“St. Matthew Passion” in Lucerne and London

Peter Sellars’ staging of the St. Matthew Passion is one of the greatest successes of the Rattle era with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2014, the production was seen in Lucerne and at the London Proms. In addition, Sir Simon and his orchestra appeared at the Salzburg Festival.
(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

07 Sep 2014

Good bye London! Good bye Proms, see you again in 2 years! A very intense tour comes to an end. Thanks to everybody involved, the great teams in Salzburg, Lucerne and London! Thanks to our production and stage team! Looking forward to New York end of this month.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

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07 Sep 2014

Our photographer has a new furry friend…

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07 Sep 2014

Royal Albert Hall

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07 Sep 2014

Dress rehearsal on Saturday with the choir children from Westminster and the amazing Rundfunkchor Berlin.

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Coming from Stuttgart every year for the Proms...
...now he can add the Matthew Passion!

07 Sep 2014

One of the most devoted and sophisticated classical music audiences: the prommers!

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06 Sep 2014

Last night’s Prom in London was trumpet player Georg Hilser’s last concert with the orchestra after 38 years. In this photo taken backstage at the Royal Albert Hall, all the brass are smiling but Georg will be very missed both as a musician and a person. You couldn’t wish for a nicer colleague than Georg! Thanks, Georg, for all these years of great playing. You will be very much missed!

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06 Sep 2014

Waiting for Sir Simon…

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One of the greatest audiences on earth!
Sir Henry watching Sir Simon
Well-deserved encore

06 Sep 2014

Concert scenes

Photos: Markus Weidmann and Chris Christodoulo (Sir Henry)

Ironed brass
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(Photo: photographer takes his part-time job really serious! Thanks Markus for your great photos and bassoon playing!)
Barfuß oder Lackschuh...? No question for our orchestra!

06 Sep 2014

Preparation for the concert…

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Double basses seen through a contra-bassoon: Martin Heinze, Peter Riegelbauer, Stanislaw Pajak
Percussion and timpani: Simon Roessler, Wieland Welzel, Jan Schlichte, Franz Schindlbeck

06 Sep 2014

Rehearsal for the Rachmaninow/Strawinsky-Programme at Royal Albert Hall.

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05 Sep 2014

No tour without our fabulous production and stage crew!

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Peter Sellars, Matthew McDonald, Eric Owens, Mark Padmore
Ulrich Wolff, Topi Lehtipuu, Mark Padmore
Ulrich Wolff, Topi Lehtipuu, Mark Padmore, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars

05 Sep 2014

Sneak preview from our first St Matthew’s passion rehearsal yesterday…

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Sir Henry has the best place...
Testing the acoustics: Sir Simon

05 Sep 2014

Back home at Royal Albert Hall

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Heathrow's renovated Terminal 2
Prommers queuing for a concert of our colleagues from the BBC Symphony and Marin Alsop

05 Sep 2014

Welcome to London - long escalators and queues…

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(Photo: Georg Anderhub, Lucerne Festival)
Stage director Peter Sellars with Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival
Sir Simon Rattle
Magdalena Kožená, Camilla Tilling
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Camilla Tilling, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore, Eric Owens

04 Sep 2014

Another touching performance of St Matthew Passion in the stage production by Peter Sellars. 

Photos: Georg Anderhub, Lucerne Festival

(Photo: Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival)

03 Sep 2014

Standing ovations after our concert yesterday evening at the KKL.

Photos: Peter Fischli/Lucerne Festival

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03 Sep 2014

Twilight and the Man in the Moon…

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03 Sep 2014

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KKL
Kapellenbrücke

03 Sep 2014

Lucerne Impressions by Markus Weidmann

Beautiful Viola da Gamba...
...and masterful player Ulrich Wolff
Christian Gerhaher as Jesus in a very special place (18 metres above the stage ground)

02 Sep 2014

Rehearsal impressions by Markus Weidmann

The Simons
Michael Hasel (30 years in the orchestra as second flute!), Albrecht Mayer (solo-oboe) and Sir Simon Rattle
Luzerner Sängerknaben and Luzerner Mädchenchor
from left to right: Christoph Hartmann and Dominik Wollenweber (Oboe di Caccia) and our bassoonist and
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02 Sep 2014

First St. Matthew Passion rehearsal in Lucerne, everybody arrived safe.

Photos: Markus Weidmann and Egor Egorkin

Lucerne's 'Hausberg' Pilatus with a construction zone on top, that will actually be finished - it's a Swiss one!
The mighty KKL from outside...
...and inside.

02 Sep 2014

Welcome to Lucerne!

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01 Sep 2014

As always a pleasure to play to a filled house, with a well-filled stomach!

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Alexander Perreira says hello and good bye!

01 Sep 2014

Rehearsal impressions

Probenimpressionen

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Salzburg airport greets us with some clouds
Sometimes the percussion area looks a bit like a toolmakers shop... These hammers are for the bells in Stravinsky's Firebird.
Dear children: this is how telephones looked like in the last century!

01 Sep 2014

Start of our season - end of the Salzburg Summer Festival. Same procedure as every year…