Konzerthaus Berlin celebrates anniversary

Konzerthaus Berlin celebrates anniversary

With a jubilee concert, Berlin's Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt celebrated its 200th birthday on Thursday evening, with a slight delay due to corona.

Anniversary concert

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Christoph Eschenbach (M) conducts at the 200th anniversary concert of the Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt.

Chief conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Konzerthausorchester presented themselves to an enthusiastic audience at the season opener. The Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) building was inaugurated on 26 May 1821 as a theatre with a prologue written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) in the presence of Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm III. (1770-1840) in the presence of Prussia's King Friedrich Wilhelm III.
In the words of artistic director Sebastian Nordmann, the festive programme, which opened with a brass introda, also included a "look ahead". The Palestinian-Israeli composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi had composed "Xylo" as a commissioned work. In the approximately eleven-minute piece, individual parts of the orchestra are given additional tasks: the violins hit wooden sticks against each other, the violas make tin cans rattle, the cellos rattle, the double basses hit bells with a hammer and the brass players sound bells beyond their usual instruments.
With Carl Maria von Weber's concert piece in F minor, Eschenbach, the orchestra and pianist Martin Helmchen continued the first year of the Konzerthaus. Shortly after the opening, von Weber had premiered his opera "Der Freischütz" there. One of the highlights was the US-American organist Cameron Carpenter, who is considered eccentric. His breathtaking, almost heated version of a Bach fantasy was met with prolonged applause. Eschenbach and the Konzerthausorchester completed the programme with Brahms and a Mendelsohn encore.
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| Last edited: Friday, 27. August 2021 09:01 Uhr

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