The concert halls are closed, but you can bring the Berliner Philharmoniker and their music into your home – with the Digital Concert Hall. On 22 November, the brass and percussion sections of the Berliner Philharmoniker take a musical journey around the world under the direction of Thomas Guggeis. It begins in the USA with works by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower and continues on to Asia, France and Russia. In addition to Wen-Chung Chu’s composition Soliloquy of a Bhiksuni, which is based on the meditation of a Chinese nun, the programme includes Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in an arrangement by Elgar Howarth, and André Jolivet’s Suite en concert for flute and four percussionists. The soloist will be the Philharmoniker’s principal flute, Emmanuel Pahud.
Emmanuel Pahud returns as early as 28 November, when the musician takes on the solo part in Jacques Ibert’s extremely virtuosic flute concerto and Ferruccio Busoni’s Divertimento for flute and orchestra. This performance will take place live under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, who will present Hector Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique with the orchestra, a colourful musical representation of an intense, Romantic love story. A recording of the live stream will be repeated on 29 November.
New in the archive: Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Barenboim and the Carnival of the Animals
The Digital Concert Hall also features more than 600 Berliner Philharmoniker concerts from more than five decades, plus documentaries about the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members, and projects from our education programme. The last performances in front of an audience are now also available in the archive: these include the concert in which – after performances of Norman’s Sabina, Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony – Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker presented John Cage’s piece 4′33″, which consists entirely of silence as an illustration of the current cultural standstill, as well as Daniel Barenboim’s performance of the orchestral cycle Má vlast, with which Bedřich Smetana created a poetic musical monument to his Czech homeland. The first family concert of the season is available free of charge, featuring Maurice Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals which transport the listener into enchanting fairytale and animal worlds. The participants feature the pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen, plus the actress Nina Hoss with texts by the legendary German comedian Loriot. The members of the Karajan Academy are conducted by Nodoka Okisawa, scholarship holder of the Academy’s new “Siemens Conductors Scholarship”.