Berliner Philharmoniker – Anniversary concert “50 years of the Berlin Philharmonie” 2013 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

The Berlin Philharmonie is an icon of classical music – a wonderful auditorium with outstanding acoustics, whose visionary architect inspired many subsequent concert halls all over the world. In October 2013, the Philharmonie celebrated the 50th anniversary of its opening. The Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and a host of celebrity guests celebrated this anniversary with a spectacular gala concert on the theme of “spatial music”.

As early as the 16th century, composers of the Venetian School created highly diverse spatial music based on the principle of polychoral writing, exploiting the two opposing organ galleries of San Marco, as is impressively documented by the works of Giovanni Gabrieli. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis also creates the impression for the listener of near and distant music, with the music that seems to come from afar representing a long past chapter in music history.

Similarly shrouded sounds are provided by the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una fantasia op. 27 No. 2, known as the Moonlight Sonata, performed by Mitsuko Uchida, while György Kurtág’s spatial composition …quasi una fantasia…played by the students of the Orchestra Academy together with the pianist, also requires spatially distributed instrument groups in addition to the piano. Hector Berlioz was yet another composer who knew how to use remote instruments skilfully and create imaginary spatial scenes. His monumental Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale op. 15 concludes this concert to celebrate the architect Hans Scharoun’s most significant creation.

20 Oct 2013
Gala Concert: 50 years of the Philharmonie – Spatial Sounds



Giovanni Gabrieli
Canzon septimi et octavi toni a 12 (1597) (4 min.)
Greeting words (20 min.)
Klaus Wowereit Governing Mayor of Berlin, Manfred Erhardt Chairman of the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker e. V., Martin Hoffmann General Manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation

Wolfgang Rihm
IN-SCHRIFT 2 (première) (18 min.)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (18 min.)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, op. 27 no. 2 “Sonata quasi una fantasia”: 1. Adagio sostenuto · Kurtág: … quasi una fantasia … for piano and instruments dispersed in space (20 min.)
Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Mitsuko Uchida Piano, Duncan Ward Rehearsal Conductor

Hector Berlioz
Grande Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, op. 15 (32 min.)

The opening of the Berlin Philharmonie in 1963 – recollections of Rudolf Weinsheimer (8 min.)