Sat 4 September 2021 - 7 pm | Philharmonie Berlin

Symphonic Opening „Es sungen drei Engel“

Vladimir Jurowski, Tamara Stefanovich & Georg Nigl

Two heavyweights of 20th century music discuss thorny questions of religious philosophy. And find musical answers that differ as much as one can imagine

Symphony concert Concert with the chief conductor


Igor Stravinsky Symphonies d’instruments à vent
(Fassung von 1920)

Igor Stravinsky “Abraham und Isaac” – Geistliche Ballade für Bariton und Orchester

Igor Stravinsky Konzert für Klavier und Blasinstrumente

Igor Stravinsky Variationen für Orchester (Aldous Huxley in memoriam)

Paul Hindemith Sinfonie “Mathis der Maler”


Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor

Tamara Stefanovich - Piano

Georg Nigl - Baritone

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Ralf Sochaczewsky - Assistent des Chefdirigenten

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„Es sungen drei Engel“

Yet again, the great Stravinsky through the hands of Vladimir Jurowski in four significant manifestations. Take Abraham and Isaac, a Hebrew-language sacred cantata. The 82-year-old Stravinsky was celebrated on this very stage of the Berliner Philharmonie in 1964 at the work’s European premiere. The audience – among them the President of Germany and the Mayor of Berlin – listened as if awestruck to the ascetically strict twelve-tone composition. One can hear the emotional impact the powerful Old Testament verses had on Stravinsky, where Abraham’s faith is put to the ultimate test by God. Isaac, son of Abraham, is saved through the divine intervention of an angel. Will Stravinsky’s music bring relief at its conclusion?

Paul Hindemith’s symphony about the painter Matthias Grünewald buzzes with at times overwhelming temptations an artist, exposed to harsh societal circumstances, is faced with. The musically riveting symphony, not least because of its autobiographical dimension, ultimately triumphs over these challenges – a brave message from Hindemith in 1934 in the old Berliner Philharmonie.



Vladimir Jurowski © Simon Pauly

Vladimir Jurowski


Tamara Stefanovich © Olja Radmanovic

Tamara Stefanovich


Georg Nigl © Anita Schmid

Georg Nigl


Ralf Sochaczewsky © Robert Lehmann

Ralf Sochaczewsky

Assistent des Chefdirigenten

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