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Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Baden-Baden

Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello explores depths of emotion in Baden-Baden

By , 16 April 2019
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Helmut Lachenmann © Stephan Rabold
Berlin

Master craftsmen: Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Lachenmann's My Melodies

By , 23 March 2019
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Zubin Mehta conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

New tricks for Zubin Mehta and the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 28 February 2019
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir © Saga Sigurdardottir
Berlin

Exploring extremes: a rich, rewarding programme from Alan Gilbert and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 24 January 2019
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Paarvo Järvi © Ixi Chen
Berlin

Restless spirits: a programme of Lutosławski and Brahms

By , 18 October 2018
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Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Berlin

Fantastic variations: Brett Dean's new Cello Concerto impresses at the Philharmonie

By , 04 October 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 68: Extraordinary music-making from Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 02 September 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 66: Kirill Petrenko makes belated Proms debut

By , 01 September 2018
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Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Simon Rattle's farewell Mahler 6 at the Philharmonie

By , 19 June 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
London

The Berliner Philharmoniker hits the heights of rapture with Brahms 1

By , 31 May 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Monika Rittershaus
London

Berlin Philharmonic serves tapas starter and monumental main

By , 30 May 2018
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Mikko Franck © Abramowitz | Radio France
Berlin

Paradise Regained: Schumann’s secular oratorio in Berlin

By , 17 May 2018
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Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Brilliance and grandeur: a rewarding programme from Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Phil

By , 12 April 2018
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Nina Stemme, Simon Rattle, Stuart Skelton and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

An unforgettable Parsifal from Rattle, the Berlin Phil and a world-beating cast

By , 06 April 2018
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Sir Simon Rattle © Johann Sebastian Hanel
Baden-Baden

Berliner Philharmoniker redefine Shake, Rattle & Roll in Baden-Baden

By , 25 March 2018
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Ruxandra Donose (Kundry) © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

Dieter Dorn’s Parsifal in Baden-Baden brings the full Monty to Monsalvat

By , 24 March 2018
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Daniel Harding conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in Eine Alpensinfonie © Stephan Rabold
Berlin

Daniel Harding reaches the heights with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Schubert and Strauss

By , 01 March 2018
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Mariss Jansons © Stephan Rabold
Berlin

Skittish Schumann and majestic Bruckner with Jansons and the Berlin Phil

By , 25 January 2018
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Bernard Haitink © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Heroic resignation: a superb Mahler 9 from Haitink and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 02 December 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic © LCSD
Hong Kong

Mixed performances from Simon Rattle and the Berlin Phil in Hong Kong

By , 10 November 2017
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Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Gerald Finley (Forester) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Blurred lines: Peter Sellars' half-baked semi-staging mars a fine performance of The Cunning Little Vixen

By , 12 October 2017
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Leif Ove Andsnes © Özgür Albayrak
Berlin

Popularity contexts: rare Strauss and Rachmaninov pitted against Shostakovich at the Philharmonie

By , 18 May 2017
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Semyon Bychkov © Chris Christodoulou
Berlin

Shades of heroism: thrilling Shostakovich and Strauss at the Philharmonie

By , 12 May 2017
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Grand designs: Rattle conducts Bruckner 8 at the Philharmonie

By , 05 May 2017
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Andreas Ottensamer © Anatol Kotte | Mercury Classics DG
Berlin

Winding voices: Jansons places the clarinet centre stage in Berlin

By , 27 April 2017
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Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
Berlin

Zukerman and Mehta take it easy in Elgar and Tchaikovsky

By , 09 March 2017
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John Adams © Christine Alicino
Berlin

The New American Gospel: John Adams in Berlin

By , 27 January 2017
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Gidon Kremer © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Berlin

Ghosts of past and present at Berlin's Philharmonie

By , 09 December 2016
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Alan Gilbert © Chris Lee | New York Philharmonic
Berlin

Rides in a fast machine: precision-engineered Adams, Bartók and Tchaikovsky from Alan Gilbert and the Berlin Phil

By , 02 December 2016
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Christiane Karg © Gisela Schenker
Berlin

A concert of two halves from Iván Fischer and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 26 October 2016
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Tugan Sokhiev © Mat Hennek
Berlin

Serious virtuosity from Lugansky, Sokhiev and the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 13 October 2016
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Bernard Haitink © Clive Barda
Berlin

Bernard Haitink’s celestial Schubert and mystical Mahler in Berlin

By , 06 October 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 66: Revelatory and exhilarating Brahms and Dvořák from the Berlin Phil

By , 03 September 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 64: Rattle and the BPO find beauty in Boulez and magic in Mahler

By , 02 September 2016
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Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Eva-Maria Westbroek (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

Ocean voyage of Tristan und Isolde in Baden-Baden

By , 28 March 2016
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
Baden-Baden

“Alle Menschen werden Brüder”: Sir Simon Rattle at Baden-Baden's Easter Festival

By , 21 March 2016
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The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle earlier in their cycle © Rob Davidson
New York City

Maestro Rattle cooks up a fresh Ninth with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Westminster at Carnegie Hall

By , 21 November 2015
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Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker at Carnegie Hall © Rob Davidson
New York City

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker in superb performances of Beethoven 2 and 5

By , 18 November 2015
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Sir Simon Rattle © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Exuberant playing as the Berliner Philharmoniker's Beethoven cycle begins

By , 03 October 2015
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Milan

Devastating Bruckner meets Janáček with the Berliner Philharmoniker's return to Milan

By , 02 May 2015
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Berlin

Highway to Hell: La Damnation de Faust with the Berliner Philharmoniker

By , 10 April 2015
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Amsterdam

Berliner Philharmoniker’s staggering Mahler Second at the Concertgebouw

By , 17 February 2015
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London

Mahler to remember closes the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle's London residency

By , 15 February 2015
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London

The Berliner Philharmoniker enthralls with Sibelius' last symphonies

By , 12 February 2015
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London

Commitment to contrast: Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker continue their Sibelius cycle

By , 11 February 2015
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London

Powerhouse Sibelius launches Berlin residency at The Barbican

By , 10 February 2015
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Berlin

Exquisite string playing in changed Berlin Philharmonic programme

By , 18 December 2014
***11
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Berlin

Striking Mahler 6 from Berlin Philharmonic under substitute Daniel Harding

By , 04 December 2014
*****
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Berlin

The return of a legend: Martha Argerich at the Philharmonie

By , 27 November 2014
****1
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