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Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko


Wed, 31.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Berlin Philharmonic 1

    Berlin Philharmonic | Kirill Petrenko

    Kirill Petrenko  conductor
    Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 7 in E minor

    Berlin Philharmonic

    In 1882, 54 ambitious musicians joined to form a new orchestra in Berlin, with the aim of presenting their own concerts. This marked the birth of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As leader they chose Hans von Bülow, one of the finest conductors of the time: he laid the foundation for the ensemble’s high level of playing. His successors include Arthur Nikisch (1895-1922), Wilhelm Furtwängler (1922-54), and Herbert von Karajan (1955-89), who decisively shaped the orchestra’s sound and established its international fame. From 1989 to 2002, Claudio Abbado brought new areas into focus as Principal Conductor, especially contemporary compositions. From 2002 to 2018, Sir Simon Rattle continued to expand the repertoire and established innovative concert formats. Kirill Petrenko has been Principal Conductor since 2019. The Classical-Romantic repertoire, Russian music, and unjustly forgotten composers are focuses of his work. Another key concern for Petrenko is the education program, with which the orchestra reaches out to new audiences. The Digital Concert Hall, which opened in 2009, broadcasts Philharmonic concerts live via the Internet. CD and DVD releases have appeared on the orchestra’s in-house label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, since 2014. Once a year, the Philharmonic also plays as an opera orchestra at its Easter Festival, which, after 45 years in Salzburg, has been held in Baden-Baden since 2013. The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation is supported by the state of Berlin and the federal government, as well as by the generous commitment of Deutsche Bank as the main sponsor.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) on 30 August 1958 playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.

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    Kirill Petrenko

    Kirill Petrenko has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic since August 2019. Born in 1972 in Omsk, Siberia, he moved with his family to Vorarlberg in Austria at the age of 18. Following his training in conducting at the Vienna Academy of Music, he began his career with an engagement at the Vienna Volksoper in 1997 and subsequently served as General Music Director at the Meiningen Theater (1999-2002), the Komische Oper Berlin (2002-07), and the Bavarian Staatsoper (2013-20). He has guest conducted at such companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, the Dresden Semperoper, the Royal Opera House in London, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and the Opéra national de Paris. From 2013 to 2015, he conducted Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival.Petrenko launched his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. In addition to tackling the core Classical-Romantic repertoire, he focuses on unjustly neglected compositions and is committed to contemporary music. In the 2021-22 season, he and the orchestra will perform works by composers who suffered under Nazi terror, such as Leone Sinigaglia, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Erwin Schulhoff, and Alexander Zemlinsky. He also will conduct a wide repertoire ranging from Felix Mendelssohn to Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Projects with the Karajan Academy and the German National Youth Orchestra exemplify his commitment to the training of young musicians. He also dedicates himself to educational projects. Petrenko conducts concerts as well as opera productions at the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden. He regularly appears on tour with the Berlin Philharmonic at the festivals in Salzburg and Lucerne and in European music capitals, and, in the near future, will tour to Asia. In addition to works by John Adams and Gustav Mahler, he has recorded symphonies by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Franz Schmidt.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut  on 7 September 2016, when Petrenko conducted the Bavarian Staatsorchester in a Wagner-Strauss program.

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