Gustavo Dudamel
(Photo: Mark Hanauer)
Sir Simon Rattle
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Frank Peter Zimmermann
(Photo: Irène Zandel)
Igor Levit
(Photo: Felix Broede)

Performances and Concerts

Thursday,

05 Mar 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: B

Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Benjamin Bruns tenor

David Soar bass

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey chorus master

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

06 Mar 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: M

Fri, 06 Mar 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Benjamin Bruns tenor

David Soar bass

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey chorus master

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Saturday,

07 Mar 2020,
19:00

Philharmonie

Sat, 07 Mar 2020, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Iwona Sobotka soprano

Benjamin Bruns tenor

David Soar bass

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey chorus master

Works by Richard Strauss and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Wednesday,

25 Mar 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Chamber Music | Serie: P - Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Wed, 25 Mar 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic

Jazzrausch Bigband

STEGREIF.orchester

Nils Landgren trombone

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Saturday,

04 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sat, 04 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
11:00

Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie, Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 11:00
Brenners Park-Hotel, Orangerie, Baden-Baden

Philharmonic Salon

Jelka Weber flute

Dorian Xhoxhi violin

Martin Löhr cello

Götz Teutsch speaker and programme supervsion

Cordelia Höfer piano

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Alexander Bader clarinet

Sarah Willis french horn

Stefan Schweigert bassoon

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Tugan Sokhiev conductor

Christian Tetzlaff violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Modest Mussorgsky

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Sunday,

05 Apr 2020,
21:30

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Tour

Sun, 05 Apr 2020, 21:30
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Ludwig van Beethoven Septet in E flat major, op. 20

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Berlin Philharmonic Winds

Martin Heinze double bass

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
12:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 12:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Stefan Dohr french horn

Sarah Willis french horn

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Stefan Schweigert bassoon

Alexander Bader clarinet

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Jonathan Kelly oboe

Andreas Wittmann oboe

Dominik Wollenweber Englischhorn

Alexander Bader clarinet

Richard Duven cello

Leonie Rettig piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Tuesday,

07 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Tue, 07 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Martin Stegner viola

Yumino Weber cello

Venus Ensemble Berlin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
14:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 14:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Julia Gartemann viola

Martin Menking cello

Borchard Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
16:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 16:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Athenäum Quartett

Christoph von der Nahmer violin

Anna Mehlin violin

Kyoungmin Park viola

Nikolaus Römisch cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Friday,

10 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Fri, 10 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Okka von der Damerau mezzo-soprano

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis in D major, op. 123

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Saturday,

11 Apr 2020,
14:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Tour

Sat, 11 Apr 2020, 14:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Runder Saal

Simon Roturier violin

Micha Afkham viola

Bruno Delepelaire cello

Brahms Ensemble

Cornelia Gartemann violin

Ludwig Quandt cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

12 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Philharmonisches Streichquartett

Apos Quartett

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Luis Esnaola violin

Amihai Grosz viola

Stephan Koncz cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday,

12 Apr 2020,
16:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 16:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Varian Fry Quartett

Marzona Quartett

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
11:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Benazet Saal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 11:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Benazet Saal

German National Youth Orchestra

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Albrecht Mayer oboe and direction

Works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
13:00

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 13:00
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Aleksandar Ivic violin

Anna Mehlin violin

Sebastian Krunnies viola

Solène Kermarrec cello

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

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
14:30

Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 14:30
Kurhaus Baden-Baden, Weinbrennersaal

Daniel Stabrawa violin

Krzysztof Polonek violin

Amihai Grosz viola

Dietmar Schwalke cello

Noah Bendix-Balgley violin

Marlene Ito violin

Naoko Shimizu viola

Knut Weber cello

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Monday,

13 Apr 2020,
18:00

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Tour

Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 18:00
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano

Peter Rose bass

Wolfgang Koch baritone

Matthew Polenzani tenor

Tareq Nazmi bass

Paul Schweinester tenor

Mateja Koležnik stage direction

CHORWERK RUHR

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Friday,

17 Apr 2020,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: I

Fri, 17 Apr 2020, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano (Leonora)

Matthew Polenzani tenor (Florestan)

Peter Rose bass (Rocco)

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano (Marzelline)

Paul Schweinester tenor (Jaquino)

Wolfgang Koch baritone (Don Pizzaro)

Tareq Nazmi bass (Don Fernando)

Stephen Chambers tenor (1st Prisoner)

David Ostrek bass (2nd Prisoner)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Sunday,

19 Apr 2020,
19:00

Philharmonie

Serie: K

Sun, 19 Apr 2020, 19:00
Philharmonie

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Marlis Petersen soprano (Leonora)

Matthew Polenzani tenor (Florestan)

Peter Rose bass (Rocco)

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano (Marzelline)

Paul Schweinester tenor (Jaquino)

Wolfgang Koch baritone (Don Pizzaro)

Tareq Nazmi bass (Don Fernando)

Stephen Chambers tenor (1st Prisoner)

David Ostrek bass (2nd Prisoner)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars chorus master

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814)

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Monday,

20 Apr 2020,
20:00

Philharmonie

Serie: Sonderkonzert

Mon, 20 Apr 2020, 20:00
Philharmonie

German National Youth Orchestra

Christoph Altstaedt conductor

Adrian Pereyra electric guitar

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Brett Dean and Mark Barden

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Saturday,

25 Apr 2020,
14:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sat, 25 Apr 2020, 14:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beethoven Marathon

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

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Sunday,

26 Apr 2020,
14:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music

Sun, 26 Apr 2020, 14:00
Chamber Music Hall

Beethoven Marathon

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

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Thursday,

14 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: U - Piano

Thu, 14 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Cédric Tiberghien piano

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Morton Feldman, John Cage and George Crumb

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Monday,

25 May 2020,
20:00

Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Music | Serie: O - International Chamber Orchestras

Mon, 25 May 2020, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Renaud Capuçon violin

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert

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Saturday,

20 Jun 2020,
20:15

Waldbühne Berlin

Sat, 20 Jun 2020, 20:15
Waldbühne Berlin

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Fumio Hayasaka, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Maurice Ravel

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Wednesday,

24 Jun 2020,
19:00

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Tour

Wed, 24 Jun 2020, 19:00
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Fumio Hayasaka, Igor Stravinsky, John Williams, Dmitri Shostakovich, Arturo Márquez and Maurice Ravel

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Friday,

26 Jun 2020,
19:00

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Tour

Fri, 26 Jun 2020, 19:00
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Slávka Zámečníková soprano

Josy Santos mezzo-soprano

Jinxu Xiahou tenor

Dashon Burton bass

Tokyo Opera Singers choir

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 with Final Chorus “Ode to Joy”

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Saturday,

27 Jun 2020,
14:00

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Tour

Sat, 27 Jun 2020, 14:00
Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Berliner Philharmoniker

Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Slávka Zámečníková soprano

Josy Santos mezzo-soprano

Jinxu Xiahou tenor

Dashon Burton bass

Tokyo Opera Singers choir

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 with Final Chorus “Ode to Joy”

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Looking ahead to the 2020/2021 season

Musikfest Berlin 2020

30 August to 27 September
Igor Levit plays all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Festival tour Salzburg, Lucerne, London

30 August, 2 and 5 September 2020
Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko and Daniil Trifonov with Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor op. 37

Philharmonie Berlin

15/16 /17 October 2020
Berliner Philharmoniker and Marc Minkowski perform Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus op. 43

Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin

12 October and 8 December 2020
Complete Violin Sonatas by the composer with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen

18 and 25 October 2020
Philharmonic Salon: Beethoven and the princes Lobkowicz