Desires and dreams
Debussy's breakthrough, the revival of the French symphony and an unplayable trumpet concert
Claude Debussy “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”
Claude Debussy Danse (“Tarantelle styrienne”) – orchestration by Maurice Ravel
Henri Tomasi Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
César Franck Symphony in D minor
Alain Altinoglu - Conductor
Håkan Hardenberger - Trumpet
FOR CHILDREN FROM 9 YEARS OLD
„Halbzeit Klassik“ (half-time classical music) is aimed at children who want to attend the symphony concert with their parents, friends, or acquaintances, but for whom a whole concert programme is still too long.
While the adults attend the concert from the beginning, the young concert attendees in the Green Room on the ground floor get close to the D Minor Symphony by César Franck (1822–1890), which is played in the second half of the concert. Together with music educators and orchestra members, they explore the moods of the work, listen to live melodies, experiment with musical elements and can also enquire about orchestral work in general.
After the recess, the well-prepared children will visit the second half of the concert together with their adult companions.
€ 5 for children and
€ 15 for one accompanying person per child
Alain Altinoglu - Conductor
“With Alain Altinoglu, La Monnaie has found its Messiah.” (Le Figaro)
In his third season as Music Director of Brussels’s Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Alain Altinoglu continues to earn rave reviews for his intense yet refined performances. Productions that Altinoglu conducts in the 2018/19 include Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Tsar Saltan” as well as Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”. Furthermore, the Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie and Alain Altinoglu will embark on a Beethoven cycle throughout the season, juxtaposing all nine symphonies with world premieres of new works, specifically commissioned by La Monnaie for this occasion.
Alain Altinoglu regularly conducts such distinguished orchestras as the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Philharmoniker, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich as well as all the major Parisian orchestras.
Highlights of his 2018/19 season included Altinoglu’s debut at the BBC Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Wiener Philharmoniker at the prestigious Musikverein, gave debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln as well as Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and returned to the Cleveland Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Wiener Symphoniker as well as on tour throughout Europe with the Russian National Orchestra as well as Orchestre National de France. In opera, Altinoglu took on a new David McVicar production of Berlioz’s monumental opera “Les Troyens” at the Wiener Staatsoper.
A regular guest at the world’s leading opera houses, Altinoglu appears at Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House London Covent Garden, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Bayerische Staatsoper München and all three opera houses in Paris. He has also appeared at the festivals in Bayreuth, Salzburg, Orange and Aix-en-Provence.
Alongside his conducting, Altinoglu maintains a strong affinity and command over the Lied repertoire. Regularly accompanying mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch, their most recent recording for Naïve includes folk songs by de Falla, Obradors, Granados, Berio and Brahms. Other recordings together have included a disc of songs by Henri Duparc (Cascavelle) and Maurice Ravel (Naïve). Altinoglu recorded arias with Piotr Beczala for Deutsche Grammophon. Past releases include Lalo’s Fiesque with the Orchestre National de Montpellier and Roberto Alagna (DG) and Liszt’s Piano Concertos with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (PentaTone). DVD recordings include Honegger’s “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher” (Accord) in 2007 and a recording of Wagner’s “Der fliegende Holländer” (DG) in 2015.
Born in Paris, Alain Altinoglu studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he now teaches the conducting class.
Håkan Hardenberger - Trumpet
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, consistently recognized for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation. Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
Hardenberger performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Philharmoniker, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and London Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he regularly collaborates with include Martyn Brabbins, Péter Eötvös, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sakari Oramo, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and John Storgårds.
The works written for and championed by Hardenberger stand as key highlights in the repertory and include those by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Hans Werner Henze, Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth, Arvo Pärt, Toru Takemitsu, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Rolf Wallin and HK Gruber’s concerto Aerial, which has received its 70th performance with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015.
In summer 2018, Hardenberger returned to the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Andris Nelsons with B.A. Zimmermann’s trumpet concerto “Nobody knows the trouble I see”, celebrating his centenary. At the BBC Proms he performed Brandenburg concerto No. 2 attacca into Steven Mackey’s response to Bach’s original, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He returned to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, before embarking on a tour together to the Royal Festival Hall London, Malmö Live, Konserthuset Stockholm, Latvian National Opera and Konzerthaus Dortmund. In November he gave his debut at Carnegie Hall with Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, with HK Gruber’s “Aerial”. Spring 2019 saw the world premieres of Robin Holloway’s trumpet concerto with BBC Philharmonic and Tobias Brostroem’s concerto for two trumpets with Jeroen Berwaerts and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, both with John Storgårds. Hardenberger also returned to the Orchestre de Paris, Dresdner Philharmonie and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Conducting is an integral part of Hardenberger’s music making. He conducts orchestras such as BBC Philharmonic, Saint Paul and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, Dresdner Philharmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Dublin, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi and Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
To add to his prolific discography, on the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BIS labels, Hardenberger anticipated the release of duo recording with Colin Currie, which features duos by composers such as Brett Dean and André Jolivet (LSO Live). The duo performed in London, Malmö, Aldeburgh, Wimbledon and Bergen. Together with Roland Pöntinen, he returned to Wigmore Hall and performed at Kunstfestspiele Hannover and in Detmold. As the Artistic Director of the Malmö Chamber Music Festival, he featured the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Xavier de Maistre as well as composers in residence Mark Anthony Turnage and Betsy Jolas.
