Sat 26 February 2022 - 8 pm & Sun 27 February 2022 - 4 pm | Konzerthaus Berlin & Philharmonie Berlin

Russian steeds

Vladimir Jurowski & Alban Gerhardt

First Alban Gerhardt's brilliant Rubinstein idea. Then Vladimir Jurowski's generous Tchaikovsky offering. Dmitri Smirnov will feel at ease

from € 20 Symphony concert Concert with the chief conductor


Pyotr Tchaikovsky Slawischer Marsch op. 31

Anton Rubinstein Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 2 d-Moll op. 96

Concerto piccolo für Violoncello und Orchester (“History of Russia in 4 anthems”) op.127

Pyotr Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor

Alban Gerhardt - Violoncello

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Concert with

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Composer Dmitri Smirnov, husband of Yelena Firsova, died of a coronavirus infection in April 2020. Almost twenty years earlier, he composed a small cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, which the generational cellist was unable to perform, having passed away in 2007 at the age of 80. Now, in its premiere by Alban Gerhardt and the RSB, it becomes a double requiem, precisely because it is not at all funereal, musically speaking.

In the program follows the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Anton Rubinstein, one of those great and yet little-known romantic cello concerti to which soloist Alban Gerhardt has devoted himself especially (and in numerous recordings). The evening closes with the Fifth Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose to-be world-famous Piano Concerto No. 1 was then dismissed by Anton Rubinstein’s brother Nikolai as “poor”. If the Sixth shook up musical history with its Adagio finale in 1893, the world still seems to be well in order with the Fifth in 1888 – or is it?


Bridges of sound to the cosmos

 Tus 1 March 2022 – 8 pm
Broadcast of the concert from 26 February 2022 into the Zeiss-Großplanetarium

Enjoy the symphony concert with unrestricted view of this starry sky in the Zeiss-Großplanetarium (Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin) – spherical, heavenly sounds in the truest sense of the word.


Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Pauly

Vladimir Jurowski


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Sat 26 February 2022 - 8 pm Konzerthaus Berlin

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Sun 27 February 2022 - 4 pm Philharmonie Berlin

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