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Venue: Philharmonie, Berlin

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Address1 Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße
D10785 Berlin
Germany
ContainsExhibition Foyer of the Kammermusiksaal
Foyer
Großer Saal
Kammermusiksaal
Google maps52° 30' 34.748" N 13° 22' 10.134" E
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Exhilarating focus: Petrenko conducts Mahler's Sixth in Berlin

Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker © Stephan Rabold
The Berliner Philharmoniker's new chief takes on a Rattle party piece and delivers a thrillingly lucid and focused tour de force
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Searing Suk: Petrenko conducts the Asrael Symphony in Berlin

Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Barenboim and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Stephan Rabold
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Thielemann returns to the Berlin Phil with a Richard Strauss programme

Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe with the Berlin Philharmonic © Stephan Rabold
Two rarely performed works and an evergreen show off the prowess of this first class orchestra.
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Hands-off: Mehta's Bruckner 8 at the Philharmonie

Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker © Stephan Rabold
There's undeniable power in the Berliner Philharmoniker's playing, but Zubin Mehta needed to offer a stronger sense of where his Bruckner was heading and why.
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Anna Vinnitskaya © Marco Borggreve
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Ensemble der Karajan-Akademie der Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker © Peter Adamik
Listening to Grisey's Quatre Chants two decades after its composition, it is clear that he was on a threshold into a new approach to dramatic vocal music.
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Gijs Leenaars, Shenyang, Andrew Staples, Daniel Harding and Kate Lindsey © Stephan Rabold
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Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Messiaen © Monika Karczmarczyk
Aimard's reading conveyed both the gravity and the levity of the natural world.
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