Classical Music in Berlin
the edge of Potsdamer Platz stands the Berlin Philharmonic with
its tent-like roof and eccentric 60s interior seating 2200, on
nine irregular raked terraces. The building was designed by Hans
Scharoun in 1963 and is the home of the world famous orchestra
led by Sir Simon Rattle. Previous conductors of the orchestra
have included Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado, and it features
many other world famous conductors and players as guests. It performs
around a hundred times a year in Berlin, August to June, usually
in the main hall but sometimes in the smaller Chamber Music Hall
Over in the east of the city, in the reconstructed Gendarmenmarkt,
stands Schinkel's classical Konzerthaus. Home of the Berlin Symphony
Orchestra, and set in a beautiful square flanked by two domed
buildings, the Konzerthaus offers full-scale orchestral performances,
as well as Chamber Music in an adjoining hall. Particularly magical
are the occasional summer performances given outside in the square.
Organ recitals at churches like the Marienkirche and the Nikolaikirche,
or one of Berlin's two cathedrals, St.Hedwig's and the Berliner
Dom, are a regular event. And in summer, many of the palaces and
stately homes in and around Berlin throw open their doors to audiences
who wish to appreciate good classical music in a historical setting
- these include Schloss Charlottenburg, Schloß Friedrichsfelde,
Jagdschloss Grunewald and Rheinsberg.
A strange and rather sad footnote.
Berlin is full of buskers - if you hear them playing classical
music, don't be surprised. Many East European classical musicians
lost their jobs after the collapse of communism, and some of them
earn their living playing on the steets.
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