Tour of summer festivals with Britten and Shostakovich

In the late summer of 2015, for their traditional guest appearance at the Salzburg Festival and at Lucerne, Bucharest and Grafenegg, the Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle performed Shostakovich’s devastating Fourth Symphony.
(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Good Bye Grafenegg!

08 Sep 2015

Our last concert of this tour in Grafenegg. We had a great time on tour, thanks to our wonderful hosts!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Jonathan Kelly, Andreas Wittmann, Sarah Willis, Fergus McWilliam, Martin Heinze, Markus Weidmann, Mor Biron, Walter Seyfarth, Alexander Bader

08 Sep 2015

At the Prelude of our second concert day in Grafenegg the Philharmonic Wind Octet (plus double bass) played at the Riding School

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Janusz Widzyk, double bass and
(Photo: photographer)

07 Sep 2015

Weather impressions from Grafenegg

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Naoko Shimizu, Ignacy Miecznikowski and Janusz Widzyk
Daishin Kashimoto, Michael Hasel and Sir Simon
Amihai Grosz, Stefan Dohr and Daishin Kashimoto on their way back inside

07 Sep 2015

Gone with the wind… Unfortunately we had to move inside again for our second concert. So we could just greet the “Wolkenturm” shortly.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

07 Sep 2015

The second day in Grafenegg started with a concert by the Scharoun-Ensemble at the Auditorium.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Emily Hoile and Marie-Pierre Langlamet

06 Sep 2015

Our first concert in Grafenegg

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The bassoon section: Mor Biron, Markus Weidmann, Stefan Schweigert, HyunSung Jang
Guillaume Jehl
Rachel Schmidt
Robert Zimmermann (BerlinPhilMedia), Fürst Metternich, Rudolf Buchbinder
Stefan Dohr
Andreas Buschatz
Knut Weber and Andrej Zust

06 Sep 2015

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Rudolf Buchbinder greets the orchestra before the rehearsal
Knut Weber
Michael Hasel and Egor Egorkin
Laurentiu Dinca, Andreas Buschatz, Sir Simon, Noah Bendix-Balgley

06 Sep 2015

Probenimpressionen von Monika Rittershaus

Rehearsal impressions by Monika Rittershaus

from left to right: Rachel Schmidt, Raimar Orlowsky, Matthew Hunter, Julia Gartemann, Christoph Igelbrink

06 Sep 2015

Prelude with the Brahms-Ensemble at the Riding school in Grafenegg

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

06 Sep 2015

Animal details from the Stift and Stein/Danube

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Altmanni-Kantate

06 Sep 2015

Tour to the beautiful Stift Göttweig

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(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

06 Sep 2015

Rain - our first concert in Grafenegg had to be moved indoors.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Janusz Widzyk)

06 Sep 2015

Photos: Janusz Widzyk

Of course Mor Biron also gets his personal birthday cake by Roberto Steiner!
Mor Biron

05 Sep 2015

The Festival tour should rather be named Birthday tour… Happy Birthday, Mor!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Bukarest backstage by Monika Rittershaus

05 Sep 2015

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

05 Sep 2015

Stavropoleos church and cloister

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

05 Sep 2015

Bucharest - a fascinating city full of contrasts.

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Mihai Constantinescu and Martin Hoffmann

05 Sep 2015

Huge thanks to Mihai Constantinescu, who organized everthing so wonderful! And of course Thank you Deutsche Bank!

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Michael Karg

05 Sep 2015

We were very touched by the great response from the audience!

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Raphael Haeger
Stephan Koncz
Esko Laine

05 Sep 2015

Concert impressions from Bucharest

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(Photo: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann)
Neithard Resa
Guillaume Jehl, Florian Pichler, Martin Kretzer warming up backstage
Markus Weidmann, warming up his contra-bassoon

05 Sep 2015

Backstage before the concert

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann

Laurentiu Dinca, Noah Bendix-Balgley and Sir Simon
Birthday boy Christoph Igelbrink
Noah Bendix-Balgley and Andreas Buschatz
Ulrich Wolff and Gunars Upatnieks

05 Sep 2015

Anspielprobe in Bukarest

Rehearsal in Bucharest

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Sir Simon Rattle, Stanley Dodds
Laurentiu Dinca
Martin Hoffmann

05 Sep 2015

Before the concert in Bucharest, the Enescu Festival holds a press conference with Sir Simon Rattle, our General Manager Martin Hoffmann, Stanley Dodds, 2nd violin and member of the media board, and Laurentiu Dinca, member of the 1st violins and born in Romania.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann)
Stefan Dohr
Stefan got a birthday tune played by his French horn group
Our dear Roberto baked a cake for this occassion! Yummy!

04 Sep 2015

Yesterday’s flight to Bucharest was basically a big birthday party for Christoph Igelbrink and Stefan Dohr. Stefan had an especially round birthday… Happy Birthday you two!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Priska Ketterer)
1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley as actor, supporting role played by Sir Simon
Abschiedssinfonie...

03 Sep 2015

We took the Festival’s motto “Humour” very serious: In Sir Simon’s Haydn Pasticcio were some surprising moments…

Photos: Priska Ketterer

Amihai Grosz preparing for the performance

03 Sep 2015

Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with our 1st concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and 1st solo violist Amihai Grosz.

Photos: Priska Ketterer

Some more Lucerne impressions by Markus Weidmann

03 Sep 2015

After a sparrow breakfast our
(Photo: photographing bassoonist Markus Weidmann took a stroll onto the Pilatus on his free day.)

03 Sep 2015

After a sparrow breakfast our photographing bassoonist Markus Weidmann took a stroll onto the Pilatus on his free day.

Pictures by Peter Fischli from our first concert in Lucerne.
Extra applause for solo clarinet Wenzel Fuchs

02 Sep 2015

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

02 Sep 2015

Lake Lucerne in the rain.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

02 Sep 2015

The man with the clear view: Head of Production Robert Buchwald.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Peter Brem
Rüdiger Liebermann
Walter Seyfarth

02 Sep 2015

Some of the members celebrating an anniversary in chronological order: Peter Brem, 45 years member of the 1st violin section; Rüdiger Liebermann, 35 years member of the 1st violins; Walter Seyfarth, 30 years member of the clarinet section.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

02 Sep 2015

Happy Birthday Neithard Resa!

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

02 Sep 2015

Lucerne Festival General Manager Michael Haefliger greets the orchestra on stage before the first rehearsal, followed by our orchestra poet Klaus Wallendorf making the annual honours to long-serving members.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Lucerne impressions by Janusz Widzyk

01 Sep 2015

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

01 Sep 2015

The beautiful KKL in Lucerne and our trucks waiting to be unloaded.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

01 Sep 2015

A very warm summer in Europe - no snow on the Zugspitze, that we passed on our flight to Zurich.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
Amihai Grosz (with hat), Peter Jacobus and Janusz Widzyk

01 Sep 2015

Off to Lucerne with “our” Lufthansa Crew!

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Stefan Schweigert, solo bassoon, gets a very well deserved extra applause after Shostakovich 4th.

31 Aug 2015

Final applause in Salzburg.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)

31 Aug 2015

Photos: Markus Weidmann