German orchestras shrink into new season

German orchestras shrink into new season


norman lebrecht

July 10, 2020

The Leipzig Gewandhaus has just rolled out a September-October programme made up essentially of chamber music. Details here.

The Berlin Philharmonic is promising scaled-down new-season details by the end of the month.

The shape of things to come.



  • Cubs Fan says:

    I sure hope the 2021 Mahler Festival in Leipzig is still a go.

  • Mr music says:

    Chamber music?
    Seems like a normal program of symphonic concert starting September.
    What are you talking about?

    • Tom says:

      Of the works planned for the concert hall, the first one for large orchestra doesn’t take place until December, with Prokofiev 6. Up to that point there’s a lot of Beethoven and other works that can be performed with modestly sized string sections and double winds.

  • John Borstlap says:


    Until a working vaccin is found, or until concert halls can be made corona proof – furnished with ventilation systems that filter the air of micro droplets.

  • Hope that they will go outside of Germany. I have tickets for two concerts of them in November with Triffonov and Mutter. I’am affraid that it will be gone with the covid…

  • Violin player says:

    SWR recently announced the beginning of their new season (Sept-Dec) with conductors Teodor Currentzis, Manfred Honeck, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling, artist in residence Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and guest concerts in Hamburg, Vienna, Essen, Luxemburg in September. No doubt fewer people on stage and in the audience, but the ability of German orchestras to adapt and safely carry on a concert season during these times is impressive.

  • fflambeau says:

    Actually, the series opens on 12 September with all Beethoven; no chamber music at all.