Berliner Philharmoniker - Season opening with Kirill Petrenko and works by Beethoven and Strauss
Kirill Petrenko, who takes up office as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker next year, has now conducted the orchestra’s traditional season opening concert for the first time, with Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony on the programme. The audience responded to this eagerly awaited concert with standing ovations. Petrenko developed Beethoven’s Seventh from its rhythmic pulse, with both the first and last two movements following on from each other without interruption. Strauss’s tone poems provided the conductor with ample opportunity to develop his sense of timbre and thematic structure: “This was Strauss delivered with a power, precision, punch, pathos and passion that you encounter once in a decade, if you’re lucky” (The Times).