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Daniel Barenboim and his Staatskapelle open the Musikfest Berlin by underscoring their commitment to Arnold Schönberg’s music. Schönberg’s oeuvre unfolds in a series of 15 concerts all interwoven with pieces by Mahler and Beethoven.

From 2 to 20 September 2015 Berlin concert life kicks off with the new season with the Musikfest Berlin, an event held by the Berliner Festspiele in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation.

Over the course of 19 days, 30 events featuring over 70 works by 25 composers, premiered by about 30 orchestras, instrumental and vocal ensembles and by countless soloists known in the international music world and the music city of Berlin will be presented at the Philharmonie, its Kammermusiksaal, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Passionskirche and at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Though ultimately an unfinished work, Schönberg’s oratorio “Die Jakobsleiter” (Jacob’s Ladder), conducted by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Ingo Metzmacher, is certainly among the festival’s highlights. Ascending spherically to the heavens, the music of the “Jakobsleiter”, which will see more than 200 participants performing, is combined with Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” (Songs on the Death of Children) and “Shaar” by Iannis Xenakis.

The Musikfest Berlin starts under the title “Tehillim” with an event on the eve of the opening concert in the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal: Steve Reich’s psalm recording, which will be performed by Ensemble Modern and the Synergy Vocals. And it ends with a programme by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, which combines Schönberg’s “Glückliche Hand” (Lucky Hand) with the “Unauslöschlichen” (The Inextinguishable), Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony.

Dates and Programme

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Verklärte Nacht op.4
Fünf Orchesterstücke op. 16
Variationen für Orchester op. 31

Friday, September 4, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Variationen op. 43b

Saturday, September 5, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Streichquartett Nr. 4 op. 37

Sunday, September 6, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Kammersymphonie Nr. 1 op. 9

Monday, September 7, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Pelleas und Melisande op. 5

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Streichquartett Nr. 2 op. 10

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Kammersymphonie Nr. 2 op. 38

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Streichquartett Nr. 1 d-Moll op. 7

Monday, September 14, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Erwartung op. 17

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Lied der Waldtaube

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Die Jakobsleiter

Friday, September 18, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Die glückliche Hand op. 18

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Dreimal tausend Jahre op. 50a
De Profundis op. 50b
Friede auf Erden op. 13

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Streichquartett op. 3 op. 30

Sunday, September 20, 2015
Arnold Schönberg:
Streichtrio op. 45

Berliner Festspiele

Musikfest Berlin 2015