[ EuroArts DVD / DVD ]
Release Date: Friday 19 June 2020
The Berliner Philharmoniker played under the baton of their new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko for the first time at the New Year's Eve concert - presenting a vibrant facet to Petrenko's repertoire. The program takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein's West Side Story and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Moreover, it features star soprano Diana Damrau in captivating musical songs.
"The Berliner Philharmoniker and Diana Damrau bring American sass and swing to the Silvesterkonzert" - Financial Times
With this program, Kirill Petrenko presented himself to the Berlin Philharmonic's audience from a new musical angle - as an interpreter of catchy Broadway melodies. Diana Damrau, performing with the Philharmoniker for the first time, accompanied him on his excursion into the field of musicals. Having already worked with Petrenko a number of times, she raves about his conducting style: "He's a magician!" The soprano is considered one of the leading singers in the lyric and coloratura repertoire. She gave her stage debut in a completely different genre, however: as Eliza in Frederick Loewe's musical My Fair Lady in Würzburg in 1995. Diana Damrau shows she is consummately proficient in the musical genre on this program with hits by Richard Rodgers, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen and Kurt Weill. In addition, she will assume the role of Maria in Leonard Bernstein's successful musical West Side Story with the song I feel pretty.
Gershwin: Girl Crazy Overture
Rodgers, R: If I Loved You (from Carousel)
Bernstein: I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story)
Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Weill, K: Foolish Heart (from One Touch of Venus)
Weill, K: Lady in the Dark - Symphonic Nocturne
Sondheim: A Little Night Music: Send in the Clowns
Arlen: Over the Rainbow
Gershwin: An American in Paris, tone poem