David Mellor - Sunday 1 November 2015, 7pm

David Mellor rounds up Berlin Philharmonic Week by showcasing the principal conductors of the legendary orchestra.

The Berlin Philharmonic has had ten principal conductors since 1882, starting with Ludwig von Brenner and coming bang up to date with Sir Simon Rattle.

Whilst there are not recordings for all ten of them, among the rarities tonight David has the great Wilhelm Furtwängler (pictured), conducting Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven.

The name Herbert von Karajan is synonymous with the Berlin Philharmonic and tonight we hear him conducting a seminal recording of Puccini’s La bohème featuring Luciano Pavarotti.

There’s also Claudio Abbado conducting Wagner’s Tannhauser featuring Bryn Terfel, and another recording of Wagner's music conducted by none other than Richard Strauss.

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