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Chamber Music

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Guy Braunstein Violin

Zvi Plesser Cello

Concert on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Johann Sebastian Bach

Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041 (2nd Movement)

plus works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Bruch, Tzvi Avni and other composers

Dates and Tickets

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 8 p.m.


Non-subscription concert chamber music

15 to 35 €


“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed,” Elie Wiesel wrote in his autobiographical testimony Night, in which the author depicts his childhood experiences in concentration camps like Auschwitz. Suddenly there sounded the tone “of a violin in a dark barrack where the dead were piled on top of the living. Who was this madman, who played the violin here, at the edge of his own grave? Or was it a hallucination? It had to be Juliek. He was playing a fragment of a Beethoven concerto. […] All I could hear was the violin, and it was as if Juliek’s soul had become his bow. He was playing his life. His whole being was gliding over the strings. His unfulfilled hopes. His charred past, his extinguished future. He played that which he would never play again. I shall never forget Juliek. How could I forget this concert given before an audience of the dead and dying?”

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker commemorate the Shoah together with Sir Simon Rattle and their former principal concertmaster Guy Braunstein. The musicians will play works by Israeli and German composers on instruments that accompanied concentration camp inmates in Auschwitz on their way towards death and have outlasted the time of horror. They were collected and restored by Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein: “Each instrument is like the tombstone for a missing grave, for bodies that were burned to ashes and that they denied a burial.” The concert will be accompanied by readings, including excerpts from Elie Wiesel’s Night.

Sir Simon Rattle
Guy BraunsteinZvi Plesser

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