Berliner Philharmoniker mourn with the relatives of the victims in Paris

14 Nov 2015

The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn with the relatives of the victims of the horrible attacks in Paris. At the beginning of today’s concert at the Musikverein Vienna with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Sir Simon Rattle and Dr. Thomas Angyan, Intendant of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, asked the audience for a moment of silence with the following words:
Dr. Thomas Angyan: „Sir Simon Rattle, die Berliner Philharmoniker und die Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde trauern um die Opfer des Anschlages in Paris. Gerade solche Ereignisse sollen uns ins Bewusstsein rücken, für welche Werte wir stehen. Lassen Sie mich die Worte Leonard Bernsteins zitieren:
‘This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.’ Im Anschluss an die Worte von Sir Simon darf ich Sie bitten, sich für eine Gedenkminute zu erheben.“
Sir Simon Rattle: „Ladies and Gentlemen, we are all of course still deeply shocked at the horror in Paris yesterday. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is essentially a journey from darkness to light. And the light includes Beethoven’s message, a plea for love, tolerance, Menschlichkeit, humour. The words ‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder’ are the words we need to hear more than ever today, especially when we are faced by people, who do not believe that. What we can do is play and what we would ask you for is a moment of remembrance, silence and love to the people, who lost their live or their loved ones.”