Europakonzert with Kirill Petrenko in the Philharmonie Berlin

Now available in the ARD Mediathek

(Photo: Heribert Schindler)

This year’s Europakonzert of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko on 1 May took place in the labyrinthine, angular space of the foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin. The orchestra made a virtue out of necessity: since the originally planned concert in Barcelona could not take place due to the pandemic, the musicians were using the exciting space of the foyer for a musical experiment – with a programme that reflects Hans Scharoun’s extraordinary architecture by playing with echo effects, proximity and distance. It featured works by Blacher, Ives, Penderecki, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Adams.

Relive the concert in the ARD Mediathek

After the live broadcast on May 1, a recording of the European concert is now available in the ARD Mediathek.

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Discover the Europakonzert

30 years Europakonzert

When Claudio Abbado celebrated the May Day holiday with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Prague in 1991, he created a tradition that continues to this day: year after year, the orchestra visits a place in Europe where it is otherwise seldom a guest and where concerts may rarely be heard at all, and broadcasts these voyages of discovery all over the world with the help of television.

The Europakonzerts now form a map that stretches from Lisbon in the west to Moscow in the east, from Røros in Norway in the north to Paphos in Cyprus in the south. The concept of Europe here does not stop at the borders of the EU, as is demonstrated by appearances in Russia, Norway and Turkey.