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
Beethoven: Piano Concertos, Triple Concerto / Abbado, Pollini, Berlin Po, Et Al
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 001051902   Number of Discs: 3
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Schumann: Symphonies No 1-4 / Rattle, Berlin PO
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Berlin Philharmonic  
Catalog: 140011   Number of Discs: 3
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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
Grande fęte chez les Capulets
Scherzo - La Reine Mab oů la Fée des songes
Scčne d'amour
Romeo au tombeau des Capulets
1. The Montagues And The Capulets
4. Dance
7. Romeo At Juliet's Grave
6. Dance Of The Maids From The Antilles
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro
4. Allegro
1. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
2. Andante
3. Poco allegretto
4. Allegro
The Pines Of Villa Borghese, [P. 141]
The Pines Near A Catacomb, [P. 141]
The Pines Of The Janiculum, [P. 141]
The Pines Of The Appian Way, [P. 141]
1. Alborada
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Allegro spiritoso
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (allegretto)
4. Presto
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Molto allegro
1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande: Allegro ma non troppo
2. Szene am Bach: (Andante molto mosso)
3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Allegro)
4. Gewitter, Sturm (Allegro)
5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm: Allegretto
No. 1
No. 2
No. 3
No. 4
No. 5
No. 6
No. 7
No. 8
No. 9
No. 10
No. 11
No. 12
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante con moto
3. Con moto moderato
4. Saltarello (Presto)
1. Andante - Allegro con fuoco
2. Allegro vivace
3. Andante
4. Choral "Ein' Feste Burg ist unser Gott!" (Andante con moto - Allegro vivace - Allegro maestoso - Piů animato poco a poco)
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Allegro moderato
1. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi Andante - Allegro vivo
2. Andantino in modo di canzone
3. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
1. Largo - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Presto
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivace
1. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Allegro animato
3. Larghetto
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Lento - Allegro moderato
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Allegro
Intermezzo
Intermezzo
Intermezzo
1. Non allegro
2. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
3. Lento assai - Allegro vivace
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
I. Allegro
II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
III. Allegro molto
1. Largo - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro vivace
Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)
Von den Hinterweltlern
Von der großen Sehnsucht
Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
Das Grablied
Von der Wissenschaft
Der Genesende
Das Tanzlied
Das Nachtwandlerlied
Component 1: The Bells (Kolokola) Op.35: I Allegro ma non tanto ('The Silver Sleigh Bells')
The Bells (Kolokola) Op.35: II Lento ('The Mellow Wedding Bells')
The Bells (Kolokola) Op.35: III Presto ('The Loud Alarum Bells')
The Bells (Kolokola) Op.35: IV Lento lugubre ('The Mournful Iron Bells')
Symphonic Dances Op.45: Non allegro
Symphonic Dances Op.45: Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
Symphonic Dances Op.45: Lento assai - Allegro vivace - Lento assai. Come prima - Allegro vivace
1. Mars, the Bringer of War
2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6. Uranus, the Magician
7. Neptune, the Mystic
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 2. Allegro appassionato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 3. Andante - Piů adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 - 4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 2. Adagio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 In B Flat Major, Op.19 - 3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 1. Allegro con brio - Cadenza: Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3 In C Minor, Op.37 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo. Vivace - Cadenza: Ludwig van Beethoven
1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
3. Allegro vivace
Prelude (Sonnenaufgang)
Von den Hinterweltlern
Von der großen Sehnsucht
Von den Freuden und Leidenschaften
Das Grablied
Von der Wissenschaft
Der Genesende
Das Tanzlied - Das Nachtlied
Das Nachtwandlerlied
1. Vivo-Lento-Vivo-Lento-Vivo-Stesso movimiento-Lento-
2. Vivo-Stesso movimiento-Lento-
3. Vivo-Stesso movimiento-Adagio-Piu mosso-Lento-
4. Vivo-Poco meno mosso-Meno mosso-
5. Tempo I -
6. Meno mosso-Tempo I-Meno mosso-Tempo I-Meno mosso-Ancora meno mosso-Piu largo-Tempo I-Lento-Vivo-Lento-Vivo-
7. A tempo-Poco meno mosso-Presto-Stresso movimiento-Poco lento-Allegro
1. Andante comodo
2. Im Tempo eines gemächlichen Ländler. Etwas täppisch und sehr derb - Poco piů mosso subito - Ländler, ganz langsam
3. Rondo. Burleske (Allegro assai. Sehr trotzig - Presto)
4. Adagio (Sehr langsam)
I. Overture
II. Adagio
IV. Gavotte
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Menuetto - Trio - Menuetto - Polacca - Trio - Menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: I. Vivace
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: II. Andante
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: III. Allegro vivace
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: III. Allegro scherzando
1. Adagio
2. Lamentoso - disperato, con moto
3. Molto sostenuto


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