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Ferdinand von Schirach Lecture and Reading

Olaf Maninger Cello

Berlin Baroque Soloists

Ferdinand von Schirach

Lecture (In German Language)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Contrapunctus I and Contrapunctus IX from "The Art of the Fugue"

Johann Sebastian Bach

from "The Musical Offering"

Ferdinand von Schirach

Lecture (In German Language)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major (Excerpts)


Thu, 16 May 2013 8 p.m.



Ferdinand von Schirach knows all about the dark side of human nature: As a practising lawyer in Berlin, he specialises in criminal law and it is part of his everyday professional life. “When we kill,” he concludes, “we do it for love or greed.” In 2009, he made his highly acclaimed debut as a writer with the publication of Crime, a collection of stories, and a sequel, Guilt, appeared in 2010 with more tales of jealousy, despair and passion. His first novel, The Collini Case, was published in 2011. No other German author has achieved international fame as quickly in recent years as Ferdinand von Schirach, whose awards include the Kleist prize. His books can be found everywhere, from Japanese and South Korean best-seller lists, to little bookshops in the Australian outback, “Something I don’t quite understand either,” he says. With his lecture “Plädoyer – Dürfen wir töten?” (Is there a case for killing?), the lawyer and author makes his first guest appearance in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. He will also read his story The Cello, in which a womanʼs love for her brother leads her to become his murderer. The eveningʼs musical element is provided by the orchestraʼs principal cellist Olaf Maninger and the Berliner Barock Solisten – with J.S. Bachʼs Contrapuncti No. 1 and No. 9 from The Art of Fugue BWV 1080, the Ricercar a sei voci from the Musical Offering BWV 1079 and excerpts from the Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major BWV 1007.

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