On Easter Weekend the DSO presents one of its season 2018-19 highlights: the staged production of Händel's oratorio ›Messiah‹ as Video on demand, conducted by Robin Ticciatis and featuring singers Louise Alder, Magdalena Kožená, Tim Mead, Allan Clayton and Florian Boesch as well as RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. The concert recording from Berlin's philharmonie is available on the DSO Player from April 1.
'Berlin needs Music!' – Podcast about a Basic Human Need
The DSO launched its first podcast on the topic 'Berlin needs music!'. In four Thursday episodes, music journalist Julia Kaiser talks with music physician and physiologist Prof. Dr. med. Eckart Altenmüller about music as a basic existential human need. Listen to the (German languange) podcast on the DSO PLAYER as well as on Spotify and Soundcloud, published on 18.3, 25.3, 1.4. and 8.4.
‘Struggle with the Devil’
On 12 March a new music film by the DSO had its premiere. With 'Struggle with the Devil' (Im Kampf mit dem Teufel), director Frederic Wake-Walker and visual artist Ergo Phizmiz bring to expressionistic life the one-act operas 'Sancta Susanna' by Paul Hindemith and 'Slzy Nože' (The Tears of the Knife) by Bohuslav Martinů, as well as the contemporary orchestral work 'Sinuous Voices' by Ondřej Adámek. Through collages and animations rich in references and innuendos, in combination with footage shot both in the Green Screen Studio and in the Kleiner Sendesaal of the rbb in February, an associative visual world is opened up that is inspired by the 1920s and congenially presents both music and content.
The film was co-produced with EuroArts and cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur. On the DSO PLAYER it remains available for free as video-on-demand until April 9.
Concerts cancelled until April 24
We very much regret to have to inform you that, on the basis of the decisions taken by the Federal Government and the States, we are suspending concert operations up to and including April 24, 2021. Since all venues may not be opened to the public during the above-mentioned period, this applies equally to the concerts in the Philharmonie, the Haus des Rundfunks, the Tempodrome, the Kühlhaus Berlin and the Museum für Fotografie.
Double feature on March 7: Robin Ticciati and Lars Vogt live + DSO string orchestra
The DSO can be heard twice on the radio on Sunday, 7 March. From 8.04 pm, rbbKultur will broadcast a concert live from the Haus des Rundfunks and conducted by music director Robin Ticciati – with Haydn's Symphony No. 96, Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' and Brahms' First Piano Concerto featuring soloist Lars Vogt.
From 9.05 pm, Deutschlandfunk will broadcast a recording of a 28 February concert with music by Janáček, Suk and Vaughan Williams, performed by a top-class string orchestra consisting of DSO members around the first concertmaster Marina Grauman and other principals.
Robin Ticciati with Martinů's opera 'Slzy Nože' on Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 21 February
On 21 February, Robin Ticciati presents Martinů's one-act opera 'Slzy Nože' (The Tears of the Knife). Originally planned as a staged production for the Philharmonie, the satirical comedy, in which erotic desire and Satan both play a significant role, can now be heard at 8.03 p.m. as a radio concert on Deuschlandfunk Kultur – with a top-class cast featuring soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, contralto Markéta Cukrová and baritone Lucia Lucas. The opera will be preceded by Ondrej Adámek's 'Sinuous Voices' and followed by a recording from May 2018 of Bohuslav Martinů's rarely performed First Symphony, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.
Robin Ticciati and Christian Tetzlaff on rbbKultur, 14 February
With its first concert of the new year, the DSO continues its live radio broadcasts. On Sunday, 14 February, rbbKultur will broadcast a programme directed by Robin Ticciati – with an improvisation and the last symphony by Joseph Haydn – starting at 8 pm. For Jörg Widmann's First Violin Concerto, the exceptional violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who has been a close artistic friend of the DSO and Ticciati for many years, joins in as soloist.
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›Symphonic Mob‹ 2020
As the 'Symphonic Mob' had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020, we invited musicians of all ages, beginners and professionals, from violin to accordion, to make music with us digitally. After countless registrations and many great video submissions, we can finally present the result: more than 170 musicians singing and playing together the old Berlin hit 'Solang noch untern Linden' by Walter Kollo.
Even if this kind of playing together can't replace the experience of a "real" "Symphonic Mob", it's a nice symbol for staying connected despite all obstacles. We wish you a lot of fun with our #home_edition of the 'Symphonic Mob' and a happy new year! We hope that we can see each other live again next autumn at the 'Symphonic Mob' 2021.
Concert film ›In Exile – of Gods and Men‹, part 3 on Jan 14, 9 pm
On January 14, the DSO will release the third and final part of its extraordinary concert film entitled ‘IM EXIL – VON GÖTTERN UND MENSCHEN’ (In Exile - Of Gods and Men), which was created together with Music Director Robin Ticciati in the Berlin Sisyphos club. The film focuses on Ondřej Adámek’s work ‘Dusty Rusty Hush’, which is embedded in performative improvisations by orchestra members. The production of sounding images was directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.
The finale premieres Thursday, 14 January at 9 pm on the ➔ DSO PLAYER, where all films are available on demand for 30 days free of charge – Parts I and II until 17 January, Part III until 14 February.
Dmytro Popov sings ›Hymns of Love‹
On 20 November, Orchid Classics released the first solo album by Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov – with a multifaceted programme of arias that have become particularly dear to him because of their emotionality and which he has interpreted many times in roles at world-renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the London Royal Opera House or the Vienna State Opera. The recording was made together with the DSO and conductor Mikhail Simonyan and presents moving moments of musical theatre, among others from Puccini's 'Tosca' and 'La bohème', Bizet's 'Carmen', Gounod's 'Roméo et Juliette' or Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin'.