Kirill Petrenko & Berliner Philharmoniker

The 9th Symphony by Shostakovich and Metamorphoses by Richard Strauss

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Strauss’s Metamorphosen is a farewell work. Now well on in years, the composer penned this funeral music for a world that had experienced the ravishes of war. This time as well, the artist reveals himself to be a master of espressivo. The piece is one of two exemplary works that highlight the unique qualities of the Berliner Philharmoniker string section. The other is Sabina by American composer Andrew Norman. Norman's music breathtakingly portrays a beginning: the sunrise experienced in the Church of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill in Rome. This music of light, originally written for solo viola, turned out to be such a success that the Berliners will now be presenting it in a version for string orchestra. Finally, the winds and percussion have the opportunity to shine – the concert concludes with Shostakovich's at once humorous and cryptic Ninth Symphony.

Photo that shows Petrenko 130418 054 C Rittershaus. © Monika Rittershaus
© Monika Rittershaus


Richard Strauss (18641949)
Metamorphosen in E-flat major for 23 solo strings

Dmitri Shostakovich (18821971)
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, op. 70

Due to the Corona distance regulations, the event will take place without a break from the concert.

Please note: The hall plan of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden has changed due to the currently valid hygiene and spacing regulations. In autumn we will initially be able to use about 500 of the otherwise over 2000 seats. Our Service Center Ticketing will contact you if necessary and will select the most beautiful seats for you. If we have to offer you a lower seat category, we will refund the difference.

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