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8pm 23rd May 2019

 

                                                                                                                             HISTORY OF THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA    

 

From its beginnings as a splinter group of musicians from another ensemble, the Berlin Philharmonic is today a world-leading orchestra and classical music powerhouse. A history of musical heavyweights have been interwoven throughout its life, from Antonin Dvorak in the 19th century to Sir Simon Rattle in the 21st. Join Jess Carrascalao Heard as she travels through the history of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


16th May

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  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op.80. Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat Op.55, 'Eroica'. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64. Yehudi Menuhin, vln., Berlin PO/Wilhelm Furtwangler.
  • Wagner R: Das Rheingold: Entry of the Gods into Valhalla. Gerhard Stolze, ten., Helen Donath, sop., Josephine Veasey, m-sop., Anna Reynolds, m-sop., Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, bar., Edda Moser, sop., Donald Grobe, ten., Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Mahler: Symphony No.6 in A minor. Berlin PO/Claudio Abbado.
  • Matthews: Appendix to Holst's The Planets, Pluto, the renewer. Berlin PO/Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D Minor, Op.125, 'Choral'. Thomas Moser, ten., Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone, Karita Mattila, sop., Violetta Urmana, sop., Berlin PO, Swedish Radio Choir, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir/Claudio Abbado.

  • 9th May

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  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, excerpts. Yvonne Minton, m-sop., BBC SO/Sir Colin Davis.
  • Puccini: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla. Jussi Bjoerling, ten., Victoria de los Angeles, sop., Robert Merrill, bar., RCA Victor Orch/Sir Thomas Beecham.
  • Haydn: Cello Concerto No.1 in C, Hob.VIIb:1. Jacqueline du Pre, vlc., English CO/Daniel Barenboim.
  • Sousa (arr. Kay): Stars and Stripes. Sydney SO/Dobbs Franks.
  • Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat, Op.22. Martha Argerich, pno.
  • Rossini: Barber of Seville - Largo al factotum. Sherrill Milnes, bar., London PO/Silvio Varviso.
  • Rossini (arr. Kunzel): Barber of Seville - Largo al factotum. Doc Severinsen, tpt., Cincinnati Pops Orch/Erich Kunzel.
  • Bellini: Norma: Mira, o Norma. Monserrat Caballe, sop., Shirley Verrett, m-sop., Philharmonia Orch/Anton Guadagno.
  • Mozart: Overture - Magic Flute, K620. Australian Opera and Ballet Orch/Richard Bonynge.
  • Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat Op.55, 'Eroica'. ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Monti (arr. Kennedy): Csardas. Nigel Kennedy, vln., English CO.

  • 2nd May

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  • Beethoven Symphony No.9 in D minor, Fourth movement, Ode to Joy, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550, Allegro Molto, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Mozart Serenata No. 13 in G major, K525, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusick', Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Mozart Ein Musikalischer Spass (A Musical Joke), K522, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Haydn Symphony of the Toys in in C major, 2nd movement, Minuetto, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Schubert Sympony No.8, 'Unfinished' in B minor, 1st movement, Allegro Moderato, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Tchaikovsky Sympony No. 5, op. 64 in Eminor, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Op.95 'New World', Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Verdi Va .. Pensiero, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Nabucco, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Brahms Symphony No.3 in F Major, 3rd Movement, Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 'Italian', Orquesta Manuel de Falla, Waldo de los Rios
  • Various Hooked on Classics (Parts 1&2), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark
  • Various Hooked on Classics (Part 3), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis ClarkRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark
  • Various Hooked on Romance, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark
  • Bach Hooked on Bach, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark
  • Mozart Hooked on Mozart, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark
  • Various Hooked on a Can Can, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Louis Clark

  • 25th April

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  • Gurney: War Elegy, BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Lloyd Jones
  • Sullivan: Boer war Te Deum, Claire Rutter (Sop); Catherine Denley (Mez-sop); Mark Wilde (tnr); Garry Magee (Bar); The New London Orchestra, The London Chorus, Ronald Corp
  • Elkington: Out of the Mist, BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Lloyd Jones
  • Bliss: Morning Hereos, John Westbrook (Orator), Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves
  • Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No.3). Alison Barlow, sop., Royal Liverpool PO/Vernon Handley.
  • Bridge: Oration. Alban Gerhardt, vlc., BBC NO of Wales/Richard Hickox.
  • Foulds: A World Requiem, Gerald Finley (Bar); Trinity Boys Choir, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Philharmonic Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein
  • Benjamin: Symphony No.1. Queensland SO/Christopher Lyndon-Gee.
  • Tippett: A Child of Our Time. Elsie Morison, sop., Pamela Bowden, contr., Richard Standen, bass, Richard Lewis, ten., Royal Liverpool PO, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir/Sir John Pritchard.
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C, Op.60 - Leningrad. St Petersburg PO/Vladimir Ashkenazy.
  • Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time. Ensemble Liaison.
  • Gibbs: Symphony No. 3 in B Flat major, Op.104. Westmorland.. National SO of Ireland/Andrew Penny.
  • Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. Aukso Orch/Krzysztof Penderecki.
  • britten: War Requiem Op 66, Heather Harper (Sop); Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Bar); Covetry Festival Choir; The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Meredith Davies
  • Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls, The New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel

  • 18th April

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    11th April

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    4th April

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    28th March

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  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide. John Aler, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Jose van Dam, bar., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Virgine 1610 Deus in adjutorium meum intende Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Virgine 1610 Domine ad adjuvandum me festina Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Virgine 1610 Psalmus 126: Nisi Dominus Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Virgine 1610 Psalmus 147: Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea Sinfonia and Prologue English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea A Dio, Roma Anne Sofie von Otter, English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
  • Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea Pur ti miro Dana Hanchard, Sylvia McNair, English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
  • JS Bach, Jesu, der du meine Seele BWV78 Chorus Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
  • JS Bach, Jesu, der du meine Seele BWV78 Aria (duet): Wir eilen mit schwachen Marlin Hartelius, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232. Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232. Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232. Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232. Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Handel: Jephtha, HWV70. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Nigel Robson, ten., Michael Chance, alto., Lynne Dawson, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Ruth Holton, sop., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Handel: Jephtha, HWV70. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Nigel Robson, ten., Michael Chance, alto., Lynne Dawson, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Ruth Holton, sop., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Handel: Jephtha, HWV70. Stephen Varcoe, bar., Nigel Robson, ten., Michael Chance, alto., Lynne Dawson, sop., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Ruth Holton, sop., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide. John Aler, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Jose van Dam, bar., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide. John Aler, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Jose van Dam, bar., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Mozart: Idomeneo. Nigel Robson, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Sylvia McNair, sop., Hillevi Martinpelto, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Glenn Winslade, ten., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Mozart: Idomeneo. Nigel Robson, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Sylvia McNair, sop., Hillevi Martinpelto, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Glenn Winslade, ten., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Mozart: Idomeneo. Nigel Robson, ten., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Cornelius Hauptmann, bass, Sylvia McNair, sop., Hillevi Martinpelto, sop., Anthony Rolfe Johnson, ten., Glenn Winslade, ten., Monteverdi Choir, EBS/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Haydn, Die Schopfung/The Creation Day 1: Representation of Chaos English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner
  • Haydn, Die Schopfung/The Creation Day 1: Recitative and Chorus Gerald Finley, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner
  • Haydn, Die Schopfung/The Creation Day 1: Aria and Chorus Michael Schade. Monteverdi Choir/ English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner
  • Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide. John Aler, ten., Lynne Dawson, sop., Jose van Dam, bar., Anne Sofie von Otter, m-sop., Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orch/Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

  • 21st March

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