Chamber music, jazz & co

Highlights of the 2020/21 season

Made in Berlin

The musical world of the Berliner Philharmoniker is diverse and exciting – and not just in the big orchestral concerts: it ranges from chamber orchestras to organ matinees, from jazz concerts to classical string quartets, and from Baroque music to contemporary compositions. Many of the chamber music concerts are performed by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. It goes without saying that the orchestra’s musicians are passionate devotees of chamber music, which provides them with the opportunity to show their qualities as soloists and cultivate the art of musical dialogue. The Philharmonic Chamber Music series offers them a suitable platform for this: this season, the Berlin Baroque Soloists and their artistic director Reinhard Goebel celebrate the ensemble’s 25th birthday with an anniversary concert, the orchestra’s woodwind and brass groups play in unusual line-ups, and another programme showcases the percussionists.

Chamber music at its finest

The season’s guests include two of the best chamber orchestras – and they also provide a reunion with several audience favourites: the Mahler Chamber Orchestra presents the last three Mozart symphonies with Simon Rattle and another Mozart programme with Leif Ove Andsnes, while the Chamber Orchestra of Europe joins forces with Yuja Wang to perform Beethoven, Ives and Haydn under the baton of Roger Norrington, a grand seigneur of historical performance practice. In the Original Sounds series, another specialist in Early music, Jordi Savall, undertakes a musical journey through Europe between 1500 and 1700 with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI. The Accademia del Piacere and the soprano Nuria Rial, on the other hand, focus on Spanish music from the early 18th century. In arias from the Baroque era, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and Il pomo d’oro trace different aspects of love.

World-class guests

There are also the very classic chamber music series: in the Quartet series, you can hear the Arditti Quartet, which performs works by all-female composers, plus the Jerusalem and Belcea Quartets also make guest appearances. Furthermore, the ensemble Made in Berlin, consisting of Ray Chen and musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, is making its debut. Lang Lang and Piotr Anderszewski, performing works by Johann Sebastian Bach, are soloists in the Piano series, as are Anna Vinnitskaya and Igor Levit. Among the stars of the Vocal series are the mezzo-sopranos Elīna Garanča and Lea Desandre, and the soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

Almost cult status

Not to forget our concert series which already enjoy a certain cult status: in addition to the three great jazz pianists Michael Wollny, Iiro Rantala and Leszek Możdżer, the Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic series features outstanding jazz singers such as Kadri Voorand, Jazzmeia Horn and Solveig Slettahjell as well as jazz instrumentalists. The Philharmonic Salon, which includes Dagmar Manzel, Ulrich Matthes, Michael Maertens and Max Hopp among its guests, takes us into the worlds of Ludwig van Beethoven, E. T. A Hoffmann and the 1920s. The organ in the Philharmonie is also ready for action – with newcomers such as Sebastian Heindl and renowned concert organists including Olivier Latry, Els Biesemans, Yves Castagnet and Jean-Baptiste Dupont: another colourful facet in the world of Philharmoniker concerts.

Elīna Garanča
(Photo: Holger Hage)
Belcea Quartet
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
Lang Lang
(Photo: Gregor Hohenberg)
Accademia del Piacere
(Photo: Javier Diaz)
Jordi Savall
(Photo: David Ignaszewski)
Jakub Józef Orliński
(Photo: Michael Sharkey)
Dagmar Manzel
(Photo: Janine Guldner)