In November, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin and Berliner Philharmoniker will appear at the NCPA “Pure Classical 2018”. Conductors Lawrence Foster, Barenboim and Dudamel, pianist Lang Lang and violinist NING Feng will go up on stage as well.
Conductor Lawrence Foster
The Konzerthausorchester Berlin, which will appear on November 3rd, has another name more familiar to music lovers—Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1952, the orchestra has achieved great success under the leadership of German maestro Kurt Sanderling in the 1960s and 1970s. After Sanderling, the orchestra has developed under the leadership of maestros Günther Herbig, Eliahu Inbal and Iván Fischer, receiving critical acclaim from musicians and audiences worldwide. Later, the orchestra moved to the Konzerthaus Berlin, which was rebuilt and opened to the public in 1984. In 2006, Berlin Symphony Orchestra was renamed Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
At the concert, maestro Lawrence Foster will raise his baton over the Konzerthausorchester Berlin in homage to Brahms with violinist NING Feng, gold medalist in the International Paganini Competition. They will perform Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 1 in G Minor, No. 3/10 in F Major, as well as the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 and Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op. 73.
Violinist NING Feng
On November 18th-20th, maestro Barenboim will give performances at the NCPA with Staatskapelle Berlin. The orchestra has premiered many classics of all time, and established cooperation with many important musicians and conductors, including Paul Felix von Weingartner, Richard Strauss, Erich Kleiber, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert Von Karajan.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim
As Music Director of Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim will return to Beijing with the orchestra. Barenboim was promoted to Music Director of Staatskapelle Berlin in 1992, and elected as permanent conductor in 2000. Under his leadership, the orchestra has performed classic German operas and a large number of German and Austrian symphonies composed in the Classical and Romantic Periods, including pieces by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert to be performed at the NCPA this time. It is a great attraction that Brahms’ symphonies will be performed as theme pieces for the three concerts.
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel
On November 22nd-23rd, the Berliner Philharmoniker will give two concerts with Dudamel. Seven years ago, conductor Sir Simon Rattle made his debut at the NCPA with the Berliner Philharmoniker, but that was not the Berliner Philharmoniker’s first time to perform in Beijing. Back in 1979, the orchestra came to Beijing under the leadership of Karajan and made its mark in the history of Sino-German music exchanges.
Seven years later, Dudamel will, once again, raise his baton over the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 and Bernstein’s Divertimento
. Most notably, he will work with Chinese pianist Lang Lang to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and this will be Lang Lang’s “debut” at the NCPA after his recovery. What will it be like when the two young master musicians perform together with the time-honoured Berliner Philharmoniker? Stay tuned!
Pianist Lang Lang