The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Video: Memories of Musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The fall of the Berlin wall is also one of the happiest events in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. First concertmaster Daniel Stabrawa, violinists Madeleine Caruzzo and Peter Brem, oboist Andreas Wittmann and hornist Fergus McWilliam already played in the orchestra before the fall of the Communist regime and German reunification. In this film the musicians talk about their memories of the time when the Philharmonie was situated in the middle of the border area, the joyful shock of the opening of the wall and the spontaneous concert for GDR citizens conducted by Daniel Barenboim a few days later. The film was made to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, but the stories of the Philharmoniker are as moving today as they were five years ago. Two of the musicians, Peter Brem and Fergus McWilliam, have since retired.