Hardenberger was born in Malmö, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud, and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Conservatoire.
Sun 1 March 2020 - 4 pm Philharmonie Berlin
- from € 20
- Introduction with Steffen Georgi: 3:10 pm, Hermann-Wolff-Saal (free, limited of number of seats)
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Route directions & parking location
It is easy to access the Philharmonie by public transport:
Buses M84, M85, N2 to Kulturforum or Varian-Fry-Str. or Potsdamer Platz + 4 minutes walk, 200 to Philharmonie
Underground U2 to Potsdamer Platz + 10 minutes walk
S-Bahn (city railway) S1, S2, S25, S26 and regional trains to Potsdamer Platz + 10 minutes walk
Current information: due to building works around the Philharmonie, traffic is being diverted in the area of Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße and Tiergartenstraße. For further information, please consult the website of the Philharmonie.
There are a limited number of charged parking spaces on the site of the Philharmonie:
per hour or part-hour 2.50 Euros
day maximum 20.00 Euros
lost ticket 20.00 Euros
evening rate 7 pm to 5 am 7.00 Euros
Sunday flat rate 6.00 Euros
Please also use parking possibilities in the Sony Center (entrances Ben-Gurion- and Bellevuestraße) as well as Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (entrance to underground parking on Reichpietschufer) and in the car park on Schöneberger Ufer. All these are public parking areas belonging to the City of Berlin, on behalf of which they are administrated by APCOA Autoparking GmbH.
The public parking areas on Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße (on the western side of the Philharmonie) provide a limited number of identified parking spaces for the disabled. Unfortunately, it is generally not possible to reserve parking spaces.
The building opens one hour before the start of concerts.
As the Berlin Philharmonic Hall is a listed building, unfortunately it is not fully accessible in all areas. Further information regarding entrances for the disabled, places in the disabled box, and offers of help for the sight and hearing impaired are available on the website of the Philharmonie.
Concert visitors with severely disabled passes marked B will receive a free ticket for their escort when buying a ticket. Our visitor service (link) is happy to assist with any further questions. On site, you can contact the staff of the events service EVENTTEAM, who will be happy to help you in any way.
Please note that visitors may not take large bags, rucksacks or coats into the concert hall with them. However, coats can be handed in, free of charge at the cloakrooms in the foyer or on the first floor opposite Block A right. Please collect your coats and items of luggage as soon as possible after the end of the concert. Personal items which are not collected in good time will be left with the porter at the stage door (in the direction of Potsdamer Platz) and can be collected from there upon presentation of your cloakroom ticket.
There is no fixed dress code for concerts by the RSB. Depending on your taste and how you feel most comfortable, you can attend in suit or evening gown, or in jeans and a T-shirt, for example.
Snacks and drinks are sold in the foyer of the Philharmonie before concerts and in the concert intervals. These can be ordered in advance for the opening of doors and the interval, please ring tel. 030 265 15 24 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No food or drink may be taken into the concert hall.
Steffen Georgi, dramaturge of the RSB, offers free introductory talks to most symphonic concerts in the auxiliary rooms of the Konzerthaus or the Philharmonie. These take place 50 minutes (in the Philharmonie) or 60 minutes (in the Konzerthaus) before the start of the concert. The introductory talks will take place in German language. All relevant details may be found in our annotated concert calendar; see entries on respective concert dates.
Symphonic and chamber music concerts generally take 2 hours including a 20-minute interval.
Attention is drawn to significant deviations from this rule in the concert calendar.
Should you arrive too late for a concert, it will depend on the works being played when and whether there will be late admissions. Please speak to the staff of the respective venue. It may not be possible for you to take up your actual seat until the concert interval, as the music cannot be disturbed. No refund on ticket prices is possible.
Our programmes are sold by the admission stewards before each concert and in the interval, costing 3 € each.
RSB subscribers receive a free copy of the relevant programme on presentation of a voucher.