For almost 20 years, the German Bundestag, together with Deutschlandfunk and the DSO, has organised the so-called Reichstag Concerts for invited guests. As none of these concerts could be held this year due to Corona, Parliamentary Television recorded a concert by DSO's brass quintet in front of the advent wreath with varied arrangements of well-known Advent and Christmas music. During the concert break, Stephan Detjen, chief correspondent of Deutschlandradio in the capital city studio, talks with Bundestag's president Dr Wolfgang Schäuble about the challenges of this year and the forecast for the coming months.
Concert film ›In Exile – of Gods and Men‹
On December 18 and 19 the DSO releases the first two instalments of a three-part concert film entitled 'IM EXIL – VON GÖTTERN UND MENSCHEN' (In Exile – Of Gods and Men), featuring the orchestra and its music director Robin Ticciati in the Friedrichswerder Church, out in open nature and at Sisyphos Club. The Sounding Images production was directed by Frederic Wake-Walker.
Robin Ticciati, violinist Alina Ibragimova and a Jazz Duo on 20 December
The DSO and principal conductor Robin Ticciati will bring the year 2020 to a close with a radio concert on 20 December at 8.04 pm on rbbKultur. Ticciati conducts a manifold programme with music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and Antonio Vivaldi, counterpointed with jazz improvisations by Stephan Braun (cello) and Rolf Zielke (piano). The soloist in Vivaldi's violin concerto 'L'inquietudine' will be the world-renowned violinist Alina Ibragimova. The concert is presented by Shelly Kupferberg together with Robin Ticciati.
Robin Ticciati to become honorary professor at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin
DSO’s Music Director Robin Ticciati is appointed Honorary Professor of Musical Conducting in the ›Voice‹ study program at Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. He will take up his post in the winter semester 2020/2021 and receive his certificate at the premiere of William Walton’s one-act opera ›The Bear‹ on 3 March 2021, a joint project of the DSO and the School of Music.
DSO concerts on rbb television on 6 and 13 December
On the second and third Sundays in Advent, recordings of the two concerts in November, which the DSO gave with Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati in the Philharmonie, are broadcast on rbb television:
Sunday, 6 December / 10.25 pm / Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mahler's ›Das Lied von der Erde‹, Robin Ticciati music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Birtwistle (recordede on 7 November 2020)
Sunday, 13 December / 10.25 pm / Robin Ticciati conducts music by Rachmaninoff, Lang and Wagner (recorded on 21 November 2020)
Ticciati conducts excerpts from Wagner's ›Götterdämmerung‹
Despite the cancellation of events due to the pandemic until the end of November, we are very pleased to be able to present to our audience some selected concerts as a video stream on the DSO PLAYER, on YouTube and Facebook.
Under its music director Robin Ticciati, the DSO played instrumental excerpts from Wagner's opera 'Götterdämmerung', preceded by Rachmaninoff's elegiac tone poem 'Die Toteninsel' and 'ionisches Licht' by contemporary composer Klaus Lang on November 21. In addition to the music, a space and lighting concept by British director Frederic Wake-Walker reinforced the overall dramaturgy of the multi-faceted programme.
The concert was broadcast live from the Berlin Philharmonie and remains available as video on demand on the DSO PLAYER. rbbKultur also broadcast the concert live as a video stream on its website and on its radio programme.
Radio concerts on 13 and 23 November
The DSO continues its concerts on the radio. On Friday, 13 November, a top-class chamber music ensemble of the DSO will give a radio concert with works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Rudolf Karel and Erwin Schulhoff, which Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast live from 8.03 pm from the Jesus Christus Church in Dahlem.
On Monday, 23 November from 8.04 pm, the DSO, conducted by music director Robin Ticciati, plays a concert at Friedrichswerdersche Kirche Church, broadcast by rbbKultur. The programme includes music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky.
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Watch online: Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati
Despite the cancellation of events due to the pandemic until the end of November, we are very pleased to be able to present to our audience some selected concerts as a video stream on our website, on YouTube and Facebook.
The first concert on 7 November was with Sir Simon Rattle, who returned to the DSO for the first time after his debut in the 'RIAS presents' series 43 years ago, conducting Gustav Mahler's ›Lied von der Erde. In the first part of the evening Chief Conductor Robin Ticciati conducted music by Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Birtwistle.
Further dates are to be announced soon.
All November concerts have been canceled
Dear Concert Visitor,
Due to the Corona pandemic the federal government and the senat of Berlin have decided to cancel all cultural events with audience for the month of November 2020– that applies to all our concerts. We thoroughly regret this inconvenience. ...
›Gramophone-Award‹ for Beethoven CD with Martin Helmchen and Andrew Manze
The DSO was awarded the 'Beethoven 250 Award' by renowned British music magazine 'Gramophone' for its recording of Beethoven's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5, which was produced in October 2019 together with pianist Martin Helmchen and conductor Andrew Manze on the Alpha Classics label and co-produced by rbbKultur. The special award ceremony on the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday took place on October 6 at the 'Gramophone Classical Music Awards'.