For almost 40 years, the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker have shown that a cello can produce more than just sonorous smoothness. Fiery, funny, jazzy – and of course, sometimes uncontrollably emotional – they play their way through the world’s musical repertoire. The musicians now appear in a family concert of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme. You can watch it live and free of charge in the Digital Concert Hall.
The 12 Cellists present highlights of their repertoire to an audience of music fans both young and old, from the French chanson Fleur de Paris and the popular Waltz No. 2 from Dmitri Shostakovich’s Jazz Suites, to the Pink Panther by Henry Mancini. The Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis is our presenter and guides us through the programme which she and the 12 Cellists already performed to enthusiastic applause in London just a few months ago.
The 12 Cellists are actually at home all over the world. The very first concert was held in Japan in 1972, where the musicians have performed regularly ever since – several times even at the invitation of the Japanese emperor and empress. Perhaps the former German President Richard von Weizsäcker best described the international standing of the ensemble when he wrote in a letter to the cellists, “Not only are you wonderful musicians, but you were and are still among the most impressive ambassadors that Germany can boast all over the world.”
Recommended for 4 year olds and over.