Berlin Phil plans cautious first Covid tour

Berlin Phil plans cautious first Covid tour


norman lebrecht

September 15, 2021

The orchestra says it will visit Denmark and Sweden in mid-November, a calculated gamble since that – judging by 2020 –  is when new Covid-19 restrictions may kick in.

The tour will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko, and will not visit capital or major cities. The concerts will take place in Aarhus (16 November), Malmö 17th) and Aalborg (18th).

The orchestra had originally intended to play in China, Taiwan and Japan during that period.


  • Brian says:

    They are just back from a “cautious first Covid tour” (whatever that is) of Salzburg, Lucerne and Paris. So this would be their “cautious second Covid tour”.

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      The visit to Paris was a trimph in the press and in the concert-hall for the two concerts with a Schubert 9th for the ages.

      • Jobim75 says:

        Don’t agree, even if the playing was spotless, Schubert’s’ 9th on diet is not my cup of tea. I came to hear Berliner Phil, not age of enlightenment orchestra….the first part with a playful Hindemith was great, not mentioning the dream horn intro of Oberon…

  • Gustavo says:

    Travelling is easy within the EU and from Germany to CH.

    The Bambergers are going Austria.

  • Alan says:

    Good. A return to normal I hope. About time.

  • MacroV says:

    Great. Those aren’t exactly minor towns but yes, it does seem the BPO usually hits the capitals, so venturing a little into the hinterlands is good.

  • d says:

    More interesting than the succession of British orchestras who proudly proclaimed about their first tours back… all to the same place.

  • Tamino says:

    Berlin Phil must be hungry for good shoebox hall acoustics.
    All halls are new shoebox halls.

  • NY Mike says:

    Not coming to the US this year. Only the VPO’s coming to Carnegie.

  • Geo says:

    “not in major cities”?
    Aarhus is the 2nd largest city in Denmark, Malmo is the 3rd largest in Sweden.

    Someone forgot his geography classes?