We invite You to the concert of the famous Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the most outstanding symphonic orchestras in the world!

The concert will be conducted by the Canadian conductor Yannick Nézeta-Séguin, one of the music directors of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Berliners will play Claude Debussy's La Mer and Sergiej Prokofiev's V symphony in B major.


Claude Debussy in La Mer through the most refined sound measures and techniques conveyed the play of light and the power of the elements (both water, as well as, the air). One can sense the swaying motion of the waves, changes in currents, a menacing depth, the reflection of sunlight from the water surface. Debussy drew his inspiration for La Mer from observing the sea during his stay in Eastbourne in southern England and also from impressionist paintings. This is reflected by the technique of building the sound structure from pulsating and overlapping minor motifs and elusive episodes.


Sergiej Prokofiev's V Symphony in B Major belongs to great masterpieces inspired by war. However, contrary to the three piano (and the first violin) sonatas which were composed at that time, it is devoid of the tragic tone. After all, the symphony expresses collective emotions, it is supposed to lift the spirit and give hope for a better future. Is it in fact a propaganda masterpiece? Only to a certain extent. Because the nobleness of imagination – rooted in the great romantic symphonic music captured the hearts of not only ideologists and the audience of the USSR. Shortly afterwards it was also performed across the Atlantic and the American critics unanimously declared that Prokofiev's the fifth  is one of the most superb symphonies of its era.


Concert hall
20 February 2019 | 20:00


Yannick Nézet-Séguin


Berliner Philharmoniker