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Kirill Petrenko will become the next chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018.
Wilfried Hösl/Berlin Philharmonic
July 7, 2015 When the little-known Russian native came to guest conduct the orchestra, horn player Sarah Willis says, it was "love at first sight" — and his passion for music sets him apart.
Conductor Simon Rattle leads the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2014.
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October 1, 2014 Stream a performance by the stellar Berlin Philharmonic and conductor Simon Rattle in a program of Rachmaninov, Bruch and Stravinsky with dazzling violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená collaborated with a conductor she knows well, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle — who's also her husband.
August 7, 2012 The mezzo-soprano's mastery of expression in a wide variety of music shines on her new album, a collaboration with her husband, conductor Simon Rattle.
The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance.
August 5, 2012 NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic mix of new classical releases.
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June 25, 2012 The NPR Music team presents its 25 favorite albums from the first half of 2012. Highlights include records by rockers Jack White and Sharon Van Etten, pianists Jeremy Denk and Vijay Iyer and debuts from Alabama Shakes and Exitmusic.
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená with violinist Daniel Stabrawa and tenor Mark Padmore perform in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
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April 10, 2012 Watch an excerpt of Peter Sellars' semi-staged "ritualization" of Bach's dramatic passion story.
A stunning look "inside the music" — images that turn instruments' interiors into architectural wonderlands.
Bjoern Ewers/courtesy of the Berlin Philharmonic
March 9, 2012 Getting inside music, weighing 'Klinghoffer,' stealing in Spain and much more: all the news that's fit to link.
Simon Rattle conducts Mahler and Wolf at Carnegie Hall Saturday, February 25, 2012.
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February 24, 2012 Simon Rattle leads a performance of Mahler's immense and searching Second Symphony.
Conductor Simon Rattle has a special affinity for Haydn and his music.
November 3, 2010 The Berlin Philharmonic conductor has a soft spot in his heart for Josef Haydn, who could provide plenty of laughs if the two could share a meal together.
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The Nutcracker protects Clara from invading armies of mice.
October 17, 2010 Tchaikovsky's <em>Nutcracker</em> is so overplayed that we rarely stop to listen to the music. But a new recording by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic breathes new life into this 120-year-old ballet.
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