About the Event
In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Mozart and Beethoven at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Philharmonie Berlin.
The Tschechische Symphoniker Prag will present two masterful and fateful works on the stage of the Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall on Totensonntag: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's moving 'Requiem in D minor' and Ludwig van Beethoven's powerful 'Symphony of Fate' No. 5.
Mozart's Requiem is a choral masterpiece whose genesis is shrouded in mystery, a story that makes the piece all the more fascinating and moving. Ludwig van Beethoven's 5th Symphony, in C minor, is perhaps the most famous symphony in the history of music, not least because of the first four notes, of which Beethoven himself is said to have said: 'Thus does fate knock at the door'.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
- Ludwig van Beethoven – Sinfonie Nr. 5 'Schicksal'
|Orchestra:||Tschechische Symphoniker Prag|
|Choir:||Coro di Praga|
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.
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.