Mourning for Aribert Reimann

15 Mar 2024

The Berliner Philharmoniker is saddened by the death of Aribert Reimann, on March 13, 2024. He was 88 years old. A Berlin composer who won international acclaim, Aribert Reimann wrote works which were equally beloved in his home city and abroad. While he was best-known for operas such as Lear and Troades, his works for the concert hall were also significant. These were regularly performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1961 onwards, and included his cello concerto, his double concerto for violin and cello and his piano concerto, with which Aribert Reimann made his debut as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1962. In addition to purely instrumental music, vocal works also played an important role in their work together. Aribert Reimann's close partnership with the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was evident in Berliner Philharmoniker concerts: in the works Ein Totentanz, in orchestral songs based on poems by Paul Celan and in Wolkenloses Christfest. Most recently, his Seven Fragments for Orchestra were performed in 2016 under the direction of Christian Thielemann.

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