Stefan Dohr (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Karajan Academy

Karajan Academy: Sounds of brass

Solemn sacred music, blazing fanfares and snappy big band sounds: brass instruments play an important role in the most diverse musical genres. Under the direction of the Philharmoniker’s principal horn player Stefan Dohr, the brass of the Berliner Philharmoniker and of the Karajan Academy come together. Among others, the concert features works by Paul Dukas, Claude Debussy, Henri Tomasi, Leonard Bernstein and Vito Žuraj, who was the winner of the 2016 Claudio Abbado Composition Prize.

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stefan Dohr direction

Postponed from 12 May

Works by Paul Dukas, Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy, Thierry de Mey, Henri Tomasi, Aaron Copland, Chou Wen-Chung, Vito Žuraj and Leonard Bernstein

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 27 Oct 2019, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall


Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker e.V.

Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1

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Solemn sacred sounds, affirmative fanfares and rousing big bands: the brass instruments play an exposed role in the most diverse of musical genres. Probably in no other instrument group is the sonic variety so great, since the family of instruments combines sound producers of highly varied character. First, there’s the trumpet: because of its penetrating radiance, it advanced early on to the ideal instrument of representation. The sound of the trombone has a completely different character—Felix Mendelssohn is supposed to have said that it is too sacred for frequent use.

There are two additional important representatives, namely on the one hand the French horn, about which Richard Strauss enthused that it always has “a particularly luminous effect”. Yet to be mentioned: the youngest member of the brass family, the tuba. As the “double bass of harmony” (Berlioz), it provides a powerful and sonorous bass foundation. “The effect of a large number of bass tubas in a large military band is beyond imagination,” the French composer wrote.

The brass from the Berliner Philharmoniker will encounter those from the Karajan Academy at this concert conducted by the Berlin Philharmonic’s principal hornist Stefan Dohr. They will perform works by, among others, Paul Dukas, Claude Debussy, Henri Tomasi, Leonard Bernstein and Vito Žuraj, who in 2016 won the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize awarded by the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation.

Stefan Dohr (photo: Sebastian Hänel)

Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)