You can’t say it too often: Berlin is not only the capital of electronic music, it is also the capital of classical music. And just as there are several festivals celebrating Techno from Berlin, there are also festivals celebrating classical music in Berlin, like the Musikfest Berlin for instance, which started on Friday. For three weeks the best orchestras, soloists and conductors come to Berlin. We are giving away 2 tickets after the jump.
This year, the Musikfest Berlin’s focus is on works by three composers from Eastern Europe: Bartók, Janáček and Lutosławski. Their work is combined with pieces by composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Beethoven and many more. For the whole program click here.
The festival features soloists like Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductors like Daniel Barenboim and Simon Rattle and orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.
Personally, I am looking forward to two concerts: On 11 September, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin will play Janáčeks Sinfonietta and Bartóks The Miraculous Mandarin – in my opinion, the best works by these composers. My second personal highlight is the concert by Philharmonia Orchestra London on 9 September, which features my alltime-favourite Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune as well as Ravels Ma mère l`oye and works Lutosławski. For this concert we are giving away two tickets. To win, please send an email until 7 September to jens (a) iheartberlin (.) de und tell me your favourite classical music piece.