Live broadcast by Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg on Das Erste and the rbbKultur radio station as
well as a EuroArts production broadcast to be seen in more than 80 countries and worldwide in
the Digital Concert Hall
Every year since 1991, the Berliner Philharmoniker have celebrated the anniversary of the orchestra’s
founding on 1 May with the European Concert at a location of particular historical significance. This year,
the television concert was to have been presented at the Sagrada Família in Barcelona under chief
conductor Kirill Petrenko. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, this concert and the subsequent
Spanish tour unfortunately had to be cancelled.
Instead, the European Concert will now be broadcast from the foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin. Although
the concert hall itself is world-renowned, this equally fascinating area of the Philharmonie is known
primarily to local audiences. Hans Scharoun designed the foyer with asymmetrical surfaces and galleries;
the stairways provide concertgoers with new views and perspectives on the way to their seats. The
programme of the European Concert reflects this distinctive architectural style and plays with proximity
and distance, featuring works not only for large orchestra but also for diverse and, at times, spatially
Kirill Petrenko: “After it was determined that this year’s European Concert would take place here in Berlin
in the foyer of the Philharmonie, it was immediately clear to me that we had to adapt the programme to
this unique setting. Boris Blacher’s Fanfare for the Opening of the Philharmonie speaks for itself. In
addition, there are works which create a musical dialogue through very different approaches with spatial
distance: from Mozart’s Notturno for Four Orchestras to Charles Ives’s famous The Unanswered Question
to Krzysztof Penderecki’s early masterpiece Emanations, which has never been played here before.
Continuing our Russian focus this season, we will also perform Peter Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No.
3, which, in my opinion, is heard far too rarely.”
“During this European Concert, we want to show a different side of our wonderful home in the
Philharmonie for a change. The programme will offer many different visual perspectives, and as a result
of the division into several groups listeners will be able to experience our orchestra in a new light. Thus,
spectacular images will be produced for our partners from EuroArts, Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting
and the Digital Concert Hall,” says Stanley Dodds, who is responsible for the European Concert as
orchestra media chairman.
The European Concert will be broadcast live at 11:00 am on 1 May 2021 by Berlin-Brandenburg
Broadcasting on Das Erste, the first German public television channel, and rbbKultur radio station, by
EuroArts in more than 80 countries and worldwide in the Digital Concert Hall.
1 May 2021, 11:00 am, Foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin
Kirill Petrenko Conductor
Boris Blacher Fanfare for the Opening of the Philharmonie
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Krzysztof Penderecki Emanations
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Notturno for Four Orchestras in D major, K. 286
Peter Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 in G major, op. 55
John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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