25.04.2020 to 26.04.2020

Beethoven Marathon by the Berliner Philharmoniker

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform all of Beethoven’s quartets, including: Piano Trio, op. 11 “Gassenhauer”, Piano Quintet, op. 16, Septet, op. 20, Sextet, op. 71 and Octet, op. 103

In 2020 the international music world is celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven, who is considered the most frequently performed classical composer in the world. As an uncompromising maverick thinker and visionary who rejected any convention or routine, he has become a source of inspiration and role model for countless numbers of people around the world. On the occasion of the Beethoven anniversary, a number of Berliner Philharmoniker ensembles will perform a large part of Beethoven’s chamber music over the course of two days: a concert marathon that is one of the special highlights of the season. The programme includes all the string quartets – starting with the early Opus 18 up to the visionary final contributions to the genre which, besides their growing inner complexity, boasted increasingly large formal concepts that violated the genre norms of the time. The composer is reported to have said in this regard to Karl Holz, second violinist of the Schuppanzigh Quartet, each of the pieces is simply “sui generis! Art demands of us that we shall not stand still. You will notice a new type of voice leading, and thank God there is less lack of fantasy than ever before.” The Beethoven Marathon offers the rare opportunity to trace Beethoven’s astonishing musical development in the string quartet genre in chronological order. In addition, there is more chamber music to be discovered, from the trio to the octet. The performers include the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, the Venus Ensemble, the Brahms Ensemble, the Varian Fry Quartet, the Philharmonic String Quartet and the Marzona Quartet, to name but a few. In addition, for this Beethoven Marathon, Philharmonic musicians have also joined forces who do not otherwise perform together as permanent ensembles.


Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1
10785 Berlin

Admission prices

Ticket Office of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation:
Tel.: +49 30 254 88 999 (Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Philharmonie Box Office:
Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ticket information

Day ticket €35.00
Festival pass for both days €59.00


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