Beethoven cycle in Paris and New York

After the celebrated performance of all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies in Berlin, the Berliner Philharmoniker, under the baton of Simon Rattle, also played the cycle on tour – including in Paris and New York.
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Allan Nilles, viola
Stephan Koncz, cello, and Andreas Ottensamer, solo clarinet
Two ways of warming up the flute in the same place: Jelka Weber
... and Emmanuel Pahud
Simon Roturier, 2nd violin

19 Nov 2015

Backstage before the first concert

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18 Nov 2015

Carnegie Hall Details

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Clive Gillinson welcomes the orchestra and Sir Simon
Robert Buchwald, Head of orchestra production, and Stan Dodds, media board and 2nd violin, keep it in balance
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet
Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French horn
Moving double basses

18 Nov 2015

After the welcome speech of Clive Gillinson, Executive Director of Carnegie hall, and a few stage amendments, we could start the rehearsal.

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Sir Simon Rattle
Noah Bendix-Balgley, 1st concertmaster
Stanley Dodds, media board and 2nd violin

18 Nov 2015

Interviews with Jeff Spurgeon from WQXR, New York’s classical radio station.

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(Photo: Rob Davidson)

18 Nov 2015

And again: Ludwig, as we may call him now after having played four complete cycles of his symphonies, is already there! Here in New York he resides in Central Park.

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(Photo: Rob Davidson)

18 Nov 2015

Carnegie Hall, yet another wonderful home on tour…

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(Photo: Rob Davidson)

17 Nov 2015

Sir Simon’s “free” day: video interview with Jeremy Geffen for his “Perspectives series”

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Thomas Forrest Kelly giving the keynote
Jeremy Geffen, Artistic Planner at Carnegie Hall
Ulrich Knörzer, orchestra board and viola, talking to Jeremy Geffen
Fergus McWilliam, French horn
Peter Riegelbauer, orchestra board and double bass
A lively panel discussion took place

17 Nov 2015

Discover Beethoven at Carnegie Hall. On Sunday a Beethoven Symposium started our residency in New York.

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Stagehand Uwe Meierjürgen keeps track of the boxes

17 Nov 2015

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

17 Nov 2015

Samstag, Beethoven 9

Saturday, Beethoven 9

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Stagehand Michael Frohloff
Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute

17 Nov 2015

Friday evening’s concert

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Madeleine Carruzzo, 1st violin, talking to Sir Simon
Markus Weidmann, bassoon and contra-bassoon and
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Eva-Maria Tomasi, 2nd violin
Romano Tommasini, 2nd violin
Laurentiu Dinca, 1st violin
Wenzel Fuchs, solo clarinet

17 Nov 2015

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Alessandro Cappone, 1st violin
Martin Heinze, double bass
Julia Gartemann, viola
The Double bass section in spoken conversation and...
in musical conversation!
Neithard Resa and Matthew Hunter, viola

17 Nov 2015

Here come the remaining pictures from Vienna

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

13 Nov 2015

.. as well as the also obligatory Family visit, this time Ernst Ottensamer, solo clarinet of the Vienna Philharmonic, with his son Andreas and Sir SImon.

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Look Stefan, this is, where our part begins! Are you sure Andrej?
Oops, we better play now...

13 Nov 2015

And the obligatory French horn part…

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Emmanuel Pahud, solo flute, and Albrecht Mayer, solo oboe
Sir Simon and 1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley

13 Nov 2015

Part 3

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Concertmaster Andreas Buschatz
Solo horn Eric Terwilliger, courtesy of Symphonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks (our extra for this tour)
Christoph Igelbrink, cello
Christoph Hartmann, oboe

13 Nov 2015

Part 2

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Wolfgang Talirz, viola
Michael Hasel, flute
Máté Szűcs, 1st solo viola
Christian Stadelmann, 1st leader of 2nd violins with his colleagues Stanley Dodds and Amadeus Heutling

13 Nov 2015

Rehearsals for Beethoven 6 and 8 part 1

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Tibor Kováč, Violine, Roman Jánoška, Violine, Thilo Fechner, Viola, Stephan Koncz, Violoncello, Ödön Rácz, Kontrabass, Daniel Ottensamer, Klarinette, František Jánoška, Klavier

13 Nov 2015

Our cellist Stephan Koncz experiences musical adventures with the “Philharmonics” for a few years now. We could watch a rehearsal of him and “the band” at the Konzerthaus.

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

12 Nov 2015

Applause and exit

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Jesper Busk Sorensen, trombone
Mor Biron, bassoon

12 Nov 2015

The boxes wait for their precious content backstage and some colleagues use the peace backstage for reading.

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Christoph Igelbrink, cello

12 Nov 2015

Beethoven 2 and 5

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Stefan Schulze, 2nd violin, and Stagehand Michael Frohloff
Wieland Welzel, timpanist

12 Nov 2015

Entering the stage for the second concert in Vienna

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Alan Nilles
Martin von der Nahmer, Alan Nilles, Amihai Grosz
Martin Stegner, Ulrich Knörzer

12 Nov 2015

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Olaf Maninger, solo cello
Stefan Schulze, 2nd violin, and Christian Stadelmann, 1st leader of 2nd violins

12 Nov 2015

Rehearsal time

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Klaus Wallendorf, French horn
Armin Schubert, 2nd violin
Jesper Busk Sorensen, trombone
Christhard Gössling, solo trombone
Christoph Streuli, 2nd violin

12 Nov 2015

Vor der Probe

Preparing for the rehearsal

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Jonathan Kelly, solo oboe
Andreas Wittmann, oboe
Stefan Dohr, solo horn

12 Nov 2015

These woodwinds are always doing handicrafts… Wait… Mr. Dohr?

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Vienna from upstairs, seen from our hotel roof by Markus Weidmann
Intendant Martin Hoffmann checking out the hall
2nd violin section entering the stage
1st concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto

11 Nov 2015

Start of our Beethoven cycle in Vienna.

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Ulrich Wolff, double bass

11 Nov 2015

Sunny noon at the Musikverein

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Jonathan Kelly, solo oboe, and Michael Hasel, flute
Jonathan Kelly, solo oboe, Andreas Wittmann, oboe, and Albrecht Mayer, solo oboe

11 Nov 2015

Jonathan is back in good health!

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Martin von der Nahmer, viola, and his brother Christoph von der Nahmer, 2nd violin
Maria Stabrawa, extra in the 2nd violins, and her father Daniel Stabrawa, 1st concertmaster

11 Nov 2015

Family business

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Stephan Koncz and Knut Weber, cellists and Austrians
Andreas Ottensamer, solo clarinet and Austrian

11 Nov 2015

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Maria Stabrawa, extra in the 2nd violins
Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute

11 Nov 2015

There are many interesting corners at the Musikverein…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Sarah Willis

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10 Nov 2015

Sir Simon and the Vienna Singverein had a lot of fun during the choir rehearsal for Beethoven 9

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

10 Nov 2015

Our boxes have arrived safely.

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Stefan Schweigert, solo bassoon, takes a stroll through the city

10 Nov 2015

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

10 Nov 2015

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

10 Nov 2015

Our home for this week: The Vienna Musikverein

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