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Prom 68: Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko perform Beethoven and Strauss

Live at the BBC Proms: Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven's Symphony No 7 and Richard Strauss's tone poems Don Juan, and Death and Transfiguration

Kirill Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven and Strauss.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Strauss: Don Juan
Death and Transfiguration

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Beethoven: Symphony No 7 in A major

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko, conductor

For their second concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker and its Music Director Designate Kirill Petrenko pair two of the 19th century’s greatest symphonic poems with Beethoven’s much-loved Seventh Symphony. If Don Juan celebrates the life of the body – energetic passions, desires and cynical ambitions – then the composer’s Death and Transfiguration, a vivid portrait of the last hours of a dying artist, explores ideas of the mind and spirit. These two colourful musical narratives are set against the dance-driven energy of Beethoven’s symphony.

2 hours, 14 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Petrenko.
  • Richard Strauss

    Death and Transfiguration

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Petrenko.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major

    Conductor: Kirill Petrenko. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

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