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The Berlin Orchestra: Vivaldi, Bach und Mozart at Kaiser‐Wilhelm Memorial Church

Berlin, Kaiser‐Wilhelm‐Gedächtniskirche — Main Hall

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About the Event

Spend an evening with the greatest masterpieces of 300 years of classical music in Europe presented by the Berlin Orchestra in the stunning Kaiser‐Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Program

  • Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Spring + Summer
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem Lacrimosa
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on the G String
  • Franz Schubert – Ave Maria
  • Georg Friedrich Händel – Largo from opera Xerxes
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 — Allegro
  • Franz Xaver Mozart – Salzburg Symphony K136 Allegro
  • Charles‐Marie Jean Albert Widor – Toccata, Symphony No. 5
Program is subject to change

Artists

Orchestra: The Berlin Orchestra
Organ player: Vladimir Magalashvili
Soprano: Sarah Vautor
Violin: Julia Smirnova

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a Protestant church affiliated with the regional congregation of the German Evangelical church. Located in Berlin on the famous Kurfurstendamm ,the remaining spire of the old church, damaged in World War II is a well-known landmark of West Berlin, nicknamed the 'Hollow Tooth' by Berliners. The current church, and chapel tower, built in the early 1960s, are sometimes called 'the lipstick and the powder compact' for their respective shapes, and are notable for their extensive use of stained glass. The damaged remnants of the 1890s church were not lost, but have been collected into a memorial hall on the ground floor of the church as a reminder of past events.

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.

Franz Schubert

During his rather short life, Franz Schubert, one of the fathers of romanticism in music, had always been an unappreciated genius who had never received public acclaim. Only his family and friends were delighted by his music, and most of his works were discovered and published only many years after his death. Franz Schubert was born on the 31th of March 1797 in the suburbs of Vienna. His father and eldest brother were amateur musicians and they taught him to play piano and violin. At the age of 11 Schubert was a singer in a choir at the Lichtenthal parish and later auditioned for Antonio Salieri and admitted to the emperor’s choir. During that period young Franz started composing his own works. However, after his voice broke he had to leave the choir and in 1814 he started working as a teacher in the same parish school as his father. He never stopped composing and 4 years later he decided to quit teaching and devote his life completely to music. He fell out with his father because of that and struggled to make ends meet. In 1818 Schubert went to Vienna, where he met Vogl. Together they gave private concerts in small aristocratic circles, mainly playing Lieder, which Schubert wrote around 600. Franz Schubert gave only one big public concert in his whole life in March 1828, which was very warmly received by the audience. However, his health was deteriorating and in November the same year he died of thyroid fever at the age of 31.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the late 18th century. He is well known as the most influential composers of all time as well as crucial figure to the Classical music scene. In fact, he demonstrated his musical talent at an early age, taking lessons from his father and composer/conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. Later, he moved to Vienna where he gained the reputation of a virtuoso pianist by composing his popular masterpieces. He created his most admired works in his last 15 years of life, all the while being almost completely deaf.

Georg Friedrich Händel

An English subject with German origins, Georg Handel was truly a musical pioneer, combining musical traditions of English, Italian and German composers. He was born in 1685 in Halle, Germany, into a very religious and conservative family. His father was dreaming for his son to become a lawyer and would not let young Georg play musical instruments at home. But the Duke Johann Adolf accidentally heard him playing in the chapel and convinced Georg's father to let his son receive a musical education. Thus, Handel became a pupil of the famous organ player and composer Friedrich Zachow. The first success came to Handel in 1705 when he moved to Hamburg and staged his two premiere operas, Almira and Nero, in the Oper am Gänsemarkt. Almira immediately became a highlight of the theatre and was performed around 20 times. Later next year Handel moved to Italy were he received high acclaim and was put on the same level as renowned Italian composers of the time. In 1710 Handel travelled to London where later he decided to settle down. There he wrote a sacred choral piece "Te Deum" that was played in St. Paul´s Cathedral at the ceremony devoted to signing the Utrecht Treaty. From that moment onwards he became the leading composer of England, as the country did not have any native prominent composers. His oeuvre was mainly focused on operas, but by 1730 the genre of Italian opera ceased to be popular and Handel´s success dwindled. During the last years of his life until his death in 1759 he was mainly composing oratorias, including his famous and magnificent Messiah.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The name Bach and the word musician had long been synonyms in Germany as the world saw 56 musicians from this kin. But it was Johann Sebastian Bach, a genius composer and virtuoso organ player, who shed lustre on his family name. He was born on th 31st of March 1685 in Eisenach, a small town in Thuringia. At the age of 10 he became an orphan and was brought up by his elder brother Johann Christoph, who was an organist in a neighbouring town. His brother was the one to teach music to the young Johann Sebastian. Later he moved to Luneburg where he attended a church school and mastered the techniques of playing violin, viola, piano and organ by the age of 17. Besides that, Bach was a choir singer and later after his voice broke he became a chanter’s assistant. In 1703 Bach was hired as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann Ernst III. He earned such a good reputation there that he was later invited to Arnstadt to be an organist at the New Church, where he wrote his best organ works. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig to be a chantor at St. Thomas Church where he stayed until his death of a stroke in 1750. In the year of his death he had undergone unsuccessful eye surgery which lead him to lose his eyesight. During that strenuous time his second wife Anna Magdalena helped him to write his last musical pieces. Bach’s artistic legacy is vast. He created compositions in all genres of the time: oratorias, cantatas, masses, motets, music for organ, piano and violin.

