Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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Active: 1862 - ; Germany
In a city of rich cultural and artistic history, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Berlin's three excellent orchestras. A democratic, self-governing organization, members choose the resident conductor, orchestra manager and new orchestra members (after a one-year probation) by vote of the membership at large. Members with 10 years' seniority are eligible for pension benefits. Performing approximately 100 concerts a year, the Berlin Read more Philharmonic tours internationally and generates most of its operating capital through ticket sales and revenue from its extensive broadcasting and recording contracts. Several significant ensembles including the Brandis and Westphalian string quartets, the Philharmonic Octet, and the Twelve Philharmonic Cellists are made up from the Berlin Philharmonic's 114 members, internationally acclaimed for their polished performances and high standards of musicianship.

Founded in 1862 by Benjamin Bilse under the name Bilsesche Kapelle (Bilse's Band), the original 60-member ensemble gained popularity. It was renamed and reorganized under the financial management of Hermann Wolff in 1882. Hans von Bülow set the ensemble on its course of artistic excellence, beginning as principal conductor in 1887. He insisted on the highest musical standards, attracted world-renowned guest conductors such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Strauss, and supervised the renovation of the orchestra's home venue, a converted roller skating rink. Due to ill health, von Bülow resigned his position in 1892. The Philharmonic played at his funeral ceremony in February 1894.

Over the next several years, Wolff engaged a series of popular guest conductors including Hans Richter and Richard Strauss. Then in 1895, Hungarian-born Arthur Nikisch was chosen as resident conductor and led the Berlin Philharmonic to its well-earned reputation as the most respected touring orchestra in Europe. He brought out the lyrical qualities for which this ensemble became famous.

Soon after Nikisch's death in 1922, the reins of leadership were given to Berliner Wilhelm Furtwängler. Over the next two decades, Furtwängler debuted works by the likes of Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Schoenberg. Important soloists were a regular feature during this period and included such luminaries as Paul Hindemith and Yehudi Menuhin.

Difficult economic times came after the worldwide financial crash in 1929 but the ensemble was able to survive through subsidies from the city of Berlin, the German government, and the Berlin Radio Network. Further hardship came when its home venue was destroyed by a bomb in January 1944. Performing in borrowed spaces, the orchestra continued even after the beloved Furtwängler was detained during the political vindication proceedings which took place after Hitler's fall in 1945. Leo Borchard was named resident conductor in May 1945, but was shot and killed by an Occupation soldier three months later. Sergiu Celibidache was chosen to follow Borchard and was widely acclaimed for his inclusion of contemporary repertoire, much of which had been banned during Hitler's reign. When Furtwängler was finally released in 1947, he and Celibidache shared the Berlin Philharmonic's podium until Furtwängler's death in 1954.

The members of the Philharmonic chose Herbert von Karajan as resident conductor in 1955. Under his leadership, the orchestra gained worldwide recognition. The Philharmonic began construction of a new concert hall in 1963. Designed by architect Hans Scharoun, the orchestra's home venue near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate seats 2,000 audience members and contains an impressive Schuke organ. Von Karajan also began the orchestra's tradition of committing five performances each season to twentieth century music.

Late in that 1989, following von Karajan's death, Claudio Abbado was chosen to continue the Berlin Philharmonic's tradition of musical excellence and polished performance and lead this world-renowned orchestra into the twenty-first century. Read less
Schumann: Symphonies No 1-4 / Rattle, Berlin PO
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Composers

