Concerts commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall

To mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle played in cities closely related to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. Beethoven’s Ninth was flanked by works by composers born in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
(Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi)
(Photo: Johs. Bøe)
(Photo: Gregor Hohenberg)
(Photo: Felix Broede)

17 Nov 2014

Who takes a photo of whom? Our wonderful photographers worked on a full circle… Thank you for your great work!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus by Markus Weidmann, Markus Weidmann by Janusz Widzyk, Janusz Widzyk by Monika Rittershaus and Monika Rittershaus by Janusz Widzyk

(Photo: Harald Hoffmann/DG)
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
(Photo: Dario Acosta)
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
(Photo: Harald Hoffmann/haenssler-Classic)

17 Nov 2014

A wonderful concert in Prague finishes this tour.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Chris Singer)
(Photo: Lisa Mazzuco)

17 Nov 2014

Two sides of Smetana Hall.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi)
(Photo: Sheila Rock)

17 Nov 2014

There’s always something to talk about…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Mathias Bothor)
(Photo: Patrick Bienert)
(Photo: Tatyana Jenni)
(Photo: Julien Benhamou)
(Photo: David Ignaszewski)
(Photo: Made in Berlin)
(Photo: Pablo Faccinetto)

17 Nov 2014

Anspielprobe in Prag

Rehearsal in Prague

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: privat)
(Photo: Sebastian Busse)
(Photo: Simon Pauly)
(Photo: Werner Kmetitsch)

17 Nov 2014

Backstage at the Smetana Hall in Prague means: we use every corner!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Jiyang Chen)
(Photo: Yong Bin)
(Photo: Felix Broede/Sony Classical)

17 Nov 2014

Prague impressions by Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Dominik Butzmann)
(Photo: Maximilian König)
(Photo: Guillaume Megevand)
(Photo: Felix Broede)

17 Nov 2014

Good bye Budapest!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Simon Fowler/Warner)

17 Nov 2014

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Fabien Monthubert)
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

15 Nov 2014

A very special guest at our Budapest concert: Imre Kertesz

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
(Photo: Marco Borggreve)

15 Nov 2014

Der Palace of Arts am Abend

Palace of Arts at the concert evening

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Marcus Ginns)
(Photo: Julian Hargraeve)
(Photo: MarcoBorggreve)
(Photo: Gregor Hohenberg)

15 Nov 2014

Nachmittags in Budapest

Afternoon in Budapest

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Paolo Monti)
(Photo: Günter Breitegger/Salzburger Festspiele)
(Photo: University of Texas Press)
(Photo: Stephan Rabold)
(Photo: Günter Breitegger/Salzburger Festspiele)
(Photo: Stephan Rabold)

15 Nov 2014

Probenfotos aus dem Palace of Arts in Budapest

Rehearsal impressions from the Palace of Arts in Budapest

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

15 Nov 2014

Our complete first violin section and some colleagues from our orchestra were thrilled by the marvelous Lajos Sárközy Jr. on their night out in Budapest. This is a must-listen!

Video: Knut Weber

(Photo: Marco Borggreve)
(Photo: Harald-Hoffmann/haensslerClassic)
(Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi)

15 Nov 2014

Sir Simon probt mit dem Chor in Budapest

Sir Simon rehearses the choir in Budapest

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Gregor Hohenberg)
(Photo: Holger Hage/DG)

15 Nov 2014

Good bye Warsaw, hello Budapest!

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Bibliothèque National de France)

14 Nov 2014

The starting point for the fall of the wall: “Let your Spirit descend. Let your Spirit descend and renew the face of the earth - this Earth!” John Paul II, 2nd June 1979

Photos: Janusz Widzyk

(Photo: Chris Christodoulou)

14 Nov 2014

An important place for Poland: the Powązki cemetery.

Photos: Janusz Widzyk

(Photo: imago/Ferdi Hartung)
(Photo: Musikfest Berlin)
(Photo: Musikfest Berlin)
(Photo: Aleksi Hornborg)

14 Nov 2014

Personal impressions of Warsaw from our Polish double bass player Janusz Widzyk.

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
(Photo: Musikfest Berlin)
(Photo: ACT/Jörg Steinmetz)
(Photo: Anna Wloch)

14 Nov 2014

The Filharmonie Warsaw outside and backstage.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Jaroslaw Deluga-Gora)

13 Nov 2014

The public and Sir Simon enjoyed it.

Photos: Jaroslaw Deluga-Gora

(Photo: Jaroslaw Deluga-Gora)

13 Nov 2014

After five years finally our next concert in Warsaw.

Photos: Jaroslaw Deluga-Gora

Solo flute Andreas Blau talks to Sir Simon
1st solo viola Mate Szücz talks to Sir Simon
New 1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley starts tuning

13 Nov 2014

On to Warsaw… Rehearsal at the beautiful Filharmonie.

Photos: Jaroslaw Deluga-Gora

(Photo: Markus Weidmann and Michael Deutsch (concert photo))
Franz Schindlbeck smuggled himself into the brass section
The basis of the orchestra: our double bass section

12 Nov 2014

Rehearsal impressions and a concert photo.

Photos: Markus Weidmann and Michael Deutsch (concert photo)

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

12 Nov 2014

Our trucks had to park prominently in front of the hall due to a big construction side behind it.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

12 Nov 2014

Evening impressions from Halle. Georg Friedrich Händel, Halle’s most famous son, stands right in the heart of the city.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Front row in the traffic jam: David Riniker (cello) left and Holm Birkholz (2nd violin) right
Our tour team: Andreas Pernau, travel agent, left and Annette Mangold, concert planner, right

12 Nov 2014

On our way to Halle/Saale.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Potstdamer Platz 9. November 2014
Die Reichstagskuppel
Top of Brandenburg Gate

12 Nov 2014

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall are the starting point for our “Fall of the Wall Tour” this year. The photos have been taken by Markus Weidmann on 9th November 2014 from the roof of the Philharmonie.