Boris Blacher (1903-75)

On 1 May, the traditional European Concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of chief
conductor Kirill Petrenko will be broadcast live from the foyer of the Philharmonie in the Digital Concert
Hall and on television on the German public broadcaster ARD and as a EuroArts production in over 80
countries. The programme includes works that in very different ways are in harmony with Scharoun’s
special architecture in the foyer: Boris Blacher’s Fanfare for the Opening of the Philharmonie, Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart’s Notturno for Four Orchestras, Charles Ives’ famous Unanswered Question, Krzysztof
Penderecki’s early masterpiece Emanations and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. As a homage
to the season-long Russian focus, the Berliner Philharmoniker will also perform Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s
Orchestral Suite No. 3.
The Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker can also be heard in the Digital Concert Hall at the
beginning of May. On 8 May, the pre-recorded concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s current artist in
residence, violist Tabea Zimmermann, will be streamed at 19:00. Together with Noah Bendix-Balgley, first
concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, she leads the Karajan Academy in Mozart’s Sinfonia
concertante. The scholarship holders also play Johannes Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 plus two octet
movements by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic situation and the associated restrictions, the Festspielhaus
Baden-Baden has had to cancel the Easter Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker residency from 6 to
9 May. The performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s opera Mazeppa planned for Baden-Baden under
the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will now be presented live in a concert performance from the
Philharmonie Berlin in the Digital Concert Hall on 14 May 2021 at 19:00.
On 22 May, the Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes a guest appearance with the Berliner
Philharmoniker. She will conduct a concert performance of Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and, as part
of this season’s focus on female composers, the German premiere of Vista, a new work by her Finnish
compatriot Kaija Saariaho. The work is a joint commission of the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker with
the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Association.
The following Saturday, 29 May, Sir Simon Rattle returns to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker. The
programme includes two works by Benjamin Britten: the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, with the
Philharmoniker’s principal horn Stefan Dohr and tenor Allan Clayton as soloists, and Britten’s The Young
Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The programme is rounded off by Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones
concertantes.
Following the decisions taken by the German federal and state governments on 5 January, both venues
of the Philharmonie Berlin (main auditorium and Chamber Music Hall) will remain closed to the public up
to and including 31 May 2021. The daily guided tours of the Philharmonie as well as the free lunch
concerts will not take place during this time.

Saturday, 1 May 2021, 11:00 in the foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin
Rerun: Saturday, 1 May 2021, 19:00
Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Boris Blacher Fanfare for the Opening of the Philharmonie
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Notturno for 4 orchestras in D major, K. 286
Krzysztof Penderecki Emanations
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 in G major, op. 55
John Adams Short ride in a Fast Machine


Saturday, 8 May 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Rerun: Sunday, 9 May 2021, 13:00
Broadcast of the concert recorded on 27 April 2021

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Tabea Zimmermann viola and direction
Noah Bendix-Balgley violin
Johannes Brahms Serenade No. 2 in A major, op. 16
Dmitri Shostakovich 2 Pieces for String Octet, op. 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major, K. 364

Friday, 14 May 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Rerun: Saturday, 15 May 2021, 13:00
Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko conductor
Vladislav Sulimsky baritone (Mazeppa)
Olga Peretyatko soprano (Maria)
Vitalij Kowaljow bass (Father)
Oksana Volkova mezzo-soprano (Mother)
Dmitry Golovnin tenor (Andrey)
Dimitry Ivashchenko bass (Orlik)
Anton Rositskiy tenor (Iskra)
Alexander Kravets tenor (Drunken Cossack)
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Mazeppa (concert performance)

Saturday, 22. May 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Rerun: Sunday, 23 May 2021, 13:00
Berliner Philharmoniker
Susanna Mälkki conductor
Ildikó Komlósi mezzo-soprano (Judith)
Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Bluebeard)
Kaija Saariaho Vista (German premiere) – commissioned by the Foundation Berliner Philharmoniker
with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Association
Béla Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle Sz 48 (concert performance)


Saturday, 29 May 2021, 19:00, Philharmonie Berlin, main auditorium
Rerun: Sunday, 30 May 2021, 13:00
Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Allan Clayton tenor
Stefan Dohr horn
Alberto Ginastera Variaciones concertantes op. 23
Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn und Strings op. 31
Benjamin Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra op. 34