On Easter Sunday, 4 April, the concert, which took place again for the first time in front of an audience
on 20 March as part of the pilot project “Perspektive Kultur” in the Philharmonie Berlin, will be broadcast
on television on Arte at 17:00 and in the Digital Concert Hall at 19:00. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo
and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony were performed under the
baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. The concert will be repeated in the Digital Concert Hall on 5 April
Another Easter highlight is the legendary performance of the St Matthew Passion by the Berliner
Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, and staged by American director Peter Sellars, which
can be seen free of charge (after free registration) in the Digital Concert Hall up to and including 5 April.
The St Matthew Passion was performed in April 2010 with the vocal soloists Camilla Tilling, Magdalena
Kožená, Mark Padmore, Christian Gerhaher, Topi Lehtipuu and Thomas Quasthoff, plus the
Rundfunkchor Berlin and the boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin.
From 11 April, there will be a wonderful addition to the Digital Concert Hall archive: a historic concert with
the Philharmoniker’s honorary member Mariss Jansons. Jansons, one of the foremost interpreters of
Shostakovich, conducted the Russian master’s 7th Symphony on 12 June 1992. The concert was only
the second performance of this symphony by the Berliner Philharmoniker after the German premiere in
1946 under the direction of Sergiu Celibidache.
On 17 April, the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor under
the baton of Zubin Mehta, who has been a regular guest at the Philharmonie and also on tour since his
debut in 1961. Olivier Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum for wind orchestra and metal
percussion completes the programme, a rarely performed work composed in memory of the dead of the
two world wars. The concert will be shown again on 18 April at 13:00 in the Digital Concert Hall.
The following week, on 24 April, Finnish conductor Mikko Franck returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker.
He will conduct Johannes Brahms’ 1st Piano Concerto in D minor op. 15. The soloist is pianist Yefim
Bronfman. The second half of the programme features Jean Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony in E flat Major.This concert will also be repeated the following day, 25 April, at 13:00 in the Digital Concert Hall.
Following the directive of the German federal and state governments of 5 January, both halls of the
Philharmonie Berlin (the main auditorium and the chamber music hall) will remain closed to audiences
up to and including 30 April 2021. The daily guided tours of the Philharmonie and the free lunch concerts
will also not take place during this time.
Sunday, 4 April 2021, 17.00 on Arte and 19.00 in the Digital Concert Hall
Broadcast of the concert from 20 March
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Peter Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 in E minor op. 27
Link to the concert on Arte
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Zubin Mehta conductor
Olivier Messiaen Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum for wind orchestra and metal percussion
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Saturday, 24 April 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Mikko Franck conductor
Yefim Bronfman piano
Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor op. 15
Jean Sibelius Symphony No.5 in E-flat major op. 82
Also available free of charge up to and including 5 April:
Recording from April 2010
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Topi Lehtipuu tenor (Arias)
Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist)
Christian Gerhaher bass (Christ)
Thomas Quasthoff bass (Arias)
Simon Halsey chorus master
Knaben des Staats- und Domchors Berlin
Kai-Uwe Jirka chorus master
Peter Sellars staging
Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion BWV 244
Link to the Digital Concert Hall: