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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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Robin Ticciati © Giorgia Bertazzi
Berlin

Dreams, spirits, but disappointing Bruckner from Ticciati and the DSO Berlin

By , 24 September 2018
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Diego Vásquez and Winnie Huang dance Inori © Adam Janisch
Berlin

Stockhausen marathon at the Musikfest Berlin

By , 18 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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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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Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Debussy rarities with Barenboim and Argerich at the Berlin Festtage

By , 29 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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James Levine conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

What the conductor tells me: an impeccably controlled Mahler 3 from James Levine

By , 31 October 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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Vladimir Jurowski © Matthias Creutziger
Berlin

Beethoven and beyond: Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

By , 17 September 2017
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Daniel Barenboim © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Orchestral fireworks: Staatskapelle Berlin at the Philharmonie

By , 05 June 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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Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic © Thomas Bartilla
Berlin

Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic offer style and substance in Mozart and Schoenberg

By , 07 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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Paavo Järvi © Ixi Chen
Berlin

Paavo Järvi conquers Shostakovich's Leningrad with the Staatskapelle

By , 07 November 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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Anja Harteros and the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin © Bettina Stoess
Berlin

Harteros triumphs as Sieglinde in Berlin

By , 07 September 2016
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Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman
Berlin

“That I am stuck in music": Martha Argerich’s birthday concert in Berlin

By , 05 June 2016
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Daniel Barenboim © Peter Adamik
Berlin

Musical opiates: intoxicating Dutilleux in Berlin

By , 09 May 2016
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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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Ludovic Tézier © Elie Ruderman
Berlin

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

By , 10 April 2015
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Marek Janowski © Felix Broede
Berlin

Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Sixth Symphony swagger and sparkle in Berlin

By , 23 December 2014
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Simon Rattle © Mat Hennek
Berlin

Exquisite string playing in changed Berlin Philharmonic programme

By , 18 December 2014
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Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Berlin

Striking Mahler 6 from Berlin Philharmonic under substitute Daniel Harding

By , 04 December 2014
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Martha Argerich © IMG Artists
Berlin

The return of a legend: Martha Argerich at the Philharmonie

By , 27 November 2014
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Emmanuelle Haïm © Simon Fowler
Berlin

A fine evening of Handel at the Berlin Philharmonic

By , 29 October 2014
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Berlin

Deutsche Oper’s Ariadne auf Naxos amuses at the Philharmonie

By , 14 October 2014
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Enrique Mazzola © Martin Sigmund
Berlin

Well-marshalled performance of Meyerbeer’s Dinorah doesn’t dispel the doubts

By , 01 October 2014
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Simon Rattle © Mat Hennek
Berlin

A fine finish to the Berlin Philharmonic’s Brahms/Schumann cycle

By , 26 September 2014
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Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

The Berlin Philharmonic's Schumann/Brahms Cycle part 2: not flawless, but finished strongly

By , 24 September 2014
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© Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Rattle's Schumann and Brahms at the Philharmonie: insightful but flawed

By , 20 September 2014
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Sir Simon Rattle with the Berliner Philharmoniker © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic triumph in opening concert of Schumann/Brahms Cycle

By , 18 September 2014
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Alan Gilbert and the Leipzig Gewandhaus © Christian Fanghänel
Berlin

Leipzig Gewandhaus displays cohesion and stamina in Mahler’s Third Symphony

By , 09 September 2014
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Leonidas Kavakos and Mariss Jansons © Kai Bienert
Berlin

Concertgebouw Orchestra and Jansons impress with Strauss at the Berlin Festival

By , 06 September 2014
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Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus | Askonas Holt
Berlin

Subdued Brahms concertos from Barenboim at Berlin Festival opening concert

By , 02 September 2014
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Anna Netrebko © Dario Acosta
Berlin

High-calibre Strauss performances from Netrebko, Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

By , 31 August 2014
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Berliner Philharmoniker - in stillem Gedenken © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

A rift between musicians and audience: the Berliner Philharmoniker’s memorial concert for Claudio Abbado

By , 18 May 2014
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