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Active: 1862 - ; Germany
In a city of rich cultural and artistic history, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Berlin's three excellent orchestras. A democratic, self-governing organization, members choose the resident conductor, orchestra manager and new orchestra members (after a one-year probation) by vote of the membership at large. Members with 10 years' seniority are eligible for pension benefits. Performing approximately 100 concerts a year, the Berlin Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op.17 / Part 2 - Grande fęte chez les Capulets
Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op.17 / Part 4 - Scherzo - La Reine Mab oů la Fée des songes
Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op.17 / Part 3 - Scčne d'amour
Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op.17 / Part 6 - Romeo au tombeau des Capulets
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2 - 1. The Montagues And The Capulets
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2 - 4. Dance
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2 - 7. Romeo At Juliet's Grave
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2 - 6. Dance Of The Maids From The Antilles
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 3. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 - 4. Allegro
Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 2. Andante
Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 3. Poco allegretto
Brahms: Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90 - 4. Allegro
Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of Villa Borghese, [P. 141]
Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Near A Catacomb, [P. 141]
Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Janiculum, [P. 141]
Respighi: Pines Of Rome - The Pines Of The Appian Way, [P. 141]
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 1. Alborada
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 2. Variazioni
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 3. Alborada
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 4. Scena e canto gitano
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34 - 5. Fandango asturiano
Schubert: Symphony No.4 In C Minor, D.417 - "Tragic" - 1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
Schubert: Symphony No.4 In C Minor, D.417 - "Tragic" - 2. Andante
Schubert: Symphony No.4 In C Minor, D.417 - "Tragic" - 3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: Symphony No.4 In C Minor, D.417 - "Tragic" - 4. Allegro
Schubert: Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished" - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished" - 2. Andante con moto
Mozart: Symphony No.1 In E Flat, K.16 - 1. Allegro molto
Mozart: Symphony No.1 In E Flat, K.16 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Symphony No.1 In E Flat, K.16 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Symphony No.28 In C, K.200 - 1. Allegro spiritoso
Mozart: Symphony No.28 In C, K.200 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Symphony No.28 In C, K.200 - 3. Menuetto (allegretto)
Mozart: Symphony No.28 In C, K.200 - 4. Presto
Mozart: Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Mozart: Symphony No.41 In C, K.551 - "Jupiter" - 4. Molto allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 In F, Op.68 -"Pastoral" - 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 1
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 2
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 3
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 4
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 5
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 6
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 7
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 8
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 9
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 10
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 11
Beethoven: 12 Contredanses, WoO 14 - No. 12
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian", MWV N 16 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian", MWV N 16 - 2. Andante con moto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian", MWV N 16 - 3. Con moto moderato
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 In A, Op.90 - "Italian", MWV N 16 - 4. Saltarello (Presto)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.107 - "Reformation", MWV N 15 - 1. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.107 - "Reformation", MWV N 15 - 2. Allegro vivace
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.107 - "Reformation", MWV N 15 - 3. Andante
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 In D Minor, Op.107 - "Reformation", MWV N 15 - 4. Choral "Ein' Feste Burg ist unser Gott!" (Andante con moto - Allegro vivace - Allegro maestoso - Piů animato poco a poco)
Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 1. Allegro
Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 2. Andante con moto
Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro molto)
Schubert: Symphony No.5 In B Flat, D.485 - 4. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Symphony No.6 In C, D.589 - "The Little" - 1. Adagio - Allegro
Schubert: Symphony No.6 In C, D.589 - "The Little" - 2. Andante
Schubert: Symphony No.6 In C, D.589 - "The Little" - 3. Scherzo (Presto)
Schubert: Symphony No.6 In C, D.589 - "The Little" - 4. Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 2. Andantino in modo di canzone
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 In F Minor, Op.36 - 4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
Schubert: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, D.125 - 1. Largo - Allegro vivace
Schubert: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, D.125 - 2. Andante
Schubert: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, D.125 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: Symphony No.2 In B Flat, D.125 - 4. Presto
Schubert: Symphony No.3 In D, D.200 - 1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
Schubert: Symphony No.3 In D, D.200 - 2. Allegretto
Schubert: Symphony No.3 In D, D.200 - 3. Menuetto (Vivace)
Schubert: Symphony No.3 In D, D.200 - 4. Presto. Vivace
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26 - 1. Andante - Allegro
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26 - 2. Tema con variazione
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 In C, Op.26 - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto In G, M. 83 - 3. Presto
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 In B Flat Minor, Op.23 - 3. Allegro con fuoco
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E Minor, Op.27 - 1. Largo - Allegro moderato
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E minor, Op.27 - 2. Allegro molto
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E Minor, Op.27 - 3. Adagio
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 in E Minor, Op.27 - 4. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D Minor, Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D Minor, Op.13 - 2. Allegro animato
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D Minor, Op.13 - 3. Larghetto
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.1 in D Minor, Op.13 - 4. Allegro con fuoco
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3 in A Minor, Op.44 - 1. Lento - Allegro moderato
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3 in A Minor, Op.44 - 2. Adagio ma non troppo
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3 in A Minor, Op.44 - 3. Allegro
Rachmaninov: Aleko - Intermezzo
Rachmaninov: Aleko - Intermezzo
Rachmaninov: Aleko - Intermezzo
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 1. Non allegro
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op.45 - 3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Nacht
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Sonnenaufgang
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Der Anstieg
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Eintritt in den Wald
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Wanderung neben dem Bache
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Am Wasserfall
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Erscheinung
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf blumige Wiesen
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf der Alm
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf dem Gletscher
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Gefahrvolle Augenblicke
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Auf dem Gipfel
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Vision
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Nebel steigen auf
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Elegie
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Stille vor dem Sturm
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Gewitter und Sturm, Abstieg
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Sonnenuntergang
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Ausklang
R. Strauss: Alpensymphonie, Op.64 - Nacht
Beethoven: Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Beethoven: Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 2. Larghetto -
Beethoven: Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 3. Rondo. Allegro
Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 1. Andante comodo
Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco piů mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsam
Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto)
Mahler: Symphony No.9 In D - 4. Adagio (Sehr langsam)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 In D Minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Schubert: Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished" - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished" - 2. Andante con moto
Schubert: Symphony No.9 In C, D.944 - "The Great" - 1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
Schubert: Symphony No.9 In C, D.944 - "The Great" - 2. Andante con moto
Schubert: Symphony No.9 In C, D.944 - "The Great" - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: Symphony No.9 In C, D.944 - "The Great" - 4. Allegro vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 1. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 2. Molto vivace
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto -
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 In D Minor, Op.125 - "Choral" - 4. Presto - "O Freunde nicht diese Töne" -
Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco piů vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuoco
Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 3. Adagio espresssivo
Schumann: Symphony No.2 In C, Op.61 - 4. Allegro molto vivace
Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 2. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 3. Scherzo. Lebhaft
Schumann: Symphony No.4 In D Minor, Op.120 - 4. Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Vivace
1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
2. Adagio, ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Andante - Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni
III. Allegro ma non troppo


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