About the Event
Experience the enchanting melodies of classical music composers Georg Friedrich Händel and Antonio Vivaldi in the highly‐anticipated concert held at the prestigious Berliner Dom. With Vivaldi's masterpiece '4 Jahreszeiten' and Händel's captivating 'Feuerwerksmusik,' the Leipziger Philharmoniker, led by Michael Köhler, promises an unforgettable performance. Holger Engelhardt's superb violin skills will also be showcased, adding to the brilliance of this event. Don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the mellifluous sounds of these iconic composers.
- Antonio Vivaldi – Die vier Jahreszeiten
- Georg Friedrich Händel – Feuerwerksmusik
The Berliner Dom is the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Cathedral of Berlin. Located in the district of Mitte, in the central Museum Island area, the current building is considered one of the main works of historicist architecture in the city, dating from the early Twentieth Century “Kaiserzeit”. The interior of the church contains many elaborate decorative designs. The Dom is part of the umbrella organisation “Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia”. However, the Berliner Dom has never been a true cathedral since it has never been the seat of the bishop, serving primarily as the court church of the rulers of Prussia and later, of the German Emperors.
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.
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.