Beethoven’s symphonies in Taiwan and Japan

The Taiwanese and Japanese classical music fans also enjoyed the Beethoven symphonies previously performed in Berlin, Paris and New York by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle. The concerts in Taipei and Tokyo were rapturously received.
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12 May 2016

Pictures from the Hie-Shrine

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Our home away from home: Suntory Hall
Walter Seyfarth in front of Suntory Hall

12 May 2016

Welcome home!

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12 May 2016

Nach dem Podiumsgespräch signierten Peter Brem und Fergus McWilliam noch Beethoven-Editionen.

After the talk Peter Brem and Fergus McWilliam signed Beethoven editions.

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12 May 2016

A short but important view back to Taiwan: The new Taiwanese president elect Ms. Tsai Ing-wen visited Sir Simon and the orchestra backstage after the second concert.

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A full page in the Asahi newspaper! Yoshio Takenaka, president of King Records, and Kazuko Kurahara
Peter Brem
Kazuko Kurahara, Robert Zimmermann, Fergus McWilliam and Yoshio Takenaka
Kazuko Kurahara, Fergus McWilliam, Peter Brem and Takayoshi Kidokoro from BerlinPhilMedia

11 May 2016

Our Japanese distributor and partner King records organized a podium talk with Peter Brem, 1st violin, and Fergus McWilliam, French horn.

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Stanley Dodds
Sound engineer Christoph Franke talks to the press
Kazuko Kurahara, our good friend and translator, and Robert Zimmermann
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet, in the Beethoven documentary
Kazuko Kurahara and Stanley Dodds

11 May 2016

After the press conference we had time for good talks and there was also a screening of our Beethoven documentary.

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Martin Hoffmann, General Manager, Stanley Dodds, Media Board and 2nd violin, Sir Simon Rattle, Robert Zimmermann from BerlinPhilMedia
Sir Simon Rattle in Japanese
Martin Hoffmann in Japanese

11 May 2016

Inzwischen schon Tradition: Unsere Pressekonferenz in Tokio zu Beginn der Tournee. Dieses Mal konnten wir unsere neue Beethoven-Edition vorstellen. Mehr Informationen hier: https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-recordings.com/rattle-beethoven-symphonies.html

Meanwhile a tradition: Our press conference to start our stay in Tokyo. This time we introduced our new Beethoven edition. You can find more information here: https://www.berliner-philharmoniker-recordings.com/rattle-beethoven-symphonies.html?___store=rec_en&___from_store=rec_de

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10 May 2016

Thank you Taipei, it was amazing, as always!

Video: MNA/BerlinPhilMedia

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10 May 2016

Some of the men, whithout whom we would not be able to play: Our stagehands and sound engineers

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Squirrel studies by Markus Weidmann
A proud Jesper Busk Sorensen, trombone, greeted by the fans
Sir Simon Rattle and Ulrich Knörzer

10 May 2016

At the meet and greet with our public outside we had a little surprise for everybody: A tune for mother’s day, conducted by Sir Simon.

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Cornelia Gartemann, 2nd violin, and Helena Madoka Berg, 1st violin, catch a glimpse outdoors

10 May 2016

Public Viewing outside the venue.

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10 May 2016

Beethoven 2

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Cornelia Gartemann
Stanley Dodds
Bettina Sartorius
Section leaders Thomas Timm and Christophe Horak

10 May 2016

Second violins shortly before the concert.

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Dietmar Schwalke, cello
Matthew McDonald, 1st principal double bass
Sir Simon and Stefan Schweigert, solo bassoon
Romano Tommasini, 2nd violin, and Guillaume Jehl, trumpet, talking about Romano's violin

10 May 2016

Rehearsal for our second concert in Taipei

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08 May 2016

Family van Taiwanese style

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08 May 2016

And other animals…

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08 May 2016

Insects

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08 May 2016

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08 May 2016

The botanical garden in Taipei, a retreat in the heart of the city.

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Every time again: Unbelievable!
Ulrich Knörzer, the only member of the orchestra, who speaks a bit of Mandarin, greets the crowd

08 May 2016

After the concert in front of the hall.

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08 May 2016

The public viewing audience in front of the hall warms up with our Beethoven Documentary (and some sponsor giveaways).

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08 May 2016

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Jesper Busk Sørensen and Thomas Leyendecker, trombone
Stagehand Michael Frohloff and Mor Biron, bassoon
Wieland Welzel, timpani

08 May 2016

Preparation for the first concert in Taipei

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08 May 2016

Snapshots

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Violas and Celli
Soloists Ivona Sobotka, soprano, Eva Vogel, mezzospoprano, Christian Elsner, tenor, and Dimitry Ivashchenko, bass, with the Taiwan National Chorus and the BBC Singers
Cornelia Gartemann, 2nd violin

08 May 2016

Time for Beethoven: Open rehearsal for Taiwanese students with the first and ninth symphony.

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Matthew Hunter, viola
Ulrich Wolff, double bass
Thomas Timm, leader 2nd violin
Christophe Horak, leader 2nd violin
Andrej Zust, french horn
Sir Simon Rattle talking to our orchestra production manager Robert Buchwald

08 May 2016

Preparation for the open rehearsal in Taipei.

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08 May 2016

The daily thunderstorm…

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Sir Simon Rattle at the choir rehearsal
Beethoven in Mandarin part 1...
...and part 2
Find the conductor...

07 May 2016

Chorprobe mit dem Taiwan National Chorus und den BBC Singers

Choir rehearsal with the Taiwan National Chorus and the BBC Singers.

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07 May 2016

Mitarbeiter des Monats in Taipei

Employee of the Month in Taipei

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Selfie time with Stefan Schweigert and Raphael Haeger

07 May 2016

Noch mehr Maokong-Impressionen

More impressions from Maokong

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Better study the map, before starting the hike... Stefan Schweigert and percussionist Raphael Haeger at the Maokong

07 May 2016

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Solo bassoon Stefan Schweigert enjoys freshly brewed green tea from the area
An old lady selling green tea ice
Tea plantation with temples

07 May 2016

It’s all about tea at Maokong.

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Cable car to the Maokong
The Taipei 101 seen from Maokong
Maokong seen from the Taipei 101

07 May 2016

A trip to the Maokong on the free day.

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06 May 2016

Taipei by night

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Sir Simon meets Mr. Niu from MNA, Mr. Mayer from Mercedes Benz and Mr. Lin from Taishin Financial Holding
TV questions
From old vinyl...
... to old whisky.
Ulrich Knörzer delivered part of his speech in Mandarin
Birthday boy and Media board member Stanley Dodds

06 May 2016

A press conference as warm-up.

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Celli waiting for their breakfast

06 May 2016

On the way to Taipei

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In the background the Japanese Air Forces 1 and 2, President Abe just visits Germany, while we visit our second home in Tokyo.

05 May 2016

Off we fly again… This time on our way to Taipei and Tokyo with a lot of Beethoven in the luggage.

Photos: Stefan Stahnke