It’s another busy few weeks for Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker as they embark on a European tour. The orchestra will perform eight concerts in five cities, and four different programmes. Each concert combines Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, featuring Hanno Müller Brachmann, with another work to both contrast and compliment this magnificent symphony.
All four programmes are showcased at the orchestra’s “home”, the Philharmonie, Berlin before being taken to Halle, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague. The tour is a commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which came down on 9th November 1989. In light of this, the choice to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with its messages of freedom and fraternity is particularly appropriate.
Philharmonie, Berlin concerts (sold-out):
6 November: Szymanowski | Stabat mater & Beethoven | Symphony No. 9
7 November: Kurtág | Grabstein für Stephan, Lachenmann | Tableau für Orchester & Beethoven | Symphony No. 9
8 November: Martinů | Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 4 “Incantation” & Beethoven | Symphony No. 9
11 November: Handel-Haus, Halle
Lachenmann | Tableau
for Orchestra & Beethoven | Symphony No. 9
15 November: Smetana Hall, Prague
: Martinů | Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 4 “Incantation” & Beethoven | Symphony No. 9