Antonio Vivaldi

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 of 5

  • Haya S, Israel

    Oct 2023

    Amazing!!!!outstanding musicians and singer

  • ANA O, Argentina

    Sep 2023

    Excelente concierto! Variada programación y muy buenos intérpretes!

  • Igor F, Israel

    Sep 2023

    Perfect. We got great pleasure. The professionalism of musicians called above. Thank you.

  • Sep 2022

    The 7 performers where great

  • Micha G, Deutschland

    Jan 2020

    Das Konzert hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Das Programm war für diesen Ort und diesen Zeitpunkt passend zusammengestellt. Vor allem aber waren wir begeistert von der sichtbaren Freude des jungen Ensemles an ihrer musikalischen Darstellung. Vielen Dank dafür. Micha Guttmann

  • Johannes J, Deutschland

    Jan 2020

    Schönes Konzert, gute Solisten, schöne Auswahl an Musikstücke.

  • tammy a, Israel

    Sep 2019

    wonderfull!!

  • Alejandro V, Namibia

    Sep 2019

    Un concierto espectacular ! Piel de gallina todo el tiempo

  • David & Jenny S, United Kingdom

    Aug 2019

    It was wonderful. Thanks for this.

  • Philip S, USA

    Aug 2019

    This was an excellent performance in a very nice venue. The selections were appropriate and well paced. The young orchestra was very enthusiastic and highly skilled. They seemed to feed off of the audience’s excitement. They truly seemed to enjoy what they were doing. I think this company serves a great service to travelers who like to experience classical music in the cities where they are traveling. There was a very big crowd at the performance in Berlin today.

  • Marilyn B, Australia

    Jul 2019

    Excellent performance and venue

  • Ken'ichiro T, 日本

    Jul 2019

    夏休み期間中で手堅い演奏になるかと思いきや、かなり「攻めた」演奏で、好意を持ちました。

  • Noreen L, United States Outlying Islands

    Jul 2019

    One of the most memorable performances I have attended.

  • Omar K, Dominica

    Jul 2019

    Great conductors and impressive playing. The place was a bit warm but apart of that the experience was amazing.

  • Carlos V, Uruguay

    Jul 2019

    Excelente nivel. Fue maravilloso. Excelentes músicos.

  • Daniel C, Argentina

    Jul 2019

    El espectáculo fue excelente y la organización atenta y correcta Sin inconvenientes

  • arnold b, USA

    May 2019

    Fast service and quick response to a question. Tickets were waiting at venue for me. Ordered online from USA for Berlin concert. Very reliable service

  • PATRICIA Z, Perú

    May 2019

    Excelentes músicos Un repertorio muy variado y presentado con mucho cuidado y detalle. Me encantó Súper recomendado

  • Menashe N, Israel

    May 2019

    Wonderful players, great orchestra. We both me and my wife had agreat time

  • Thomas D, Canada

    May 2019

    An absolutely beautiful evening. I was moved, not just by their musicianship but by their youthfulness. A stunning performance. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

  • Katja K, Deutschland

    Dec 2018

    Einfach Spitze. Wir waren begeistert.

  • Ihle P, Schweiz

    Dec 2018

    Sehr schönes Konzert mit guten jungen Musikern. Schade nur, dass es so hell blieb.

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Address

Kaiser‐Wilhelm‐Gedächtniskirche, Breitscheidtplatz, Berlin, Germany — Google Maps

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