Berliner Philharmoniker, Michael Sanderling

Michael Sanderling conducts Haydn and Shostakovich

Joseph Haydn’s Second Cello Concerto is one of the most important works of Viennese Classicism. Its warm, melodious solo part is captivating, excitingly alternating between melancholy and cheerfulness. At this concert it is played by Bruno Delepelaire, first principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. At his debut with the Philharmoniker, Michael Sanderling also conducts Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony: a nightmarishly brutal panorama of the Second World War.

Program and cast

Berliner Philharmoniker
Michael Sanderling, conductor
Bruno Delepelaire, cello


Joseph Haydn
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2
Bruno Delepelaire, cello

Dmitri Shostakovich
Sympnony No. 7 in C major, op. 60 “Leningrad”

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Berliner Philharmonie - Chamber Music Hall

The Berliner Philharmonie is a concert hall in Berlin, Germany. Home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the building is acclaimed for both its acoustics and its architecture.


The Philharmonie lies on the south edge of the city's Tiergarten and just west of the former Berlin Wall, an area that for decades suffered from isolation and drabness but that today offers ideal centrality, greenness, and accessibility. Its cross street and postal address is Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße, named for the orchestra's longest-serving principal conductor. The neighborhood, often dubbed the Kulturforum, can be reached on foot from the Potsdamer Platz station.


Actually a two-venue facility with connecting lobby, the Philharmonie comprises a Großer Saal of 2,440 seats for orchestral concerts and a chamber-music hall, the Kammermusiksaal, of 1,180 seats. Though conceived together, the smaller venue was added only in the 1980s.


By subway (U-Bahn):

Lines U2 (Bahnhöfe Potsdamer Platz or MendelssohnBartholdy-Park)

By city train (S-Bahn):

Lines S1, S2, S25 (Potsdamer Platz)

By regional train:

Lines RE3, RE4, RE5 (Potsdamer Platz)

By bus directly to the Philharmonie:

Lines 200 (Philharmonie), M48, M85 (Kulturforum or Varian-Fry-Straße),
Further bus lines: M29 (Potsdamer Brücke), M41 (Potsdamer Platz)

By car:

A limited number of parking spaces are available on the Philharmonie property. Please use the parking garages under the Sony Center and under the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Entrance at Reichpietschufer).

By bycicle:

A limited number of bycicle stands are available on front and behind the Philharmonie. Additional stands can be found in front of the State Library (Staatsbibliothek) across the street.

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