Berliner Philharmonie 13 April 2024 - Hannu Lintu and Vilde Frang |

Hannu Lintu and Vilde Frang

Berliner Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
Saturday 13 April 2024

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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Berlin, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
Olivier Messiaen: Le Tombeau resplendissant
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra
Kaija Saariaho: Ciel d`hiver
Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 in C major, Op.105

Works by Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky, Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius.

The Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker as musical ambassador of his home country. As such, the chief conductor of the Finnish National Opera presents Kaija Saariaho’s ethereal Ciel d’hiver and Jean Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony: a formally innovative work whose harsh, Nordic tone is reminiscent of the vastness of the Finnish landscapes. The concert opens with Olivier Messiaen’s orchestral lament Le Tombeau resplendissant and Igor Stravinsky’s highly virtuosic Violin Concerto which plays with Baroque forms, with Vilde Frang as the soloist.

Venue Info

Berliner Philharmonie - Berlin
Location   Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1

The Berliner Philharmonie is a concert hall in Berlin, Germany and home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The Philharmonie lies on the south edge of the city's Tiergarten and just west of the former Berlin Wall. The Philharmonie is on Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße, named for the orchestra's longest-serving principal conductor. The building forms part of the Kulturforum complex of cultural institutions close to Potsdamer Platz.

The Philharmonie consists of two venues, the Grand Hall (Großer Saal) with 2,440 seats and the Chamber Music Hall (Kammermusiksaal) with 1,180 seats. Though conceived together, the smaller hall was opened in the 1980s, some twenty years after the main building.

Hans Scharoun designed the building, which was constructed over the years 1960–1963. It opened on 15 October 1963 with Herbert von Karajan conducting Beethoven's 9th Symphony. It was built to replace the old Philharmonie, destroyed by British bombers on 30 January 1944, the eleventh anniversary of Hitler becoming Chancellor. The hall is a singular building, asymmetrical and tentlike, with the main concert hall in the shape of a pentagon. The height of the rows of seats increases irregularly with distance from the stage. The stage is at the centre of the hall, surrounded by seating on all sides. The so-called vineyard-style seating arrangement (with terraces rising around a central orchestral platform) was pioneered by this building, and became a model for other concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House (1973), Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall (1978), the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (1981), Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (2003), and the Philharmonie de Paris (2014).

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet recorded three live performances at the hall; Dave Brubeck in Berlin (1964), Live at the Berlin Philharmonie (1970), and We're All Together Again for the First Time (1973). Miles Davis's 1969 live performance at the hall has also been released on DVD.

On 20 May 2008 a fire broke out at the hall. A quarter of the roof suffered considerable damage as firefighters cut openings to reach the flames beneath the roof. The hall interior sustained water damage but was otherwise "generally unharmed". Firefighters limited damage using foam. The cause of the fire was attributed to welding work, and no serious damage was caused either to the structure or interior of the building. Performances resumed, as scheduled, on 1 June 2008 with a concert by the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The main organ was built by Karl Schuke, Berlin, in 1965, and renovated in 1992, 2012 and 2016. It has four manuals and 91 stops. The pipes of the choir organs and the Tuba 16' and Tuba 8' stops are not assigned to any group and can be played from all four manuals and the pedals.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Berlin, Germany
Starts at: 19:00
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