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AO30120140414

Louise Fryer presents a week of recent performances by the Berlin Philharmonic beginning today with Janacek's Glagolitic Mass conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra's current Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Janacek's passionate outpouring of love for the natural world is follwed today by the darker world of Goethe's Faust, as seen by Wagner and then by Franz Liszt in his epic symphony.

Tomorrow afternoon, Sir Simon Rattle's predecessor, the late Claudio Abbado, conducts Mendelssohn's music from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique in what proved to be his last appearance with his former orchestra. On Wednesday there's a chance to catch the orchestra's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of their hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, whilst on Thursday, Daniel Harding conducts a performance of Schumann's seldom-heard music for Goethe's Faust. And the week ends with Bach's St John Passion conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Janacek

Glagolitic Mass

Christian Schmitt (organ),

Luba Organásová (soprano),

Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano),

Stuart Skelton (tenor),

Christian Gerhaher (baritone),

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno,

Berlin Philharmonic,

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 2.40pm

The Wandering of a Little Soul (reconstructed and completed by Milos Stedron and Leos Faltus)

Thomas Zehetmair (violin),

Berlin Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

c. 2.55pm

Wagner

A Faust Overture in D minor, WWV 59

Berlin Philharmonic, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

c. 3.05pm

Liszt

A Faust Symphony, S. 108 (1855)

Nikolai Schukoff (tenor),

Men's voices of the Berlin Radio Chorus,

c. 4.20pm

Stravinsky

Orchestral Suite no. 1

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO30120140414

Louise Fryer presents a week of recent performances by the Berlin Philharmonic beginning today with Janacek's Glagolitic Mass conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra's current Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Janacek's passionate outpouring of love for the natural world is follwed today by the darker world of Goethe's Faust, as seen by Wagner and then by Franz Liszt in his epic symphony.

Tomorrow afternoon, Sir Simon Rattle's predecessor, the late Claudio Abbado, conducts Mendelssohn's music from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique in what proved to be his last appearance with his former orchestra. On Wednesday there's a chance to catch the orchestra's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of their hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, whilst on Thursday, Daniel Harding conducts a performance of Schumann's seldom-heard music for Goethe's Faust. And the week ends with Bach's St John Passion conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Janacek

Glagolitic Mass

Christian Schmitt (organ),

Luba Organásová (soprano),

Mihoko Fujimura (mezzo-soprano),

Stuart Skelton (tenor),

Christian Gerhaher (baritone),

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno,

Berlin Philharmonic,

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 2.40pm

The Wandering of a Little Soul (reconstructed and completed by Milos Stedron and Leos Faltus)

Thomas Zehetmair (violin),

Berlin Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

c. 2.55pm

Wagner

A Faust Overture in D minor, WWV 59

Berlin Philharmonic, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

c. 3.05pm

Liszt

A Faust Symphony, S. 108 (1855)

Nikolai Schukoff (tenor),

Men's voices of the Berlin Radio Chorus,

c. 4.20pm

Stravinsky

Orchestral Suite no. 1

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO30220140415

The late Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert recorded last May which proved to be his last appearance with his former orchestra. The legendary conductor's yearly appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic were always red letter days in the orchestra's calendar and here he can be heard in the magical music of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Berlioz's dream-induced Symphonie fantastique. The latter was a work which Claudio Abbado never conducted during his time as the Berlin Philharmonic's Musical Director. This afternoon's programme begins with Zubin Mehta, Abbado's friend from his student days in Vienna, conducting Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, the latter played as a tribute to Claudio Abbado.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2.00pm Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')

Rudolf Buchbinder (piano),

Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta (conductor)

c. 2.35pm

Mahler

Adagietto from Symphony no. 5

2.45pm Mendelssohn

Excerpts from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,'

Deborah York (soprano),

Stella Doufexis (mezzo-soprano),

Female voices of the Choir of Bavarian Radio,

Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

3.25pm

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

AO30220140415

The late Claudio Abbado conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a concert recorded last May which proved to be his last appearance with his former orchestra. The legendary conductor's yearly appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic were always red letter days in the orchestra's calendar and here he can be heard in the magical music of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Berlioz's dream-induced Symphonie fantastique. The latter was a work which Claudio Abbado never conducted during his time as the Berlin Philharmonic's Musical Director. This afternoon's programme begins with Zubin Mehta, Abbado's friend from his student days in Vienna, conducting Beethoven's Emperor Concerto and the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony, the latter played as a tribute to Claudio Abbado.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2.00pm Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, op. 73 ('Emperor')

Rudolf Buchbinder (piano),

Berlin Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta (conductor)

c. 2.35pm

Mahler

Adagietto from Symphony no. 5

2.45pm Mendelssohn

Excerpts from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,'

Deborah York (soprano),

Stella Doufexis (mezzo-soprano),

Female voices of the Choir of Bavarian Radio,

Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

3.25pm

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

AO30320140416

The Berlin Philharmonic's concert in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonie. With a design heavily influenced by the stringent acoustic requirements of Herbert von Karajan, the Philharmonie has been the orchestra's home ever since. Simon Rattle and friends devised a fascinating celebratory concert which explores the acoustic properties of the hall in music ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day and which ends with Berlioz's monumental Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2.00pm

Giovanni Gabrieli

Canzon septimi et octavi toni a 12

Wolfgang Rihm

IN-SCHRIFT 2 (Première)

c. 2.20pm

Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 3.35pm

Beethoven

Movement I of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27 No. 2

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Kurtag

... quasi una fantasia ... , for piano and instrumental sections in spatial disposition, op. 27 No. 1

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

2.55pm

Berlioz

Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, op. 15

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral Academy (conducting scholar: Duncan Ward),

Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 4.20pm

Stravinsky

Orchestral Suite no. 1

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO30320140416

The Berlin Philharmonic's concert in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonie. With a design heavily influenced by the stringent acoustic requirements of Herbert von Karajan, the Philharmonie has been the orchestra's home ever since. Simon Rattle and friends devised a fascinating celebratory concert which explores the acoustic properties of the hall in music ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day and which ends with Berlioz's monumental Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

2.00pm

Giovanni Gabrieli

Canzon septimi et octavi toni a 12

Wolfgang Rihm

IN-SCHRIFT 2 (Première)

c. 2.20pm

Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 3.35pm

Beethoven

Movement I of Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27 No. 2

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

Kurtag

... quasi una fantasia ... , for piano and instrumental sections in spatial disposition, op. 27 No. 1

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

2.55pm

Berlioz

Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale, op. 15

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral Academy (conducting scholar: Duncan Ward),

Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

c. 4.20pm

Stravinsky

Orchestral Suite no. 1

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO304 LAST20140418

Sir Simon Rattle conducts this performance of Bach's St John Passion, recorded at the end of February in the Berlin Philharmonie.

J.S. Bach: St John Passion

Mark Padmore (Evangelist, tenor)

Roderick Williams (Christus, baritone)

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)

Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)

Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Followed at c. 2.55pm by

Schubert

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, 'Tragic' D. 417

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).

AO304 LAST20140418

Sir Simon Rattle conducts this performance of Bach's St John Passion, recorded at the end of February in the Berlin Philharmonie.

J.S. Bach: St John Passion

Mark Padmore (Evangelist, tenor)

Roderick Williams (Christus, baritone)

Camilla Tilling (soprano)

Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)

Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)

Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Berlin Radio Chorus

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Followed at c. 2.55pm by

Schubert

Symphony No. 4 in C minor, 'Tragic' D. 417

Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel (conductor).