2017 Easter Festival with Puccini’s “Tosca”

The main event of this festival was Tosca, conducted by Simon Rattle. The guest artists included violinist Lisa Batiashvili and – making his debut at the Easter Festival – Kirill Petrenko with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique which received a tumultuous reception.
Kristine Opolais and Marcelo Alvarez
... the leading couples... Kristine Opolais and Marcelo Alvarez with Lioba Zebhauser and Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, Intendant of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Marcelo Alvarez and Marco Vratogna
The Latvian connection: Kristine Opolais and our double bass player Gunars Upatnieks

20 Apr 2017

Ok, we won’t leave the festival without a nice Derniere-Party… See you on Saturday in Berlin for the concertant version of “Tosca”. If you can’t come in person, you may watch it here: www.digitalconcerthall.com/de/concert/23503

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Marcelo Alvarez, Kristine Opolais, Marco Vratogna

20 Apr 2017

We had a ball! Final applause after our last “Tosca” in Baden-Baden. We see us again next year! A big Thank you to the team of the Festspielhaus!

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Marco Vratogna (Scarpia)
Kristine Opolais, Tosca, and Marco Vratogna
Marcelo Alvarez, Cavaradossi

20 Apr 2017

The fourth and last “Tosca” in Baden-Baden with our new Scarpia, Marco Vratogna, jumping in for Evgeny Nikitin, who had to cancel due to health issues.

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Philipp Bohnen and Marlene Ito, violins, Martin von der Nahmer, viola, and Rachel Helleur, cello

20 Apr 2017

The Varian-Fry-Quartet played the last Master concert of this festival at the Theater Baden-Baden.

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Luis Felipe Coelho, 1st violin, Romano Tommasini, 2nd violin, Wolfgang Talirz, viola and moderator, Janusz Widzyk, double bass, and David Riniker, cello

20 Apr 2017

The Philharmonic String Quintet played at the beautiful Florentinersaal at the Casino Baden-Baden on Easter Monday.

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17 Apr 2017

Happy Easter! The Easter bunny borrows some colours from Mr. Cavaradossi…

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Principal cellist Ludwig Quandt remembering his times at the BJO
Sarah Willis interviewed three members of the orchestra before the performance
Always on stage: Konrad, the bear, the official mascot of the BJO

17 Apr 2017

…and finished with big orchestra: The German National Youth Orchestra played together with some Philharmonic colleagues Rachmaninov’s third symphony under the baton of Sir Simon.

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Sarah Willis moderated the evening
The Philharmonic Octet
Anne-Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
...with the Ensemble Berlin

17 Apr 2017

The Musikfest on Easter Sunday started with Chamber music…

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Rachel Schmidt, violin, and Solène Kermarrec, cello
Kotowa Machida, violin, Julia Gartemann, viola, Solène Kermarrec, cello, and Özgür Aydin, piano

17 Apr 2017

Four ladies and a pianist: The Venus-Ensemble at the Kristallsaal of the LA8.

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Pinchas Zukerman playing the Elgar violin concerto
Orchestra applause for Zubin Mehta

17 Apr 2017

A wonderful concert with Zubin Mehta and Pinchas Zukerman on Saturday.

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16 Apr 2017

The yearly easter raffle at the German National Youth Orchesta rehearsals: Find the Philharmonics!

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Who's that guy sitting with the flutes over there?
No chairs....
Ah! That's better, but why am I playing Tschaikowsky 5?
Hey Noah, you don't mind me sitting here?
Ok, ok, I'm going to play Elgar Violin concerto as well, don't worry folks!

16 Apr 2017

Rehearsal with Zubin Mehta and a new member of the first violins  - uhm… stop! He’s supposed to be the soloist! Pinchas Zukerman obviously had a lot of fun with our orchestra.

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16 Apr 2017

A good tradition: the lounge with members of our orchestra academy. This year Manuel Mischel, trumpet, and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ori Wissner-Levy, violin, spoke together with the academy’s director Peter Riegelbauer to moderator Christian Thees.

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15 Apr 2017

A good reason to not wash the company car: You get concert reviews on the rear window!

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
After the Dvorak violin concerto
How to properly greet a soloist before...
...and after a concert: 1st concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and Lisa Batiashvili

15 Apr 2017

Konzert mit Lisa Batiashvili

Concert with Lisa Batiashvili

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14 Apr 2017

Mozart’s “Gran Partita” at the Weinbrennersaal of the Kurhaus

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14 Apr 2017

And some nature directly at the Festspielhaus: This orphaned duckling will be coddled up in a station for the upbringing of birds.

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(Photo: Stefan Stahnke)

14 Apr 2017

Some nature: a walk to the waterfall in Geroldsau

Photos: Stefan Stahnke

The teams
Team captain Nikolaus Römisch (number 6) commits his team to the coming game
Andreas Ottensame on the way to one of his three goals!
Philipp Bohnen takes it serious!
High Five after Amihai Grosz' goal

13 Apr 2017

Home match for our team with brand new shirts against the German National Youth Orchestra. We scored 4-2 against our godchildren in a friendly game.

Photos: Stefan Stahnke

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13 Apr 2017

Away game for our Orchestra Academy and soprano Viktoria Kunze in Bühl under the baton of Stanley Dodds.

