Berlin Philharmonic!

Evening in Berlin

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know how much I enjoy an occasional visit with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). Yea… being there physically would be great! The next best thing is to be transported there LIVE via the World Wide Web!

I did so today at 11 AM California time, which is 8 PM in Berlin. Check out the search bar at my home page, and I bet you’ll see several other posts of concerts that I attended there via the BPO’s wonderful site, called the Digital Concert Hall

At the concert held today (02/12/2013), the BPO created a tour of Europe, by playing music by the following composers:

French composer Henry Dutilleux’s “Metaboles”, a set of beautifully orchestrated variations.

Polish composer Witold Lutoslawsky’s Cello Concerto, performed by Millos Perenyi (image at the left)

And finally my great love:

German composer Robert Schumann’s symphony number 2

I was a member of a Brooklyn, NY orchestra in 1951, as a 14-year old youngster, and we played the Schumann. It has been my great favorite since way back then. I especially love the third movement titled “Adagion Espressivo”.

The strings begin this movement, and later the Oboe picks up the tune. See the top left photo, created by me while I was watching. (I can take a thousand photos while sitting in front of my computer, watching this live event in Berlin!)

Here is Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, with Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker:



And next, here’s that great favorite: Robert Schumann’s Symphony No.2. – 3rd movement:



Finally, here’s Leonard Bernstein discussing Schumann’s Symphony no. 2, second movement



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