About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Beethoven and Orff at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Philharmonie Berlin.
Two monumental works of classical music are honoured in this concert: Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Together with the Coro di Praga and three vocal soloists, the Czech Symphony Orchestra Prague traditionally performs at the beginning of the year in the Philharmonie Berlin.
'Everything I have written so far, you can now tamp down. My collected works begin with Carmina Burana.' This is how Carl Orff expressed himself to his publisher Ludwig Strecker in Frankfurt in 1937. He himself described the three‐part work as secular songs for solos and choir accompanied by instruments and magical images. Musically staged by the Czech Symphony Orchestra, the work is powerfully realised. The Coro di Praga frames the play with the powerful homage chorus to the goddess Fortuna, whose wheel of fate stands for the ups and downs of human life. Fittingly, the all‐familiar opening of Ludwig van Beethoven's 9th Symphony is heard with the text of Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy: 'Freude schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium.' Beethoven spent more than half a decade on this masterpiece and did so in a state of complete deafness. Especially the triumphant farewell with which the Prague Choir makes the great hall of the Philharmonie tremble has an impressive effect that exudes happiness — and what could be better than starting the new year with a contented feeling of happiness.
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.