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Part of the concert series Himmelskörper

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony has long been one of the composer’s underrated works. According to Sir Simon Rattle, this is because it doesn’t offer what people usually expect of a Bruckner symphony. It is shorter, more transparent and less solemn than usual, “a piece full of humour and daring”.


Bruckner himself seems to have seen it that way, for he whimsically said that the Sixth was his “boldest”.

To open the programme, Simon Rattle conducts the world premiere of a horn concerto written by Jörg Widmann, this season’s Composer in Residence, for our principal horn Stefan Dohr.


  • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Sir Simon Rattle - Conductor
  • Stefan Dohr - Horn

Jörg Widmann
Concerto for horn and orchestra (world premiere).
Commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation
  • Stefan Dohr - horn
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 6 in A major
Additional information
his event is part of the "Celestial bodies" series to mark the 200th anniversary of Anton Bruckner's birth.

To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Berliner Philharmoniker are dedicating an entire concert cycle to the composer Anton Bruckner, which will extend over two seasons. In addition to his best-known pieces, lesser-performed works will also be presented.
Participating artists
Berliner Philharmoniker
Stefan Dohr
Sir Simon Rattle
Dates
May 2024
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