Music The Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker

DCH_Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra © Goethe Institut © Stephan Rabold

Fri, 27.05.2022


Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Philharmonic Fridays

Philharmonic Fridays @ Goethe-Institut Chennai presents

Kirill Petrenko and András Schiff with Works by Brahms and Suk
Romantic Splendour, brisk Force & tender Feelings

Goethe-Institut invites the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra to its auditorium in a digital format with high definition video live-streaming for the connoisseurs of Western classical music of Chennai. The Digital Concert Hall with excellent sound and video is the best close-to-real experience one can get.

One of Kirill Petrenko’s priorities is to introduce the music of Josef Suk to a larger audience. At this concert, he presents the symphonic poem The Ripening, which combines late Romantic tonal splendour with modern harmony. Johannes Brahms was a supporter of Suk. We hear Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto, in which brusque force and tender feelings collide. The soloist is Sir András Schiff, a long-time partner of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko

Sir András Schiff
Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

Johannes Brahms : 52 Min.
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Nr.2 in B flat major op.83                                
Sir András Schiff Piano
Johannes Brahms : 5 Min.
Three Intermezzi for Piano op.117: Andante moderato
Sir András Schiff Piano

Josef Suk : 41 Min.
The Ripening, Symphonic Poem for Orchestra and female Choir op.34
Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

In the 1890s, as a young aspiring composer, Josef Suk was introduced to Johannes Brahms by his teacher and later father-in-law Antonín Dvořák. At that time, Brahms had already completed his series of major orchestral works.

His Second Piano Concerto, premiered in 1881, is the only one of Brahms’s solo concertos to have four movements instead of the usual three, making a directly symphonic statement. The additional Scherzo is not at all jocular but, for all its elegance, particularly passionate. The opening movement, which begins with a horn solo, is a prime example of perfect thematic treatment, and the andante, whose poignant theme is first introduced by a solo cello, is one of the highlights of the genre’s history. The gravity of the composition is only relieved in the brilliant final rondo. The soloist in this performance is András Schiff, who has been closely associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for many years.

Following performances of the Asrael Symphony and the tone poem A Summer’s Tale, Kirill Petrenko now presents Josef Suk’s third major orchestral work, The Ripening. It was a recording of this symphonic poem, first performed in 1918, that gave the conductor an “overwhelming listening experience” and made him aware of the significance of the Czech composer. On the dramaturgy of the piece, performed here for the first time by the Berliner Philharmoniker, Suk explained: “After a great, passionate build-up of tension and excitement, a deep calm sets in towards the end, in which, however, a hymn of affirmation of life shimmers.”

All are welcome as per Pandemic Protocols*

*Pandemic Protocols @ Goethe-Institut Chennai
  • Final vaccination Certificate / RTPCR Test should be shown on request.
  • A thermal scanning will be done at the Entry.
  • Mask must be worn by all non-performers all the time.
  • Sanitizer Stands will be provided at appropriate points for use.
  • Entry and Exit into the performance hall will be organized one by one.
  • Physical distancing has to be strictly maintained on corridor and in the hall.
  • Access to other spaces in the premises is possible only on prior permission.
  • Air-conditioner will be @ 27-30 degrees, and Entry Door of the performance hall may be kept open.
If any member fails to observe the guidelines even after our request, they may have to leave the venue.
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