Trusted Shops badge

Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Iván Fischer with the Chorwerk Ruhr and soloists

About the Event

In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Philip Glass at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Konzerthaus Berlin.

Those familiar with the concerts conducted by honorary conductor Iván Fischer will notice how he always presents works in unexpected combinations. In collaboration with the renowned vocal ensemble Chorwerk Ruhr, this program explores 'contemporary choral music in the context of traditional musical forms,' building a cultural bridge between Baroque Christianity and a 19th‐century American interpretation of the Hindu passion story.

The moving cantata 'Lord, do not enter into judgment with your servant' reflects the profound anguish of an 18th‐century penitent for his sins. Nevertheless, Christian faith and Bach's musical expression convey hope, especially in the concluding chorale, which offers comfort with its soothing string accompaniment.

Interspersed with Bach's cantata are two spiritually tinged works by minimalist composer Philip Glass. They open with the chamber music piece 'Façades' from 1981, originally conceived for the film 'Koyaanisqatsi,' which explores the relationship between man and nature.

Regarding his second work, Philip Glass notes that Sri Ramakrishna's life and teachings had a formative influence on modern India, 'revitalizing Hindu culture from its spiritual roots.' With 'Passion of Ramakrishna,' which premiered in 2006, Glass vividly traces the monk's suffering, death and transfiguration.

Gift card