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John Adams describes his piano concerto Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? as a “funky danse macabre”. Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has chosen the energetic, diabolical work for his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with the youthful Santtu-­Matias Rouvali, principal conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, at the podium. Also on the programme are Helix, by our Composer in Residence Esa­-Pekka Salonen, which builds from an idyllic opening to its vehement conclusion, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, one of the composer’s most popular works.

Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Santtu-Matias Rouvali © Marco Borggreve
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Participating artists
John Adams (Komponist/in)
Sergej Prokofjew (Komponist/in)
Esa-Pekka Salonen (Komponist/in)
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Berliner Philharmoniker
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