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Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Vocalconsort Berlin, Christoph Eschenbach

Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin — Großer Saal

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Explore the beauty of classical music at Konzerthaus Berlin, where masterworks by Schubert and Mozart come to life in this incredible performance.

Christoph Eschenbach bids farewell after four years as chief conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with two particularly impressive works: Franz Schubert's much‐loved Symphony in B minor, nicknamed 'Unfinished' — perhaps a thought‐provoking reminder that every human life remains unfinished. And Mozart's last work, his famous Requiem. The fact that it was, of all things, a mass for the dead, and that he left it unfinished when he died at the age of less than 36, has caused rumors to run rampant for centuries: Was he tormented by premonitions, did he therefore hurry with the completion and failed tragically? Who was the mysterious 'Gray Messenger'? Did the composer die a natural death or was there even a murderous intrigue in musical circles? These and many other excited speculations have been clarified and objectified by musicology in the course of time. What remains is unearthly beautiful music with Christoph Eschenbach, the Konzerthausorchester, the Vocalconsort Berlin and renowned soloists.


  • Schubert, Franz – Sinfonie h‐Moll D 759 („Unvollendete“)
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Requiem für Soli, Chor und Orchester d‐Moll KV 626
Program is subject to change


Conductor: Eschenbach, Christoph

Christoph Eschenbach, born 1940 in Breslau, Germany (today Wroclaw, Poland) is a noted pianist and conductor. Orphaned by World War II, he won numerous first‐place piano competition prizes. In 1964 he made his first recording (of Mozart) for Deutsche Grammophon and signed a contract with the label.

Prior to being named to his positions as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and the Philadelphia Orchestra, he held principal conducting and directing positions with orchestras in Ludwigshafen and Hamburg (Germany) and the Ravinia Festival (outside Chicago, Illinois). In 1981 he became principal guest conductor of Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and was chief conductor from 1982‐86. Other posts include music director of the Houston (1988‐99); chief conductor of the Hamburg NDR Symphony (1998‐2004); and music director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1994‐2003). He has made numerous recordings both as piano soloist and conductor.

He is credited with helping and supporting talented young musicians in their career development including soprano Renée Fleming and pianists Tzimon Barto and Lang Lang.

Choir: Vocalconsort Berlin
Bass: Sly, Philippe
Tenor: Antoun, Frédéric
Mezzo-soprano: Shaham, Rinat
Soprano: Reiss, Chen


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