Berliner Philharmoniker II

Kirill Petrenko

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Why do we need world-class orchestras like the Berliner Philharmoniker? For world-class pieces, of course, but the answer goes further: namely to Mannheim. This is where the waltz was born in the 18th century, an orchestral heightening of the dance form that later developed into such massive orchestral waves as we find in Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony. Instead of a ship’s sirens, we hear "D-Es-C-H" (D-E-flat-C-B), representing the composer's name. His Tenth is a monumental symphony and a personal confession. Its “waves” find their counterpart in Mendelssohn's “Scottish” Symphony with its symphonic “thunderstorm.” Such overwhelming effects call for a concert hall like that of the Festspielhaus – designed for double- and triple-sized orchestras, like the one specified by Shostakovich, and equipped with thousands of seats for a grand communal experience.

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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 (“Scottish”)

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in A minor, op. 93

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