About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Mozart and Vivaldi at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Philharmonie Berlin (Chamber Music Hall).
The ensemble of the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Prague is considered one of the best new orchestras in the Czech Republic today. In Berlin, their diverse concerts at Christmas time have been a permanent musical institution in the Berlin Philharmonie for years. With the interpretation of two works by the most popular composers in music history, the baroque grand master Antonio Vivaldi and child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the musicians once again invite you to the Chamber Music Hall: In addition to Vivaldi's timeless work of art 'The Four Seasons', the Kammerphilharmoniker:innen, conducted by Petr Chromczák and violonist Martín Kos, will perform Mozart's ingenious serenade in G major, 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik', among others.
- Antonio Vivaldi – Die vier Jahreszeiten
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik KV 525
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The Philharmonie is a concert hall opened in 1963 in West Berlin. It is considered the musical heart of the German capital, as well as the new urban centre after the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall. Its distinctive bright yellow exterior and unusual tent-like shape quickly made it a city landmark. The surprising design and architecture were initially viewed negatively by many, but the Philharmonie is now considered a model for concert halls worldwide. The architect, Hans Scharoun, aimed to design a concert hall in which the focal point - the musicians on the concert platform - is equally visible from every seat, an aim that gave rise to the hall's unusual shape. Since its inauguration, the Berliner Philharmonie has hosted numerous concerts, often featuring acclaimed soloists and conductors.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Perhaps the most important composer of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer of the late 18th century. Born in 1756 in Salzburg, he showed prodigious musical talent from childhood. Beginning at five years of age, he composed more than 600 works, including concertos, symphonies, religious works and operas before his premature death at the age of 35. Hi influence over successive generations cannot be overestated - Ludwig van Beethoven wrote of Mozart "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. Despite the immense success of his compositions, and the acclaim he received across Europe, Mozart achieved little financial security and rwas buried in an unmarked grave in Vienna's St Marx Cemetery.
Antonio Vivaldi went down in history as a creator of the instrumental concert genre and the father of orchestral music. He was born in Venice on the 4th of March 1678. Vivaldi was a weak and sickly child suffering from asthma, however could not stop him from devoting himself completely to music. His father, Giovanni Batista a professional violinist, taught his elder son Antonio to play the violin. With his father young Antonio met the best musicians of Venice of that time and gave concerts in local churches. He also worked as a violin teacher and later as a music director at the orphanage Ospedalle della Pieta. Meanwhile he composed concertos, sacred works and vocal music and in 1713 he achieved great recognition with his sacred choral music. Vivaldi got captivated by the world of opera and worked both as opera composer and impresario at the Teatro San Angelo. In 1717 he obtained a prestigious position by the prince court in Manua as a director of secular music and worked there until around 1720. During that time he composed his world-renowned masterpiece The Four Seasons. In the 1730's his career dwindled as his music became unfashionable and the great composer died in poverty. It took the world two centuries to rediscover and reevaluate Vivaldi’s music, as it was buried into oblivion after his death. In the early 20th century many previously unknown works were found and immediately captured the hearts of the music lovers.