Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker: The beginning of a partnership Vinyl edition on 6 LP

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In June 2015, the Berliner Philharmoniker elected Kirill Petrenko as chief conductor, and he took up office in 2019. Our exclusive vinyl edition presents key recordings of this phase of anticipation and new beginnings. Performances of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schmidt and Rudi Stephan reveal not only the first important programme directions, but also the exciting, intensive music-making in this partnership.

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A “musical snapshot of the early collaboration between the Berliner Philharmoniker and myself, and at the same time the initial spark of our association”, as Kirill Petrenko describes the edition in the foreword. Three repertoire strands are outlined here: first, there is the music of Russia, which Kirill Petrenko grew up with, and is represented here by Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies No. 5 and 6. These are performances in which not only the passion and power of these works unfold fully, but also their details and fine nuances. Another of Kirill Petrenko’s interests is that of unjustly forgotten composers. As examples of this, the edition presents two composers on the cusp between late-Romanticism and Modernism: Rudi Stephan and Franz Schmidt. The latter’s Fourth Symphony is presented here: music full of sonority and pain and at the same time a favourite of Kirill Petrenko. And then – as a further cornerstone of the partnership – there is German-Austrian Classicism and Romanticism. The importance of this repertoire to Kirill Petrenko is demonstrated by the prominent place Ludwig van Beethoven occupied in his concerts to open the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, when the Seventh and Ninth Symphonies respectively were programmed. Both performances are also documented here. Now, for the first time, these special recordings appear in a high-quality vinyl edition limited to 1,500 copies on 6 LP with a 56-page clothbound accompanying book and the option of hi-res download.

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Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 “Pathétique”

Franz Schmidt
Symphony No. 4 in C major

Rudi Stephan
Music for Orchestra

Kirill Petrenko in conversation (49 min)

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    Kirill Petrenko and the Berliner Philharmoniker: The beginning of a partnership

    Vinyl edition on 6 LP

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    6 LP (180g Vinyl)

    1,500 copy limited editon

    Accompanying book
    Hardcover, clothbound, 56 pages

    Audio files of the complete edition in 24 bit and up to 192 kHz

    Digital Concert Hall
    7-day ticket to the video streaming platform of the Berliner Philharmoniker

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    US$ 209.00
    Excl. shipping