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Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster, Matthew Hunter, viola
Stefan Dohr, principal French horn, Albrecht Mayer, principal oboe, and 1st concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa
Franz Schindlbeck, the hammer

13 Apr 2017

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Wenzel Fuchs, prinicpal clarinet, tuning in the Walküre set
Good old friends and colleagues: Michael Hasel, flute, meets our former prinicpal flute Andreas Blau and his wife Brigitte in front of the Festspielhaus in Salzburg

13 Apr 2017

Rehearsal for Mahler 6 in Salzburg

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13 Apr 2017

Salzburg Sights

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(Photo: Stefan Stahnke)

12 Apr 2017

We are away for one day to congratulate our colleagues in Salzburg to the 50th anniversary of the Easter Festival! On Thursday we will be back in Baden-Baden.

Photos: Stefan Stahnke

Clemens Giebel (sound collector)
Neue Stuttgarter Vocalsolisten, Simone Bernardini (conductor) and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker with guests
The younger audience enjoyed the concert!

12 Apr 2017

Collecting sounds with György Ligeti in our family concert

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Christoph von der Nahmer and Cornelia Gartemann, violin, Martin von der Nahmer and Julia Gartemann, viola, and Martin Menking, cello and moderator

12 Apr 2017

Sisters and brothers in concert. Families von der Nahmer and Gartemann played a Master concert at the beautiful Spitalkirche together with their colleagues Martin Menking and Knut Weber.

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12 Apr 2017

Rehearsal with Lisa Batiashvili for our Good Friday concert

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11 Apr 2017

The musical quartet discussed about Bartok’s “Concerto for orchestra”. Our percussionist Raphael Haeger took the fourth seat this time. The other three were Lotte Thaler (SWR), Bernd Künzig (SWR) and Peter Hagmann (NZZ).

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Boom....
...tschack
Andris Nelsons paid us a visit

11 Apr 2017

Mahler 6 and a familiar visitor.

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Philharmonia Quartett: Daniel Stabrawa, 1st violin, Christian Stadelmann, 2nd violin, Neithard Resa, viola, and Dietmar Schwalke, cello

11 Apr 2017

Every year a special occasion: Our Master concerts at the Museum Frieder Burda. This year the Philharmonia Quartet played in front of pictures by Sigmar Polke.

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10 Apr 2017

The Scharoun Ensemble played at the Weinbrennersaal of the Kurhaus with soprano Rinnat Moriah and under the baton of Michael Hasel.

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Daishin Kashimoto, 1st principal concertmaster, Sarah Willis, French horn and moderator, Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinet, Philipp Bohnen, 2nd violin
Marlene Ito and Philipp Bohnen fighting with Apple...
Jakob von Bernstorff, our technical mastermind
Daishin Kashimoto tuning for the musical surprise
Kristine Opolais, our Tosca, with her lounge partners
Great mood and great audience at the LA8!
The Live Lounge chat and talk team: Noah Bendix-Balgley and Daishin Kashimoto, Sarah Willis, Wenzel Fuchs, Kristine Opolais, Philipp Bohnen and Marlene Ito

10 Apr 2017

Impressions of our Live Lounge, this year with Kristine Opolais as “special guest”.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Jakob von Bernstorff

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

10 Apr 2017

Easter festival debut by Kirill Petrenko

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Bettina Sartorius, 2nd violin
Madeleine Carruzzo, 1st violin
Cornelia Gartemann, 2nd violin
Emmanuel Pahud, principal flute
Alan Nilles, viola
Stanley Dodds, 2nd violin

10 Apr 2017

Große Konzentration backstage vor dem Konzert mit Kirill Petrenko

Concentration before our concert with Kirill Petrenko

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Alvaro Parra and Dorian Xhoxhi, both 1st violin

10 Apr 2017

A special chamber concert with Alvaro Parra and Dorian Xhoxhi at the housing for refugees here in Baden-Baden.

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Alexander von Puttkamer, tuba, and Martin Kretzer, trumpet, explore the church
The brass ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Sarah Willis, French horn, and Martin Kretzer, trumpet

10 Apr 2017

Our brass ensemlbe at the sold out Bernhardus church

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Janne Saksala, 1st principal double bass, Walter Küssner, viola
from front to rear: Manfred Preis, bass clarinet, Walter Seyfarth, clarinet, Wenzel Fuchs, principal clarinet, Markus Weidmann, bassoon
Jesper Busk Sørensen, trombone

10 Apr 2017

View in the pit before “Tosca”

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Moderator Christian Thees, Neithard Resa and Christian Stadelmann

09 Apr 2017

Good bye Neithard Resa! This year’s farewell at the Lounge was dedicated to one of the few real Berliners of our orchestra. Neithard playd as solo viola and in the viola tutti since 1978. He was accompanied by his friend and colleague at the Philharmonia Quartet, Christian Stadelmann.

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09 Apr 2017

“Concert to go” at the Kindergarten Gernsbach with Dorian Xhoxhi and Alvaro Parra, both violin.

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Johannes Grau (Don Jose) and Céline Akçag (Carmen)
Vladislav Pavliuk (Escamillo) and Céline Akçag
Simon Rössler, conductor, with our orchestra academy

09 Apr 2017

Probeneindrücke von der Kammeroper “La tragédie de Carmen” von Marius Constant, die heute Premiere hatte.

Rehearsal impressions from our chamber opera “La tragédie de Carmen” by Marius Constant, premiered today.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus