Beethoven Cycle Exhibition


To mark the Beethoven cycle, the archive of the Berliner Philharmoniker is presenting a small historical retrospective of the orchestra's Beethoven tradition in the display cases in the south foyer – from the first cycle in 1914 under the baton of Camillo Hildebrand, director of the popular concerts, to the legendary concerts under Claudio Abbado in Rome and Vienna, where conductor and orchestra presented all nine symphonies and the five piano concertos.

Using photos, advertisements, concert reviews, concert programmes and recordings, the exhibition provides an insight into the Philharmoniker's Beethoven performances in the past, such as the long-term partnership with the Bruno Kittelscher Chor with which the orchestra performed Beethoven's Ninth more than 100 times, and the tours with the complete symphonies of Beethoven under Herbert von Karajan. The exhibition can be visited before concerts and during the interval.

1914: Camillo Hildebrand conducted the first Beethoven cycle with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
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