Wieland Welzel (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Chamber Music

Chamber music with the percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The 20th century was the century of percussion with numerous composers discovering and including it in captivating, witty and virtuoso chamber music works. In this concert entitled In the beginning was rhythm, principal timpanists Wieland Welzel and Rainer Seegers plus percussionists Simon Rössler and Jan Schlichte together with their Philharmoniker colleagues give an insight into the many fascinating sound worlds of percussion instruments.

Jan Schlichte drums

Simon Rössler drums

Peter Fleckenstein drums

Vincent Vogel drums

Wieland Welzel timpani

Rainer Seegers timpani

Jelka Weber flute

Jan Schulte-Bunert alto saxophone

Janne Saksala double bass

Mauricio Kagel

Auftakte, sechshändig, for piano and two percussionists

John Cage

Credo in US for two percussionists, piano and DJ

Sofia Gubaidulina

Im Anfang war der Rhythmus for 7 percussionists

Etienne Perruchon

Cinq Danses dogoriennes for timpani and cello (version for timpani and double bass)

George Crumb

An Idyll for the Misbegotten for amplified flute and three percussionists

Yngve Slettholm

Introduksjon og toccata for timpani and alto saxophone

Thierry de Mey

Musique de tables for three percussionists

Eckhard Kopetzki

Le Chant du serpent for 4 percussionists

Dates and Tickets

Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie Q

Programme

Rhythm is “far more decisive” for music than melody, as the surgeon Theodor Billroth, a good friend of Johannes Brahms, once declared, because in his opinion rhythm was “the fundamental element which is directly connected to certain qualities of our body,” while the melodic feature of a composition depends more on “convention – habit, fashion, conditions of the time”. The two timpanists and four percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker set the rhythm in the orchestra’s concerts, at least that is what you would initially believe. It is true, but it’s only half the story, because the extensive instrumentation of the percussion group also includes a whole range of melodic instruments of different tonal natures without which the orchestra repertoire of the last centuries would have been far less colourful.

In the 20th century, many composers discovered percussion for chamber music. In this concert entitled “In the beginning was rhythm”, principal timpanists Wieland Welzel and Rainer Seegers plus percussionists Simon Rössler and Jan Schlichte together with their Philharmoniker colleagues Jelka Weber (flute) and Janne Saksala (double bass) and two students from the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker give an insight into the fascinating sound worlds that are revealed in chamber music compositions for and with percussion.

Wieland Welzel (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Rainer Seegers (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Simon Rössler (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Jan Schlichte (photo: Sebastian Hänel)